The man behind the uniform

My father was raised a Quaker; you know, the kind that will nurse the wounded on both sides rather than take up arms. He was in medical school when Hitler’s forces seemed to be winning. Feeling that Hitler must be stopped, he quit medical school to join the navy. He almost died in the 1918 […]

Letters to the Editor – Nov. 4

There IS something to do in Homer With support from the Sheldon Youth-to-Youth Fund and the Homer Foundation’s Youth Advisory Committee, local youths have been able to participate in safe social events. By offering free skating outings to Kevin Bell Arena, more kids have been introduced to winter recreational choices and healthy activities. Big Brothers, […]

In consideration of a peninsula hospital merger

This week I was asked to comment on the potential Central Peninsula Hospital (CPH)- South Peninsula Hospital (SPH) merger presented to the Homer City Council. The KPB Healthcare task force is reviewing health care costs for all three peninsula hospitals.   The mayor said he plans to hire consultants to construct a plan for hospital and […]

Letters to the Editor – Oct. 28

A briefing on the baskets Greetings to each of you. Here’s an update on the Thanksgiving Basket program. Applications will be available Nov. 2, and will be located at the following locations: The Food Pantry, Salvation Army and First National Bank. Please fill out the application as soon as possible so we can better plan […]

Debunking ‘myths, innuendos and false narratives’

The senior community in Alaska is a vibrant, growing community that has a significant economic impact on the state and boroughs. Politicians of all persuasions frequently point toward seniors when looking for ways to increase revenue or as a convenient group to place “soft” blame for  financial shortfalls resulting from past errant financial decisions.  Some […]

Letters to the Editor – Oct. 21

Paul Bank PTA thank you I would like to thank the parents and community members who have helped the Paul Banks PTA raise funds for our school’s new sign. In these financial times, there is no way our school would be able to afford such a high-quality sign. I know there was a lot of […]

Woodard Creek presses forward

Local citizens, property owners and groups comprising the Woodard Creek Coalition came together Oct. 17, at the Pratt Museum to continue efforts aimed at promoting the community values surrounding Woodard Creek. A representative from the National Park Service facilitated the session under a generous grant from the River & Trails Conservation Assistance Program. We made […]

Kachemak City is a small ‘do something’ town

Homer’s eastern neighbor, Kachemak City (see map below), is a bit of an enigma to many folks at  our end of the Kenai Peninsula.  It is a tiny, irregularly shaped city with one 10th the population of Homer. It doesn’t even have its own zip code. What it does have, though, is a long history, […]

Letters to the Editor – Oct. 14

Go pink in October One in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lives. This includes our mothers, daughters, friends and neighbors right here in our community. The October Breast Cancer Awareness Month Pink Flag Campaign helps local families affected by breast cancer by supporting […]

Young Alaskans support PFD voter initiative

by Penny Gage, Katherine Jernstrom and Erin Harrington We live in the digital age. With a few clicks of the mouse or finger taps on a smartphone, we have access to a wealth of information that was unimaginable just a few years ago. An entire generation has grown up with the internet, and it seems […]

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