Stosh Anderson misrepresents Magnuson-Stevens reauthorization

The April 8 opinion piece by Stosh Anderson, “Don Young seeks to unwind ‘Alaska Model’ for fisheries in Magnuson-Stevens Act,” fails to represent the facts of the legislation I introduced to reauthorize the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.
To set the record straight, I have always applauded and supported the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council for creating an unparalleled system of fisheries management. Through foresight and willingness, our fisheries managers have developed and implemented a management system that is considered the envy of the world, dubbed the “Alaska Model.”
This system has worked extremely well in Alaska, due to annual stock assessments that provide up-to-date information to fishery managers — a necessary tool for implementing an adaptive management system that allows for the optimal conservation and use of our fishery resources.

The Power of ‘We’

Much research has been done on the “Power of Five.” Five food groups make up a healthy diet. Five points make up a glowing star. Five senses help us interpret the world.
According to Helping Little Kids Succeed Alaska Style, “five is the key number of caring adults that every child needs in his or her life.”
These adults are not bystanders; they are “connected, committed and genuinely concerned about (her) well-being.” The number five plays a powerful role in guiding our children down the path of success.

Young seeks to unwind Magnuson-Stevens’ ‘Alaska Model’

Our lone Congressman, Don Young, recently introduced legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives to reauthorize our federal fisheries management law, the Magnuson-Stevens Act. The law is the foundation of sustainable fisheries management, and bears the names and legacy of legendary Senators Ted Stevens and Warren Magnuson. Representative Young’s proposed legislation unwinds the important work the Senators did to ensure the long-term sustainability of our fisheries.

Medicaid expansion makes sense for Alaska

Why does it make sense to take on Medicaid expansion in these times of fiscal challenges and diminished budgets? Aren’t we supposed to be tightening our belts right about now, boring new holes for the buckle so we can draw them even tighter in years to come? Why would we take money from the Feds, with all those strings attached?
It may seem counter-intuitive to commit to expansion in a time of contracting state budgets. Nonetheless, when you dig deeper into the facts, figures and underlying rationale, it makes good sense to move forward with Medicaid expansion.

From the desk of Representative Paul Seaton

Greetings from Juneau on this 77th day of the legislative session. I hope everyone had an excellent Easter weekend. It is great to have Tina back from returning our 3 year old granddaughter to her parents. It does make life less hectic – though we miss Hazel’s energy!
My big accomplishment for the week was moving the Medicaid Reform/Expansion legislation submitted by Governor Walker, HB 148, out of committee. We considered 29 amendments and added a number of reform demonstration projects. Most importantly, we required that the reforms be done or investigated and reported to the legislature by certain dates.

Food pantry serves many around Kachemak Bay

You may have noticed that the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank has been sending out donation requests lately.
Homer Community Food Pantry has received several calls asking, “How does this donation benefit you?” We receive no money from them, and donating to them is your decision. As dues-paying members of KPFB, our only benefit is purchasing food — when they have it — at a reduced cost.
Cash donations to Homer’s Food Pantry allow us to provide food to many in our community. To meet that need, we spend more than $500 weekly to supplement the food donations that you bring us.

PhotoVoice returns with expanded scope

On Friday, Homer Middle School’s yearbook class will present their thoughts on gender norms, role models, problems and issues facing Homer teens, and the factors contributing to teen drinking in the community through a photography project called PhotoVoice. The gallery of images will be displayed at Two Sisters Bakery for the month of April, and will mark the second year students at Homer Middle School have the chance to share their thoughts with the community.

More are to blame than the two brothers

What a thin line there is between “civilized” human behavior and the behavior of animals! And how easily that line is erased with the consumption of alcohol combined with the need to be accepted by a group, which can result in destructive mob action. I’m referring to the uncivilized, irresponsible, immature action at a teenage party of two and a half years ago.
Troubling as I see it is that the two Resetarits brothers have been made scapegoats. It seems to me that there is a far wider circle of people who should publicly share responsibility.

Alaska faces critical salmon habitat decision

What if someone told you your favorite salmon stream was better off as a coal strip mine? You’ll never be able to fish there again. But it’s OK. There are plenty of other streams to fish.
Imagine if that river was the Anchor or the Ninilchik or the Russian River?
The State of Alaska faces a historic decision in Upper Cook Inlet: should we reserve water in a stream to protect our wild salmon, or give the water to a coal company so it can dewater the stream and extract coal for China? The State will take public comments on this critical question until April 9.

Work together for an improved Bishop’s Beach policy

Homer’s citizens and visitors encompass a wide spectrum of beach-users: dog walkers, quiet seekers, coal collectors, off-road vehicle drivers, kayakers, paddle boarders, fat-tire bikers, picnickers, wavewatchers, painters, tide-poolers, birders, educational and recreational class attendees and many other user groups I likely forgot.
I believe that a beach policy can be implemented to protect important areas, while still allowing us all the freedom to enjoy our beaches. With planning and some give and take, there can be (safe) driving on the beach, coal collection, off-leash dog areas, etc.

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