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.
When Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast in 1621 – often considered the “First Thanksgiving” – there were more than a few overwhelming obstacles the early dinner guests had to overcome: The pilgrims had just recently spent 66 days and 2,750 miles on a crowded Mayflower voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. […]
Vernon J. Baker received the Medal of Honor for his heroic service during World War II. He died in 2010, and his picture is on display at the Pentagon. Baker’s words about the impact of war on the lives of those who serve are carefully inscribed below his photo: “War is the most regrettable proving […]
An anonymous person squeezed an appeal into the weather report, saying “Please pay us.” The federal employee did it using the first column of letters down the page of a report warning about a coming storm expected to sweep from Bristol Bay to Cook Inlet.
Congratulations to the winners in the Homer City Council election. The weeks and months ahead as they assume their seats will be interesting. We are looking forward to seeing some of the changes discussed in the candidate debates and interviews. Certainly, there are a number of weighty matters coming up that will require a lot […]
Voter turnout on the Kenai Peninsula, as elsewhere in America, tends to be dismal. Kenai Peninsula Borough wide turnout in 2012 was 13 percent. Last year’s Homer District 1 and District 2 surface as more enthusiastic at 19.7 and 17 percent respectively, but even that sits well below a grudgingly ideal turnout of at least […]
For years, people of Homer have waxed wistful on the subject of gaining a community center. The idea is part nostalgia for a meeting place — like the old-fashioned grocery stores where generations kept connected — as well as practical in the need for a place to play sports or attend a workshop. It’s even […]
Homer Voice for Business makes valid points at a time when small town economies are shifting to greater self-sustainability. Across the country the move away from bigger outside businesses supplying our material and food needs urges us toward supplying for those needs within our own towns. The advice from numerous social-economic critics is to protect […]
There is little doubt the structure housing the Homer jail and police station is in need of help. The kind of assistance where you walk away and start over again in a new building. The Homer Fire Department structure also holds lamentable inadequacies such as too short ceilings and doors for large fire trucks that […]
Alaskans working through academic schooling or vocational training should not be crippled by debt to better themselves, and in doing so, better our economy. In our state, a debate about student loan rates is going on that parallels the one just resolved in Congress.