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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
Recently, two young men from Southcentral Alaska were sentenced in a case that has drawn attention even beyond Alaska’s borders. The Resetarits brothers were originally charged with sexual assault after a 17-year-old boy was assaulted while passed out on a couch at a high school party. At the court hearing, Anthony Resetarits, the older of the two brothers, who was 20 at the time, told the judge how the crowd of drunk high school students wrote on this young man with Sharpies, how someone shaved his head with clippers, and how someone in the crowd eventually pulled the young man’s pants down and placed an object between his legs, all in plain view of more than 50 partygoers. Allegedly, someone went further, but the Resetarits brothers, who admit to posing for a picture with the naked boy, said it wasn’t them. They pleaded guilty to harassment, as well as other charges, but not assault.
Greetings from Juneau on this 56th day of the legislative session. This week has been difficult as we finalized the budget and went past midnight on the floor considering amendments before final passage. During the House Finance closeout of the operating budget, I was able to help influence the partial restoration of deeply cut funds to programs that are important to District 31. However, nothing was held harmless and hard adjustments will be required throughout the state as we address the largest deficit in state history. Some excellent programs such as Best Beginnings and Parents-as-Teachers, that were implemented as solutions to real problems, may have to get 100 percent private funding – but the process is not yet complete.
Greetings from Juneau on this 28th day of the legislative session. Winter has disappeared again from the Capitol City. I will be pleased when my three overlapping finance subcommittees finish our work on the operating budget at the end of the month. Attempting to get cost reductions without hugely impacting services is a challenge, but must be done.
With declining revenues, the current year’s budgeted programs were automatically paid, but that also zeroed out the Statutory Budget Reserve account. The budget we are constructing for 201
This has been the busiest second week of any legislative session I can remember. The multiple committee hearings on our three big topics (AK-LNG, budget deficit, marijuana) occurring almost daily makes it hard to keep on top of issues. This is especially true since www.akl.tv covers every committee in addition to the selected 360North – Gavel to Gavel TV coverage. Now that we have in-office DVR recording ability, it is just finding the time and attention to observe while still making progress on our individual issues. Also, my finance subcommittees have started with late afternoon and evening meetings.
This week my health committee is sponsoring meetings with Dr. L. Ray Matthews from Atlanta’s Grady Memorial Hospital to share their groundbreaking work on incorporating vitamin D into medical practice. I hope anyone interested in improving health tunes in this Thursday.