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HEA fairs again great success

Homer Electric Association would like to thank everyone who helped make our recent Energy and Conservation Fairs a great success. The fairs at the Kenai Middle School and West Homer Elementary School attracted more than 800 people who received information about energy efficiency, renewable energy, recycling and other topics related to this year's theme, "Safe, Responsible Energy Solutions."

Teens raise awareness of homeless

Teens United For A Future wants to thank all of the volunteers and teens representing the 37 homeless school students at the first Annual Homeless Awareness Rally in Homer Dec. 1. The signs and displays, amazing teens standing up for their peers and the group of adults standing together showing we care about our community of homeless families and teens was so moving.

Kudos to Homer's high-tunnel guy

Mark Kinney -- the guy who brought Homer the high tunnel -- retired Nov. 30. Because of Mark and his gang of dirty guys -- Homer, the Kenai, Kodiak all of us have more food security, variety and opportunity. He has worked for the Department of Agriculture/soil conservation since he was 21 years old. Now he and his super wife Shawnee are contemplating a new future.
Before his boots dry I want to say thanks to a guy who made a difference. Thanks a lot. See you at the Farmers' Market in May.
Shelley Gill

Does council really know best?

Did I hear right last week? Our city council proposes to rescind the sales tax holiday through ordinance. Wow, I guess the will of the public is best served by the infinite wisdom of our council to know all of what is best for us.
Of course if you can obligate all city land owners to a 12 mill plus financial obligation and at your discretion and decide how much opposition will be deemed relevant, I guess the measly sales tax revenue dollar amount should be taken in stride by the public.

Voz students say thanks

 


The students of Voznesenka School would like to thank Bridget Kuhns and the Homer High School for letting us use the pool for our Marine Safety Drill Instructor class.

The use of the pool gave us the opportunity to run safety drills in water.  We needed this to pass our class and get our drill instructor license. Thanks again for the use of your swimming pool.

 

Contribution goes to youth arts

Homer Council on the Arts has recently received a sponsorship contribution from ConocoPhillips Alaska in support of our after-school arts and theater programs for young people. This gift helps make possible TheatreShakes, our youth theatre skills program, which recently presented a condensed version of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” 

In the HCOA gallery, more than 100 students and senior adults enjoyed a matinee performance, which was followed the next evening with a full house public performance. 

Homer backs early learning

Writing on behalf of children and the Homer Head Start Parent Committee, I wish to thank our community for generously supporting our recent bake sale. Thank you also to Safeway for providing a venue for the sale. Our parent committee raises funds to support enrichment activities for children. This year funds will be used for swimming lessons, visiting artists and musicians, field trips to access learning experiences beyond our classroom, and revisions to our playground to provide more natural elements. Thank you, Homer, for supporting the important years of early childhood.

Cheers to supporters

This was my first year to coach the Homer High School football cheerleaders and it was truly a pleasure to have had the opportunity to work with the cheerleaders, their wonderful parents and the volunteers. I am so grateful for their endless time, support and energy and appreciate all they did and all the help they provided — thank you.

Let’s be last in some things

We need a revolution and we have an opportunity.

 We’re No. 1.  Rape, domestic violence, suicide, child abuse, fetal brain damage from alcohol and alcoholism: For more than 40 years Alaska has the highest rates in the nation.  A recent survey of Alaska women found one in three had been raped. Must we endure this? 

 Given our wealth and small population, we should be the happiest and healthiest bunch of people in the United States. We very much are not.

Simple change could save everyone money on proposed natural gas line


If the city’s natural gas Special Assessment District proposal survives the ongoing vote of the property owners, a small simple change to the city’s plan could potentially save money for us all, as well as satisfying some opponents: Give neighborhoods — at least those in the second year of planned development — the opportunity to opt out by a majority vote of the properties in the neighborhood. 

Say ‘no’ to heli-skiing

Residents of Homer, I strongly urge you to not allow heli-skiing in Kachemak State Park and Wilderness Park. Other state lands are available for this kind of activity in the area. Helicopters are extremely invasive machines. They disrupt wildlife and other backcountry users and are dangerous. 

Is natural gas really a good deal?


I tend to be an optimistic guy. I’m also pretty careful with the little money I make.  So, a few years ago as the price of heating oil began to rise, I decided to switch to heating my little house trailer with propane. At the time, propane was a good deal. I had to purchase a rather expensive but efficient Rinnai heater. I was satisfied with how clean, quiet and inexpensive propane heat was.

Do Homer residents really want to commit to using fossil fuel?


Beyond arguments of personal benefit versus cost for the proposed gas pipeline, we wish to discuss some long-term consequences. 

First is the concern that people who live modestly may be forced to pay for something they can’t afford to use. This would change Homer from a community that champions diversity, to one where people who have enough are subsidized by those who don’t. 

Moving on to new adventures


To all KBBI listeners and the community of Homer:

As KBBI’s Morning Host/News Reporter for the past four years it has been my privilege to wake you up each weekday morning. Despite the job’s early morning hours, I took comfort in knowing that people were not only listening, but also depending on the information offered up while I navigated through NPR’s Morning Edition, local newscasts, weather, tides, community announcements and, of course, the bushlines.  

Family appreciates community

As the family of Gary Longhenry, who recently passed away, we would like to express our gratitude and admiration to all of you who tried so hard to help him: my neighbor Brian Watry, the Homer Police Department, the Homer Volunteer Fire Department’s ambulance crew, and the emergency room staff at South Peninsula Hospital. If anything could have saved him, it would have happened thanks to your efforts, expertise and dedication.

Ski club plans annual meeting

 Kachemak Ski Club sends a big note of thanks to all who came to our recent Warren Miller fundraiser. We also thank Era Alaska and Homer Theatre for their support, and the kids who made such awesome ski and snowboard clips.  We’re indebted to Tehben Dean, who put all those clips together. If you missed seeing the video, come to our annual meeting/ potluck at Cook Inletkeeper on Dec. 6 at 6 p.m., and thanks again for your interest in Kachemak Ski Club and the Ohlson Mountain Rope Tow.

Nell Gustafson


Hospice trains eight new volunteers

Hospice of Homer just completed our annual End of Life volunteer training. Hospice would like to welcome the eight newly trained volunteers who will soon be in the community providing compassion in action to those individuals and families who HOH has the privilege to serve. Thank you for bringing your heart and skills to be of service through hospice.

Many spread Thanksgiving blessings

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. We are so grateful to live in this wonderful place where so many have such giving hearts. We would like to give a short update on the Thanksgiving Basket program. We had so many wonderful volunteers that I can’t even name them all but I want each of you to know how very much we appreciate each of you.

Generosity helps put food in pantry

 

  Those of us at the Homer Food Pantry have been blessed with many helping hands as community members bring in canned and dry goods each week and  groups help us with their food drives.

We just received 2,200 pounds of food items from the Coast Guard Haunted Hickory annual event which will help us immensely with the holidays. Don’t they do great work? Other food drives from the scouts and churches are always helpful during this season. It’s so great to see  their faithful service.

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