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 […]

What’s home rule

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 […]

Just keep voting – one round down, two to go

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.

Good for Mayor Navarre

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 […]

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