There are no secrets to investment success

Many people look for the “secrets” to investment success. Is it timing the market just right? Is it finding those hot stocks or getting in on the “ground floor” of the next big thing? Actually, these types of moves have little relevance to the vast majority of investors — even the most successful ones. So let’s take a look at some steps you can take that can be effective in helping you work toward your financial goals.

How we can use soil as a source of hope, life and economy

As long as our planet is in one piece — with water and an atmosphere — we earthlings have life and hope. We can turn around global warming. What makes this possible is our planetary soils; our planet’s true source of wealth.
Humanity currently burns huge quantities of fossil fuels, primarily to generate electricity, secondarily to transport goods and people. Burning fossil fuels generates carbon dioxide. Earth’s atmosphere can hold only a limited quantity of carbon dioxide before the carbon dioxide starts dissolving into the oceans and causing ocean acidification.

Consensus not easy, but the right thing to do

According to a recent news article, it appears the light bulb has gone on and change is afoot. Apparently, the makers of ordinance 15-29 — which intends to prevent all vehicles on all city-owned beaches in Homer — have realized that it is, in fact, true that a “prescriptive easement” to the west of Bishops Beach toward Anchor Point can’t be redacted.
As stated recently, this revelation is one that the first Beach Policy Task Force had in 2001.
I’d like to share a little history for the sake of clarity and continuity. Below is the introductory paragraph submitted with the “Beach Policy Task Force Results,” May of 2001.

Neurotoxin in giant algal bloom has Alaska researchers on alert

An enormous algal bloom containing domoic acid, a potentially fatal neurotoxin that shut down dungeness crab and razor clam fisheries in Washington state this summer, has spread to Alaska waters. But dozens of shellfish samples taken since the bloom appear to contain only trace amounts of the substance, state scientists said this week.

Community news – Aug. 12

It is time to ‘Meet your Teacher’ West Homer Elementary School will host a “Meet Your Teacher” event 2:30-3:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at the school. Seaman hosts another ‘Chef at the Market’ On Saturday join Bette Seaman, registered dietitian/nutritionist from South Peninsula Hospital, for “Fun Ways to Make Market Veggies Last All Year.” Bette will […]

Council begins work on cannabis regulation

The Homer City Council this week was briefed on the complicated world of cannabis legislation as the state and regional municipalities try to sort out how to regulate the recently-legalized substance.
City Attorney Holly Wells told the council they must align their regulations so that they do not conflict with federal laws. Under federal laws, marijuana use is still illegal, but the state legalized the substance last fall, creating a complicated situation for both municipalities writing laws regulating commercial growing and sale of the substance as well as those involved in the industry.
Wells told the council, for example, that commercial growers and sellers of marijuana in the state could not use banks to get loans or even write checks with money earned through the sale of marijuana. Therefor, she said, it is an entirely cash-based business.

Council meeting dominated by beach access debate

Residents on both sides of the question about regulating vehicle traffic on Bishop’s Beach turned out en force this week as the Homer City Council took up the issue for the first time since receiving extensive recommendations from the Beach Policy Task Force.
The task force, which has been meeting all winter to try to determine how best to balance pedestrian and vehicle traffic on the popular beach, recommended to the council that vehicle traffic be restricted in all areas of the city but a section of beach from Mariner Park going out onto the west side of the Homer Spit.
That allowsance was made, the committee said, to allow those who had traditionally collected coal on the beaches, to continue to do so.

‘Alaska: The Last Frontier’ cast members, production firm charged with hunting violation

A production company and two cast members of the reality show “Alaska: The Last Frontier” each face a single misdemeanor charge after they reportedly used a helicopter for a 2014 black bear hunt, according to court documents filed by the Kenai district attorney’s office.
Atz Lee Kilcher, 38; his wife, Cristina Jane Kilcher, a 40-year-old who goes by “Jane” on the show; and Wilma TV Inc. were each charged with one count of unlawful methods of taking or attempting to take big game by helicopter, according to charges filed July 13.

4 charged with stealing farmed oysters outside of Homer

Four people have been charged with stealing oysters at a remote oyster farm outside of Homer last month.

Ward Matthew Clarke, 44, Rebecca M. Clarke, 38, Christine L. Anderson Kulcheski, 47, and Anders Gustafson, 38, were each charged with one count of fourth-degree theft and first-degree criminal trespassing.

Wild Shore Festival aims to pioneer new sound

When he arrives in August, Conrad Winslow will perform a piece of music composed for Homer. Called “Sonata for a Northern Sea Town,” it’s meant to convey what he “hears” in the eccentric cast of characters that inspired his Fritz Creek childhood.
But the melody does it through instruments – not lyrics.
As one of the organizers of the Wild Shore Festival of New Music Aug. 5-11, Winslow’s goal is to introduce Kenai Peninsula musicians to new ways of making music through current composers. Chicago-based “eighth blackbird” will be the featured guest artists at this year’s event. The group took a Grammy Award three times, an ensemble whose music breaks new ground in sound.
“(The workshops) are a kind of training in new techniques for creating sounds and expression in a wider range of sounds,” Winslow said. “Whether you’re a composer, a violin, guitar or drum player – anyone looking for a new breath of air in creating music.”

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