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Affected property owners did not receive proper notice on stream ordinance

Imagine you wake up tomorrow morning as usual: After coffee and a little breakfast you decide it’s time to check the mail and do some other errands about town. On your way into the post office you notice the upcoming services for a longtime Alaskan who has passed on. You stop and reflect on the years of hard work and toil he put into an early Alaska, building a way for generations to follow — a truly rugged way of life carved out of a wild land.  

Self mutilation: This ‘fad’ spreading

Of the many social media networks, I am currently a user of Facebook, WordPress as a blogger, and Instagram @Holisticchicks. These sites have been great for me to not only promote myself as a health coach, but also to keep up with distant family members and friends.

I recently discovered what many of you already know: Instagram (owned by Facebook) is allowing and even encouraging anorexia, bulimia, self mutilation and suicidal support groups.

These groups support the “lifestyle choice” to be anorexic or bulimic.

Parents, kids need Homer Boys & Girls Club

My 8-year-old son Hayden has been attending the Homer Boys and Girls Club since approximately March of this year. I am writing to express the need to keep this club open for the community of Homer, as well as its neighboring communities. 

My intent is to tell my personal story in hopes of it showing the bigger issue of the need to keep this program alive. 

My research on this club has shown me two main themes: 

1. This club is needed.

Biking for transportation offers health, environmental benefits

As I bike around town I am thrilled to see indication that momentum is building for Homer to become a healthier community. Many of our local individuals, businesses and organizations are devoting energy and resources through various collaborations and projects which offer opportunities to develop and participate in active, healthy lifestyle choices. 

Cook Inlet’s commercial fisheries define region’s culture, traditions

Summer is almost here and there is a very obvious tension on the Kenai Peninsula related to the role of salmon in local communities and how to qualify what that role is among different user groups.

Yes, we eat a lot of fish here and the availability of salmon to anglers is important. Salmon is a fabulous source of food, superb nutritional value. Everyone should eat it. However, to suggest that it is a real subsistence product for anglers is questionable. 

Mud, sweat and tears

When Homer’s varsity soccer teams opened their seasons Friday on Colony High’s shiny new artificial turf playing field, it was the first time all year that Homer players had gotten outdoors to play. Homer’s grass field was still sodden and untouchable. 

For their opponents from Houston High, who have access to state-funded turf and indoor fields in the Valley and Anchorage, it was already the fourth game of the year.

Teens take stands on issues of interest

Have you ever played a violent video game? Fantasy gore seems to be more and more popular as the graphics are refined and technical kinks are straightened out. They have become increasingly popular among the teen to young adult population, especially in boys. What is it that makes them so fascinating — the repulsive graphics, the brutal deaths? But is there a darker side than just harmless fun? Many people believe that video games are the main, or at least one of the main, factors attributing to societal violence, like mass shootings and even simple robbery.

North Korea threats hurt economy

In the last few weeks the United States government has received multiple threats from North Korea involving nuclear attacks on major U.S. cities. These threats come from the newly appointed dictator of North Korea Kim Jung-un (30 years old), who was recently appointed after the death of the previous dictator (his father). In order for the U.S. to maintain a healthy relationship with North Korea, several measures should be taken. First, the U.S. should work with the forces influencing North Korea, such as China, to communicate with them in a non-conflicting manner.

Is it really the gun’s fault?

When tragedy strikes, the government's first act is to blame the incident on someone or something. After the horrific tragedy in Connecticut, the government quickly began blaming guns for the damage that was done and lives that were lost. Soon after that, our entire nation went into an uproar protesting that guns are the reason why people are dying; guns are the true killer. Hardly anyone thought to blame the sick man behind the killings, but went straight to blaming the only thing they could blame … guns.

Tell legislators: Protect Alaska’s fishing industry

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 great untold story of Alaska’s economic success is our vibrant fishing industry, including commercial and sport fishing. If we manage these renewable resources well, then Alaskans will continue to profit from our fisheries. However, short-sighted decisions on state and federal legislation could reduce the health of our fisheries and associated economic benefits.

Become an ‘upstander’ and make a difference

(Editor’s Note: Homer High School student Zoe Storey writes that she recently found herself frustrated with the teen talk of the September assault and wanted to write a fictional story that displayed a way someone could speak up for their peers in a subtle yet effective way. In the fictional story which follows, she provides a method from the Green Dot program, which trains community members how to intervene when they see violence, including using creative skills to distract people.

Administration’s actions declare ‘war on salmon’

Alaska salmon runs are increasingly threatened. Loss of habitat, poor management and uncertain food supplies are but a few reasons. Some of these things are within our control. Some are not.  

That’s why we need to protect the habitat we know is vital to salmon survivorship. When you look across the globe at the decline of once-proud salmon runs — from Europe to the Pacific Northwest — the one thing we know about our limited understanding of salmon is that they need clean flowing waters and healthy streamside habitats to endure.

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