Michael Armstrong

A display at the Homer Bookstore on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, shows its best selling books for 2018 at the independent bookstore in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

‘Homestead Kitchen’ again tops Homer Bookstore best-seller list

For the third-year in a row, Eve and Eiven Kilcher’s “The Homestead Kitchen” tops the Homer Bookstore’s annual best seller list. Featured on the reality… Continue reading

A display at the Homer Bookstore on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, shows its best selling books for 2018 at the independent bookstore in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Big Read kicks off Friday

Since the Kachemak Bay Campus brought Amy Tan to Homer for the Kachemak Bay Writers Conference, Homer has held four National Endowment for the Arts… Continue reading

Land’s End Chart Room reopens with new menu

Land’s End Resort’s Chart Room Restaurant reopens on Wednesday, Jan. 16, the Homer Spit hotel announced in a press release on Tuesday. Executive chef Chris… Continue reading

An aerial drone photo shows the extent of the explosion of a house that blew up on Dec. 27, 2018, near Mile 166 Sterling Highway in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Travis Ogden/Kachemak Emergency Services)

House explosion still under investigation; probably gas related

A natural gas explosion most likely caused a two-story log home near Mile 166 Sterling Highway to be completely destroyed on the evening of Dec.… Continue reading

An aerial drone photo shows the extent of the explosion of a house that blew up on Dec. 27, 2018, near Mile 166 Sterling Highway in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Travis Ogden/Kachemak Emergency Services)
An aerial photo taken in 2014 shows the current South Peninsula Hospital campus. (Homer News file photo)

SPH announces new Chief of Staff, new and re-appointed board

Dr. Giulia Tortora has been elected as the new Chief of Medical Staff at South Peninsula Hospital, replacing Dr. Katie Ostrom. Tortora will serve as… Continue reading

An aerial photo taken in 2014 shows the current South Peninsula Hospital campus. (Homer News file photo)
Rep.-elect Sarah Vance, R-Homer, speaks at a meeting on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, at the Homer Legislative Information Office in Homer, Alaska. Ardith Mumma, right, listens. As she headed to Juneau for the next session of the Alaska Legislature, Vance held meetings in Homer, Anchor Point, Ninilchik and Kasilof last weekend. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Ms. Vance goes to Juneau

Right before Rep.-elect Sarah Vance headed to Juneau on Monday to be sworn in Jan. 15 as District 31 Representative, she held meetings last week… Continue reading

Rep.-elect Sarah Vance, R-Homer, speaks at a meeting on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, at the Homer Legislative Information Office in Homer, Alaska. Ardith Mumma, right, listens. As she headed to Juneau for the next session of the Alaska Legislature, Vance held meetings in Homer, Anchor Point, Ninilchik and Kasilof last weekend. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Birders find a record 71 species for Christmas bird count

One never knows in the wee hours before a Christmas Bird Count what will occur that day. The birds, the weather, the ice, the tides,… Continue reading

Arts Briefs

Bow Wow Film Fest shows tonight The fourth annual Bow Wow Film Festival will play at 6 p.m. tonight at the Homer Theatre. An innovative,… Continue reading

The Dean family’s Creative Fire studios on Waterman Road includes their gallery, as seen here on a garden tour in July 2018 near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

First Friday still features new shows despite January slump

Many galleries typically close for January or take a hiatus from exhibits, but that hasn’t stopped three art spaces from holding events for First Friday.… Continue reading

The Dean family’s Creative Fire studios on Waterman Road includes their gallery, as seen here on a garden tour in July 2018 near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
A powerline above Island View Court arcs at about 9 a.m. Dec. 29, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. The downed line caused a power outage in the area near Mountainview Drive. (Photo by Don Reed)

Outages hit lower Kenai Peninsula

Homer Electric Association crews responded to numerous power outages on the lower Kenai Peninsula between Dec. 29 and Jan. 1. According to reports on HEA’s… Continue reading

A powerline above Island View Court arcs at about 9 a.m. Dec. 29, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. The downed line caused a power outage in the area near Mountainview Drive. (Photo by Don Reed)
Kachemak Emergency Services Deputy Chief Joe Sallee inspects an exploded house near Mile 166 Sterling Highway on Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, near Homer, Alaska. The debris field from the explosion spread at least 200 feet in all directions. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News).

