Letter to the editor – Oct. 20

CHARR Convention thank you A huge Cosmic Hamlet thank you to all who had a hand in the very successful auction held last week at the annual CHARR Convention here in beautiful Homer. CHARR chose Share the Spirit partner for this year’s event, and we are extremely grateful. To our local businesses and artists, as […]

Letters – Oct. 13

Poor turnout Homer, the results are in! In this past election, only 32 percent of registered voters voted. According to news reports, that is an excellent turnout. Thirty two percent on any test is considered is considered failing. Can’t we do better? On Oct. 20 starting at 5:30 at Islands and Oceans, concerned citizens will […]

Letters to the Editor – Oct. 6

Share the Spirit Share the Spirit needs your help. Now wait just a darn minute, you’re probably thinking it’s not that season, what in tarnation do these folks want now? Surprise! We have been asked to participate in a charity Auction by CHARR during their October convention being held right here in our cosmic hamlet! […]

Letters to the Editor – Sept. 29

Letters To the Editor – Sept. 22

About the need for a new public safety building As most people know our city government has certain responsibilities to ensure a prosperous, livable, and safe community. Included in these responsibilities are the harbor, public utilities, fire and public safety. The city supports the harbor which provides safe moorage for the charter fleet and the […]

Letters – Sept. 15

Improving access to healthcare a community responsibility South Peninsula Hospital and the Kenai Peninsula Borough are underway with two very important projects. The first is a long-overdue replacement of the air-handling system in the operating rooms.  Originally installed in the 1970s, this 40-year-old antiquated system is no longer adequate for the OR. In addition to […]

Letters – Sept. 8

Rounding up thank-yous I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the numerous event participants, volunteers and those who contributed to the 2016 Rounds for the Rink on Aug. 20. The annual fundraiser benefits the Homer Hockey Association and Kevin Bell Arena. Thank you to the hole sponsors: Café Cups, the Grog Shop, […]

Law banning small homes counter to Alaska values

Last week, Wasilla banned tiny houses. The city said it was concerned that the tiny homes would encourage ghetto-like conditions if the small, compact homes so popular in Lower 48 cities these days were to be rented out at budget prices. So, to prevent that from happening, the same council who allowed a parade of box stores into their community said single family dwellings must be 700 square feet or larger.
The tiny home craze has caught on with many, especially those looking for a way out of cost-prohibitive housing prices in large cities. While many city codes require homes of a certain size, building a small home on the bed of a typical flatbed trailer bypasses that code because the structure is no longer permanent. Instead, it’s a mobile.
Advocates for these small homes say they are the answer to the housing crisis many face in urban areas. They are typically built with all the features of a larger home, just on a much smaller scale (think boat cabin galley-size stoves and sinks).

Letters to the Editor – Sept. 1

You — and your kids — are what you eat With the new school year starting, parents’ to-do lists are now filled with shopping for school clothes, school supplies and school food. That’s right — school food! In past years, our nation’s schools were used by the USDA as a dumping ground for surplus meat […]

Letters to the Editor

Special Thanks Recently we had our annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics. This was our best fund raiser ever and we have our community to thank for that. We would like to give a special thanks to the Emblem Club for feeding us again at the end of the run, Officer Sean Perry […]

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