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The cover of the reprint of Tom Kizzia's "The Wake of the Unseen Object." (Photo courtesy of University of Alaska Press)

Local author’s ‘Wake of the Unseen Object’ back in print after 30 years

Literary travel book had roots in newspaper series about rural Alaska.

The cover of the reprint of Tom Kizzia's "The Wake of the Unseen Object." (Photo courtesy of University of Alaska Press)
Fletcher runs through the snow on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021, on Diamond Ridge near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Out of the Office: How all the dogs in my life have kept me sane and happy

I have written before about the virtues of big, rowdy dogs in developing an exercise plan. In my more than 40 years in Alaska, I… Continue reading

Fletcher runs through the snow on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021, on Diamond Ridge near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
The Homer office of the Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles. (Courtesy photo Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles)

Cuts in governor’s budget would close DMV office in Homer

Policy analyst: DMV costs more to operate than it brings in

The Homer office of the Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles. (Courtesy photo Alaska Division of Motor Vehicles)
About 50 people protest the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, at WKFL Park in Homer, Alaska. The group reacted to the events in which rioters broke into the U.S. Capitol while Congress attempted to tally the Electoral College results in which former Vice President Joe Biden won the presidential election. Charles Aguilar, far right, wore a Trump puppet costume. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Locals protest the riots at U.S. Capitol

About 50 show up on Saturday to protest Jan. 6 riot and Trump’s involvement

About 50 people protest the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, at WKFL Park in Homer, Alaska. The group reacted to the events in which rioters broke into the U.S. Capitol while Congress attempted to tally the Electoral College results in which former Vice President Joe Biden won the presidential election. Charles Aguilar, far right, wore a Trump puppet costume. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
South Peninsula Pharmacist Jill Kort holds up a vial of the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 shortly after it arrived at the hospital on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Seniors 65 and older can sign up for vaccines at South Peninsula Hospital at noon Monday

State opens up vaccine opportunity early for Alaskans 65 and older

South Peninsula Pharmacist Jill Kort holds up a vial of the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 shortly after it arrived at the hospital on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Nancy Johnson's "Fireweed," one of her paintings on exhibit at Grace Ridge Brewery in January 2021 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Nancy Johnson).

Johnson’s exhibit of dot paintings, rocks is at Grace Ridge Brewery

Johnson’s dot paintings start with central dot and expand out onto canvas.

Nancy Johnson's "Fireweed," one of her paintings on exhibit at Grace Ridge Brewery in January 2021 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Nancy Johnson).
Family practice physician Christina Tuomi, D.O., (right) gets Homer’s first dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine from Emergency Department nurse Steve Hughes (left) on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020 at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska. Tuomi has been the hospital’s medical lead throughout the pandemic. (Photo courtesy Derotha Ferraro/South Peninsula Hospital)

Almost 2,900 seniors on southern Kenai Peninsula can start getting vaccine soon

State opens up vaccine opportunity early for Alaskans 65 and older.

Family practice physician Christina Tuomi, D.O., (right) gets Homer’s first dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine from Emergency Department nurse Steve Hughes (left) on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020 at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska. Tuomi has been the hospital’s medical lead throughout the pandemic. (Photo courtesy Derotha Ferraro/South Peninsula Hospital)
A Remington Deluxe Model 5 manual typewriter. (Homer News file photo)

Editorial: In the darkest moments, there is light ahead

In Christianity, the season of Advent heralds the coming of Christ at Christmas, but it also is a time to reflect upon the darkness of… Continue reading

A Remington Deluxe Model 5 manual typewriter. (Homer News file photo)
Curtis Jackson, second from right, poses on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, with SVT Health & Wellness Center health care workers in Jakolof Bay, Alaska, after making a trip across Kachemak Bay from Homer to deliver the medical team and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. From left to right are nurse Candice Kreger, family nurse practitioner Kourtney Holder, Jackson, and family nurse practitioner Julie Drude. The health care workers then went by road to Seldovia. (Photo by Janel Harris courtesy of Mako’s Water Taxi)

‘Capt. Balto’ drives boat in rough seas to deliver vaccine, medical workers

In the spirit of the 1925 Nome Serum Run, Capt. Curtis Jackson helps deliver medical team, vaccine to remote Alaska village.

Curtis Jackson, second from right, poses on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, with SVT Health & Wellness Center health care workers in Jakolof Bay, Alaska, after making a trip across Kachemak Bay from Homer to deliver the medical team and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. From left to right are nurse Candice Kreger, family nurse practitioner Kourtney Holder, Jackson, and family nurse practitioner Julie Drude. The health care workers then went by road to Seldovia. (Photo by Janel Harris courtesy of Mako’s Water Taxi)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

COVID-19 cases dropping on southern Kenai Peninsula

Cases dropped from 92 to 74 in 14-day average reports.

