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  • Most residents of Homer would say it’s been a mild fall. The grass is green. People are picking kale and herbs from their gardens. Unheated greenhouses hold tomatoes. Local kids sled down tarps unfurled across snowless yards. Temperatures in the last week have been in the 40s. But the Chinese crew...

    Wed, 12/10/2014 - 2:50pm
  • Why is more of the halibut resource wasted in the Bering Sea than landed and sold? Thirteen out of fourteen fish in the Central Bering Sea will be wasted next season. Overall the entire Bering Sea will only have 2.4 million pounds of halibut that can be sold in 2015 while more than 6 million pounds ...

    Wed, 12/10/2014 - 2:49pm
  • Too few Alaskans know the humbling beauty of the Alaska Peninsula and the imposing journey into Bristol Bay. But over the past nine years, I have had the good fortune of spending summers aboard the F/V K2, combing the waters of Bristol Bay for sockeye salmon. In May, life abounds. Migrating birds fl...

    Wed, 12/10/2014 - 2:47pm
  • As a community we are identifying the best ways to support and increase family well-being. When families get the support they need and are resilient, they can flourish and the result is a healthier community overall. So what are some of the factors that foster resiliency?  A key resiliency fact...

    Thu, 12/04/2014 - 10:40am
  • Gov. Bill Walker and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott have begun forming our new government — like Abe Lincolns, and like the mugwumps who, down to the 20th century, fought corruption and robber baron control.  What’s a mugwump? Someone who is independent of party politics. The new Alaska Cabinet is ...

    Thu, 12/04/2014 - 10:36am
  • T he election is over and the dust has settled. I congratulate Dan Sullivan. He and I disagreed on many issues, but now he is senator and it is time to move forward to address Alaska’s needs.   It has been an enormous honor to serve Alaskans as your U.S. senator the last six years. From ...

    Wed, 11/26/2014 - 8:52am
  • Big Brothers & Big Sisters needs big brother and big sister volunteers; office supplies; a photo copy card; fuel cards for Bigs; volunteers to help plan events, hang up posters, etc.; volunteers to help pick up and sort clothing donations; free or discounted office space for one...

    Wed, 11/26/2014 - 8:47am
  • Across Alaska, front yards, car bumpers and jacket lapels are shedding campaign signs, stickers and pins. Air waves, newspapers and social media are focusing again on other aspects of our diverse but connected lives.  The heated partisan rhetoric and rancorous debate that dominated these long m...

    Wed, 11/26/2014 - 8:45am
  • M y husband and I moved to Homer a year ago. The breathtaking (almost literally) beauty, clean air, and laid-back atmosphere enticed us, and as we’ve become more involved in the community we’ve been especially impressed by the level of support for nonprofits and how Homerites rally around almost...

    Wed, 11/26/2014 - 8:40am
  • I’m not sure what it is about this time of year that puts me into a mood that my wife refers to as my “Grump Month” but it has happened every year since I spotted my first gray nose hair. It’s not an aging thing, trust me. I’ve accepted that aggravating process with the grace of a moderate...

    Thu, 11/20/2014 - 8:53am

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