Homer’s cannabis industry faces some obstacles

Over the next month, the city council will discuss and decide on an ordinance that will create some obstacles for cannabis entrepreneurs wishing to enter the legitimate industry — if it were to pass in its current form.

State blows through savings, then proposes dividend cap

Other than being the farthest north, west and east state, why is Alaska so different from the other 49 members of our Union? Upon becoming a state, we received a 100-million-acre land grant, much like the land grant schools and some colleges received in the Lower 48. This was to help provide an income base for a large area with a small population.
Upon statehood, our new Commissioner of Natural Resources Phil Holdsworth set out to select lands of value for our state.
Prudhoe Bay was one of his picks.

Letters – Jan. 20

Another holiday season has passed, and once again our Homer community looks forward to a new year. Though these types of letters have been consistent through the years, it remains ever worthy of redundancy. Once again, the people and businesses of Homer have reflected the very essence of what Share The Spirit is all about.

What we heard during 6 AMHS community engagement meetings

The Alaska Marine Highway System held six community engagement meetings across coastal Alaska last month. During this time, the department also held numerous meetings with AMHS vessel and terminal staff. The purpose of the meetings was to involve Alaskans in the decision-making process AMHS is facing due to the reality of a declining operating budget.

Letters – Aug. 19

No beach party I was on the first Beach Policy Task Force 14 years ago. As a result, I would like to share the thoughts below: We studied for more than a year and learned that Bishop’s Beach to the right (or west — heading toward Anchor Point) is a traditional road. Therefore, there is […]

Let’s make Alaska government work smarter

Ever had an old car start to break down?
Maybe the filters get clogged and the tires wear down and you find yourself burning money as your gas mileage deteriorates. The brake pads start to squeak, “check engine” lights flicker on, and you begin to notice that ominous clicking sound from what you think is probably the radiator.
If you’ve spent at least a couple winters in the 49th state, chances are good this has happened to you. You’d like to ignore the warnings, but you know if you don’t get under the hood, the problems with the car are only going to get worse — and more expensive.

Letters – Aug. 12

Rotary helps fulfill education dreams I would like to give an honored and blessed thank you to the Kachemak Bay Rotary Club. I graduated from our beloved Homer High School this spring, and was one of the recipients of The Kachemak Bay Rotary Club Scholarship. I’d like to take this moment to thank everyone who […]

Gov. Walker accepts federal funding to expand Medicaid coverage

A busy July has given way to an active August as the legislative interim continues. July’s major news was Governor Bill Walker’s decision to accept federal funding to expand Medicaid coverage in Alaska. The state estimates about 40,000 uninsured Alaskans will receive coverage, and 4,000 new jobs will be created.
As you probably know, the governor used his power of executive order to accept federal funding for Medicaid expansion as a bill calling for expansion did not advance in the legislature this year.
I believe the governor has made the right decision for Alaska on this issue, and I can tell you the number of constituents who have contacted me in favor of Medicaid expansion far outweighed those opposed.
Also, in a poll we conducted earlier this year through the District P email list, 77 percent of the respondents were in favor of expanding the program.

Highlighting Woodard Creek is a shared cause

Anyone who’s experienced the quiet, shimmering magic of a rippling creek knows what peace of mind it can bring. We forget about the turmoil of life, and clear our minds to think and reflect. The subtle music of gurgling water is a soothing medicine; if you’ve never experienced it, you are missing a treasure. If you have, nature has soaked you in one of its best tonics.
Woodard Creek was once this healing elixir. It was a creek that ran year-round from the bluffs above Homer, through town and into Kachemak Bay. It supplied water and peace of mind for early homesteaders.

Welcome back to the 2015-2016 school year

Our district is very excited to have all of our students, staff and parents back in school. We have had a busy summer at the district office in preparation for this year, and are now able to implement many blended learning opportunities across the district, while leveraging our existing technology for even greater student learning. As you know, we are fully committed to prepare all of our students for their future.
As we continue to prepare our students with many exciting opportunities, a major component involves the opportunity for our teachers to collaborate. This time allows teachers to understand an individual student’s strengths and weaknesses, and work with other teachers to personalize a student’s education. Our teachers work hard to differentiate instruction for content, student interests and student learning profiles. They will use their time wisely to meet each student’s needs.

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