Safe wildlife trails I just drove from South Dakota to Alaska and I wanted to bring attention to the fact that Lower 48 is so built up that the only places left for wild animals are in the parks and protected areas. As their own habitat degrades, either from climatic changes or fragmentation, the animals […]
There is a long-standing tradition of senior pranks in high school, but how do you teach teens the difference between a funny joke and a felony? The line between harmless prank and criminal activity is a fine one.
I seriously doubt anyone will tell you the decision made by two Homer High School teens last month to use a coffee can, an eraser and a few wires to questionably resemble some sort of incendiary device and leave it in the school stairwell as a prank was a good idea.
Was it harmless? Not entirely. No one was hurt, but students and teachers may have lost some valuable education time — even if it is during the final weeks of the school year. And, who’s to say if the “prank” had any kind of lasting psychological effect on those at the receiving end of it?
Thank You YAC! Kachemak Heritage Land Trust would like to thank the Homer Foundation’s Youth Advisory Committee for their recent grant award. The grant will help fund the greenhouse that is a part of the Kachemak Heritage Land Trust Community Garden. This garden is important to children, as it is used in the summer by […]
Over the past month, you may have run into dedicated people asking you to sign a petition to repeal the oil giveaway. These volunteers are giving of their time and effort to get enough signatures to get this important issue on the ballot for 2014.
We are well on our way to meeting our signature goals, but we still need every one of you to sign. This is a non-partisan effort to give Alaska citizens a chance to vote on whether we believe this tax giveaway is a good idea.
My name is Ola Mullikin. My 8-year-old son Hayden has been attending the Homer Boys and Girls Club since approximately March of this year. I am writing to express the need to keep this club open for the community of Homer, as well as its neighboring communities. My intent with this letter is to tell my personal story with the hope of showing the bigger issue of the need to keep this program alive.
This certainly was a Memorial Day weekend to remember. After one of the coldest springs in memory, Homer was rewarded with a long weekend filled with sunshine during the day and a full moon rising over the Kenai Mountains at night projecting a moon beam across Kachemak Bay. It also seemed cow moose chose this […]
Actress Angelina Jolie just announced that she underwent a preventive double mastectomy after learning that she was genetically predisposed to cancer. Her disclosure was a powerful show of solidarity with the more than 100,000 American women who undergo breast removal surgery each year.
But Jolie’s story, while inspirational, is different from most women’s. She benefited from a relatively uncommon nipple-sparing mastectomy (NSM), a procedure that removes the breast tissue while preserving the breast skin and nipple. With NSM, after reconstructive surgery, breasts are left looking mostly unchanged.
In 2005, Cook Inletkeeper stumbled across a public notice for an exploration permit to conduct hard rock mining activities in the Bristol Bay watershed. The notice caught our attention not only because of the size of the proposed exploration area, but also because of its location in the headwaters of Bristol Bay’s rich salmon fisheries. Soon after, we met with the project proponent, Canadian-based Northern Dynasty Minerals, and began seeing maps and plans for the project. While the mine site and its associated impacts were confined to the Bristol Bay watershed, we quickly learned Northern Dynasty planned to ship its ore concentrate from the west side of Cook Inlet – near Iniskin Bay – and to pull a power line across Cook Inlet from the Kenai Peninsula to run the mine.
Help in furthering education I would like to thank the Homer Community Science Scholarship for its generous donation to the graduating youth of Homer. I am honored to have been selected as a recipient of this scholarship. This award will strongly assist me financially as I attend Pomona College in the fall. I am so […]
Each year, we look forward to Memorial Day Weekend, especially in Homer. Traditionally, it’s a time to plant our flowers, start our gardens and let our sore eyes soak in the warm blue sky and the new, comforting green of the deciduous trees.
We may have to wait a few more weeks before summer makes its way to Homer due to the unseasonably cold weather we’ve been having. But we know it will eventually come. And in spite of the cold, many will still barbecue, go fishing and enjoy the outdoors on this legal holiday; as well we should. But let’s remember why we have this federal holiday.
Memorial Day is a day on which those who died in active military service are remembered and commemorated. It is also the day that red poppies are worn on lapels and the American flag flies proudly on doorsteps.