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District 31 Rep. Sarah Vance, R-Homer, waits for results to come in at an election night party at Land’s End Resort on Nov. 6, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Vance apologizes for video bashing high school students

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to correct a direct quote from a Facebook video posted by Rep. Sarah Vance and to correct the… Continue reading

 

Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, introduces Senate Bill 22 to the Senate Resources Committee at the Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. The bill would allow organizations to obtain permits and enhance the habitat of shellfish in hopes of improving the seafood industry. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Sen. Stevens visits Friday

Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, visits the lower Kenai Peninsula for two Town Hall meetings at these times and locations: • Noon to 2 p.m., Friday,… Continue reading

 

An updated tsunami zone map shows the areas of inundation in the downtown Homer area. The maxiumum inundation zone extends up to 50 feet above sea level. (Map by the Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys)

Tsunami awareness week is March 24-30

With new maps showing changed tsunami inundation zones and two evacuations held last year after earthquakes struck Southcentral Alaska, the upcoming Tsunami Awareness Week takes… Continue reading

 

Birders line the bike path on the Homer Spit while looking for shorebirds in Mud Bay in Ma 2018, for the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Birding: the universal outdoors activity

Like many imported Alaskans, I have a long list of outdoor activities I acquired after moving here in 1979: skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, dog mushing,… Continue reading

Birders line the bike path on the Homer Spit while looking for shorebirds in Mud Bay in Ma 2018, for the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Leia the dog stands in a Diamond Ridge driveway covered in 4-foot snow drifts on Sunday, March 10, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. A blizzard over the weekend kept plow drivers busy. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Best Bets

On Sunday America holds its annual celebration of Irish culture and history, St. Patrick’s Day. Back in the old sod, our Irish cousins don’t quite… Continue reading

Leia the dog stands in a Diamond Ridge driveway covered in 4-foot snow drifts on Sunday, March 10, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. A blizzard over the weekend kept plow drivers busy. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
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                                Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference keynote speaker Anthony Doerr delivers the opening address at the start of the annual conference June 2018 at Land’s End Resort.

Poets & Writers list K-Bay writers conference a top retreat

Kachemak Bay Writers’ conference named a top retreat Poets & Writers Magazine has named the Kachemak Bay Writers Conference one of its 22 most inspiring… Continue reading

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                                Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference keynote speaker Anthony Doerr delivers the opening address at the start of the annual conference June 2018 at Land’s End Resort.

Man with assault history arrested in Nikolaevsk fire incident

A man with criminal convictions for assault and reckless endangerment has been charged with second-degree arson in a fire at a Nikolaevsk home last Friday.… Continue reading

Fused glass art by Nicole Cavalier on display at Ptarmigan Arts. (Photo provided)

Jubilee art featured for March

For First Friday this month, it’s all about the kids. At the Homer Council on the Arts, March celebrates student artists for its Jubilee art… Continue reading

Fused glass art by Nicole Cavalier on display at Ptarmigan Arts. (Photo provided)

Editorial: Dunleavy’s Procrustean budget

Gov. Mike Dunleavy deserves both acclaim and criticism for his proposed fiscal year 2020 budget. While he’s not the first governor to present a budget… Continue reading

Rep. David Talerico, R-Healy, speaks during a press conference with Rep. Sarah Vance, R-Homer, left, and Rep. Colleen Sullivan-Leonard, R-Wasilla, at the Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Gov’s budget draws both concern and praise from local legislators

Update: The spelling and name of Sen. Natasha von Imhof, R-Anchorage, has been corrected. A proposed state budget from Gov. Mike Dunleavy brought both concern… Continue reading

Rep. David Talerico, R-Healy, speaks during a press conference with Rep. Sarah Vance, R-Homer, left, and Rep. Colleen Sullivan-Leonard, R-Wasilla, at the Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
The new Ramp 2 restrooms on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska, as seen on Feb. 8, 2019. The restrooms opened on Feb. 2. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer New

New Ramp 2 restrooms open

Well in advance of the summer tourist season, the city of Homer last week opened its latest new restrooms on the Homer Spit. Built on… Continue reading

The new Ramp 2 restrooms on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska, as seen on Feb. 8, 2019. The restrooms opened on Feb. 2. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer New
Jeff Hayden poses at the Homer News on Feb. 12, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. Hayden has been named publisher of the Kenai Peninsula Clarion and the Homer News. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Hayden named publisher of Homer News, Clarion

