I thought the Point of View expressed by Bill Smith a few weeks ago concerning Kenai Peninsula Borough Anadromous Fish ordinances was right on target. Last week, another Point of View writer took him rather to task.
The anadromous stream ordinances originated during Drew Scalzi’s tenure on the Assembly. At the time, we knew it didn’t begin to go far enough to protect the our precious salmon resource, but it was a start, and concentrated on the Kenai, as well as other major rivers. As Bill pointed out, in spite of the ordinance that controls what can and cannot occur along the river banks, it has not had a detrimental effect on property values in those areas where implemented.
And, those who abide by the ordinance are also offered tax credits for having done so. Are we willing to pay this price to protect a resource many of us came to enjoy? That resource, (Kenai Kings) took a downturn this year, with a very negative economic impact across the Peninsula. Sadly, it appears some don’t care.
During my nine-year tenure on the Assembly, one of my biggest frustrations was a public that often did not pay attention to what was before the body until after the fact. I do believe that is the case here. As I recall, our local papers ran articles about the ordinance before it was passed. I also recall hearing about it on radio stations. Why should noticing each property owner be the Borough’s responsibility entirely? Don’t we as citizens have a responsibility?
I commend Bill Smith, (and Mako Haggerty) for their representation on the Assembly and the thankless job they do so well. The pay is a pittance compared to time involved, and abuse is sometimes heaped. They know it goes with the territory, yet those of us who have served do so out of love of community.
The borough Mayor has appointed a committee to review the ordinance and its impacts. There will possibly be some compromise, but I hope as they work through this, we all keep in mind the resource the ordinance is trying to protect. As Bill so beautifully expressed, “Without salmon we are not the Kenai, we are not Alaska.”
I hope you all enjoyed a Merry Christmas, and may the coming year bring protection to the salmon throughout the Peninsula.
I would like to publicly thank Lisa Nordstrom, a teacher at Voznesenka School, for giving us the opportunity to take the Marine Safety Drill Instructor class.
I learned a lot from that class and now I know what to do when there’s an abandoned ship or a fire. This class will save us a lot of money and time. Now we can go fishing safely and I thank you for making this class happen. Your efforts to keep us safe are appreciated.
The year 2013 will mark my 15th year of practicing alternative medicine and taking care of people in Homer, my home. In this time, I have had the privilege of treating more than 3,000 people.
This past year, however, has been a very difficult one for me personally, and for my business. What I have discovered through all of it is that I benefit as much and learn as much from my patients as they do from me. I have also learned that, as a community, Homer takes care of its own.
Therefore, in this season of giving thanks, I would like to take a moment to thank all of my patients and my community for trusting me and allowing me in whatever small way to participate in their lives and their healing process. I look forward to many more years of taking care of my neighbors and friends, and of them taking care of me.
I just want to send a note of thanks to the City of Homer Public Works. It’s Sunday, Dec. 23, and snowing pretty good up here at the top of West Hill. We took off to church having faith that the plows would be up and running. Sure enough, we drove up the hill to a freshly plowed road. These plow guys are always on the ball. This will be our third winter in Homer, and the guys who operate those plows have never let us down.
This afternoon, they took it a bit further.
My kids, in their excitement of fresh snow, inadvertently built their snowman where the plow guy usually pushes the extra snow. We never thought a thing about it; they gotta do their job, right?
I was touched enough to sit down and say thank you, when we drove up the hill only to see the plow guy had plowed around the snowman; not an easy task, I’m sure. It would’ve been so much easier to just smash it right down.
Thank you Public Works. Your job goes sometimes without notice and without gratitude, and most times with many complaints. Today, you are my kids’ hero.
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