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Let’s make Homer a hunger-free zone

“You will have to eat bread and milk for dinner tonight,” she said every now and then.My mother wasn’t lazy. She birthed 11 children, eight of us at home and breast fed all of us. We lived on a small farm in North Dakota “in the boon docks” so to speak, no school bus service, not on the main road, 32 miles from my high school. 

In celebration of Marion Parsons Day

After well over 30 years of no real vacation, but for here and there, family obligations back East and one too brief respite in Hawaii, it all, suddenly, came to an end.

I spent most of 2014 decompressing from one long hard day’s night that began in 1980. (What I was doing is another story.) But in March I jumped out of my self-imposed  fish bowl, Homer, and launched myself on an adventure on the big island of Hawaii, reacquainting  myself with a piece of property, in a place called Wood Valley, I bought seemingly a lifetime ago. 

KBC plays critical role in community’s health

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.  

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s school shopping begins and road trips to college start getting organized, families prepare for big transitions. 

Woodard Creek connects us

Anyone who’s experienced the quiet, shimmering magic of a rippling creek knows what piece of mind it can bring.  We forget about the turmoil of life and clear our minds to think and reflect. The subtle music of gurgling water is a soothing medicine; if you’ve never experienced it, you are missing a treasure. If you have, nature has soaked you in one of its best tonics. 

Trade pact will give corporations more power

An obscure and controversial trade bill negotiated by the Obama Administration and pending in Congress poses a direct threat to our democracy and to Alaska’s sovereignty.

Unfortunately, our two senators — Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan — recently voted to “fast track” the Trans- Pacific Partnership (TPP) before anyone knows what’s in it. 

What does it take to raise a child?

We have waited to write this letter until we heard from the State Medical Examiner and knew the cause of Devin’s death. There have been numerous rumors floating around which is unfair, but human in nature. 

Devin died of “ Cardiac Dysrhythmia of unclear etiology.” The toxicology report only showed signs of the presence of caffeine.

Borough offers pilot project to recycle e-waste Saturday

If you live in the Homer-area, pull out any old electronics you forgot to recycle back in April. The Kenai Peninsula Borough Solid Waste Department is teaming up with Total Reclaim, with support from Cook Inletkeeper, to collect electronics this Saturday, July 11, at the Homer Transfer Station from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

This is a pilot effort, held in conjunction with the station’s quarterly hazardous waste day.

Homer Foundation fund will help honor teachers

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ears ago I remember being at the chalkboard in mathematics class, my back to a class of students, and saying, “If you are going to write notes (this before cell phones and texting), you best do that between classes.”

Later a student asked how I knew and I remember saying, “A teacher and mother has eyes in the back of her head.” Another way to say this is a teacher sees with his/her heart, the way all of us see truth.

We are harvesting too many lingcod

Lingcod season opens Wednesday, July 1, and many of us are eagerly looking forward to it. After moving to Homer in 2002 and sampling our region’s rockfishing, I was absolutely amazed at the abundance and size of the lingcod we caught in the vicinity of Elizabeth, Perl and East Chugach islands. 

Tough financial times may be beneficial to our health

Editor’s Note: MAPP (Mobilizing for Action through Planning & Partnerships) is a local coalition that aims to foster connections and build on 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.  

 

Public safety building not best use of money

On Tuesday, May 26, there was the first of two readings for Ordinance 15-18 (s) at the Homer City Council meeting. The ordinance amends the FY2015 capital budget by “appropriating $621,500 from the general fund balance to the public safety building project account to fund the new public safety building to 35 percent design.” 

The second reading for Ordinance 15-18(s) is June 29. If the city council passes this ordinance, the City of Homer will come close to spending one million dollars toward this monster of a building. I say, make it stop. 

It’s time to reduce Bering Sea halibut bycatch

The summer season is upon us and for many Alaskans this means fishing for one of the state’s most prized species — halibut. 

During the first week in June, federal fishery managers have an important opportunity to take a stand for those of us in Alaska that value and depend on the halibut resource. At their meeting in Sitka, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council will vote on measures to reduce the amount of halibut that can be wasted as bycatch in other fisheries.  

Alaskans will suffer with this budget cut

What does the $1.5 million taken from our budget mean to Alaska’s Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Prevention Work?

When Gov. Bill Walker called the Alaska Legislature back into session, the $1.5 million taken out of the Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault’s budget for prevention efforts statewide was put back on the table.

The critical question for the Legislature to consider is “What does the $1.5 million pay for today and what does it mean for domestic violence and sexual assault prevention efforts in 2016?”

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