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The sign for the "Fun with 5x7" show at the Homer Council on the Arts, on display through Dec. 17, 2020, at the gallery in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

‘Fun with 5×7’ show at Homer Council on the Arts inspires creators to think small

The Homer Council on the Arts’ annual “Fun with 5x7” show challenges artists to think small and create within the confined space of 5-inches by… Continue reading

The sign for the "Fun with 5x7" show at the Homer Council on the Arts, on display through Dec. 17, 2020, at the gallery in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Tracy Hansen's painting is part of an exhibit of her palette-knife works showing at the Ptarmigan Arts Back Room Gallery from Friday, Nov. 27 to Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, at the gallery in Homer, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Ptarmigan Arts)
Tracy Hansen's painting is part of an exhibit of her palette-knife works showing at the Ptarmigan Arts Back Room Gallery from Friday, Nov. 27 to Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, at the gallery in Homer, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Ptarmigan Arts)
Several pages from David Brame's "After the Rain," adapted from Nnedi Okorafor’s short story “On the Road.” (Photo courtesy David Brame)

New Homer creator brings Afrofuturism to town

David Brame’s new graphic novel will be published in January

Several pages from David Brame's "After the Rain," adapted from Nnedi Okorafor’s short story “On the Road.” (Photo courtesy David Brame)
Registered Nurse Annie Garay puts the finishing touches on South Peninsula Hospital’s new COVID-19 testing site, located at the lower level of the hospital’s specialty clinic at 4201 Bartlett Street, on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020 in Homer, Alaska. It’s a self-swab site where people register at one window, and collect a swab kit from a nurse at another window. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Three local establishments temporarily close due to COVID-19 cases

Public Health: Be proactive about coronavirus safety

Registered Nurse Annie Garay puts the finishing touches on South Peninsula Hospital’s new COVID-19 testing site, located at the lower level of the hospital’s specialty clinic at 4201 Bartlett Street, on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020 in Homer, Alaska. It’s a self-swab site where people register at one window, and collect a swab kit from a nurse at another window. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
A Remington Deluxe Model 5 manual typewriter. (Homer News file photo)

Editorial: Let our better angels prevail

It’s over. President Donald Trump’s hope for another four years collapsed last Saturday when election analysts from the Associated Press to Fox News called the… Continue reading

A Remington Deluxe Model 5 manual typewriter. (Homer News file photo)
Supporters of Alaska Ballot Measure 1 wave signs urging a “yes” vote on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, on Pioneer Avenue in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Alaska started counting absentee ballots on Tuesday

Absentee ballot counting for Homer area didn’t start until Wednesday

Supporters of Alaska Ballot Measure 1 wave signs urging a “yes” vote on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, on Pioneer Avenue in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
A row of dyed silk wall hangings shows how common Alaska plants found on the lower Kenai Peninsula can be used to make organic dyes, as seen here on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020. The hangings are included in Elissa Pettibone's exhibit, "Swatches," showing at Bunnell Street Arts Center in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

‘Swatches’ explores art of organic dyeing using native plants

Pettibone finds magic in fireweed, other common plants

A row of dyed silk wall hangings shows how common Alaska plants found on the lower Kenai Peninsula can be used to make organic dyes, as seen here on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020. The hangings are included in Elissa Pettibone's exhibit, "Swatches," showing at Bunnell Street Arts Center in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Diane Spence-Chorman's "Morning Light" is part of the 5x7 show opening Friday, Nov. 6, 2020, at the Homer Council on the Arts in Homer, Alaska. (Photo courtesy of Homer Council on the Arts)

New exhibits also include group 5×7 show at HCOA

Jewelry made from sand, silt; swatches made from Alaska plant dyes are some of the art shown.

Diane Spence-Chorman's "Morning Light" is part of the 5x7 show opening Friday, Nov. 6, 2020, at the Homer Council on the Arts in Homer, Alaska. (Photo courtesy of Homer Council on the Arts)
Homer City Hall. (Homer News file photo)

City goes to ‘orange’ alert level

City goes to ‘orange’ alert level, closes library, HERC, Harbormaster Office to public

Homer City Hall. (Homer News file photo)
A group of veterans who participated in the 23rd Veteran trip to Homer, Alaska, pose at the Kilcher Family Homestead near Homer, Alaska, on the last day of the trip on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. At far right, front, is Stellavera Kilcher, and third from right is Catkin Kilcher Burton, two of the Kilcher family members who participated in the visit. (Photo courtesy of 23rd Veteran)

