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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)

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Loretta Stapel poses in this undated photo taken at the Anchor Point Post Office. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Postal Service)

‘Face of Anchor Point Post Office’ will leave on July 30.

Stapel served 36 years in the U.S. Postal Service, including 33 in Anchor Point.

 

The cover of Doug Dodd's "Hero Unaware" features a photo of Walter Dodd in his U.S. Navy uniform at the start of World War II.

‘Hero Unaware’ based on author’s compilation of father’s war correspondence.

Letters home span the entire length of World War II from a Navy corpsman’s perspective.

 

Screenshot from Paul Hueper’s original Facebook post about the FBI search at their residence on April 28, 2021, of Marilyn and the woman in photograph #225a-b on the FBI’s Most Wanted for Capitol Violence list.

Police arrest for DUI Homer woman involved in FBI search

Hueper claims police harrassed her in drunk driving stop.

Screenshot from Paul Hueper’s original Facebook post about the FBI search at their residence on April 28, 2021, of Marilyn and the woman in photograph #225a-b on the FBI’s Most Wanted for Capitol Violence list.
Lupines bloom along the Homestead Trail on Diamond Ridge, as seen Sunday, July 11, 2021, near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Wildflowers bloom in the hills

Diamond Ridge hike offers wildflowers, views of Kachemak Bay and Cook Inlet.

Lupines bloom along the Homestead Trail on Diamond Ridge, as seen Sunday, July 11, 2021, near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
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There were 39 cases of COVID-19 reported in the past two weeks for the southern Kenai Peninsula.

All regions of the Kenai Peninsula are now in the highest alert level for positive COVID-19 cases.

Southern Kenai Peninsula had 39 positive cases in the past 45 days, with 22 in the past two days.

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There were 39 cases of COVID-19 reported in the past two weeks for the southern Kenai Peninsula.
A painting from Gerri Martin's exhibit, "Peonies: Alaska’s Floral Gems,” that opened Friday, July 2, 2021, at Fireweed Gallery in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)

Late blooming artist has peony show

Peony farm, art classes led Martin back to an interest in art.

A painting from Gerri Martin's exhibit, "Peonies: Alaska’s Floral Gems,” that opened Friday, July 2, 2021, at Fireweed Gallery in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)
A registered nurse prepares a COVID-19 vaccine at the pop-up clinic on the Spit on May 27. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)

New data: 45% of southern peninsula fully vaxxed

Latest information now includes vaccination rate for “other south” region of Kenai Peninsula.

A registered nurse prepares a COVID-19 vaccine at the pop-up clinic on the Spit on May 27. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)
Lisa Stengel of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, weighs a halibut on Monday, July 12, 2021, at Coal Point Seafoods in Homer, Alaska, that she caught with a pole spear while free diving in Kachemak Bay. If verified, the 71.4-pound halibut would be the International Underwater Spearfishing Association world record for a Pacific halibut caught be a woman using a pole spear. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Florida woman sets record for halibut caught with a pole spear

Stengel speared big halibut while free diving in Kachemak Bay.

Lisa Stengel of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, weighs a halibut on Monday, July 12, 2021, at Coal Point Seafoods in Homer, Alaska, that she caught with a pole spear while free diving in Kachemak Bay. If verified, the 71.4-pound halibut would be the International Underwater Spearfishing Association world record for a Pacific halibut caught be a woman using a pole spear. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Kayakers paddle across Kenai Lake on Saturday, June 12, 2021, near Seward, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Out of the Office: Camping goals: turn off the demands of work

‘Stand and stare’ a good motto for becoming a power camper.

Kayakers paddle across Kenai Lake on Saturday, June 12, 2021, near Seward, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Jessica Williams, left, as Patsy Cline, and Maggie Quarton, right, as Louise Seger rehearse for the upcoming Pier One Theatre production of "Always, Patsy Cline" in the Pratt Museum & Park. (Photo courtesy of Pier One Theatre_

Arts organizations return with live performances

Homer Council on the Arts, Pier One Theatre and Bunnell Street Arts Center offer live music and theater this month.

