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 […]

Enough already on HERC talks

Round and round she goes: Discussions on the old derelict middle school, called the HERC building, circle into yet another phase. On Monday night, the Homer City Council heard a report from the city manager on getting a deed restriction removed by the Kenai Peninsula Borough. This would clear the way for the City of […]

A wrap on home rule for Homer

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 […]

Historic Homer’s art

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 […]

Public gets chance to learn more on whales and Navy war exercise

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 […]

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