Sex education works to cut STDs, unwanted pregnancies

On March 7, The New York Times reported the unplanned pregnancy rate in the United States had declined to its lowest level in the last three decades. The report is great news for some — and tragic news for others.
The newly reported rates are great news for the reproductive health community, as it shows their efforts to educate Americans about safe sex and effective birth control are yielding positive results. It also furthers the case for keeping the doors open to trusted health providers like Planned Parenthood.

Reports of sandhill crane sightings in Homer

This past February was Alaska’s warmest on record, with the past three months being 10.6 degrees above the long-term three-month average set 92 years ago. Flower bulbs are pushing up, pussy willows have been out since January, local fruit trees are blooming and sandhill cranes are here in Homer; nearly a month earlier than their usual arrival time of mid-April.

Letters – March 16

Alaska: world center of renewable energy? We all know our state is in a budget crisis, and that a lot of effort is being used to solve our money problems. But, I think we need to look at a long-range solution to the problems of an Alaska economy that is too dependent on oil and […]

Silencing mushers will not slide

At the Iditarod checkpoint of Rohn in the 2014 race, I was amazed by the diversity of mushers: men and women, young and old, Alaska Native to Jamaican. Nearly every musher looked completely different from the next, from carbon fiber sleds to one homemade from hockey sticks, to dog teams fed on wild Alaska salmon, to mushers with sponsor logos on dog booties. I was convinced the Iditarod truly is the “Last Great Race” because of the highly self-reliant individuals who dedicate their lives to the challenge.

Letters – March 9

Become educated to substance abuse The youth of Homer are outraged. We have been abandoned. Drug addiction is real, and so is the truth of the problem. It does not take very long in Homer for any particular member from the youth community to be associated with the darkest parts of town. My peers who […]

Restrict helicopter landings in Kachemak Bay State Park

Anchorage-based company Norse Flight, Inc., has applied for a permit for an unspecified (unlimited) number of landings at 11 different sites in Kachemak Bay State Park and Kachemak Bay State Wilderness Park from May through September.

Women may need extra steps on the road to financial security

International Women’s Day is observed on March 8. Around the world, thousands of events will honor women’s achievements. Yet, women still face challenges in many areas of life – such as their financial situations. So if you’re a woman, you may want to use this occasion to consider steps you can take to help move toward your important financial goals, such as a comfortable retirement.

What is ‘Cannabis Culture?’

People have been asking me, “what’s this cannabis culture you write about?”
What is a culture? Culture is the way of life of a particular group of people, the customs, traditions and values of a society. In a wider sense of the word, as in agriculture or tissue culture, culture is alive.
Cannabis culture occupies a unique place in American history. We survived a prohibition. We risked our lives and lands to grow this plant for so many people’s needs.

Homer Public Library is ready for summer

Spring break is nearly here, and it won’t be long before school children wail, “I’m boooored!”
Don’t fret. Our local library has convenient hours, and a fantastic selection of books and budget-friendly activities. You may not know that the Homer Public Library is open until 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays; that’s enough after-dinner time to grab a few DVDs and some fun books.

Seaton’s HB 365 is new plan for permanent fund

Greetings from Juneau on the 42nd day of the second legislative session. On Wednesday, I introduced HB 365 to address our budget crisis. With low prices and declining production, oil revenue alone is no longer sufficient to support our state, and the gap cannot be bridged with budget cuts alone.

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