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On food pantry's wish list: 12 things needed, but reluctantly requested

The food pantry has a drop-off tub on the east side at the bottom of the ramp at Homer United Methodist Church. It’s available seven days a week — just be aware of the weather at this time of year because some of the items that may freeze.

Otherwise, we arrive at 9 a.m. Mondays to set up and we’ll gladly receive any donations. We also can provide a tax receipt. We do ask that if you drop off items on a Monday, that you bring them in before noon so we can set them out for our clients who come through between 1 and 3 p.m.

Why Americans voted for Trump

The below is a collection of thoughts as to why the American people voted against Clinton and, ergo, Obama and his policies. Some thoughts are mine; many are from people I have talked with who wanted to share their reasons for voting Trump.

The American people don’t like being called nasty names by either the media, or politicians running for office. Calling the American people “deplorable,” “racist,” “homophobic” and other names alienated the American voter. This action motivated many people to vote for Trump.

Nonprofit Needs

Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic needs standing desks or standing desk adapters, a small coffee table and a love seat or two small armchairs.

Contact: Catriona Reynolds at catriona@kbfpc.org

Special Olympics needs floor hockey partners (practices will be from 3-5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays starting Dec. 1); a media person; and fundraising committee members.

Contact: Carol Shuler at 399-2500 or

Library sparks lifelong love of learning in children by introducing opportunities

During a recent visit to the Homer Public Library, a Paul Banks kindergarten class took over the children’s room. Many in the group were already familiar with the space thanks to storytimes and regular visits with family members to check out books or DVDs. For others, this visit was not just fun, but also a vital introduction to the many opportunities that the library offers.

Nonprofit needs for October

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.


KBC’s Adult Basic Education Program needs volunteer tutors. Volunteers individually tutor adult students under the staff supervision. Students include new English language learners and GED candidates. Flexible schedule.

We make the world better for all of us when we find ways to give

Why should we “pay it forward”? I am supposed to answer this, and I don’t know where to start. My friends wrote far better than I could. My piece oddly began when I was talking baseball with a friend.


I wondered what and why I could say in this article. Why do I have a voice to add? That’s simple. We all have heroes. I know mine.

Practicing mindfulness can improve your health, as well as the community's

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, environmental, mental, physical and spiritual health.

Critical habitat plan revisions should consider full watershed

My dogs and I have a new favorite run. It starts out my back door and then onto a series of foot trails that eventually lead up to the head of McNeil Canyon.

My dogs like it because, well, it’s a run, and I like it because once at the top, with an 180 degree sweep of the head, one can take in the almost the entire outer and inner Kachemak Bay and everything in between, including favorite spots like Bear Cove, Chugachik Island, Aurora Lagoon and Humpy Creek.

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


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.


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