What we heard during 6 AMHS community engagement meetings

The Alaska Marine Highway System held six community engagement meetings across coastal Alaska last month. During this time, the department also held numerous meetings with AMHS vessel and terminal staff. The purpose of the meetings was to involve Alaskans in the decision-making process AMHS is facing due to the reality of a declining operating budget.

Letters to the editor – Jan. 13, 2016

Meat industry – 9, consumers – 0 The “Dietary Guidelines for Americans” released yesterday by U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services mark the ninth time in a row that the meat industry has successfully suppressed scientific findings recommending reduced meat consumption. The reduction was recommended by the government-appointed Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee […]

Why not start the new year by going social?

Why Go Social? Social media as we know it was birthed 10 years ago, and while it seemed like a fad, it doesn’t look like it will be going away anytime soon. With its ever-changing layouts and rules, the social media landscape can be  a daunting frontier. If you’re like most business owners/entrepreneurs/mothers, you’re too […]

Time goes by fast at the Homer Food Pantry

by Donna Wells It is amazing how quickly fall slides into the end of the year — and what a year we’ve had! We want to mention as many contributors as possible. In September, the Alaska USA Federal Credit Union Members and staff teamed up with the Alaska USA Foundation to conduct the “Cash for […]

Letters to the editor – Jan. 6, 2016

Your fork is a deadly weapon Must we really resolve to improve our diets or exercise routines in the New Year in order to increase longevity or improve quality of life? Unfortunately, gun violence and traffic accidents are still the leading causes of death among young people. Fortunately, however, our fork — yet another deadly […]

Voter registration initiative could enfranchise thousands

By Victor Joseph Recently, the News-Miner has featured articles both in print and online of political debates and terrorism, budget strife and unemployment. Despite the political doom and gloom this holiday season, Alaskans have the feel-good option of supporting an initiative that would wipe away the most common barriers to access to our most sacred […]

An open letter to parents of teenagers

Come spend an evening with Homer’s Sexual Health Peer Education team who teach in the health classes at middle and high schools on the Kenai Peninsula. If you are a parent or adult in the life of an adolescent please take advantage of this evening to meet our presentation staff and learn about what has […]

Letters to the editor – Dec. 30, 2015

Quilt raffle supports HVFD The Homer Volunteer Fire Department Membership Association would like to thank the community for their participation in our 2015 quilt raffle fundraiser. Thanks to your generous participation, we are able continue supporting the city’s volunteer firefighters and EMTs. Congratulations to raffle winner Darcy Mueller, and safe and happy holidays from all […]

Letters to the Editor – Dec. 23, 2015

Helping Homer find the cross It’s that time of the year again when Christmas decorations are up and around. Last year, there was some buzz about a big, lighted cross somewhere along East End Road. People were reportedly looking for the cross, driving along roads and driveways — ending up in private yards. Some were […]

How to keep friends and influence people (at Christmas dinner)

Everyone has that crazy uncle who insists on making every family gathering a soapbox on which he can stand and proclaim his way or the highway. (Yes, I might be the very uncle of which I speak). Or perhaps it’s a family friend that, when you hear they are coming to the festivities, you immediately […]

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