Burning Basket is Sunday

The 14th annual Homer Burning Basket project of community interactive, impermanent art, is presented to Homer this coming Sunday afternoon at the build site at Mariner Park on the Homer Spit. Construction continues today through Saturday, and volunteers are invited to help finish the basket or provide nightly security.

New school bus system faces hiccups on first week

Reading social media last week after the start of the Kenai Peninsula Borough school year, a reader might have thought kids got transported to school in the back of a Ford Model A pickup truck — which, yes, was how the lucky children of the Homer Heights School actually did get to class in 1940. Parents complained about young children getting on the wrong buses, transportation taking two hours to get home, and late pick ups and drop offs.

September shows feature last summer exhibits

First Friday kicks off the Labor Day weekend with the last summer showing of art shows. At the Homer Council on the Arts, the show’s title, “From the Earth,” also will be reflected in a special event for a gallery show: a potluck reception with gifts from local harvests. Brian Grobleski’s photographs of food contrast with original earth art (as in made from) — ceramic art by David Kaufmann, Maygen Lotscher, Gundega Snepste and Jeff Szarzi. Grobleski’s photographs were featured in Eve and Eivin Kilcher’s cookbook, “Homestead Kitchen,” and he will be signing books at the show.

Homer cannabis industry moving slowly

In the 18 months since Alaska started the licensing process for legal, commercial cannabis, only three Homer area licenses have been issued. All are for cultivation facilities and outside city limits and in the Kenai Peninsula Borough. If a retail pot shop goes as planned, though, the city of Homer could see its first commercial enterprise by the holidays.

Don Jose’s celebrates 35 years

With a mariachi band, one of Homer’s oldest restaurants, Don Jose’s, celebrated its 35th anniversary on Sunday. Carmen Ramos and her husband and the restaurant’s namesake, Jose Ramos, started the Pioneer Avenue restaurant in March 1982. They met in Los Angeles and came to Homer in 1980 before settling into the restaurant business. Over the years the Ramos family has opened restaurants in Homer, Soldotna, Kodiak, Kenai and Anchorage, but now runs the Homer and Anchorage restaurants. They also own the Harbor Grill on the Spit and have invested in local real estate.

cARTography exhibit blends art, mapmaking

The Pratt Museum’s latest exhibit, cARTography, makes a typeface play, emphasizing “art” in the word. That also pays respect to the tradition of defining the geographic world on paper — on, in modern technology, in digital form. While there can be technical precision in acquiring data to make maps, how a cartographer uses line, shading, color and perspective to illustrate that information speaks as much to the map maker’s artistic vision.

CACS installs new mural

Artist Brad Hughes installed a new mural at last Friday at the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies. Part of a 35th anniversary remodeling effort to make the environmental education nonprofit’s building more visible, the mural shows two children wading in a tidepool and exploring marine life. Words on the mural encourage people to “explore, connect, protect.” In a nod to classical imagery, a boy reaches out to touch an octopus, an allusion to Michelangelo’s “The Creation of Adam” mural on the Sistine Chapel. The remodel will include more murals on the side and front of the building.

Six more file for council

Following a slow start with only two candidates having filed early last week, six more candidates filed last week and on Monday to run for two seats on the Homer City Council. A majority of the candidates are women, and until three men filed almost at the last minute, the slate had been an all-female ballot.

Boyle gets 4 years in sexual abuse case

At a hearing held Monday, Aug. 14, at the Kenai Courthouse, Superior Court Judge Charles Huguelet sentenced Stephen Boyle, 45, to 10 years in jail with four years suspended for one count of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor. Boyle had been the former assistant fire chief with Kachemak Emergency Services until being dismissed from his job after his arrest in June 2016.