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Alaska could use a lottery

Alaska does not need a state income tax, nor a statewide sales tax, nor a school tax! But it could use a “volunteer tax,” otherwise known as a lottery. The state of New Jersey is doing wonders with its lottery.

So, why not Alaska?

With the Russian-Trump investigation of the 2016 election, why not an investigation into the payment of $35,000,000 by the Russians to the Clinton Foundation?

The answer might be explosive, even nuclear. Is it true?

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On a recent morning at the Homer Public Library, before the building officially opened for the day, kids with bright smiles ran from the parking lot to the front door. These aspiring programmers were on their way to the third day of the library’s free, four-day Coding Camp led by Tauseef, a graduate student at Carnegie Mellon’s Entertainment Technology Center in Pittsburgh, PA. With huge grins the kids, ages nine to eleven, made their way to the library’s meeting room where they spent the morning learning the fundamentals of computer science. (A group of teens also spent four afternoons programming.) Using JavaScript, a common programming language used for games, apps and websites, the kids drew, colored, and animated circles. While it sounds basic, they were actually using advanced math, reading, writing, problem-solving, critical thinking and communication skills to design the beginnings of the familiar game known as Pong. Each unique game design included more than 100 lines of code which the kids created, edited, and rewrote themselves.

Many contribute to warm welcome

We would like to sincerely thank the businesses and individuals who helped make the fish fry for the USS Hopper a huge success: Captain Patties, Ohlson Mountain Water, Alaska Waste, Down East Saloon, Rotary, Homer Harbor, Homer Police Department, Save U More, Ulmer’s Drug &Hardware, Homer Fish Processing, Mike Fell, Dave Weber, Kathy McDonough, Harmon Hall, Roxy Lawver, Craig and Sally Burns, Ray Kranich, John Chapple, Dick Koskovitch, Angie Otteson, Will and Diana Hutt, Jay Cherok, Sherman Peterson, Bob and Luned Borland, Shep and Helyn Schoepke, John Ketelle, Ron Johnson, Ernie Souja,

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