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.
The Pebble Partnership has grabbed headlines recently by attacking an EPA scientist and claiming EPA somehow violated federal law by communicating with Alaskans.
Forty years ago, the first college and community education classes were offered in Homer by KPC, and what a long way we’ve come since then. From a handful of students, our Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College has grown to serve nearly 750 online and campus-based students each semester.
It’s time to solve our fiscal problem. The price of inaction is too high.
As the Legislature nears the end of the constitutional 120-day session, I am gravely concerned about the possible outcome.
Our state is in a difficult fiscal position. Due mainly to world oil prices and our over-dependence on oil, we have only about one-fifth of the revenue we need to balance the budget. And that’s after several years of budget cuts and almost no capital investment.
Editor’s Note: This month marks the 40th anniversary of the jack-up rig George Ferris being “stuck firmly in 82 feet of clay just off the Homer Spit,” as the Homer News reported it on May 13, 1976. The incident proved to be the catalyst for the state to buy back oil leases that had been sold in Kachemak Bay. In this three-part series, Loren Flagg gives details of the Kachemak Bay oil lease sale and how the bay eventually was designated a Critical Habitat Area.