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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)
Storm tides have almost totally buried a Ford F-150 pickup truck on the beach south of Diamond Creek in this photo taken on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, near Homer, Alaska. The truck was abandoned on the beach in October 2011 and had then been on its tires. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Ford F-150: good beach truck, needs work, you haul

Storms, pounding surf and high tides over the past seven years have flattened and buried a red Ford F-150 truck on the beach about 2… Continue reading

Storm tides have almost totally buried a Ford F-150 pickup truck on the beach south of Diamond Creek in this photo taken on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, near Homer, Alaska. The truck was abandoned on the beach in October 2011 and had then been on its tires. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Arts Briefs

Library celebrates Alaska Book Week with reading Alaska Book Week celebrates Alaskan authors and books, and the Homer Public Library celebrates with a group reading… Continue reading

Keren Lowell’s “Work Dress,” right, at Bunnell Street Arts Center as seen at the First Friday, Oct. 6, 2018, opening in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Lowell expands boundaries of wearable art

Through its ongoing collaborations with the Homer Fiber Arts Collective, Bunnell Street Arts Center has pushed the boundaries of wearable art. This month’s exhibit by… Continue reading

Keren Lowell’s “Work Dress,” right, at Bunnell Street Arts Center as seen at the First Friday, Oct. 6, 2018, opening in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
A sandhill crane colt attempts to fly at Beluga Slough last Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. The young crane injured one wing and could only fly in short hops. David Lewis said he saw the colt hit a guardrail by the slough in late September. Its parents delayed their migration but eventually left on Oct. 6. On Monday, Oct. 8, volunteers with Kachemak Crane Watch rescued the injured colt and took it to Bird TLC in Anchorage, a bird rehabilitation center. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Sandhill crane colt found in Homer, euthanized

Volunteers with Kachemak Crane Watch on Monday morning rescued an injured sandhill crane colt from Beluga Slough. After being taken to the Bird Treatment and… Continue reading

A sandhill crane colt attempts to fly at Beluga Slough last Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. The young crane injured one wing and could only fly in short hops. David Lewis said he saw the colt hit a guardrail by the slough in late September. Its parents delayed their migration but eventually left on Oct. 6. On Monday, Oct. 8, volunteers with Kachemak Crane Watch rescued the injured colt and took it to Bird TLC in Anchorage, a bird rehabilitation center. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Homer City Clerk Melissa Jacobsen, right, watches as Election Canvass Board members Maryann Lyda, left, and Alice Krivitsky, center, feed ballots through an AccuVote machine during the Oct. 5, 2018, meeting of the canvass board in Homer, Alaska. The board counted the absentee and other ballots uncounted on Tuesday’s election. The overall result did not change, with Ken Caster winning the election of Homer Mayor and Donna Aderhold and Heath Smith winning re-election to the Homer City Council. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

No change in unofficial city, borough election

After counting absentee, questioned and special needs votes, the Homer Election Canvass Board and the Kenai Peninsula Borough found no change in last Tuesday’s unofficial… Continue reading

Homer City Clerk Melissa Jacobsen, right, watches as Election Canvass Board members Maryann Lyda, left, and Alice Krivitsky, center, feed ballots through an AccuVote machine during the Oct. 5, 2018, meeting of the canvass board in Homer, Alaska. The board counted the absentee and other ballots uncounted on Tuesday’s election. The overall result did not change, with Ken Caster winning the election of Homer Mayor and Donna Aderhold and Heath Smith winning re-election to the Homer City Council. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Homer City Clerk Melissa Jacobsen, right, watches as Election Canvass Board members Maryann Lyda, left, and Alice Krivitsky, center, feed ballots through an AccuVote machine during the Oct. 5, 2018, meeting of the canvass board in Homer, Alaska. The board counted the absentee and other ballots uncounted on Tuesday’s election. The overall result did not change, with Ken Caster winning the election of Homer Mayor and Donna Aderhold and Heath Smith winning re-election to the Homer City Council. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Castner keeps lead in mayor race

After counting of absentee, questioned and special needs votes, the Homer Election Canvass Board found no change in Tuesday’s unofficial results. In the final tally,… Continue reading

Homer City Clerk Melissa Jacobsen, right, watches as Election Canvass Board members Maryann Lyda, left, and Alice Krivitsky, center, feed ballots through an AccuVote machine during the Oct. 5, 2018, meeting of the canvass board in Homer, Alaska. The board counted the absentee and other ballots uncounted on Tuesday’s election. The overall result did not change, with Ken Caster winning the election of Homer Mayor and Donna Aderhold and Heath Smith winning re-election to the Homer City Council. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
A detail for Keren Lowell’s “Hunger Shirt.” (Photo provided)

Fall art scene is vibrant and alive

Though the hustle and bustle of summer has ended and Homer eases into fall, the art scene remains vibrant and alive. The local Homer Plein… Continue reading

A detail for Keren Lowell’s “Hunger Shirt.” (Photo provided)
Dr. Paul Raymond’s proposed 20,000-square-foot medical building would go on this empty lot between Homer Medical Clinic and South Peninsula Hospital, as seen on Sept. 25, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. The Homer Advisory Planning Commission at its Sept. 19 meeting approved a Conditional Use Permit for the building. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Planning commission approves new medical center

Editor’s note: This article has been changed to note that South Peninsula Hospital only encouraged its employees to speak out on Dr. Paul Raymond’s planned… Continue reading

Dr. Paul Raymond’s proposed 20,000-square-foot medical building would go on this empty lot between Homer Medical Clinic and South Peninsula Hospital, as seen on Sept. 25, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. The Homer Advisory Planning Commission at its Sept. 19 meeting approved a Conditional Use Permit for the building. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

DNR releases draft plan for Kachemak Bay state parks

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to note that the comment period has been extended to Nov. 16. The comment period has been extended… Continue reading

Kenai Borough Assembly member Willy Dunne, left, and Troy Jones, right, listen to a question at a forum on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, for the District 9 assembly race at the Best Western Inn, Homer, Alaska. Jones is challenging Dunne for the seat. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Dunne, Jones speak at election-eve assembly candidate forum

Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly candidates Willy Dunne and Troy Jones met at noon Monday at the Best Western Bidarka Inn in the only election forum… Continue reading

Kenai Borough Assembly member Willy Dunne, left, and Troy Jones, right, listen to a question at a forum on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, for the District 9 assembly race at the Best Western Inn, Homer, Alaska. Jones is challenging Dunne for the seat. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Boomerang Bags aim to reduce plastic bags

Homer’s community of fiber artists — sewers, quilters and crafters who work in fabric and fiber — brought in some new talent over the past… Continue reading

A citizen turned in this box of about 120 syringes, shown here Sept. 19, 2018, collected behind the Homer Marine Terminal on the Homer Spit on Sept. 11 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided/Homer Volunteer Fire Department)

Box of syringes collected on Spit

An employee of North Star Terminal on Sept. 11 turned in a box of about 100 used syringes and needles found behind the barge basin… Continue reading

A citizen turned in this box of about 120 syringes, shown here Sept. 19, 2018, collected behind the Homer Marine Terminal on the Homer Spit on Sept. 11 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided/Homer Volunteer Fire Department)