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  • Imagine your family’s biggest source of income plummeting by 80 percent in one year.  At today’s oil prices, that’s Alaska’s situation. The state’s oil and gas production tax is expected to bring the state $524 million in the current fiscal year, a shocking drop from the $2.6 billion ...

    Thu, 01/15/2015 - 10:51am
  • Editor’s Note: MAPP (Mobilizing for Action through Planning & Partnerships) is a local process 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, educationa...

    Wed, 01/07/2015 - 4:06pm
  • It’s December, it’s dark and more rain than snow falls. So what’s new? What can we focus on to brighten life a bit? Here’s a story about a volunteer who spread a little stardust magic wherever she went: Cindy Birkhimer, a name some of you know, volunteered for the Homer Foundation for 3 year...

    Wed, 12/24/2014 - 3:38pm
  • Most of us read every day in one capacity or another. We check our email. We scan the headlines. We might read a few articles that by the end of the day we have largely forgotten.  But how often do we allow ourselves to get lost in a good book? It seems as though distractions abound, and findin...

    Wed, 12/24/2014 - 3:34pm
  • 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 - 3:50pm
  • 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 - 3:49pm
  • 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 - 3:47pm
  • 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 - 11:40am
  • 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 - 11:36am
  • 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 - 9:52am

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