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Homer man dies of COVID-19

Homer man’s death announced as part of reporting backlog.

 

For Carly Garay's "The Art of Ancestor Veneration," visitors are invited to include images, letters or prayers honoring ancestors at a central display. The exhibit shows through Oct. 30, 2021, at the Homer Council on the Arts in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Garay lifts the veil between living and dead with “Art of Ancestor Veneration”

HCOA show invites people to submit own images of ancestors at central altar.

 

Clem Tillion of Halibut Cove poses for a photo on Jan. 9, 2020, in Homer, Alaska. The veteran Alaska legislator was passing through Homer while waiting to take the M/V Tustumena ferry to Kodiak. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Clem Tillion, PFD founder and former legislator, dies at 96

Tillion died Wedneday, Oct. 13, at Halibut Cove home.

 

At left Bonita Banks, RN, Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) nurse at Homer Medical Center, and at right, Annie Garay, RN, Community Health Educator, pose for a photo at South Peninsula Hospital on Sept. 27, 2021, at Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Derotha Ferraro/South Peninsula Hospital)

New hospital community health educator starts

Garay, a Homer raised nurse, came home to ride out COVID-19, wound up doing pandemic nursing.

At left Bonita Banks, RN, Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) nurse at Homer Medical Center, and at right, Annie Garay, RN, Community Health Educator, pose for a photo at South Peninsula Hospital on Sept. 27, 2021, at Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Derotha Ferraro/South Peninsula Hospital)
This screenshot shows the proposed House Districts for the southern Kenai Peninsula. The shaded pink area is District 5 and the shaded purple area is District 6. The Fritz Creek and Fox River areas currently in District 31 (the area now called District 5) would go into the Kodiak Island and Prince Willaim Sound District 6. The Fritz Creek and Fox River area starts at the Fritz Creek General Store near Mile 8 East End Road and includes the north side of East End Road. At East End Road and McNeil Canyon, all of East End Road to the end of the road is in the new district, including the villages of Razdolna, Voznesenka and Kachemak Selo. (Screen Capture/Alaska Redistricting Board/Google Maps)

Redistricting draft puts Fritz Creek into new district

Draft proposals carve out Fritz Creek, Fox River and put in Kodiak-Prince William Sound district.

This screenshot shows the proposed House Districts for the southern Kenai Peninsula. The shaded pink area is District 5 and the shaded purple area is District 6. The Fritz Creek and Fox River areas currently in District 31 (the area now called District 5) would go into the Kodiak Island and Prince Willaim Sound District 6. The Fritz Creek and Fox River area starts at the Fritz Creek General Store near Mile 8 East End Road and includes the north side of East End Road. At East End Road and McNeil Canyon, all of East End Road to the end of the road is in the new district, including the villages of Razdolna, Voznesenka and Kachemak Selo. (Screen Capture/Alaska Redistricting Board/Google Maps)
A portable sign on the Sterling Highway advertises a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinaton booster clinic to be held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. A flu clinic also will be held at the same time at the high school. Appointments are encouraged for the Pfizer clinic. Visit www.sphosp.org for information. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

COVID-19 booster clinic is Friday

Flu, COVID-19 booster clinic will be held Friday.

A portable sign on the Sterling Highway advertises a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinaton booster clinic to be held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. A flu clinic also will be held at the same time at the high school. Appointments are encouraged for the Pfizer clinic. Visit www.sphosp.org for information. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Countess Nona Safra, far right, poses with the other Alaska State Fair Royalty. (Photo provided)

‘Countess’ Safra receives First Lady’s volunteer award

Homer senior honored at Alaska State Fair and then by First Lady.

Countess Nona Safra, far right, poses with the other Alaska State Fair Royalty. (Photo provided)
The jack-up rig Randolph Yost, left, awaits loading on the heavy-lift vessel Falcon on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, in Kachemak Bay near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Jack-up rig Randolph Yost returns to Kachemak Bay

Destination is unknown for jack-up rig.

The jack-up rig Randolph Yost, left, awaits loading on the heavy-lift vessel Falcon on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, in Kachemak Bay near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
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COVID-19 cases decline slightly

No new southern Kenai Peninsula deaths reported.

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A voter at city hall reviews their ballot before submitting it on Oct. 5. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)

Preliminary Oct. 5 municipal election results

Erickson, Aderhold win council; third race too close to call. Daugharty, Tupper win borough races.

