Power hungry? Food tax won’t satisfy

by Chris Story There is one thing I love about fall here in Homer Alaska: the sunrises in the early morning hours, illuminating the sky and mountains with bright orange and pink brush strokes. Truly an amazing time of year for your senses. The other thing I love about fall is the coming of October. […]

‘It’s time to use permanent fund earnings’

by Mike Navarre Announcement of the annual Alaska Permanent Fund dividend is one of Alaskans’ most anticipated events of the year. Dividends are clearly important to Alaska residents and also have a significant and positive effect on our economy. This year’s anticipated record dividend comes at the same time as Alaska faces its largest budget […]

Prepare for opportunity disguised as loss

by Mavis Muller The 12th annual enactment of the Burning Basket interactive, impermanent art was a brilliant success. A giant intricately woven basket and labyrinth were created by people of all ages. Nearly 100 hours were donated to gather materials and to build the installations, with over 30 people participating, as well as 80 students […]

Repair and reopen Rocky River road-Sept. 16

POINT OF VIEW Kris and Judith Lethin The State of Alaska Rocky River road easement repair can provide new Economic Opportunities to the communities of the Lower Cook Inlet, and establish access to remote State and Federal park lands. The repair of the road will stimulate the social well being of those of us who […]

Do Not Blame the Fish

POINT OF VIEW Alicia Rae The commercial fishing fleet is to “fault” for the failure of the sports fishermen, in the public mindset. They blame the commercial fleet of stealing “their” target specie, Chinook salmon. Although, they do not factor in their effect on the salmon’s population, with urbanization of the salmon’s native stream, destroying […]

An activist without a cause is dangerous

POINT OF VIEW Rob Rosenfeld As this long rainy weekend passes by, I sit here thinking about my first drive to Alaska during March of 1989. While driving up the Alaskan Highway, the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill occurred on March 24. Homer saw and felt the intense impacts of an environmental disaster on an extreme scale. This […]

President Obama’s Footprint

A friend said to me one day last winter, “Are you a denier? A climate-change denier?” A little puzzled I said, “No. I think it’s changing. If you’re asking if I think we are directly changing it,  then yes, I’m a denier I guess.” From where I’m sitting now, drinking my coffee and cogitating the carbon […]

Opportunity to read, explore and create

As September rolls in, local families are settling back into the rhythm of the school year. Summer vacation went by quickly — especially at the Homer Public Library. Each summer, the library hosts Summer@HPL; a robust, informal learning program for kids and teens. On one hand, it’s designed to reduce “summer slide,” the tendency for […]

How we can use soil as a source of hope, life and economy

As long as our planet is in one piece — with water and an atmosphere — we earthlings have life and hope. We can turn around global warming. What makes this possible is our planetary soils; our planet’s true source of wealth.
Humanity currently burns huge quantities of fossil fuels, primarily to generate electricity, secondarily to transport goods and people. Burning fossil fuels generates carbon dioxide. Earth’s atmosphere can hold only a limited quantity of carbon dioxide before the carbon dioxide starts dissolving into the oceans and causing ocean acidification.

Consensus not easy, but the right thing to do

According to a recent news article, it appears the light bulb has gone on and change is afoot. Apparently, the makers of ordinance 15-29 — which intends to prevent all vehicles on all city-owned beaches in Homer — have realized that it is, in fact, true that a “prescriptive easement” to the west of Bishops Beach toward Anchor Point can’t be redacted.
As stated recently, this revelation is one that the first Beach Policy Task Force had in 2001.
I’d like to share a little history for the sake of clarity and continuity. Below is the introductory paragraph submitted with the “Beach Policy Task Force Results,” May of 2001.

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