Online survey link active until Sept. 30

Commentary Rep. Paul Seaton Thank you to all who participated in the online survey or attended one of our town hall meetings. We received 168 responses through online or paper entries. Some 80 constituents attended the Homer meeting, and 18 attended in Ninilchik. Thank you also to Commissioner Randy Hoffbeck for his informative presentation. The results […]

To the community of Homer- Sept. 16

Commentary Libby B. Bushell It is with extremely mixed emotions that I bid you all farewell for a while as I take a sabbatical from HoWL. This community has helped me conceive of and nurture HoWL into the thriving organization it has become. From DiRtBaG Clean-Up Week to the Homer Outdoor Film Festival — and […]

Senior questions to assembly candidates -Sept. 16

Commentary Peter T. Zuyus Kenai Peninsula Borough Senior Citizens Assembly Candidate Questionnaire Congratulations on your candidacy for an assembly position with the borough. My name is Peter Zuyus and I write articles and advocate of behalf of senior citizens at both the state and borough level. I am preparing an article for borough seniors regarding […]

Repair and reopen Rocky River road-Sept. 16

POINT OF VIEW Kris and Judith Lethin The State of Alaska Rocky River road easement repair can provide new Economic Opportunities to the communities of the Lower Cook Inlet, and establish access to remote State and Federal park lands. The repair of the road will stimulate the social well being of those of us who […]

Letters- Sept.9

Tired of mixed messages? For all Homer residents and beyond there’s a great opportunity in Homer for an 18 hour weekend workshop Sept. 25, 26, 27 on Creative Conflict Resolution/ Alternatives to Violence Workshop. Tired of mixed messages? Disagreements in your family? Misunderstandings at work? Violence in your community, hate and cruelty in the world? […]

Story ‘Mouthing the corporate message on climate change’

Commentary Bob Shavelson The President of the United States came to Alaska recently.  Whether you voted for him or not, it was a historic occasion, and it thrust Alaska and Alaskans into the international spotlight. In a recent opinion piece, Chris Story chose to ignore this historic occasion, and instead presented a mocking critique of […]

Do Not Blame the Fish

POINT OF VIEW Alicia Rae The commercial fishing fleet is to “fault” for the failure of the sports fishermen, in the public mindset. They blame the commercial fleet of stealing “their” target specie, Chinook salmon. Although, they do not factor in their effect on the salmon’s population, with urbanization of the salmon’s native stream, destroying […]

An activist without a cause is dangerous

POINT OF VIEW Rob Rosenfeld As this long rainy weekend passes by, I sit here thinking about my first drive to Alaska during March of 1989. While driving up the Alaskan Highway, the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill occurred on March 24. Homer saw and felt the intense impacts of an environmental disaster on an extreme scale. This […]

Obama cites Alaska in address urging action on climate change

In the first address of his historic three-day visit to Alaska, President Barack Obama urged participants in a State Department conference to take in Alaska’s “God-given majesty” as they contemplate the difficult steps to slow or stop the onslaught of climate change.
“I hope you have the chance to visit a glacier, or just look out your airplane window as you depart,” he told a crowd of foreign dignitaries and diplomats at the GLACIER conference at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage. “Remind yourself that there will come a time that your grandkids and mine — if I’m lucky enough to have some — they’ll want to see this.”
“Ask yourself,” Obama added, “are you doing everything you can to protect it?”

President Obama’s Footprint

A friend said to me one day last winter, “Are you a denier? A climate-change denier?” A little puzzled I said, “No. I think it’s changing. If you’re asking if I think we are directly changing it,  then yes, I’m a denier I guess.” From where I’m sitting now, drinking my coffee and cogitating the carbon […]

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