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.

Finn the ‘Westie’ found after 19 days – safe

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.

Lesson of respect not learned by youth

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.

Rep. Seaton on the 3 M’s – money, marijuana and medicaid

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.

From the desk of Rep. Paul Seaton: Weekly Legislative newsletter

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

Busy second week of the legislative session

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.

Green Dot crowdfunding ends with a bang

Green Dot Homer’s crowdfunding campaign has come to a close — not with a whimper, but with a BANG!
Thanks to the generous support of the community, we raised more money in donations the night of Green Dot A Gogo than any other day during the campaign. We raised a total of $1,173 that night alone! And with that, a good deal of thank-yous are in order.
To everyone who came to Green Dot A Gogo, kicked us $4 or $40, brought families, took silly photos and used the opportunity to start a conversation about preventing violence — thank you.
To everyone who donated online, shared on social media or their e-news circuit and promoted our event by talking to friends — thank you. A total of 87 donations were made online over the course of the 60-day campaign. Online contributions totaled $6,750.

2014 warmest year on record for Homer

Confirming local suspicion, the National Weather Service reported 2014 as the warmest year on record for Homer since record keeping began in 1932.
Six out of the 12 months of the year — half of which could be considered chillier months — were the warmest ever recorded, in keeping with an unexpectedly warm 2013. Local business owners and groups reliant on the cold have felt the burn, as unexpected climate patterns have impacted the demand for goods and services.
The Kachemak Nordic Ski Club is one of many groups waiting on snow to make use of the trails typically covered in soft powder during the winter months. Since the first snow on Oct. 31, however, Homer has seen less than a handful of significant snowfalls, in contrast to decades past.

A ‘Noo Yawk’ Italian chick looks at being 62

By Lindianne Sarno Quite a number of us around Kachemak Bay were born in 1952. In 2002, I wrote a song titled “Born in 1952.” The chorus goes: “1952 was a good year for wine; 1952, and our folks were feeling fine; 1952, in the seventh year of peace; 1952, when our seed was released.” […]

Fat bikes – not all that rules

The third-annual Big Fat Bike Festival brought a smile to many faces and a significant boost to the Homer Cycling Club’s bank account. Creating and hosting an event that spans an entire weekend requires a lot of thoughtful planning, contributions from a broad swath of the community and many hours of volunteer work. HCC thrives because so many individuals and businesses are willing to enthusiastically and generously support our mission.

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