Wagoner can’t take credit In my opinion, Tom Wagoner’s Walk is down a crooked dirty path seeking re-election. His new ad with a letter from Mayor Hornaday is a low way to get votes from the uninformed public. It is obvious to those that have been involved in the Natural Gas Line project to Homer [...]
Give school buses and kids a ‘brake’ In just a matter of weeks, yellow school buses filled with children will be heading back to school. With the new school year just around the corner, First Student would like to remind everyone to stay alert, as more children will be walking to their bus stops and [...]
It’s not so bad I find it difficult to accept the whining from setnetters about their perceived fiscal peril this year. Last year, about 400 halibut charter captains had their livelihoods ruined when NOAA/NMFS eliminated about a third of the charter fleet. That makes for more than just a bad year — more like a [...]
Set-netting is not just a job. It is how my family, along with hundreds of others here on the Kenai Peninsula, define themselves. More than 80 percent of set-net permit holders are Alaska residents, and much of the money they earn stays in the local economy. For generations, our families have returned to our fish camps to harvest a small portion of the sockeye return. Our fishing methods have changed very little since set-netting started here more than 120 years ago.
We are proud fishermen from humble backgrounds, most of us working other jobs to support our set-netting tradition. We understand the ups and downs of fishing in a wild sustainable fishery. We know the main concern is, and always should be, the health of the river.
Chamber supports broad distribution of gas The build out of the Homer-area natural gas pipeline distribution system should be a city wide effort, and it will be discussed at the next city council meeting, July 23. Unless the City of Homer takes a lead in a Local Improvement District to initiate the gas pipeline build-out [...]
Don’t be fooled by talking points At the first hearing regarding Ballot Measure 2 last Monday in Soldotna, I got to hear first hand from those opposed to the Coastal Management Initiative. They are corporate, organized and very well-funded. Their goal is to silence the voice of coastal residents, and their talking points are all [...]
Who’s spying on Katmai? Our guide and guests visiting the South Hallo Bay area on the Shelikof Strait coast of Katmai National Park today, June 27 observed an IR/motion/timer triggered digital capture spy type camera hidden in the driftwood along the beach area. This particular camera appears to be capturing an area encompassing the beach [...]
HoWL gains extraordinary support The days are as long as anyone ever wanted them to be, the pushki is as tall as your average kid’s knee, and here at HoWL Headquarters (in the Yurt Village), this executive director has some long overdue thank-yous. Back in April and early May, when pushki was just last year’s [...]
Time Bank helps church, food pantry St. Augustines’ Episcopal Church would like to thank Laura Brooks and the AHA Time Bank members, PJ, Adam, Annie, Lia, Lynne and Paul for their kind help June 9 with the garden. We were able to move new dirt into beds, build and line berry boxes, shift dirt from [...]
Scalzi fund keeps giving I would like to express my appreciation to the Drew Scalzi Memorial Maritime Scholarship Fund at the Homer Foundation. I will be using this scholarship to attend AVTEC to study industrial electricity this fall. I feel very lucky to have received this scholarship, and plan to pursue my studies at AVTEC [...]