What will the city do when the bill comes in?

There are several issues that the city has to deal with. The first issue of course is the overwhelming budget deficit that we’re going be facing in a couple years.
This deficit is one that is in the making. The city has done some creative financing by a shifting of revenue from the HARP fund (accelerated roads and trails fund) taking this 1 mil property tax and applying it to the general fund. This was done a year ago and it is in place for a period of three years, so two years from now the general fund will need $1 million a year to replace the HARP revenues when they go back to the accelerated roads program.

Senior Citizen Property Tax exemption proposal benefits both seniors and public

The opinion in the Aug. 11 issue of the Homer Tribune by Pete Zuyus is one I found disconcerting. I feel compelled to offer a different opinion, concerning the Senior Citizen Property Tax exemption. And yes, I am a senior, and qualify, and have, both the 100 percent exemption that existed between 1986 and the $300,000 exemption as of 2007.
When Stan Thompson was mayor, he feared for the homesteaders who still owned their homestead lands, and wanting to protect them, he offered to the voters the option of the 100 percent exemption for residents aged 65 and older. That was a huge blessing for many, and brought many new seniors to the peninsula.

Tribal court leaders discuss banishment, baggage checks

In some villages, tribal courts have banished offenders for bootlegging and domestic violence. In others, tribal courts are conducting searches of passengers on incoming flights to stop the flow of alcohol and other drugs.
In a three-day conference this week on tribal court development, speakers mentioned these and other enforcement steps as examples of how tribal court operations are taking shape in Alaska, including some steps that would not be permitted under state and federal laws.

Seaton sweeps primary

Voter turnout one of highest in state. The tempo was upbeat at Alice’s Champagne Palace as supporters of incumbent Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, compulsively hit refresh on the state Division of Elections web site to see the latest updates from the polls. By 10 p.m., with only 6 precincts reporting, Seaton had more than 50 […]

We’re thrilled to bring news to Homer

Five years ago this month, my wife, Kiana Peacock, and I bought three weekly community newspapers from Alaska Newspapers Inc. For us, it was a way to give back to the communities and people that helped us become who we are.
Getting into the newspaper business was a natural progression of my business background and her ability to tell stories. One of the first people we hired was talented editor from Homer, Carey Restino. She has made sure our papers have thrived over the past five years, hiring equally talented reporters while staying connected and writing for the Homer Tribune.

Watch out: Primary elections can sneak up on you without warning

Summer in Alaska is sort of like entering an all-you-can eat buffet, except the restaurant is always just about to close. Alaskans work hard and play hard in ever-so-short summer, and often, all that activity causes us to lose track of some all-important dates. One of those dates is coming up next Tuesday, when voters head to the ballot booths and make choices about their candidates.
No, you didn’t miss a couple months by mistake. It’s not October yet, or even November. But next Tuesday is still an important day, because it’s the day of our primary election, when we select our candidate of choice if more than one candidate files for election in any given part. And in many cases, the primary election is the actual election because there is no candidate from the other party. In those cases, whoever you select as the Republican, Democratic or Independent Party candidates is, in fact, headed to Juneau to represent you during a pretty critical time in Alaska’s history.

The Alaska summer of a terrier who befriended a horse and challenged whales

Our little white dog Posy found her calling this summer when she began defending us from whales.
Humpback whales have kept people entertained all around Kachemak Bay this summer. At our cabin near the head of the bay they show up some days as if they are swimming a circular route and our beach is a regular stop.
This has happened a couple of times before over the years, but not often. In past years, we might be playing cards after dinner when the sharp “whoosh” of an exhaling humpback sends chairs flying back and we run down to the beach. When whales depart, we have to figure out whose turn it was in the game.
Now there is a new way of knowing whales are around. Posy goes bananas.

Salmon Day a reminder of an important way of life

I am Janie Standifer and I am 17 years old. I am from Tyonek, a village of 200 people right across the Inlet from Anchorage. We are Dena’ina Athabascan. Since I was little I watched my aunties and uncles cut fish. I helped prepare it for the smokehouse and for dinner. When I grew a little older I started cutting fish and pulling up nets with my family on the Chuitna River. Every summer I help with all this work, and it makes me happy because I know the salmon are returning home and we’ll have fresh fish for dinner.
I’m excited to celebrate the first annual Alaska Wild Salmon Day on Aug. 10 with Alaskans across the state, because every day is wild salmon day for me — and now that can be shared. Our salmon should be celebrated, and protected.

On ’Stalking the Bogeyman’

To those who may have avoided attending the Homer production of the David Holthouse/UAA performance of his courageous work, “Stalking the Bogeyman,” out of fear that the dark and uncomfortable subject of childhood sexual abuse would prove overwhelmingly disturbing, here are my own thoughts after attending the performance last night.
Both the play, and the article from which the work developed into a dramatic production, deal most explicitly with David’s 30-­year struggle to cope with the resentment, fear and hatred which the long­-held secret of the violation held upon him and to explore aloud its impact upon his life. David’s own psychological and spiritual maturity eventually allowed him to release himself from the power which the long-­gone perpetrator of the violence held over his imagination and spiritual development, This, it seems to me, is the central message of his writing.

Letters – June 1

Helping hand Today while going up Baycrest Hill, a huge piece of metal went into our brand new tire causing an instant blowout. Fortunately for me, two young men stopped and insisted on helping. Not only did they change the tire, but they did so carefully and took pains to do it right, even unloading […]

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