HOMER — Farming in Alaska can be a tricky prospect, with fickle weather and short growing seasons. But farmers across the state are working around that with simple steel frames and yards of Visqueen.
Meet the high tunnel, a 15- to 20-foot-tall structure that’s looks like half-Quonset hut, half-greenhouse. Alaska farmers are embracing the high tunnel, sometimes called a “hoop house,” not only as a way to extend their growing seasons — and therefore profits — but also to expand the agricultural variety of what they grow.
High tunnels in Alaska are yielding melons and elephant garlic. Peaches and green chilies. Apples double the size of outdoor-grown cousins. Carrots planted in March that are harvested in early June.
The region taking advantage of high tunnels more than any other is the Kenai Peninsula Borough. There are more high tunnels on the Kenai per capita than anywhere in the U.S., according to the National Resource Conservation Service, a soil and water conservation division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Just 3.5 miles out East End Road, nestled in the East Village Shopping Center next to Vida’s Thai food, you’ll find Healing Hands Massage. In business since 2009, Healing Hands has called this warm, colorful and inviting space home for the past four years.
Jessi Dullinger and Mary Hayden, both certified massage therapists, offer massage by appointment to residents and visitors. Physiologically, massage is the application of pressure that creates heat with friction and that in return creates more circulation throughout the muscles in the body, which lubricates the muscle fibers and joints, loosening muscles.
About 45 percent of Americans usually make New Year’s resolutions, according to a survey from the University of Scranton. But the same survey shows that only 8 percent of us actually keep our resolutions. Perhaps this low success rate isn’t such a tragedy when our resolutions involve things like losing a little weight or learning a foreign language. But when we make financial resolutions — resolutions that, if achieved, could significantly help us in our pursuit of our important long-term goals — it’s clearly worthwhile to make every effort to follow through.
So, what sorts of financial resolutions might you consider? Here are a few possibilities:
Every day of our lives, we make assumptions. We assume that the people we encounter regularly will behave in the manner to which we are accustomed. We assume that if we take care of our cars, they will get us to where we want to go. In fact, we need to make assumptions to bring order to our world. But in some parts of our life — such as investing — assumptions can prove dangerous.
The Homer City Council got its first look at the 2014 fiscal year budget last Monday night, a spending proposal called status quo or “treading water” by City Manager Walt Wrede.
The Superior Court ruled that the State of Alaska’s Department of Natural Resources unreasonably delayed action on an application by the Chuitna Citizens Coalition aiming to protect salmon habitat by ensuring adequate water flow in the Chuitna River.
An Anchor Point woman was sentenced Monday to four months in a lesser sentence of “shock jail” and ordered to pay back $98,000 in an embezzlement case against local businessman Matt Shadle.
Among four ballot propositions, voters will be asked a two-part question on term limits when they enter the voting booth Oct. 1.
A new group of more than 60 businesses called Homer Voice for Business wants a more collaborative relationship with local city government.
Changing policies on cell phone use by students as well as an effort to get iPods into the hands of elementary school students were among the topics considered by the local Kenai Peninsula School Board at its once-a-year Homer meeting.