A voter at city hall reviews their ballot before submitting it on Oct. 5. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)
A cyanotype by Kristin Link from a group exhibit, "Sound of Wind and Glass," with John Hagen and Michael Walsh showing for October at Bunnell Street Arts Center. (Photo provided)

October shows offer eclectic mix of media

Some galleries or venues won’t be holding First Friday receptions, while others, like Grace Ridge Brewing, are in the process of moving into their new… Continue reading

A cyanotype by Kristin Link from a group exhibit, "Sound of Wind and Glass," with John Hagen and Michael Walsh showing for October at Bunnell Street Arts Center. (Photo provided)
Signs on Saturday, March 28, 2020, at the main entrance to South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska, warn visitors not to enter until they have been met by hospital staff. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Three more southern peninsula residents die of COVID-19

The latest reported deaths came in a large batch of 44 deaths reported on Sept. 24 and a group of 22 on Sept. 27.

Signs on Saturday, March 28, 2020, at the main entrance to South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska, warn visitors not to enter until they have been met by hospital staff. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Harrison Smith, South Peninsula Hospital Facilities Manager, stands by medical oxygen tanks on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2021, at the hospital in Homer, Alaska.  Smith, a certified medical gas technician, has been involved with the med-gas system management at South Peninsula Hospital for 18 years. (Photo by Derotha Ferraro / South Peninsula Hospital)

Two southern peninsula residents die of COVID-19

South Peninsula Hospital has adequate reserves for medical oxygen despite increased demand.

Harrison Smith, South Peninsula Hospital Facilities Manager, stands by medical oxygen tanks on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2021, at the hospital in Homer, Alaska.  Smith, a certified medical gas technician, has been involved with the med-gas system management at South Peninsula Hospital for 18 years. (Photo by Derotha Ferraro / South Peninsula Hospital)
Workers on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, paint the fog or right side lane lineon the Homer Bypass at Lake Street as reconstruction winds down for the summer inHomer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Lake Street work almost done

Signal upgrades will be done once poles arrive.

Workers on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021, paint the fog or right side lane lineon the Homer Bypass at Lake Street as reconstruction winds down for the summer inHomer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Kim Terpening's "Wetands Daydream" is part of the Homer Drawdown Peatland exhibit showing at the Pratt Museum & Park through Oct. 10, 2021, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Peatlands exhibit at Pratt merges art and conservation

In its exhibits, the Pratt Museum & Park has used artistic expression to explore scientific concepts like plankton, the tides or — in a current… Continue reading

Kim Terpening's "Wetands Daydream" is part of the Homer Drawdown Peatland exhibit showing at the Pratt Museum & Park through Oct. 10, 2021, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
The afternoon sun makes birch leaves glow yellow on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, at the Hidden Lake Campground in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge near Sterling, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Fall in Alaska is subtle but fabulous

On my mother’s side I come from a long line of New Englanders, the kind of people for whom fall leaf peeping can be something… Continue reading

The afternoon sun makes birch leaves glow yellow on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, at the Hidden Lake Campground in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge near Sterling, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
The poster for "Summer of Soul," showing at the 17th annual Homer Documentary Film Festival. (Photo provided)

Roll ‘em: DocFest returns for 17th year

Homer Documentary Film Festival returns with COVID-19 precautions and a solid line up of films.

The poster for "Summer of Soul," showing at the 17th annual Homer Documentary Film Festival. (Photo provided)
A sign flashing “Keep COVID down” also offers information on where to get testing and vaccines on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

SPH holding steady in COVID-19 surge

Despite hospital crisis in Anchorage, Homer’s hospital not impacted, spokesperson tells Homer City Council.

A sign flashing “Keep COVID down” also offers information on where to get testing and vaccines on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021, on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
A vintage Underwood typewriter is seen on Jan. 28, 2021, at the Homer News in Homer, Alaska. An anonymous donor left the typewriter at the Homer News with a note saying it was used to type the first edition of the Homer News in January 1964, but this has not been verified. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

In remembrance of 9-11, strive to reunite

The tragedy of Sept. 11 brought us together as a nation — and can bring us together again.

A vintage Underwood typewriter is seen on Jan. 28, 2021, at the Homer News in Homer, Alaska. An anonymous donor left the typewriter at the Homer News with a note saying it was used to type the first edition of the Homer News in January 1964, but this has not been verified. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
A sign advertising the annual Homer Documentary Film Festival hangs on the side of the Homer Theatre Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Arts Briefs

Alaska World Arts Festival starts Friday The Alaska World Arts Festival returns in a mixed live and virtual format starting Friday, Sept. 10 and running… Continue reading

A sign advertising the annual Homer Documentary Film Festival hangs on the side of the Homer Theatre Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)