Sound Publishing Inc. has appointed Jeff Hayden publisher of the Homer News and the Kenai Peninsula Clarion. Hayden started his new position on Monday, Feb.… Continue reading

Jeff Hayden poses at the Homer News on Feb. 12, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. Hayden has been named publisher of the Kenai Peninsula Clarion and the Homer News. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Homer artist Jan Peyton painted the cover of the Homer Garden Club’s “Kachemak Cultivating from Sea to Summit: A Guide to Successful Gardening on Alaska’s Southern Kenai Peninsula.” The book was published in late 2018 by the garden club in Homer, Alaska.

Garden Club publishes new guide

More than 10 years after its last edition, the Homer Garden Club in December released an updated and expanded book on gardening from Ninilchik south.… Continue reading

Homer artist Jan Peyton painted the cover of the Homer Garden Club’s “Kachemak Cultivating from Sea to Summit: A Guide to Successful Gardening on Alaska’s Southern Kenai Peninsula.” The book was published in late 2018 by the garden club in Homer, Alaska.
Homer Mayor Ken Castner, center, questions ENSTAR Natural Gas officials Lindsay Hobson, left, foreground, and David Bell at the Feb. 11, 2019 Homer City Council meeting in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Council grills ENSTAR on tariff proposal

Following recent revelations that ENSTAR Natural Gas had recalculated how long it would take to pay off its share of constructing a 22-mile natural gas… Continue reading

Homer Mayor Ken Castner, center, questions ENSTAR Natural Gas officials Lindsay Hobson, left, foreground, and David Bell at the Feb. 11, 2019 Homer City Council meeting in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Adm. Matthew T. Bell Jr., 17th District Commander, U.S. Coast Guard, speaks at a memorial service for Chief Warrant Officer Michael Kozloski on Friday morning, Feb. 8, 2019, at the Seafarer’s Memorial on the Homer Spit, Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Homer remembers Coast Guard member Michael Kozloski

On a sunny, calm day with fair seas on Kachemak Bay, about 150 people attended a memorial service for Chief Warrant Officer Michael Kozloski last… Continue reading

Adm. Matthew T. Bell Jr., 17th District Commander, U.S. Coast Guard, speaks at a memorial service for Chief Warrant Officer Michael Kozloski on Friday morning, Feb. 8, 2019, at the Seafarer’s Memorial on the Homer Spit, Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
A close-up of Ruby Nofziger’s “On a Bookshelf” quilt, one of the works in the “9 Women / 9 Quilts” show that opened last Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, at the Homer Council on the Arts, in Homer, Alaska. Each panel or row of books was done by a different quilter. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Group quilt exhibit shows collaboration on every work

It’s not uncommon for Homer art galleries to feature group shows. It’s also not uncommon for shows to center on a particular theme. But in… Continue reading

A close-up of Ruby Nofziger’s “On a Bookshelf” quilt, one of the works in the “9 Women / 9 Quilts” show that opened last Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, at the Homer Council on the Arts, in Homer, Alaska. Each panel or row of books was done by a different quilter. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Winter Carnival honors Coast Guard

The landscape might be silver and shimmery with ice and snow, but for this year’s annual Homer Winter Carnival, it’s golden days as the city… Continue reading

Homer Volunteer Fire Department emergency medical technicians treat a person injured when a crane tipped over at the Pioneer Dock on the Homer Spit at about 1:55 p.m. Jan. 31, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News.)

Hickory crew member killed in crane rollover on Homer Spit

Update: The U.S. Coast Guard on Thursday evening announced that the victim has died. A crew member of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hickory has… Continue reading

Homer Volunteer Fire Department emergency medical technicians treat a person injured when a crane tipped over at the Pioneer Dock on the Homer Spit at about 1:55 p.m. Jan. 31, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News.)

Anchor Point to Homer trunk line surcharge balloons

The lower Kenai Peninsula’s deal to help pay for a natural gas distribution line from Anchor Point to Homer could cost gas users more than… Continue reading

Photographs by Dr. Edson Knapp on exhibit at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)

Galleries opening after winter hiatus

As galleries begin to open after a winter hiatus, February’s First Friday shows feature exhibits at South Peninsula Hospital and the Kachemak Bay Campus by… Continue reading

Photographs by Dr. Edson Knapp on exhibit at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)