Just breathe: spreading resiliency through our community

Resiliency is the ability to adapt well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, or other significant sources of stress. Used in psychological fields as a way to help people learn how to heal, resiliency is finding its way into the Homer community. As one of its strategies, the Homer Prevention Project is working to educate Homer about the significance of resiliency within the community.
The results of a study about the prevalence of childhood traumatic experiences and its effects on the brain’s ability to create new neural pathways has created a forum in which to discuss resiliency as an approach to combat intergenerational cycles of trauma.

Public safety building ordinance not in Homer’s best interest

On Monday, May 28, the first of two readings for Ordinance 15-18 took place at the Homer City Council meeting. The ordinance amends the FY2015 Capital Budget by “appropriating $613,000 from the General Fund Balance to the Public Safety Building Project Account to fund the new public safety building to 35 percent design.”
The second reading for Ordinance 15-18 is set for June 8. If the city council passes this ordinance, the City of Homer will have come close to spending $1 million toward this monster of a building. I say, make it stop.
The state funding for this $28 million project is simply not there. Look at what has been happening in Juneau: cuts are across the board. We have been warned to plan ahead, as things are changing.

Letters – May 27

First letter praise I’ve been threatening to write a letter to the editor for years; it’s kind of a joke in our house. “‘I’m gonna write a letter to the editor!’” Mostly, it was because I disagreed with someone’s point of view or something. For my first letter, however, I am making a comment on […]

Just where does your boat sewage go?

Did you know that the Clean Water Act prohibits the discharge of raw sewage from a vessel within three nautical miles of the U.S. coast?
As the summer boating season approaches and more boats are utilizing coastal harbors, it will be important to keep your sewage management strategy in mind. Where do you dump your sewage if your boat has a marine head? Do the harbors you visit offer pumpout facilities?

Erin’s Law: An overdue ounce of prevention

We were lucky, my sister and I. As kids, we were inseparable and had that built-in buddy system not all kids have. Still, we had some close calls. Our parents were more reactive than proactive. Had we known the reasoning behind their reactions, we would have been better equipped.

Letters – May 20

Thanks to Artists in Schools, representatives Students and staff at Homer Flex School would like to give great thanks for allowing us to participate in the Artist in the Schools Program. Ann Margret Wimmerstedt taught an encaustic painting workshop for two weeks at Homer Flex, and 24 students learned and practiced many of the methods […]

E-waste: improving in local communities

Despite difficult logistics, rural communities across Kachemak Bay participated in last month’s Electronics Recycling Day – Over 5,000 pounds of E-waste collected and recycled!
Since 2006, Homer has benefitted from electronics recycling opportunities each April, providing local residents a cost-effective and convenient way to ensure that their potentially hazardous materials would not be placed in the ground, or trucked to another landfill to be dumped with regular household trash. Cook Inletkeeper, a local non-profit environmental organization based in Homer, has taken the lead in organizing the annual electronic waste (e-waste) collection events since 2011, and recently hosted the 10th annual Homer Electronics Recycling Event on April 25.

The Homer Prevention Project: A Look Back

“Seventy-eight percent of Homer area adults have two or fewer drinks on days they do drink alcohol.” For many community members the appearance of this statistic on their daily cup of coffee was their first introduction to the Homer Prevention Project. Now entering the last few months under its current grant funding, the coalition looks back on its journey.

Letters – May 13

Be careful where you hide your stash Recently, we went through an ordeal where we nearly lost our golden retriever Izzy, and I would like to share it with others so that they might not have to go through the same thing we did, or to be able to recognize symptoms and get their pet […]

Some wildlife managers should consider Native ways

In a recent Alaska Dispatch News article (May 7) on a newly formed co-management organization, the Kuskokwim River Inter-tribal Fisheries Commission, Lisa Demer reported that some tribal members expressed discontent with state and federal management “which didn’t always understand village life and village people.”
Co-management of wild resources is based on a “meaningful role” for indigenous Alaskans as defined in Section 801 of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA). In the Y-K Delta, co-management has operated for years in organizations like the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta Regional Advisory Council and The Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working Group among others. So the Yupik Inter-tribal Fisheries Commission respondents know whereof they speak when they express concerns that village people have been misunderstood or outright marginalized by state or federal managers.

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