Anderson an inspiration to run for office

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.

Opinion: Why we’re here

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.

Library sparks lifelong love of learning in children by introducing opportunities

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.

Cross-sector collaboration blooms

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.

Just vote 'Yes'

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.

Community Health Needs Assessment: a reflection of our values

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.


One way to improve health of community: connecting our youth to more adults

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.  

Editorial: If we don’t change, we may lose very thing we want to save

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.

Medicaid expansion: It’s time

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.

Council needs to fix condo assessments, move to other things

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.”

Public should play role in city manager selection process

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.

Do voters know what’s on Tuesday’s ballot?

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.)

Nonprofit Needs

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


Aug. 19 primary important; get ready for it now

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.


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