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The cover of Larry Baxter's novel, "Abandoned." (Photo by McKibben Jackinsky)

New book looks at legend of Alaska’s ‘Nantiinaq,’ or ‘giant hairy thing’

“Abandoned, the History and Horror of Port Chatham, Alaska,” by Larry Baxter (Sasquatch Publishing, $14.99, 141 pages) ^ As a youngster in small-town Kentucky, Larry… Continue reading

 

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

Homer downgrades alert level to yellow

Alert level remains high statewide with 19.93 cases per 100,000.

 

A sign on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, on the Sterling Highway near Soundview Avenue announces the availability of COVID-19 vaccines in Homer, Alaska, . (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

In public service announcement, governor urges Alaskans to get vaccinated

South Peninsula Hospital expects more than 2,000 doses in April

 

Crews work on a boat on Monday, April 5, 2021, at the large-vessel haul out beach on the Homer Spit near the Pier 1 Theatre in Homer, Alaska. In the off season boats are hauled onshore for repair at the beach near the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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As part of the Betster’s annual expedition to document signs of spring, yours truly went on a photo safari to tag the usual seasonal markers.… Continue reading

Crews work on a boat on Monday, April 5, 2021, at the large-vessel haul out beach on the Homer Spit near the Pier 1 Theatre in Homer, Alaska. In the off season boats are hauled onshore for repair at the beach near the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Former Speaker of the House Gail Phillips is shown in this undated photo from the early 1990s taken in Homer, Alaska. (Homer News file photo)

Longtime Kenai Peninsula politician Phillips served 20 years in elected office

Phillips honored for role as mentor, leader and volunteer

Former Speaker of the House Gail Phillips is shown in this undated photo from the early 1990s taken in Homer, Alaska. (Homer News file photo)
A sign on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, on the Sterling Highway near Soundview Avenue announces the availability of COVID-19 vaccines in Homer, Alaska, . (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
A sign on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, on the Sterling Highway near Soundview Avenue announces the availability of COVID-19 vaccines in Homer, Alaska, . (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

Homer has seen no new COVID-19 cases in 14 days

Alert level remains high with 19.93 cases per 100,000.

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
Rep. Sarah Vance, R-Homer, speaks at a town hall meeting on Monday, March 29, 2021, at Captain's Coffee in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

‘Sip with Sarah’ at coffee shop covers topics from budget to pandemic response

Vance affirms support for rural DMV offices, opposes emergency declaration

Rep. Sarah Vance, R-Homer, speaks at a town hall meeting on Monday, March 29, 2021, at Captain's Coffee in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Nancy Lord in a 2017 photo. (Photo by Irene Owsley and courtesy of Pier One Theatre)

Lord’s ‘The Frederick Cook Interview’ looks at explorer’s perception of truth

‘The Frederick Cook Interview’ shows at 7 p.m. Friday on KBBI radio

Nancy Lord in a 2017 photo. (Photo by Irene Owsley and courtesy of Pier One Theatre)
Long Term Care staff celebrate receiving the five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Feb. 19, 2021, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska. From left to right are Cathy Myers, Director of Nursing; Bella the dog, Nanet Minke, Certified Nursing Assistant; Nicole McKinney,CNA; Bonnie Betley, Registered Nurse; Susan Hubbard, CNA, Ana Jones, CNA; Leone Morra RN; and Melissa Dunkle CNA, in the front kneeling. (Photo courtesy South Peninsula Hospital)

Hospital’s Long Term Care home gets 5-star rating

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently granted a Five-Star rating in its Care Compare quality program to South Peninsula Hospital’s Long Term Care… Continue reading

Long Term Care staff celebrate receiving the five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Feb. 19, 2021, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska. From left to right are Cathy Myers, Director of Nursing; Bella the dog, Nanet Minke, Certified Nursing Assistant; Nicole McKinney,CNA; Bonnie Betley, Registered Nurse; Susan Hubbard, CNA, Ana Jones, CNA; Leone Morra RN; and Melissa Dunkle CNA, in the front kneeling. (Photo courtesy South Peninsula Hospital)
Homer City Manager Rob Dumouchel speaks on Monday, March 22, 2021, at a Zoom meeting of the Homer City Council in Homer, Alaska. (Screen capture by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Council postpones indefinitely tax exempt resolution for moose habitat organization

