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A porcupine feeds by the side of a driveway off Diamond Ridge Road on Nov. 10, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Best Bets

Here on the south shore of Beluga Lake — called SoBe by Homer hipsters — we’ve been noticing the lake freezing. Also, we’ve been noticing… Continue reading

 

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                                The Shook Twins, Katelyn, left, and Laurie Shook.

The Shook Twins to create perfect harmony at Alice’s Champagne Palace

Music has seen numerous family acts of sisters and brothers, but identical twins who perform together can be as rare as a tourist on the… Continue reading

 

Patrick Mede, co-owner with his wife, Monica, of Ulmer’s Drug & Hardware, speaks about the importance of shopping local at the monthly luncheon of the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, at the Best Western Bidarka Inn, Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Chamber of Commerce discusses small town shopping

At its monthly luncheon on Tuesday, the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center featured talks by owners of two of Homer’s largest, locally owned… Continue reading

 

Members of Girl Scout Troops 280, 226, 134, 258 and 33, front, pose last Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, after a mock Homer City Council meeting in the Cowles Council Chambers at Homer City Hall, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Homer area Girl Scouts participate in a mock city council meeting

As part of work toward a merit badge in citizenship, the Girl Scouts acted out roles as city manager, mayor, council members, and clerk during… Continue reading

Members of Girl Scout Troops 280, 226, 134, 258 and 33, front, pose last Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, after a mock Homer City Council meeting in the Cowles Council Chambers at Homer City Hall, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly stands in silence while Assembly President Wayne Ogle offers an invocation before the meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, in Soldotna, AK. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

KPB Assembly to consider invocation issue

At its Nov. 20 meeting, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will consider two questions for its invocation policy: • Should the assembly authorize the borough… Continue reading

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly stands in silence while Assembly President Wayne Ogle offers an invocation before the meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, in Soldotna, AK. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Laurie Daniel, left, and Alaska State Parks specialist Eric Clarke, right, discuss the Diamond Creek trails portion of the Kachemak Bay State Park and State Wilderness Park draft management plan at an open house on the plan on Oct. 29, 2018, at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Citizens raise concern about Kachemak Bay state parks draft management plan

With the public comment period ending in a week for the draft of the Kachemak Bay State Park and Wilderness Park Management Plan, Homer residents… Continue reading

Laurie Daniel, left, and Alaska State Parks specialist Eric Clarke, right, discuss the Diamond Creek trails portion of the Kachemak Bay State Park and State Wilderness Park draft management plan at an open house on the plan on Oct. 29, 2018, at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
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                                Travis Catron, left, and Niko Mogar in undated booking photos.

Indictments filed in crime spree case

A Kenai Grand Jury on Oct. 17 indicted two Homer men who were previously charged with burglary and theft in a spree of home and… Continue reading

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                                Travis Catron, left, and Niko Mogar in undated booking photos.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough waste transfer site in Anchor Point is on borough land proposed to be leased for subsurface oil-and-gas rights to Hilcorp. The photo was taken on Oct. 19, 2018. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
                                The Kenai Peninsula Borough waste transfer site in Anchor Point is on borough land proposed to be leased for subsurface oil-and-gas rights to Hilcorp. The photo was taken on Oct. 19, 2018. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Borough proposes oil and gas leases in Anchor Point

Update: The location for the meeting of the Anchor Point Advisory Planning Commission has been changed to the Anchor Point Senior Center at 7 p.m.… Continue reading

The Kenai Peninsula Borough waste transfer site in Anchor Point is on borough land proposed to be leased for subsurface oil-and-gas rights to Hilcorp. The photo was taken on Oct. 19, 2018. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
                                The Kenai Peninsula Borough waste transfer site in Anchor Point is on borough land proposed to be leased for subsurface oil-and-gas rights to Hilcorp. The photo was taken on Oct. 19, 2018. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
A house at the base of the Homer Spit at Lighthouse Village got the full Halloween treatment on Oct. 29, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Photos: Spooky Spit

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A house at the base of the Homer Spit at Lighthouse Village got the full Halloween treatment on Oct. 29, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Ted Heuer’s spalted maple teleidoscope, on display for First Friday at Ptarmigan Arts in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)

First Friday expands out east with new venues

The First Friday scene expands out East End Road with shows at new venues The Shop: Kachemak Bay Art Space and Bear Creek Winery. Art… Continue reading

