Watch out: Primary elections can sneak up on you without warning

Summer in Alaska is sort of like entering an all-you-can eat buffet, except the restaurant is always just about to close. Alaskans work hard and play hard in ever-so-short summer, and often, all that activity causes us to lose track of some all-important dates. One of those dates is coming up next Tuesday, when voters head to the ballot booths and make choices about their candidates.
No, you didn’t miss a couple months by mistake. It’s not October yet, or even November. But next Tuesday is still an important day, because it’s the day of our primary election, when we select our candidate of choice if more than one candidate files for election in any given part. And in many cases, the primary election is the actual election because there is no candidate from the other party. In those cases, whoever you select as the Republican, Democratic or Independent Party candidates is, in fact, headed to Juneau to represent you during a pretty critical time in Alaska’s history.

Women may need extra steps on the road to financial security

International Women’s Day is observed on March 8. Around the world, thousands of events will honor women’s achievements. Yet, women still face challenges in many areas of life – such as their financial situations. So if you’re a woman, you may want to use this occasion to consider steps you can take to help move toward your important financial goals, such as a comfortable retirement.

City needs to discuss marijuana

Several weeks ago, councilman Beau Burgess encouraged the Homer City Council to “inform themselves” about marijuana legislation, and the mayor offered that she would like to see an open-house style discussion about the initiative and a local option. But since then? Crickets. All of the chatter about an estimated $23 million dollar industry has come […]

No shortage of good company for Thanksgiving

No snow, and lots of sunshine; a combination that sounds more like a day of summer in Alaska, rather than late November. Nonetheless, the holidays are upon us and in no time Christmas music will fill your ears. Homer will come alive with red and green lights on homes while residents inside wait for a […]

The time of year that binds Homer

It doesn’t seem so long ago that the town of Homer was bustling with a sense of purpose. Summer is a time to tend to all those unfinished projects, cater to the needs of tourists and just enjoy the outdoors.
Now that the days have darkened and we settle into the long winter, we can shift our focus to other tasks and pleasures.
This time of year — between the end of summer and the holiday season — is a magical time of twinkling lights, blustering winds, occasional snow storms and an overwhelming sense of good will and giving.

‘Strategic doing’ what it means

Recently, the Homer City Council met for seven long hours to “make a game plan for all the plans.” During the meeting, special guests introduced the planning approach of “Strategic Doing” a method of long-term planning that — unlike traditional strategic planning — revisits plans in increments of days, rather than years.
I couldn’t be more excited.
Granted, I am young and learning much about Homer and how city politics play out both in the meeting chambers and outside in our everyday life. But, I know one thing for certain: Homer is growing and change is coming. Being receptive, and heck, just being ready for change is something many communities struggle to do. Given the tradition and ingrained lifestyle of Alaskans and the growing number of our aging population, resistance to change is a fairly threatening reality for our small town.

Your vote is your voice

With the Royals and Giants heading into the final stretch of World Series Baseball this week, it’s easy to get lost in the all the hype — and the money. Loyal fans from both Kansas City and San Francisco have spent a fortune on tickets, T-shirts and just about anything else they can slap a team logo on. Crowds have filled both stadiums to near-capacity for every game, and there are millions procured from advertisers who want their commercials broadcast during the big games.
The excitement, passion and general frenzy many American fans have for their teams is often unprecedented — (with the possible exception of European soccer.)

Fear is spreading faster than Ebola

While the threat of Ebola continues to be very real in places like West Africa, where they are enduring the worst Ebola outbreak on record, rampant paranoia and a contagion of hysteria and panic continue to sweep the United States, as media outlets across the nation report on the deadly disease. Some offer well-researched and […]

‘Silver Tsunami’ spells more changes ahead

In what is coined a Silver Tsunami by the Alaska Commission on Aging, the Kenai Peninsula is seeing a new demographic – now more than half of all the residents here are between the ages of 45 and 54. Projecting down the aging road, that increase is anticipated to be 130 percent in the next […]

On the loss of a city manager

Get ready for patience as the search begins for a new Homer city manager. A city manager is generally a specialized hybrid – a combination of an individual who possesses politically savvy, as adept at budgets as a CEO and as diplomatic as a game show host – all at the same time. Finding one […]

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