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Despite economic challenges, public education a wise investment

Some people believe the school year is a marathon, but I liken it to a 400-meter run — the toughest race to run. We have precious hours, minutes, and seconds with students in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. Our nearly 8,800 students with diverse backgrounds and learning needs require parents, support staff, teachers, and administrators to maintain focus while moving briskly to meet their varied needs. We do this to keep students on track to achieve success and a meaningful high school diploma.

My lifelong friend

Annie Koskovich, my friend of many years, is with her angels. I have a heavy heart, I miss her and it has been a joy to have been a part of her life here on earth.

Acts of kindness, funny antics, honesty and always looking out for other people, myself included, are only a few of her accomplishments.

Rest in peace, my friend! Until we meet again!

In love and fond memories,

Sharon Hansen

It was a grand 90th birthday

Dear Community of Homer,

A person really can’t know what a day will hold, but there’s one thing for sure, it seems the community of Homer, Alaska, can be counted on to do the best thing possible — whatever it may be.

Thank you, community, for responding to my invitation to help me celebrate my 90th birthday.

From the beginning to the end, there was a feeling of love and anticipation. Thank you, again, for celebrating my 90th birthday with me. I feel blessed of God and each one of you is a part of that blessing. Thank you.

Scholarship winner grateful

I would like to give an honored and blessed thank you to the Homer Foundation for the Bill and Liz Johnson Teacher Education Scholarship. I would also like to give thanks to the Homer Emblem Club No. 350. I’d like to take this moment to thank everyone who considered me for these scholarships. Thank you for your investment into the youth of Homer and in my future.

Dogs unite!

I was surprised to read in the paper the astounding news of the new dog seatbelt law put in affect by the Homer City Council. In disbelief I checked to see if I really had an Alaska paper, instead of a provincial New England rag.

Was this a case of the city fathers (and mothers) feeling the need to create more regulation and restriction so the public will know that even our city government is out to protect us and our dogs from ourselves. Is this really Alaska?

John Rohde

Late of Homer

Animal shelter manager moving on

It has been my privilege to care for the animals at the Homer Animal Shelter for 26 years now. During that time I, and a dedicated group of volunteers, have tried our best to provide quality of life and a nurturing environment for the animals in our care; make the very best adoption matches possible for each and every animal; and address the animal control needs of this community.

Now's the time to air concerns about oil, gas leasing in lower Cook Inlet

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has released its draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for oil and gas leasing in lower Cook Inlet. On Aug. 17, they held a meeting in Homer and several folks attended to air their concerns.

The fact that at this time of climate change, ocean acidification, countless seabirds mysteriously dying, whales dying, we find it difficult to understand how the BOEM could even consider the prospect of more oil and gas production in our Cook Inlet waters!

‘End of Road’ runners say thanks

The Lost Lake Breath of Life Run is a fundraiser to benefit those suffering from cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease that limits the ability to breathe over time. The race, 16+ miles in the mountains outside Seward, was held Saturday, Aug. 27, with runners from all over Alaska. Eight runners from Homer formed team “End of the Road” Runners and raised $2,800 with the generous support of the community.

CACS headquarters gets facelift

There’s a new face in town!  Well, maybe not a “new” face — but an old familiar one that has gotten a major facelift this summer thanks to the Homer Foundation and the Cottonwood and Jenson Funds.  After a rainy fall prohibited us from being able to paint, the great beginning to summer provided the perfect opportunity for the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies (CACS) to transform the outside of our headquarters building into a cleaner, brighter and more inviting façade.  We were also able to do some much needed repairs to the original siding on the building

Pier One offers opportunities

We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the new artistic director at Pier One Theatre, Jennifer Norton, as well as long-time director Lance Petersen, for providing a summer scholarship for Simon to participate in Pier One Youth Theatre. Simon, now 13 years old, has enjoyed Pier One’s youth theatre program since he was 6.

Big fish and a big thanks

A couple of weeks ago I was excited about taking my new boat out for its first real trial to see how it performed and to see if it could catch fish (halibut on this trip).  I launched at the Homer Spit and went out beyond the cliffs. It was a really nice day with the tide coming in. Within the first 15 minutes — “wham” — I catch a nice 35 pounder. Then nothing for the next hour. I start messing around with electronics and other stuff that I need to familiarize myself with on this new boat and not doing what I should be doing, paying attention to my rod.

Business supports area volunteers

The Friends of Kachemak Bay State Park want to give a big thumbs up to Ohlson Mountain Mineral Springs for their continued and generous support. When asked, the owner and management, didn’t hesitate to donate water to be handed out free at the recent Salmonfest. Ohlson Mountain Mineral Springs is a great example of a local business supporting local volunteers who in turn, work hard to make Homer and Kachemak Bay so special.

Many thanks to Bill Strutz and the rest of the folks who work with him for continued service to the community.

Keep sandhill cranes safe

The past few weeks, Kachemak Crane Watch has been receiving reports of Sandhill Cranes walking roads in town that are very busy with speeding cars and near power lines. Callers are asking why cranes are in this part of town in the middle of the street.   Many callers are concerned for the cranes and noted people in the area are feeding corn to attract cranes to their homes.

Thanks from Homer Animal Friends

Homer Animal Friends would like to thank Grace Ridge Brewing for hosting the first annual HAF and Kachemak Bay Running Club "Dog Jog".

The event was well attended and the participants enjoyed excellent crafted beer. Following one of the true definitions of grace, the brewery's employees pooled together more than $1,700 in tips and donated them to HAF, which will help our mission to promote animal welfare, safety, and education in our community. 

Student appreciates scholarship

I am writing to thank the Homer Foundation and the Tin Roof Fund for awarding me the Beluga Tale Fiction Writing Scholarship in 2015. The scholarship will help me attend my second year at Swarthmore College. I greatly appreciate that my community supports its youth, and their endeavors in education and the arts.

 Sincerely,

Jonas Noomah

Seaton works with diverse groups

I was raised strict Republican to think for myself.

I have watched Paul Seaton work diligently with diverse town and state organizations election year or not.. both locally and in the legislature. He is a powerful thinking voice for our community.

If the shoe fits, why change it.

Martha Ellen Anderson

Party line ideology poisons process

It is not often that I write a letter to the editor, but this is a time I feel compelled to voice strong support for representative Paul Seaton in District 31. He has the courage to actually lead in order to move things forward. He not only represents his district exceedingly well, but Representative Seaton works towards the consideration and benefit of the working people all across the state of Alaska.

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