Tower ordinance falls short in protecting Homer citizens

I am writing to address the tower ordinance 14-18(A)(S) currently in front of the Homer City Council. While it is a step in the right direction, it is incomplete and needs additions to fully protect Homer citizens and serve the telecommunications industry.
Some background is in order: The Federal Communications Commission estimated in 2012, that the growth of telecommunications and broadband services will require one tower for every seven people in order to meet demand for services.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Are cannabis social clubs legal in Alaska?

We Alaskans have statutory and constitutional language available to determine whether cannabis social clubs are lawful.
The “act to tax and regulate the production, sale and use of marijuana” begins: “In the interest of allowing law enforcement to focus on violent and property crimes, and to enhance individual freedom, the people of the state of Alaska find and declare that the use of marijuana should be legal for persons 21 years of age or older.”

‘A candle brightens wherever it goes’

Over the past 25 years, the Homer Community Food Pantry has provided food to those in need. Only with Homer’s generous donations of food, money and volunteer hours can we help those seeking our services. Together, we are a bridge, sharing resources to address hunger and basic needs as we form a local helping network. Meeting these needs can be consuming in time and personnel, but our efforts are very practical and concrete.

How to work smarter to prevent and address crime in Alaska

As law enforcement officials, we earn public confidence not just by being professional, but by evolving and working smarter. That’s why we are encouraged by the smart justice reforms laid out in Senate Bill 91.
By advancing evidence-based reforms to the state s systems for bail, sentencing and community supervision, Senate Bill 91 aligns our justice system with the best knowledge in the field on what works to prevent crimes and change criminal offending behavior.

Homer’s cannabis industry faces some obstacles

Over the next month, the city council will discuss and decide on an ordinance that will create some obstacles for cannabis entrepreneurs wishing to enter the legitimate industry — if it were to pass in its current form.

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