Ted Heuer’s spalted maple teleidoscope, on display for First Friday at Ptarmigan Arts in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)
Dr. Reid Brewer holds a Pacific giant octopus while doing field research in 2009. Brewer was named Campus Director of Kachemak Bay Campus, Kenai Peninsula College, on Oct. 19. (Photo provided)

Brewer named new KBC director

After a national search and three finalists, Dr. Reid Brewer, 46, of Sitka, has been selected and approved to become the next Kenai Peninsula College… Continue reading

Dr. Reid Brewer holds a Pacific giant octopus while doing field research in 2009. Brewer was named Campus Director of Kachemak Bay Campus, Kenai Peninsula College, on Oct. 19. (Photo provided)
Homer City Council member Caroline Venuti compares a thicker plastic shopping bag, left, with a thinner, single-use plastic shopping bag, right, during an ordinance on a proposal to ban single-use plastic bags in Homer. The council approved an ordinance putting the question to the voters at the October 2019 city election. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Council puts bag ban question to voters

A proposition on whether or not to prohibit retailers from giving out single-use plastic bags will once again be on the ballot. The bag-ban vote… Continue reading

Homer City Council member Caroline Venuti compares a thicker plastic shopping bag, left, with a thinner, single-use plastic shopping bag, right, during an ordinance on a proposal to ban single-use plastic bags in Homer. The council approved an ordinance putting the question to the voters at the October 2019 city election. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Following the money in District 31 representative race

Thirty-day reports released earlier in October by District 31 Representative candidates Paul Seaton and Sarah Vance show where each candidate gets major financial support and… Continue reading

Members of BodyVox perform a piece in an undated photo. (Photo by Derrin Battles)

BodyVox brings new way of dance expression to Homer

If any artistic group survives for 21 years, it must be doing something right. Founded in 1997 and led by couple Jamie Hampton and Ashley… Continue reading

Members of BodyVox perform a piece in an undated photo. (Photo by Derrin Battles)

Arts briefs

‘RBG’ wins Homer DocFest Audience Award “RBG,” a documentary about U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, won the Audience Favorite Award at last month’s… Continue reading

Kachemak Bay Campus Semester by the Bay students Sam Roth, left, and Sophia Peterson, right, help Dr. Debbie Boege Tobin, back left, and Lee Post, back right, on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in Homer, Alaska, flense a subadult beluga whale found on the Deep Creek beach on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, near Ninilchik, Alaska. The students were removing tissue from the whale in preparation for cleaning it as part of Post’s bone articulation class. Roth visits from the University of New Hampshire, Durham, and Peterson from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. The whale was collected under permits from the National Marine Fisheries and Alaska SeaLife Center. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

KBC students help in dead Beluga whale stranding response

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to note that the whale was collected under permits from the National Marine Fisheries and Alaska SeaLife Center.… Continue reading

Kachemak Bay Campus Semester by the Bay students Sam Roth, left, and Sophia Peterson, right, help Dr. Debbie Boege Tobin, back left, and Lee Post, back right, on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in Homer, Alaska, flense a subadult beluga whale found on the Deep Creek beach on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018, near Ninilchik, Alaska. The students were removing tissue from the whale in preparation for cleaning it as part of Post’s bone articulation class. Roth visits from the University of New Hampshire, Durham, and Peterson from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. The whale was collected under permits from the National Marine Fisheries and Alaska SeaLife Center. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Elissa and David Pettibone pose on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, by one of David Pettibone’s paintings at The Shop, an art space the Pettibones started in August 2018 in Kachemak City, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

The Shop creates instructional, creative art space

In Paris and other French cities, artists often show their works in ateliers, galleries that also include a studio. The word also refers to a… Continue reading

Elissa and David Pettibone pose on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, by one of David Pettibone’s paintings at The Shop, an art space the Pettibones started in August 2018 in Kachemak City, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Arts in brief

Artist, writer reads for Battle of Attu 75th As part of its series “Fact, Fable, and Natural History: Writing About the Aleutians,” and for the… Continue reading

Who gives a hoot? Many of our local owls, that’s who

Following is the latest in a monthly series of articles about birds and birding, celebrating The Year of the Bird, 2018, with authors from Kachemak… Continue reading

Sarah Vance. (Photo by Hannah Vance)

Q & A with Sarah Vance

This week, the Homer News starts its coverage of the District 31 House of Representatives election between incumbent and nonpartisan Rep. Paul Seaton and Republican… Continue reading

Sarah Vance. (Photo by Hannah Vance)