Little progress made on budget and sustainable fiscal plan

Greetings from Juneau this eighth day of the fourth special session of the 29th Legislature. It is disappointing that little progress has been made on the important issues related to the budget and sustainable fiscal plan. It has generally been agreed that the oil and gas tax/credit bill needed to be resolved first because members are very reluctant to continue paying hundreds of millions of dollars out of the treasury to oil and gas companies while at the same time we would be asked to reduce the Permanent Fund Dividend by a similar amount to achieve a sustainable fiscal plan.

Thank you for the memories, I’ll shall return

I’d like to congratulate Michael Hawfield, Beth Graber and Elaine Grabowski on their impending retirements — and thank you for your years of service to so many people on the south Kenai Peninsula.
Having recently retired, I know you’ll enjoy your newfound freedom, my friends.
Now that the dust has settled, I’d like to thank everyone who attended my retirement party at Alice’s on April 15. It was wonderful to see so many good friends gathered for the last hurrah.

Homer Public Library on raising a reader

Welcome to Raising a Reader! Each month, this column will feature information to help you include everyday literacy in your family’s daily routine, supporting your young readers. Here are a few tips for raising a reader by reading, talking, playing, singing and writing with your child. Early Literacy Tip: Music and, in particular, singing are […]

Letters – May 25

Migration Run brings fun — and sun The annual Migration Run, a fundraiser for Homer youth running programs, took place on the sunniest of Sundays this May, and we are grateful for all those who made it such a success.  Lauren Jones, who is a member of the Homer High School Track team and an […]

Letters – May 18

Stickers and T-shirt thanks I want to thank the Kachemak Bay Running Club for their enthusiastic support of the Mileage Club at West Homer Elementary. KBRC’s donation of KBRC stickers and custom T-shirts for the students that make the 26.2 mile marathon level is amazingly generous. This is our second year doing the Mileage Club, […]

National EMS Week honors responders

First started by then-President Gerald Ford in 1974, National Emergency Medical Services Week is dedicated to all of the emergency medical service providers across the nation. Emergency Medical Services is a comprehensive system encompassing a wide range of services beginning with the interested public that calls 911 when they see someone in need.
Once the call is placed to 911, trained emergency medical dispatchers coordinate the response of those resources necessary to take care of the call and provide medically based care instructions to those citizens on the scene to render aid.

Thanks ‘sew’ much for another outstanding quilt show

The Kachemak Bay Quilters held their 32nd annual quilt show last weekend at the Elks Lodge. While attendance was not as high as years when the show coincides with the Shorebird Festival, there was a steady stream of visitors and a constant chorus of “oohs” and “ahhs” as viewers walked the show to identify their favorites and vote in the different categories.
n the Large Bed Quilt category, two extraordinary paper-pieced king-size quilts pieced by Cinda Martin won first and third place ribbons. Both quilts were made using quilt designer Judy Niemeyer patterns in colors picked by Cinda, and both the “Lumina Star” and “Raindrops” quilts were long-arm quilted by Karrie Youngblood.
There was a tie for second place in the Large Bed Quilt category. Enid Keyes’ dramatic black and gold “That Night In Venice” embroidered and pieced quilt shared second place with Bonnie Dupree’s colorful “Starburst” pieced quilt.

Letters – May 11

It takes a community The freshmen girls and boys of Homer High School, and their teachers, would love to extend a heart-felt thank you to the KBRC for their very generous gift to the decathlon competition. It is wonderful to inspire our young athletes in the world of track and field. We would also like […]

Letters – May 4

KBFPC thanks City of Homer On behalf of Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic and the R.E.C. Room (a Youth Resource & Enrichment Co-op), I want to thank the City of Homer for its grant for general operating support. In addition, I send my thanks to the Homer Foundation for administering this important program. The City […]

General aviation connects Alaska

In Alaska, we have a saying: “Fly an hour or walk a week.”
For us, this has real meaning. There are literally hundreds of communities in Alaska that cannot be accessed by the limited road system and rely on general aviation. In my case, I use my plane for my photography business, flying to remote sites to capture landscapes and photos of Alaska, its history, its events and its people. My plane literally supports my business and livelihood.

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