Letters – April 17

Governor’s permitting bills cause injustice

There has never been such a raid on the rights of the citizens in the State of Alaska as there is before you.
Gov. Sean Parnell’s permitting initiative bills will take away any oversight by the citizens who have made this a great state. It will take away public comment on decisions that will affect the course of life in this state.
Never, in the history of Alaska, has there been such a raid by industry to take away the rights of citizens to protect the state we live in. Public oversight of oil and gas permitting is an important step. As more new players arrive, it is critical that strict oversight be maintained by state agencies and this oversight does not become a political game.
This is where public oversight evens the playing field. Extending comment periods out to 10 years is without a doubt, the most destructive, pro-development agenda the state of Alaska could pursue.
The permitting process today may be cumbersome and slow but, it has a significant effect. It makes industry protect the best interest of the people of Alaska by ensuring proper preplanning, permitting and development .
There are now several generations of Alaskans who grew up and worked in the oil industry, both offshore and onshore. To deprive the oversight and input of these people would be a critical mistake, as they have written the history of development to date.
To fast-track this process is a mistake.
Robert Archibald

Nick appreciates being appreciated

The most amazing surprise party was held at the Otter Room last Thursday for Nick Bairamis — and we thank all of you from the bottom of our hearts.
How the “top secret” party was organized and kept quiet without Nick’s knowledge is beyond belief. But it happened, and what a total surprise it was.
We so appreciate the vacation package, the “getaway for two,” and dinner at AJ’s Restaurant. Thank you for taking the time to show appreciation for the 20-plus years “Nick the Greek” has been here. He takes care of the Homer community with not only countless taxi rides, but also numerous spaghetti benefits he creates. It means so much to him — and to us.
It was a joy to see Nick’s face light up with surprise when the gals rolled out the huge banner honoring him. He loved getting the giant card with everyone’s names. Many adventure stories (memories) accompanied the names. Thank you for showing the Bairamis family there is still love and kindness stirring in the Homer mix of wonderful people.
We wish to thank those who participated and made it happen: Kharacters, Otter Room, Salty Dawg, AJ’s, Down East Saloon, Alice’s Champagne Palace, American Legion and Elks. A special thanks to all the bartenders who took time out to put it all together. And, thanks to Hillary and Sharon for making it all happen.
Nick and Toy Bairamis

A little help from friends

Friends of Carol Comfort invite everyone to join “Team Carol.” We have set up an anonymous account at AlaskaUSA Federal Credit Union to help defray some of the costs of Carol’s cancer treatments.
Here are the details: Alaska USA FCU Savings Account No. 1756262-10. It is listed under the account name, “Team Carol,” and Joy Steward is the account holder. You may contribute by going into any AlaskaUSA Credit Union, anywhere.
Cash is simple; just give them the money. A check is also simple: please write the check out to Joy Steward, and write the account number and “Team Carol” on the check.
If you bank at AlaskaUSA and have an Ultra Branch account, you may also transfer funds electronically. If you have any questions, call (800) 525-9094, or contact Eileen at (907) 399-1624 if you have any problems contributing to the account. You can also contact me at bechtol@hughes.net.
Welcome to “Team Carol,” and please pass the word. Thank you.
Eileen Bechtol

Thanks for the hockey help

A great big thank you to all the businesses that donated items for the silent auction at the fundraising dinner for the U-16 KPHA hockey team that went to Troy, Mich. last week to compete in the Nationals Championship games. We won our first three games, and then lost in the quarterfinal game to the team that won the tournament.
It was a great hockey experience for us all, and we even got to go to a Tigers and a Red Wings game. Thanks again to Captain Patties, Bear Creek Winery, Homer Brewing, Homer Jeans, Nomar, Fat Olives, Sourdough Bakery, Starvin’ Marvins and Beluga Lake Bar and Grill for the support of our youth hockey teams on the peninsula.
Tommy Bowe

A little bit of Fireweed thanks

A fabulous event happened last Thursday at the Homer Theatre. It was called, “A Small Part of the World Musical,” and about 45 Little Fireweed Academy kindergarten-second graders sang and danced to a wide variety of music from around the world.
The performance was spectacular, as our amazingly talented kids took us on a world-wide tour using the international language of music.
There are many folks to thank for their assistance in putting on a show of this caliber: Little Fireweed teachers Kim Fine, Deb Schmidt and Jon Kulhanek; choreographers Kara Clemens and Margie Scholl; dedication wall creator Beka Thoning; Homer Theatre manager, Colleen Carroll; Melissa Mike from Sea Glo.
Many thanks also to Chris Fontaine, Carla Baird, Betsy Vanek, Ray Ford and Karen Shealy. I hope I haven’t missed anyone. If I did, thank you, too.
Janet Bowen

Outreach Coord./Admin. Specialist

Fireweed Academy

Sea to Ski triathlon rounds out season

Clear icy weather gave way to snow in this year’s Kachemak Nordic Ski Club – Sea to Ski Triathlon. This year brought 25 ironmen and women and 30 participating in teams.
The KNSC would like to express its thanks to Homer Saw and Cycle for co-sponsoring the race and to all the generous individuals and businesses that donated door prizes and helped make the race possible: Dave Brann, Captains Coffee, Chain Reaction Sports, Cycle Logical, Fat Olives, Halcyon Heights B&B, Homer Saw & Cycle, Marine Services of Alaska, and True North Kayak Adventures. The City of Homer, Public Works generously provided support for course set up and outhouse facilities.
I would like to personally thank all the many volunteers who helped during the preparation and day of the race. You all made it happen. Lastly, congratulations to all the athletes who participated. The KNSC hopes you had a great race and will come back again next year. Race results for Sea to Ski and all the other races for this year and past are posted at the KNSC website http://kachemaknordicskiclub.org/.
Mike Byerly
KNSC Sea to Ski Triathlon Coordinator

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