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With 245 out of 441 precincts reporting: “No” votes on Ballot Measure 1 are leading 53,513 to 51,457 “Yes” votes.

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

Sen. Mark Begich deserves a lot of credit for his recent comments on the EPA study of the proposed Pebble Mine. The two Homer residents who wrote about the issue last week completely hit the nail on the head: The foreign companies who want to build Pebble should be thankful that the EPA is analyzin...

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

I want to thank the Homer News for publishing the excellent piece from Brett Veerhusen and Will Bishop about Sen. Begich's comments on Pebble Mine during a recent trip to Homer. It's no secret that many of our families, friends and neighbors depend on a healthy Bristol Bay fishery for our income. It...

Fri, 03/08/2013 - 1:39pm

This weekend the Homer Middle School Huskies hosted the borough wrestling tournament. Because of all the involvement from our wrestlers and their parents we were able to put on an event to be proud of. All 10 HMS wrestlers had parents or family members there on Saturday to support them, all 10 HMS w...

Mon, 03/04/2013 - 2:19pm

Dear Steve and Noko Yoshida, Rotary Clubs of Homer, and the Homer Foundation,Thank you for the amazing opportunity to attend the Global Peace Forum in Honolulu this past January. The grant provided by the Homer Foundation as well as the scholarships provided by the Rotary Clubs that helped to fund t...

Mon, 03/04/2013 - 2:18pm

As usual, our community has been there to help the seniors by supporting their senior center. We would like to thank the following for their recent donations and commitment to ensuring we are able to provide the best possible care. Thank you multiple times to Jolee Ellis for the brand new tool box (...

Mon, 03/04/2013 - 2:18pm

We've been observing the various "Letters to th Editor" and "Points of View" regarding the gas, sewer and water lines being debated in the Homer area.We have a small vacant lot in southern Wisconsin on a lake near the Illinois border. When our sewer and water lines were put in 15 years ago, the town...

Mon, 03/04/2013 - 2:17pm

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