Minnesota veterans find healing on Kilcher homestead

Retreat fulfills family dream of Kilcher homestead as transformative center

A group of veterans who participated in the 23rd Veteran trip to Homer, Alaska, pose at the Kilcher Family Homestead near Homer, Alaska, on the last day of the trip on Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. At far right, front, is Stellavera Kilcher, and third from right is Catkin Kilcher Burton, two of the Kilcher family members who participated in the visit. (Photo courtesy of 23rd Veteran)
A poster for the Pratt Museum's "Greetings from the Past: History in Postcards" exhibit that opened Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, at the Pratt Museum in Homer, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Pratt Museum)
A poster for the Pratt Museum's "Greetings from the Past: History in Postcards" exhibit that opened Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, at the Pratt Museum in Homer, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Pratt Museum)
A Homer resident casts their vote during the Primary Election on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020 at Homer City Hall in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Get ready for Election Day

‘Every eligible vote is going to counted,’ elections spokesperson says

A Homer resident casts their vote during the Primary Election on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020 at Homer City Hall in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
A section of the Diamond Creek beach has built up, with plants growing where 10 years ago there had been bare mud, as seen here on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020, near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Out of the Office: Annual CoastWalk beach trek reveals changes, transformation

Volunteers in annual Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies program clean up, monitor beaches

A section of the Diamond Creek beach has built up, with plants growing where 10 years ago there had been bare mud, as seen here on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020, near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Sen. Gary Stevens. (Photo by Clark James Mishler, courtesy of Doug Letch)

Candidate Q&A: Gary Stevens

Incumbent senator states views on budget, taxes, PFD and other issues

Sen. Gary Stevens. (Photo by Clark James Mishler, courtesy of Doug Letch)
Alaska Senate candidate Greg Madden. (Photo courtesy Greg Madden)

Candidate Q&A: Greg Madden

Senate candidate states views on budget, PFD, taxes

Alaska Senate candidate Greg Madden. (Photo courtesy Greg Madden)
Some of the 45 art quilts featured in "Shifting Tides: Cloth in Convergence," on exhibit from Oct. 9 to Nov. 28, 2020, at the Pratt Museum in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Traveling show at Pratt features Alaska, Pacific Rim artists

‘Shifting Tides’ quilt show explores theme of Pacific Ocean connection

Some of the 45 art quilts featured in "Shifting Tides: Cloth in Convergence," on exhibit from Oct. 9 to Nov. 28, 2020, at the Pratt Museum in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
A screenshot from the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s COVID-19 dashboard shows current case trends and threat levels as of Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. (Screenshot courtesy Kenai Peninsula Borough School District)

Southern peninsula schools go to remote learning after increase in COVID-19 cases

Increase in COVID-19 cases pushes Southern Kenai Peninsula into high-risk category

A screenshot from the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s COVID-19 dashboard shows current case trends and threat levels as of Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. (Screenshot courtesy Kenai Peninsula Borough School District)
A biker leads a line of cars driving off the Homer Spit at about 1:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, in Homer, Alaska after a tsunami evacuation order was issued for low-lying areas in Homer. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer New)

National Weather Service downgrades warning to ‘advisory’

Update: As of 2:45 pm. the Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management has issued an all-clear notice for Homer and the Kenai Peninsula. The… Continue reading

A biker leads a line of cars driving off the Homer Spit at about 1:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, in Homer, Alaska after a tsunami evacuation order was issued for low-lying areas in Homer. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer New)
Members of the Kachemak Bay Masonic Lodge U.D. (Under Dispensation) and other Alaska Masons pose for a photo at a dispensation ceremony on Sept. 26, 2020, at the Homer Elks Lodge in Homer, Alaska. (Photo courtesy of Kachemak Bay Masonic Lodge U.D.)

Kachemak Bay Masons granted dispensation

Masons expect to get full charter in a year

Members of the Kachemak Bay Masonic Lodge U.D. (Under Dispensation) and other Alaska Masons pose for a photo at a dispensation ceremony on Sept. 26, 2020, at the Homer Elks Lodge in Homer, Alaska. (Photo courtesy of Kachemak Bay Masonic Lodge U.D.)
Some props from "Haunted Shakespeare" in a photo taken Oct. 12, 2020, at the Pratt Museum forest trail in Homer, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Pier One Theatre)
Some props from "Haunted Shakespeare" in a photo taken Oct. 12, 2020, at the Pratt Museum forest trail in Homer, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Pier One Theatre)