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Alternative B offers best choice for harbor rate increases

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 vessels heading out enjoy the bay among others.

There are lots of things you can do to reduce your risk of breast cancer

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 actually access appropriate medical care and reduce personal risk of breast cancer. You may have noticed pink flags at various businesses and homes around town.

Nonprofit Needs

NONPROFIT NEEDS

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.

The Homer TRAILS program needs five to eight adult-size XL, XXL and XXL+ life vests for their canoes. New or used life vests in working condition will be accepted.

Contact: Tela Bacher at 907-399-9854

Prop 1 deserves 'yes' vote

I’m going to try and keep this positive, but I must say that I’m mildly annoyed, and very perplexed, about the lack of support the three people running for Homer City Council have for the Homer Police Department in denying them the opportunity to move out of a cramped and deteriorated building and into a properly sized and designed facility.

Campaign for public safety building funding is a tough sell

It’s clear from the minutes of the Public Safety Building Review Committee meetings, and with all the effort and marketing intended on making a $12 million loan appear to be of negligible effect to taxpayers (calling the tax increase the equivalent of “only 9 fancy coffees per year”), city staff and committee members know that they are pushing a proposal that many will find hard to swallow.

Investing in Alaska’s Future: Supporting Causes That Matter

I can vividly remember the first time I began to recognize the importance of giving back to the community. I was 17 years old and competing at the Alaska Cross-Country Ski Championships. As I crossed the finish line at 15 below zero, I was given a blanket by a volunteer and was truly thankful for his kind efforts. As I looked around the venue, I realized that there were more than 50 individuals who were giving their time and talent to allow over 500 athletes take part in this competition.

HEA board, management voting 'yes'; change is in cooperative's best interest

The number one priority that drives our work at Homer Electric Association Inc.: safely providing power at a consistent, fair price. Our goal is to make decisions that best serve our local communities today and into the future. We exist to meet the electrical power needs of our members, and to strengthen infrastructure and foster economic growth on the Kenai Peninsula.

HEA’s board of directors had these goals in mind when they decided to ask you — the owners of HEA — a question: Is local control right for HEA?

School district works to prevent suicide

This week is National Suicide Prevention Week, from Sept. 5-11. World Suicide Prevention Day is Saturday.

Alaska has a high rate of suicide. In 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control, our state was ranked second in the nation for death by suicide. In that same year, Alaska was rated the highest in the nation for youth ages 15-24 to die by suicide.

Experts believe that most suicidal individuals do not want to die, and they just want to end the pain they are experiencing. Experts also know that suicidal crises tend to be brief.

Oil prices should not dictate Alaska's oil spill prevention

Among the many lessons learned from the Exxon Valdez oil spill was that it was almost inevitable.

“Success bred complacency; complacency bred neglect; neglect increased the risk— until the right combination of errors finally led to an accident of disastrous proportions,” according to the State of Alaska Oil Spill Commission in 1990.

Permanent Fund helps all Alaskans

The benefits of the Permanent Fund shared equally have had a very positive effect. Because of the dividend program, income disparity in Alaska is the lowest of any state. It provides for many low-income and workingclass families. and we have achieved a higher degree of social justice because of it. It is projected to produce $4 billion annually in four years if we protect it.

Legislators should not run from fire

As governor, I enjoy shaking a lot of hands. But one handshake in particular stuck with me. At the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport last winter, as passengers streamed off the flight from Fairbanks, one man turned around and walked toward me.

“I want to shake your hand,” he said. “When there’s a fire, most people run from it. I’m glad we have a governor who runs toward the fire.”

Communication pivotal to building community

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 indi- vidual, family and community health. Health is defined broadly to include cultural, economic, educational, envi- ronmental, mental, physical and spiritual health.

I am a beekeeper. I love the dynamics of these tiny social creatures. Really they aren’t that different from humans in many ways. They like sweets and like to dance, for instance. What’s not to like?

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