‘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.

State blows through savings, then proposes dividend cap

Other than being the farthest north, west and east state, why is Alaska so different from the other 49 members of our Union? Upon becoming a state, we received a 100-million-acre land grant, much like the land grant schools and some colleges received in the Lower 48. This was to help provide an income base for a large area with a small population.
Upon statehood, our new Commissioner of Natural Resources Phil Holdsworth set out to select lands of value for our state.
Prudhoe Bay was one of his picks.

What we heard during 6 AMHS community engagement meetings

The Alaska Marine Highway System held six community engagement meetings across coastal Alaska last month. During this time, the department also held numerous meetings with AMHS vessel and terminal staff. The purpose of the meetings was to involve Alaskans in the decision-making process AMHS is facing due to the reality of a declining operating budget.

Why not start the new year by going social?

Why Go Social? Social media as we know it was birthed 10 years ago, and while it seemed like a fad, it doesn’t look like it will be going away anytime soon. With its ever-changing layouts and rules, the social media landscape can be  a daunting frontier. If you’re like most business owners/entrepreneurs/mothers, you’re too […]

Time goes by fast at the Homer Food Pantry

by Donna Wells It is amazing how quickly fall slides into the end of the year — and what a year we’ve had! We want to mention as many contributors as possible. In September, the Alaska USA Federal Credit Union Members and staff teamed up with the Alaska USA Foundation to conduct the “Cash for […]

Voter registration initiative could enfranchise thousands

By Victor Joseph Recently, the News-Miner has featured articles both in print and online of political debates and terrorism, budget strife and unemployment. Despite the political doom and gloom this holiday season, Alaskans have the feel-good option of supporting an initiative that would wipe away the most common barriers to access to our most sacred […]

An open letter to parents of teenagers

Come spend an evening with Homer’s Sexual Health Peer Education team who teach in the health classes at middle and high schools on the Kenai Peninsula. If you are a parent or adult in the life of an adolescent please take advantage of this evening to meet our presentation staff and learn about what has […]

How to keep friends and influence people (at Christmas dinner)

Everyone has that crazy uncle who insists on making every family gathering a soapbox on which he can stand and proclaim his way or the highway. (Yes, I might be the very uncle of which I speak). Or perhaps it’s a family friend that, when you hear they are coming to the festivities, you immediately […]

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