Wanted: Homer City Council members. Minimum qualifications: 18 or older, U.S. citizen, a registered voter in the city of Homer, and a resident for at least one year. Pay: $75 a council meeting day for at least two meetings a month. Work load includes reading thick council packets, attending meetings, and responding to citizen emails and phone calls. May be subject to recall for causes loosely defined. Hazards include long meetings, verbal abuse and tirades on social media. Candidates are subject to approval by the voters. Apply at city clerk’s office.
When Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, visited Homer on July 7, I asked her if she had any plans to run for U.S. president.
In its 53 years, the Homer News has seen 11 editors. In my 18 years here, I’ve worked with three of them, starting with the guy who hired me, Mark Turner, and then Gary Thomas and Lori Evans. Gary took a chance on me when in 2003 Ben Stuart and I applied for the same job of reporter. We had both been editorial assistants then, so rather than reject one of us, Gary merged our editorial duties into two staff writer positions.
An ad in Editor & Publisher magazine in the summer of 1976 changed my life. It read something like this:
During a recent visit to the Homer Public Library, a Paul Banks kindergarten class took over the children’s room. Many in the group were already familiar with the space thanks to storytimes and regular visits with family members to check out books or DVDs. For others, this visit was not just fun, but also a vital introduction to the many opportunities that the library offers.
Winter is upon us and we would like to take a moment to celebrate the efforts of the Pioneer Avenue Revitalization Task Force, businesses and property owners, the City of Homer, artists, gardeners and community partners.
This cross-sector partnership has met since January to engage Homer’s arts, recreation and agricultural sectors to strengthen the economic, social and physical fabric of our historic downtown corridor.
There’s a proverb that says: “The first person to speak always seems right until someone comes and questions him.”
That’s how it feels the discussions on the propositions before voters on Tuesday have gone. On both sides of almost every question, valid points have been made.
Editor’s Note: MAPP, Mobilizing for Action through Planning & Partnerships, is a local coalition that aims to use and build upon our strengths to im-prove our individual, family and community health. Health is defined broadly to include cultural, economic, educational, environmental, mental, physical and spiritual health.
Editor’s Note: MAPP, Mobilizing for Action through Planning & Partnerships, is a local coalition that aims to use and build upon our strengths to improve our individual, family and community health. Health is defined broadly to include cultural, economic, educational, environmental, mental, physical and spiritual health.
One of the great debates — or should we say vigorous discussions — shaping up for 2016 is that of health care on the local, state and national level.
On one point most of us agree: Something’s got to be done. Escalating costs are not sustainable.
On the best way to solve the myriad of problems associated with health care — including high costs — there’s plenty of room for disagreement and different diagnoses of what ails the industry.
Last week, I sent a letter to the Legislative Budget & Audit (LB&A) Committee, giving members the required 45-day notice of my intention to accept additional federal and Mental Health Trust Fund Authority funds to expand Medicaid. Before signing the letter, I met with the LB&A chair to explain my intentions.
While the Homer City Council’s desire to be “uniform and fair” when it comes to assessments for natural gas is admirable, that desire begs the question: Fair to whom?
More than a year ago, Jan. 6, 2014, Kenai Superior Court Judge Charles Huguelet ruled that the way the city chose to assess condominiums for natural gas was not fair. He called it “arbitrary and unreasonable.”
“The best weapon of a dictatorship is secrecy, but the best weapon of a democracy should be the weapon of openness.”
– Niels Bohr
As the Homer City Council proceeds with the difficult job of finding a new city manager, it should resolve to make the selection process as open as possible and involve the public as much as possible. In fact, there’s no reason there should be any secrecy surrounding the hiring of a new manager. This position arguably is the most powerful within the city, and residents have a vested interest in being both informed about those who apply and being a part of the selection process.
As City Manager Walt Wrede prepares to leave the position he has held for 12 years, we want to wish him well in the new chapter in his life and say thanks for his service to the community.
If you don’t have Tuesday, Aug. 19, marked on your calendar as a big day, you’ve been spending too much time fishing; you’ve been out of state for too long; or you never read a newspaper, listen to the radio or TV, or browse the Internet. Two big things are happening next Tuesday:
1.It’s the unofficial end of summer with the start of most schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. (Some schools got under way last week.)
Editor’s Note: In conjunction with the monthly “Pay It Forward” column, the Homer News is printing a list of needs provided by some of Homer’s nonprofits.
The Kenai Peninsula Fair is looking for old tires to turn into flower beds, volunteers to help with exhibit check-in on Aug. 15 and interior doors for the main building. We also need a laptop computer.
Contact: Lara McGinnis, 907-567-3670
“To tax and to please, no more than to love and to be wise, is not given to men.” — Edmund Burke, 18th century British statesman and writer, who was born in Ireland
Not only does summer in Alaska go by at lightning speed, but with most Alaskans trying to cram a year’s worth of work and outdoor fun into 15 weeks, give or take a week or two, it’s understandable if things get dropped or forgotten.
Here’s one thing all Alaskans need to put on their list as too important to miss: the Aug. 19 primary election.
This weekend Homer welcomes birders from all over to the 22nd annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival. The festival reminds us all of why Homer is a great place to live, work and play. Longtime shorebird speaker Buz Scher got it right when he said the festival has “gotten bigger and better and more organized.” While birds are the focus, this weekend also is a jump start on the tourist season, with many Spit and downtown businesses reopening for the season. On Wednesday, the first cruise ship of the season also arrives.