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  • I like my political leaders to be one-quarter aspirational and three-quarters grounded in reality. Mayors, like business leaders, need to look out for good opportunities, adapt to changing environments and set the course with long-range planning. Mostly we ask them to be predictable, conservati...

    Wed, 02/25/2015 - 3:30pm
  • The Latin name for the hemp plant is cannabis.  Hemp is the English word.    ...

    Wed, 02/18/2015 - 2:58pm
  • Originally I was going to call this piece “why I’ve fallen in love with Homer,” but it’s more than that. In my three and a half years of living here, I’ve been up the Kenai Peninsula and as far down the head of the bay as Kachemak Selo. I know I will never be able to see all of the spectac...

    Wed, 02/11/2015 - 4:10pm
  • Be still, my beating heart! I’m sitting at the table in the house at the lake. The sunlight is shading the mountains pink and gray and the stillness of frozen swamps and a soft crackle from the woodstove makes me want to freeze this moment as well. I love this place.  I love its subtle isolat...

    Wed, 02/11/2015 - 4:08pm
  • The well known phrase “knowledge is power” is an appropriate one to apply to cardiac disease and its preventable risk factors. The Alaska Bureau of Vital Statistics reported that in 2011 the leading cause of death on the southern Kenai Peninsula was heart disease. According to the National Insti...

    Wed, 02/11/2015 - 4:05pm
  • It is with deep gratitude that I have submitted my letter of resignation to the board of directors for Homer Council on the Arts, effective June 30, 2015.  Opportunity is the operative word of the HCOA mission: providing opportunities for everyone in the community to experience and participate ...

    Wed, 02/04/2015 - 5:04pm
  • 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, env...

    Wed, 02/04/2015 - 5:02pm
  • Alaska is one of the most productive commercial fishing economies on the planet. More than five billion pounds of seafood were pulled from the waters surrounding Alaska in 2012. This world-class catch generated $1.7 billion in Alaska ex-vessel value and earned Alaska the title of top U.S. seafood pr...

    Wed, 01/28/2015 - 5:07pm
  • Wikipedia defines philanthropy as the “love of humanity” in the sense of caring, nourishing, developing and enhancing “what it is to be human” on the part of both the benefactor (by identifying and exercising their values in giving and volunteering) and the beneficiary (by receiving the gift...

    Wed, 01/28/2015 - 5:06pm
  • It was probably the shortest job in the business. Marine pilot Captain Donal Ryan took the M/V Midnight Sun out of its anchorage off the tip of the Homer Spit to the pilot station near the green navigational buoy. From getting out of his car in the parking lot near the Salty Dawg to getting back in,...

    Wed, 01/28/2015 - 3:36pm

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