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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.

Tustumena Returns to Service

After several delays, the Alaska Marine Highway System announced on Tuesday in a press release that the M/V Tustumena has returned to service for communities in the Kenai Peninsula, Southwest Alaska and the Aleutian chain. The Tustumena arrived in Homer on Tuesday.

Don’t forget squash blossoms

Normally I like to banter on about how wonderful our farmers and our Farmers Market are. Anyone at last week’s Zucchini Festival would know that I do not exaggerate. But in all the fun a mayhem last week, I saw one character deserving of attention who was fairly ignored.

Tiny Trees focuses on education through play

A new preschool in Homer approaches early childhood education by giving kids the freedom to learn through play. Founded by certified kindergarten-third grade teacher and Lifeways early childhood teacher Hanna Young, Tiny Trees: Homer’s Forest School’s two play-based programs give kids a chance to build academic and life skills outside of the classroom.

Zucchini fun coming

It’s that time again to watch vegetables fly. It’s time for zucchinis with wheels. Zucchinis with glitter. Zucchinis with wings, horns, and various action figures attached.

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