Home explosion rocks Homer area

Update: This story has been updated to correct the time the Sterling Highway was reopened and to include information about detecting natural gas leaks. A… Continue reading

Kachemak Emergency Services Deputy Chief Joe Sallee inspects an exploded house near Mile 166 Sterling Highway on Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, near Homer, Alaska. The debris field from the explosion spread at least 200 feet in all directions. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News).
About 100 Homer High School students gather on the football field during a walkout staged Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 to protest for safer schools and honor the students killed in the Valentine’s Day mass shooting in Parkland, Florida. The students formed the number 17 with their bodies on the field. (Homer News file photo)

Year in review

The end of one year and the anticipation of the next is always a good time to reflect. Here at the Homer News, we look… Continue reading

About 100 Homer High School students gather on the football field during a walkout staged Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 to protest for safer schools and honor the students killed in the Valentine’s Day mass shooting in Parkland, Florida. The students formed the number 17 with their bodies on the field. (Homer News file photo)
From left, Alaska state Sens. Bert Stedman, R-Sitka, Lyman Hoffman, D-Bethel, and Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, sit in the House chamber to hear Gov. Bill Walker deliver his annual State of the State address on Jan. 18, 2017. After several years of budgets passing late and forcing education pink slip notices, Stevens, the Senate Education Committee chair, is introducing a bill to mandate an education budget by April 1. (Photo/Mark Thiessen/AP)

Big issues in Legislature will be PFD, budget cuts, Stevens says

Heading into his 19th year as a state senator, Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, has some advice for Homer’s newest legislator, Rep.-elect Sarah Vance. She’s the… Continue reading

From left, Alaska state Sens. Bert Stedman, R-Sitka, Lyman Hoffman, D-Bethel, and Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, sit in the House chamber to hear Gov. Bill Walker deliver his annual State of the State address on Jan. 18, 2017. After several years of budgets passing late and forcing education pink slip notices, Stevens, the Senate Education Committee chair, is introducing a bill to mandate an education budget by April 1. (Photo/Mark Thiessen/AP)
Interim Homer Volunteer Fire Department Chief Robert Purcell poses for a photo at Homer City Hall on Dec. 18, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. Purcell was a former HVFD chief from 1992-99. (Photo provided)

City appoints Purcell as interim HVFD chief

A former Homer Volunteer Fire Department chief will step in as interim fire chief, the city announced in a press release on Tuesday. Robert Purcell,… Continue reading

Interim Homer Volunteer Fire Department Chief Robert Purcell poses for a photo at Homer City Hall on Dec. 18, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. Purcell was a former HVFD chief from 1992-99. (Photo provided)
Dana Stabenow stands in April 2013 on the future site of Storyknife, the writers retreat she and her foundation plan to build near Homer, Alaska. The retreat is on the Homer bluff with a view of lower Cook Inlet, including Iliamna and Redoubt Volcanoes. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Storyknife writers retreat gets major grant

A Homer author’s vision five years ago of a community for women literary artists got a major boost last week when the Rasmuson Foundation announced… Continue reading

Dana Stabenow stands in April 2013 on the future site of Storyknife, the writers retreat she and her foundation plan to build near Homer, Alaska. The retreat is on the Homer bluff with a view of lower Cook Inlet, including Iliamna and Redoubt Volcanoes. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Some of the works in Bunnell Street Arts Center’s 10x10 show in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

10 x 10 show encourages collecting, gifting

Like some other Homer galleries, Bunnell Street Arts Center periodically opens up its walls to community art. With its 10x10 Member’s Show, Bunnell does so… Continue reading

Some of the works in Bunnell Street Arts Center’s 10x10 show in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Skiers climb a hill near the start of the Kachemak Bay Marathon Ski Tour in March of 2007 near Homer, Alaska, in winter where Homer actually had snow. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Out of the Office: Don’t wait for snow or ice — just get outside

Editor’s note: This column originally appeared in the Dec. 7 Peninsula Clarion before the recent snowfall in Homer. But you never know — the weather… Continue reading

Skiers climb a hill near the start of the Kachemak Bay Marathon Ski Tour in March of 2007 near Homer, Alaska, in winter where Homer actually had snow. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

HEA holds scheduled outage today on Spit, Halibut Cove and Peterson Bay

Homer Electric Association will have a scheduled outage for the Homer Spit, Peterson Bay, and Halibut Cove areas between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. today,… Continue reading

One of Diane Spence Chorman’s paintings on display at Fireweed Gallery in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)

First Friday events

Holiday shoppers looking to buy art for gifts will have a wide selection at December’s First Friday shows. Artist Emma Teal Laukitis, founder with her… Continue reading

One of Diane Spence Chorman’s paintings on display at Fireweed Gallery in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)
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)

DNR commissioner rescinds adoption of new Kachemak Bay parks management plan

The new Department of Natural Resources commissioner on Friday rescinded a last-minute adoption of the Kachemak Bay State Park and Kachemak Bay State Park Management… 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)