Jessica Williams, left, as Patsy Cline, and Maggie Quarton, right, as Louise Seger rehearse for the upcoming Pier One Theatre production of "Always, Patsy Cline" in the Pratt Museum & Park. (Photo courtesy of Pier One Theatre_
Sara Berg, right, talks with artist Brad Hughes, left, at Hughes' Homer, Alaska, studio in June 2021 about the Loved & Lost Memorial Bench project Berg and other family and friends of Anesha Murnane commissioned to honor Murnane and other missing woman and children. (Photo by Christina Whiting)

Missing Homer woman presumed dead

A six-person jury determined Anesha “Duffy” Murnane, then 38, died of a homicide.

Sara Berg, right, talks with artist Brad Hughes, left, at Hughes' Homer, Alaska, studio in June 2021 about the Loved & Lost Memorial Bench project Berg and other family and friends of Anesha Murnane commissioned to honor Murnane and other missing woman and children. (Photo by Christina Whiting)
A registered nurse prepares a COVID-19 vaccine at the pop-up clinic on the Spit on May 27. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)

Tracking vaccine rates presents challenges

State plans back-to-school vaccination push.

A registered nurse prepares a COVID-19 vaccine at the pop-up clinic on the Spit on May 27. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)
The old Homer Halibut Derby Shack is refreshed and updated to open  as the new Spit Visitor Information Center, as seen here on Friday, June 25, 2021, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Christina Whiting)

New Spit visitor center opens

Ribbon cutting is today for new Spit Visitor Information Center.

The old Homer Halibut Derby Shack is refreshed and updated to open  as the new Spit Visitor Information Center, as seen here on Friday, June 25, 2021, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Christina Whiting)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
A registered nurse prepares a COVID-19 vaccine at the pop-up clinic on the Spit on May 27. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)

State recalculates lower peninsula vaccination rate

Even with new adjustment, Homer area has almost a 61% single-dose vaccination rate.

A registered nurse prepares a COVID-19 vaccine at the pop-up clinic on the Spit on May 27. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)
Tim Troll's painting, "Flat Island: Lake Iliamna," is part of his show at the Homer Council on the Arts opening Friday, July 2, 2021, at the gallery in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)

Peonies featured at new shows for First Friday

Fourth of July weekend opens with First Friday exhibits.

Tim Troll's painting, "Flat Island: Lake Iliamna," is part of his show at the Homer Council on the Arts opening Friday, July 2, 2021, at the gallery in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)
Sherry Stead, left, and Don Stead, right, pose on Sunday, June 6, 2021, at the groundbreaking of the new building for Grace Ridge Brewery at 870 Smoky Bay Way. Jay-Brant Contractors has started construction of the brewery, tasting room and beer garden to be completed by next fall. (Photo courtesy of Grace Ridge Brewery)
Sherry Stead, left, and Don Stead, right, pose on Sunday, June 6, 2021, at the groundbreaking of the new building for Grace Ridge Brewery at 870 Smoky Bay Way. Jay-Brant Contractors has started construction of the brewery, tasting room and beer garden to be completed by next fall. (Photo courtesy of Grace Ridge Brewery)
People march in a combined Pride and Juneteenth event on Saturday, June 19, 2021, along Pioneer Avenue in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Juneteenth, Pride march held last Saturday

Combined Juneteenth, Pride march held, while a second Pride march is this Sunday.

People march in a combined Pride and Juneteenth event on Saturday, June 19, 2021, along Pioneer Avenue in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Shell Perretta, left, and David Boissonault, right, sit on a bench on Thursday, June 7, 2021, they donated in memory of Perretta's late mother, Hilary Adams. Homer Parks staff installed the bench on the Homer Spit Trail near the wreck of the Try Again II that day. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Memorial bench installed on Spit

More benches donated by Rotary will go in this summer

Shell Perretta, left, and David Boissonault, right, sit on a bench on Thursday, June 7, 2021, they donated in memory of Perretta's late mother, Hilary Adams. Homer Parks staff installed the bench on the Homer Spit Trail near the wreck of the Try Again II that day. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)