Letters – May 6

Sharing is caring We all know there is a great amount of concern about the deep education cutbacks the State is going to have to endure. The oil companies are still making billions in profits from Alaska oil, not as many billions as they use to, but still making good money. Do the oil companies […]

Kachemak Crane Watch launches new website

The sandhill cranes are back, and viewing action of cranes, shorebirds and songbirds is going full tilt. The most accessible place to watch sandhill cranes is on the boardwalk below the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. The Beluga Slough has hosted three nesting pairs in the wetlands by the boardwalk for the past couple of years. Feeding, dancing and other behaviors are often close enough to the boardwalk to get good photographs.
Kachemak Crane Watch is pleased to announce the launching of its new, updated website. We still have a couple of buttons to activate, but other than that, the new version is up and running. You will find lots of crane photos in our photo gallery and a link to our Youtube playlist of sandhill crane videos. Please share with your friends and families. Who knows you just might turn someone into a craniac!

Finn the ‘Westie’ found after 19 days – safe

Our old dog Finn (he’s 14 and a half, kind of blind and kind of deaf), doddered off on the night of April 6 – it was a dark and stormy night, raining cats and dogs — and didn’t come home. I traipsed through the Clover Lane neighborhood in the rain for a couple hours with flashlight and clicker, calling and clicking for him. Then I called the police department and reported him missing, just in case someone had picked him up.
The next morning, I put a “critter line” on KBBI, contacted the animal shelter and the vet, and then went driving around —checking yards and ditches — to see if I could spot him. My husband said he probably went off to die, because old dogs sometimes do that. Well, that was a bummer.

Letters – April 29

Suicide prevention training thanks On behalf of the Rotary Clubs of Homer Downtown and Homer Kachemak Bay, we would like to thank everyone who helped last week’s Suicide-Prevention Training program such a success. More than 60 people attended the two-hour Wednesday session and even more received a briefer training at the Kachemak Bay Rotary Club […]

Fisheries Board needs equal voice for personal-use/sport anglers

Many of the folks who choose to live in Alaska are here for quality of life opportunities, especially the opportunity to hunt and fish.
More than half of all Alaskans live in the Cook Inlet Region, where the Kenai River supports the state’s largest sport and personal-use fisheries.
This one magnificent river puts food in family freezers, cash in hundreds of registers and life-long memories for hundreds of thousands of residents and visitors.

Connecting the coast; bycatch in the Bering Sea

A small but formative fraction of my life has been spent gazing out salt-sprayed windows at rugged terrain and open ocean. My father’s silhouette was always incorporated in the scenery, reflected on the glass that shielded our fragile flesh from the elements. As he sat in the helm seat, occasionally leaning forward to alter our course or to study charts that he had known longer than he knew me, I looked out the window and absorbed what it meant to be a fisherman.

Letters – April 22

There is a renewed effort in the Homer area to increase the quantity of recycled materials, rather than placing them in the transfer facility to go to the central landfill in Soldotna. Volunteers have formed the Kachemak Advocates of Recycling group (KARe) to work toward that goal.
Many years ago there was a similar advocacy group in Homer that became inactive. We have adopted that group’s name, and we meet monthly at the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies. Please contact Leah at 235-6741 to be added to our email list.

What is Homer doing to prevent disaster?

After a disaster happens, there are often comments and criticism about what could/should have been done to prevent it. Of course, hindsight is 20/20, but when you look around our community, what makes you wish that “something was being done” to prevent a disaster?
What makes you think “If ___ doesn’t occur to prevent ___ , then it’s only a matter of time until ___ happens.”
This is especially true with this weekend’s collapse of Kachemak Drive. It highlights the vulnerability of the area roads near the bluffs. What else causes a threat to the community in the short-term or long-term that we could work towards reducing or mitigating the risk or impact?

Stosh Anderson misrepresents Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization

The April 8 opinion piece by Stosh Anderson, “Don Young seeks to unwind ‘Alaska Model’ for fisheries in Magnuson-Stevens Act,” fails to represent the facts of the legislation I introduced to reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.
To set the record straight, I have always applauded and supported the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council for creating an unparalleled system of fisheries management. Through foresight and willingness, our fisheries managers have developed and implemented a management system that is considered the envy of the world, dubbed the “Alaska Model.”
This system has worked extremely well in Alaska, due to annual stock assessments that provide up-to-date information to fishery managers — a necessary tool for implementing an adaptive management system that allows for the optimal conservation and use of our fishery resources.

The Power of ‘We’

Much research has been done on the “Power of Five.” Five food groups make up a healthy diet. Five points make up a glowing star. Five senses help us interpret the world.
According to Helping Little Kids Succeed Alaska Style, “five is the key number of caring adults that every child needs in his or her life.”
These adults are not bystanders; they are “connected, committed and genuinely concerned about (her) well-being.” The number five plays a powerful role in guiding our children down the path of success.

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