City discovers a resolution not needed to declare the organization is tax exempt

Homer City Manager Rob Dumouchel speaks on Monday, March 22, 2021, at a Zoom meeting of the Homer City Council in Homer, Alaska. (Screen capture by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Some of the works in Charles Aguilar's show opening Friday, March 5, 2021, at Grace Ridge Brewey in Homer, Alaska. (Photo courtesy of Grace Ridge Brewery)

Collage, puppet artist looks for ‘magik’ in his creations

Charles Aguilar’s latest show is at Grace Ridge Brewery

Some of the works in Charles Aguilar's show opening Friday, March 5, 2021, at Grace Ridge Brewey in Homer, Alaska. (Photo courtesy of Grace Ridge Brewery)
Members of the community give public testimony about a Homer City Council resolution dealing with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s proposal to repeal the ban on personal watercraft in critical habitat areas of Kachemak Bay during the Monday, Jan. 13, 2020 council meeting at Homer City Hall in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Conservation groups question Jet Ski regulation process in letter

Environmentalists allege Jet Ski ban repeal was tarnished, ask do over

Members of the community give public testimony about a Homer City Council resolution dealing with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s proposal to repeal the ban on personal watercraft in critical habitat areas of Kachemak Bay during the Monday, Jan. 13, 2020 council meeting at Homer City Hall in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
The Homer office of the Division of Motor Vehicles is seen after hours on Monday, March 15, 2021, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

House subcommittee grills officials on plan to close DMV offices

‘I really doubt it’s going to pass,’ Vance said of governor’s idea to close rural locations

The Homer office of the Division of Motor Vehicles is seen after hours on Monday, March 15, 2021, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
A collage of photographs surrounds the description of "Familiar Faces: Portrait of a Community," on exhibit through May 2021 at the Pratt Museum in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

New exhibit looks at connections between objects and portraits

Pratt Museum show also includes new work by photographers, writer

A collage of photographs surrounds the description of "Familiar Faces: Portrait of a Community," on exhibit through May 2021 at the Pratt Museum in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Sue Post and Jim Levine walk across a field to observe northern lights on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, in Diamond Ridge near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Aurora dazzles over Homer

Good viewing was seen on Tuesday, Wednesday

Sue Post and Jim Levine walk across a field to observe northern lights on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, in Diamond Ridge near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
"My Kachemak Homer" by Sadie Mae Millard is one of the works in the Homer Council on the Arts show, "The Art of Wellness: Stories of trauma, loss, and resilience," opening Friday, March 5, 2021, at the gallery in Homer, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Homer Council on the Arts)
"My Kachemak Homer" by Sadie Mae Millard is one of the works in the Homer Council on the Arts show, "The Art of Wellness: Stories of trauma, loss, and resilience," opening Friday, March 5, 2021, at the gallery in Homer, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Homer Council on the Arts)

Adult nonfiction winner: ‘Spared’

After a seven-year hiatus, the Kenai Peninsula Writers Contest returns for its 23rd year. Coordinated by the Homer Council on the Arts, the contest was… Continue reading

This undated photo shows a section of Deep Creek near Ninilchik, Alalska recently acquired by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game with the assistance of the Kachemak Heritage Land Trust to protect hunting and fishing in the area. (Photo courtesy of Kachemak Heritage Land Trust)

State, feds and land trust work together to acquire 93.5 acres for conservation

Oil spill trust fund used to buy fish habitat on valuable salmon stream

This undated photo shows a section of Deep Creek near Ninilchik, Alalska recently acquired by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game with the assistance of the Kachemak Heritage Land Trust to protect hunting and fishing in the area. (Photo courtesy of Kachemak Heritage Land Trust)
The entrance to the Homer Electric Association office is seen here in Kenai, Alaska on May 7, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

HEA work at Stonehocker Creek presents challenges

HEA remediation work across the bay continues

The entrance to the Homer Electric Association office is seen here in Kenai, Alaska on May 7, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)