This week we finish publishing the four-part series “Home Rule 101” in the Homer Tribune to shed a light on the issues behind home rule. Hopefully, this has given readers some helpful information to aid in making an important local decision soon at the ballot box. Government issues impact lives directly, yet few people seem […]
Small Alaska towns typically do not possess the historic buildings that in prominent places impress on each era’s importance. The hundred-years old capital buildings of marble, the seats of government imposed in brick edifices – these are not Alaska style architectural generally. Commissioned marble statues and works of art melted to a single effect, setting […]
For more than 30 years, the U.S. Navy has held war-game training sessions in the Gulf of Alaska using submarines and ships, bombs and sonar. Known as Northern Edge, the training involves 6,000 participants from all the services, airman, soldiers, sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen from active duty, reserve and national guard units. Participants sharpen […]
Going to a home rule form of city governance carries several hurdles of “if’s” to cross before Homer will see change – if any is at all to come – to its way of doing things. First, a majority of voters would need to say “yes” on the ballot to the question: “Shall a charter […]
Whatever the outcome of Tuesday’s election, Alaskans should try not to give into feelings of futility if their ballots don’t meet with popular vote agreement.
The primary election was only round one among three sets of voting decisions this fall that will mean changes ahead — one way or another. This year’s primary won’t unseat or seat any politicians just yet, but it is the elimination round.
For that, we can be truly grateful.
One big elimination from public noise is the whole business of “Vote Yes,” which really means voting no – let’s not keep SB21 as a matter of law. Or “Vote No,” meaning yes, let’s keep SB21 as a matter of law.
Extra revenue for promoting tourism on the Kenai Peninsula is almost always a welcome sight. But when it came to imposing a bed tax to achieve that extra cash flow, a poorly thought-out plan might have become a reality. Local businesses in Homer made their case loud and clear in several public forums showing how […]
Regarding natural gasline assessments In January, Superior Court Judge Huguelet stated: “The city’s assessment with respect to condominium owners is “arbitrary and unreasonable”. He ordered the City of Homer to correct Ordinance 13-02. Everyone thought the legal battle was over. However, several of us have approached the City and been told the City considers the […]
I went to the Colors of Homer show at Kbay Caffe on Friday for a lot of reasons. I wanted to absorb some community art, be supportive of young voices, and give my little sister a chance to see some of her slightly older contemporaries braving the stage. All of those things met my expectations. Check, check and check.
What I didn’t expect was to be completely bowled over by the skill and strength of the teenagers who shared their art with Friday’s audience. There’s no other way to say it — those kids killed it. But it was more than their raw skills that still had me grinning after the show.
Usually reserved for vexed parents and their young children, Homer has been redefining the phrase “potty talk” as of late. And no, that doesn’t mean there’s been more four letter words at City Council meetings. We’re talking about bathrooms – the ones perched on either end of Pioneer Avenue, as well as down on the Spit – to be exact.
They’re very nice, with heated floors, and some say they are even necessary. Like a watch or a belt. Accessories are great, and maybe even useful. However, when your primary need is to know what time it is, do you really need to get it from a Rolex? Or will that neon green watch you got in sixth grade, that remains dutifully indestructible, work just as well?
The same question can be posed about the $200,000 — each — restrooms that now offer a very basic function at a very high price in Homer’s downtown. Does the expenditure match the service? And better yet, does it match a message of belt-tightening and conservative financial decisions residents have been hearing from their city?
I don’t envy the decision makers deliberating at the Upper Cook Inlet Finfish Board of Fisheries meeting this month. They’re tasked with choices that do and will affect the economy and sustainability of our natural resources for years to come, and everyone is watching.
While much public discussion has focused on the decisions surrounding dwindling King salmon in the Kenai River, there is another issue that Homer fishermen are and should be watching closely. Those are the proposals that would close or restrict Cook Inlet’s commercial drift fishery, limiting boats to comparatively narrow corridors outside the Kenai and Kasilof rivers for much of the season.
The proposals were put forth by fishing groups in the Mat-Su Borough that are concerned about suffering stocks in northern Cook Inlet habitats, particularly coho salmon that feed that area’s sport and personal use fisheries. They aim to reduce interception of northern fish by central district drifters.