Salmon Day a reminder of an important way of life

I am Janie Standifer and I am 17 years old. I am from Tyonek, a village of 200 people right across the Inlet from Anchorage. We are Dena’ina Athabascan. Since I was little I watched my aunties and uncles cut fish. I helped prepare it for the smokehouse and for dinner. When I grew a little older I started cutting fish and pulling up nets with my family on the Chuitna River. Every summer I help with all this work, and it makes me happy because I know the salmon are returning home and we’ll have fresh fish for dinner.
I’m excited to celebrate the first annual Alaska Wild Salmon Day on Aug. 10 with Alaskans across the state, because every day is wild salmon day for me — and now that can be shared. Our salmon should be celebrated, and protected.

On ’Stalking the Bogeyman’

To those who may have avoided attending the Homer production of the David Holthouse/UAA performance of his courageous work, “Stalking the Bogeyman,” out of fear that the dark and uncomfortable subject of childhood sexual abuse would prove overwhelmingly disturbing, here are my own thoughts after attending the performance last night.
Both the play, and the article from which the work developed into a dramatic production, deal most explicitly with David’s 30-­year struggle to cope with the resentment, fear and hatred which the long­-held secret of the violation held upon him and to explore aloud its impact upon his life. David’s own psychological and spiritual maturity eventually allowed him to release himself from the power which the long-­gone perpetrator of the violence held over his imagination and spiritual development, This, it seems to me, is the central message of his writing.

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 […]

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.

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.

Congress bipartisan to promote new technologies

Sometimes there’s actually encouraging news coming out of Washington.
In an effort to update America’s energy policy, and tackle some looming problems for the nation’s manufacturers, the Senate has passed new, bipartisan legislation. The bill addresses such diverse issues as cutting-edge energy technologies and America’s increasing dependence on minerals and metals sourced from overseas.
So how did all of this good news come about?

It’s time to support marijuana establishments in our community

The Kenai Peninsula Borough currently has a review process in place for the licensing of marijuana establishments. It has named the assembly as the local regulatory authority.
When a marijuana licensee provides a completed packet to the state, it will be sent to the borough government for review, first by the planning department and then by the assembly.

No sidelines in climate change fight

On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans hit the streets to protest the environmental effects of more than 100 years of uncontrolled fossil-fueled industrial development. It was the first Earth Day.
What was intended to be a college campus teach-in, soon spread to every community and city across the United States. It was — and remains — the single largest secular event in history.

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