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
The new sign for Homer Marine is waiting to be installed on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, at the store in the Northern Enterprises Boatyard in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Homer Marine brick-and-mortar store postponed grand opening because of pandemic

Located in the heart of Northern Enterprises Boatyard, Homer Marine is go-to place for boat repairs, building.

The new sign for Homer Marine is waiting to be installed on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, at the store in the Northern Enterprises Boatyard in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Swift Blackstock as Young Clara poses for a photo on Dec. 3, 2020 in the Petit Nutcracker Ballet at the Homer Nutcracker Productions' black box theater in the Wildberry Building in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Jennifer Norton)

Nutcracker holiday tradition continues through the screen

‘Petite Nutcracker’ dance will be filmed instead of performed live

Swift Blackstock as Young Clara poses for a photo on Dec. 3, 2020 in the Petit Nutcracker Ballet at the Homer Nutcracker Productions' black box theater in the Wildberry Building in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Jennifer Norton)
Rep. Sarah Vance, R-Homer, speaks at a kickoff for her re-election campaign on Sunday, June 14, 2020, at Karen Hornaday Park in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Three peninsula legislators urged Dunleavy to join Texas election lawsuit

Dunleavy joined lawsuit challenging election results in four states before it was rejected

Rep. Sarah Vance, R-Homer, speaks at a kickoff for her re-election campaign on Sunday, June 14, 2020, at Karen Hornaday Park in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
"Tanner Crab with Barnacles" is one of the wood sculptural pieces in Kim Schuster’s exhibit, “Science Observed Through Art: Unsung Species,” as seen here on Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, at Ptarmigan Arts in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Artist and scientist seeks to make science accessible through sculptures, paintings

Homer artist wants to spotlight marine animals that aren’t well known or well understood.

"Tanner Crab with Barnacles" is one of the wood sculptural pieces in Kim Schuster’s exhibit, “Science Observed Through Art: Unsung Species,” as seen here on Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, at Ptarmigan Arts in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
The Homer/Baycrest KOA Campground, as seen on Aug. 18, 2018, near Baycrest Hill in Homer, Alaska. Formerly the Baycrest RV Park, owners Shelly and Jeff Erickson made it a KOA campground in the fall of 2017. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Homer Baycrest KOA wins major company awards during annual convention

Homer Baycrest KOA wins President’s Award and KOA Founder’s Award for second year running.

The Homer/Baycrest KOA Campground, as seen on Aug. 18, 2018, near Baycrest Hill in Homer, Alaska. Formerly the Baycrest RV Park, owners Shelly and Jeff Erickson made it a KOA campground in the fall of 2017. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Trey Hill, right, and Alyssa Hill, left, of Homer SeaTow pose in an undated photo. (Photo courtesy of Homer SeaTow)

Capt. Trey and Alyssa Hill win Sea Tow best franchise award

Best Franchise Award was announced at virtual annual meeting.

Trey Hill, right, and Alyssa Hill, left, of Homer SeaTow pose in an undated photo. (Photo courtesy of Homer SeaTow)
Pizza Underground owner Ethan Eutsler, right, and coworker Jack Pierre, left, take a break from making pizza dough on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, the opening day of the business, in the basement of Alice's Champagne Palace in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

New takeout pizza option opens in Homer

Housed in the basement of Alice’s Champagne Palace, Pizza Underground is strictly food to go.

Pizza Underground owner Ethan Eutsler, right, and coworker Jack Pierre, left, take a break from making pizza dough on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, the opening day of the business, in the basement of Alice's Champagne Palace in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Scotts Family Pharmacy on Lake Street as seen on Sept. 24, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Scott’s Pharmacy fined in case resulting from drug mix-up

Alaska Board of Pharmacy fines Scott’s Family Pharmacy for errors when woman picked up wrong drugs.

Scotts Family Pharmacy on Lake Street as seen on Sept. 24, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Catie Busch's "Radio Group," a work in her exhibit, "Water Haul," opening Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, at Bunnell Street Arts Center in Homer, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Bunnell Street Arts Center)

First Friday: December shows feature art about fish and fishing

Most galleries won’t hold receptions, but new shows are open during regular hours

Catie Busch's "Radio Group," a work in her exhibit, "Water Haul," opening Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, at Bunnell Street Arts Center in Homer, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Bunnell Street Arts Center)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

44 new positive cases reported for Homer on Thursday

DHSS: four additional deaths tied to COVID-19

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)