McKibben Jackinsky

Citizens speak, council listens

The seats were full and the comments were plenty regarding the upcoming recall of Homer City Council members Donna Aderhold, Dave Lewis and Catriona Reynolds. However, the council was in listen-only mode on the subject at its regular Monday meeting, following the advice of city attorney Holly Wells, who was not present.

'Keen Kow' invites diners to 'eat Thai food'

Ninilchik may be small in size, but not flavor. The most recent offering attracting hungry residents, visitors and Sterling Highway travelers is Keen Kow Thai Food.

No puzzle about the restaurant’s name. Translated, it means, “Eat Thai food.” That encouragement is underscored by the tantalizing aroma welcoming diners and hinting at chef Nina Oliver’s skill when it comes to combining herbs. Oliver and her husband, Rick, are owners of Keen Kow.

Veterans honored

After more than a half-century since their service to this country, Homer residents Don Arseneau, Dick Lewis and Gail Sorensen received some well-deserved honor. Along with 20 other veterans from World War II and the Korean War, they participated in an Honor Flight from Alaska to Washington, D.C., April 26-May 1.

New owners keep business rolling at Wagon Wheel

Steve Veldstra is and isn’t new to Wagon Wheel. 

He is in the sense that he and his wife, Stacey, and their six children, bought the garden and pet supply business from Barbara Walker in May. 

He isn’t in the sense that he worked for Walker at Wagon Wheel from 1984 to 1997.

He is quick to assure customers “there will be no major differences.”

Stacey Veldstra agreed.

 “A lot of what people know about Wagon Wheel will be the same,” she said.

Emporium celebrates ‘incredible’ opening

The empty building that once buzzed with Alaska Wild Berry Products jam-, jelly- and candy-making energy was humming last Saturday. 

Between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., customers browsed, shopped and visited with 24 farmers, artists, crafters, cooks, beverage-makers and musicians participating in opening day of Alaska Wild Berry Emporium.

“I love making good ideas and this one was,” said organizer Scott Wright of the indoor market he plans to be a weekly event through May. “It was so amazing. I couldn’t help smiling.”

Injuries sustained at fairgrounds plague quilter year after incident

The intricate patterns of quilts made by Laveda Youngblood reflect the 80-year-old’s artistry. For more than 20 years, she has selected, as well as created her own designs. She’s matched fabrics, embroidered and appliqued detail. She’s stitched by hand and machine hundreds of quilts that have become gifts for her husband, Tom, their family and friends; have been displayed in numerous shows and earned her a reputation as a talented quilter.


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