Library offers ideas for ‘Raising a Reader’

Welcome to Raising a Reader! Each month, this column will feature information to help you include everyday literacy in your family’s daily routine, supporting your young readers. Here are a few tips for raising a reader by reading, talking, playing, singing and writing with your child.

Homer Public Library is ready for summer

Spring break is nearly here, and it won’t be long before school children wail, “I’m boooored!”
Don’t fret. Our local library has convenient hours, and a fantastic selection of books and budget-friendly activities. You may not know that the Homer Public Library is open until 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays; that’s enough after-dinner time to grab a few DVDs and some fun books.

Seaton’s HB 365 is new plan for permanent fund

Greetings from Juneau on the 42nd day of the second legislative session. On Wednesday, I introduced HB 365 to address our budget crisis. With low prices and declining production, oil revenue alone is no longer sufficient to support our state, and the gap cannot be bridged with budget cuts alone.

Library offers ideas for Raising a Reader

Welcome to Raising a Reader! Each month, this column will feature information to help you include everyday literacy in your family s daily routine, supporting your young readers. Here are a few tips for raising a reader by reading, talking, playing, singing and writing with your child.

Murkowski touts Alaska benefits in bipartisan legislation

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, advanced debate on her broad, bipartisan energy bill by providing a synopsis of how it will benefit her home state of Alaska. She focused on how the bill will help the state produce more energy and help consumers use less energy, creating new opportunities and lowering costs — especially in rural areas.

From the desk of Representative Paul Seaton:

Greetings from Juneau on the 14th day of the Second Legislative Session.
Rain, rain, rain; it matches the mood around the capitol. The intensity and frequency of various caucus meetings is already at the level we usually only see at the end of session.

Recognition is growing that we must do a more comprehensive fix to the structural deficit than just cuts.

Adventurer grateful for a ‘tiny bight of sandy beach’

  I’ve been implicated in several iffy situations: test-driving a Ford Ranger pickup 16 miles off-highway in the mountains of eastern Oregon; at twilight, with snow falling, and a foot of accumulation — without chains. Backpacking up Archangel Pass in the fall and crossing a big boulder-field in a snowstorm. One of the party — […]

Cook Inletkeeper celebrates 20 year anniversary – lots done, more to do

Twenty years ago, a group of concerned Alaskans decided enough was enough.  They were fed-up with toxic pollution in Cook Inlet, so they brought Clean Water Act claims against the oil and gas corporations for over 4,200 illegal dumping violations.  And they won. Then they formed Cook Inletkeeper as part of the settlement.  Today, Inletkeeper […]

Some miracles come with wagging tales

Many months ago last spring, while driving home about 10 p.m., I came to a turn and faced a car that was swiftly entering into my lane. With no other choice but to turn off the road, I ended up in a deep ditch — after which I remember nothing. I can only assume the […]

Sen. Gary Stevens Interim Report

About a month and a half remains until legislators head to Juneau for the 2016 session. As is the case every year, the budget will drive much of the discussion next session. In the coming weeks, we will receive the governor’s proposed budget for next year. Due to continued low oil prices, over $1 billion […]

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