A recent article reveals that Homer's Alaska State Rep. Paul Seaton ­— like many other Alaskans — has discovered the health benefits of vitamin D. But unlike we mere mortals who are limited to the power of persuasion, Mr. Seaton carries "the Big Stick." As a representative in the Alaska Stat...

Mon, 03/18/2013 - 3:48pm

The McNeil Canyon Talent Show and Auction were a huge success. Not only was the entertainment wonderful, the bidding was quite entertaining as well. Thanks to all who brought the delicious pies, cakes and baked goods.And again many thanks go out to our silent auction donors: Sasquatch Alaska Adventu...

Fri, 03/08/2013 - 1:45pm

I have just finished reading 53 pages of local comments from the latest MAPP "Community Strengths and Themes" survey results. Maybe you are tired of these surveys, but they can serve to tell us the pulse of our community. They are a way to hear what people are thinking and feeling. MAPP stands for "...

Fri, 03/08/2013 - 1:45pm

Thanks to cross-country skier, Katie: On Wednesday, Feb. 27, you went above and beyond to help two gals who were mixed up on where they were on the trail. With your directions and trail markers helping us, we made it back to our car before dark. Thanks again, Katie. Happy trails to you. Betty and Su...

Fri, 03/08/2013 - 1:44pm

Thank you to the KLEPS Fund and the Tin Roof Fund of the Homer Foundation for their support of the statewide meeting of Alaskan Land Trusts. Together the Alaskan Land Trust community works to preserve the critical habitats that make Alaska special. These meetings help us to develop long-term strateg...

Fri, 03/08/2013 - 1:44pm

Vic Fischer, 88, is an Alaska treasure. Editor Lori Evans quoted from John Pugh, a longtime Fischer friend, "Fischer likes to share his experiences and achievements...for civic purposes so you will look at his life and know you can do that too." (Homer News, Feb. 28) Fischer's book, "To Russia wi...

Fri, 03/08/2013 - 1:43pm

First, let me disclose that my wife is on the staff at Homer High School, that I have exchanged small pleasantries with Dr. Alan Gee at school functions, that I count among my closest friends several current and former Homer High School teachers, that one of my oldest and dearest friends in Alaska i...

Fri, 03/08/2013 - 1:43pm

Fifth installment of why I love this country and why I love paying taxes: The Child Health Insurance Program and state programs (such as Denali Kidcare) that work with CHIP to insure children and pregnant women. This morning on NPR I woke up to a pretty amazing number. 300,000 babies. 300,000 bab...

Fri, 03/08/2013 - 1:42pm

I wonder how many of our city council members have noticed how many paper bags are now back in circulation. It would have made a lot more sense to have allowed the decomposible plastic bags to be used. They could have added a small tax on them and used the money to purchase and service small multip...

Fri, 03/08/2013 - 1:42pm

Now that the prospect of a roundabout at the corner of Main and the Sterling Highway is coming closer to reality I decided to do some online research about the safety of roundabouts compared to traffic signals. It's not that I don't trust our public officials ... oh yeah ... it is that I don't trust...

Fri, 03/08/2013 - 1:40pm

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