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  • Alaska faces a dilemma. Should we continue to choose to balance our budget deficit by spending from our primary savings account — the Constitutional Budget Reserve (CBR)?...

    Wed, 11/02/2016 - 3:30pm
  • In 1976, Alaskans amended our Constitution, creating the Permanent Fund. In 1980, the current dividend program was created by statute, mandating that roughly 50 percent of the earnings from the fund be dispersed to Alaskans annually as a Permanent Fund Dividend. Should the PFD become your right?...

    Wed, 10/26/2016 - 10:22am
  • Editor’s Note: Every month to accompany the Pay It Forward column, which is coordinated by The Homer Foundation, the Homer News runs a list of needs from area nonprofits. If you see a need you can fill, we encourage you to contact the agency and help pay it forward.   ...

    Wed, 10/26/2016 - 10:19am
  • Why should we “pay it forward”? I am supposed to answer this, and I don’t know where to start. My friends wrote far better than I could. My piece oddly began when I was talking baseball with a friend.   I wondered what and why I could say in this article. Why do I have a voice to add? Tha...

    Wed, 10/26/2016 - 10:13am
  • 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, envi...

    Wed, 10/19/2016 - 12:21pm
  • My dogs and I have a new favorite run. It starts out my back door and then onto a series of foot trails that eventually lead up to the head of McNeil Canyon. My dogs like it because, well, it’s a run, and I like it because once at the top, with an 180 degree sweep of the head, one can take in the...

    Wed, 10/19/2016 - 12:21pm
  • The Homer Harbor is the engine for our community. The harbor is used by commercial fishing boats harvesting seafood throughout Alaska, charter fishing boats, water taxis and tour boats taking eager tourists, research vessels and workboats transporting freight throughout the state and recreational ...

    Wed, 10/19/2016 - 12:21pm
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month, what does that evoke for you? Sports teams and flight attendants clad in pink uniforms? Yogurt with pink lids? “Boobies” bracelets and t-shirts? At Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic and Women’s Health Outreach it means striving to raise awareness of ways to act...

    Thu, 10/13/2016 - 9:50am
  • ‘Yes’ vote means savings in legal costs, RCA charges By Dick Waisanen HEA’s ballots are being mailed out during the month of October asking HEA ratepayers to vote for self-regulation vs. regulation by the RCA. A lot has been said about this issue, but what it boils down to is:...

    Thu, 10/06/2016 - 3:15pm
  • Homer Electric Association ran deregulation up the flagpole back in 2009. The idea of reduced accountability looked good to co-op management. Fortunately most HEA members didn’t agree. We decided to keep Regulatory Commission of Alaska consumer protections....

    Wed, 10/05/2016 - 4:16pm

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