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The 2014 Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend is $1,884, Gov. Sean Parnell announced today. It's the third largest PFD ever.

The Passing Seasons The thawing earth, the smell of rain, A hint of green, a bird’s refrain Tiny buds, and early blooms, These tell us that it’s Spring that looms. The beaming sun, the rustling leaves, A riot of flowers, grass waves in the breeze, Birds feeding their young, the air filled with...

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 5:36pm

I’m Lindianne Sarno, and I’m bicycling for mayor. In the next few weeks you’ll be able to to read my answers to tough questions posed by Homer’s journalists. Today I simply want to tell you why I love Homer.  I have lived 4.5 years on Kachemak Bay. This will always be my watershed, my p...

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 5:35pm

According to the Begich campaign, among Dan Sullivan’s greatest sins is that he isn’t from Alaska. Since when do you have to be born in Alaska to hold a public office?  How long did Hillary Clinton live in New York before her  election to the U.S. Senate for that state? But I digress. ...

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 5:32pm

In a recent TV ad, Dan Sullivan shamelessly tries to claim to have helped teachers by saving their retirement system. This is a huge stretch. He did nothing to help teachers individually. Not one teacher retirement check changed as a result of Dan Sullivan’s actions. His absurdly low settlement in...

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 5:30pm

On behalf of my mom, Pamela Lott, I would just like to say thank you to all  the EMTs, Trooper Probst, that came to help on that sad day. Thank you to Dr. Cotton and Nurse Bonnie, you were so caring, and to all the family and  friends that have been such a help through this difficult time,...

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 5:29pm

The Friends of the Homer Public Library sincerely regrets the loss of one of our board members, Frank Vondersaar.  Frank was a man of deeply held political convictions, which he often expressed in letters to this newspaper. But those of us involved with the library saw a softer side. He was a k...

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 5:28pm

As I follow the media coverage of the proposed U.S. intervention in the Middle East, I can’t help but remember back to the run-up to the invasion of Iraq in 2003. At this time, debate filled the news — should we or should we not invade Iraq? Is this right or wrong? Today, things are different. &...

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 5:26pm

I haven’t smoked marijuana in a long time. When someone passes me a pipe, I decline and say, I’ve already smoked my share. Even so, I support the legalization of pot.I do enjoy a craft beer, a glass of wine, an occasional brandy, or my summertime gin and tonic. It’s a good thing, most will agr...

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 5:25pm

I don’t believe many people realize that the city is proposing to allow helicopter facilities in the commercial lands along Kachemak Drive, in the Marine Industrial land out on the Spit, and in the Bridge Creek Watershed Protection District. This would have a major impact on Homer: increased noise...

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 5:24pm

Outrage over assault dismissalBorn and raised in Homer, I found myself fortunate to have grown up in a loving, supportive, SAFE community which advocates for others and always held individuals accountable. However, disgust, shock, and rage are three words coming to mind when I think about the recent...

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 5:22pm

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