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Michael Armstrong and his dog Leia harvest a Christmas tree in December 2013 on his land on Diamond Ridge near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Jenny Stroyeck)

If you don’t have your own tree lot, harvest trees on public lands — and stay off private property.

As I postholed through 3-foot deep snow in my Diamond Ridge driveway this Sunday, I thought back to 1979 and the first time I went… Continue reading

 

Dairy-free dinner rolls only take a little bit of time and a few substitutions. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)

Baking for everyone

Whip up dairy-free dinner rolls with a few simple substitutions.

 

The reward of cold weather are the displays of the aurora borealis, like this one taken this fall on the Kenai. (Photo by K. Inman/FWS)

Refuge Notebook: Thankful for winter’s natural wonders — A beautiful disorientation?

There’s a good chance I may be in the minority on this one, but I love winter. Most people I know prefer summer and shoulder… Continue reading

 

Jim Levine, left, watches as his Diamond Ridge driveway gets plowed on Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, near Homer, Alaska. Over the Thanksgiving Day weekend, some areas of the southern Kenai Peninsula got up to 3 feet of snow. The weekend forecast calls for clear and cold on Friday, with a 70% chance of snow on Sunday, (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Homer’s Best Bets

Buckle up, Betster persons. It’s Dec. 2, and Homer holiday fun starts with a bang this weekend. Put down that snow shovel and get out… Continue reading

Jim Levine, left, watches as his Diamond Ridge driveway gets plowed on Monday, Nov. 29, 2021, near Homer, Alaska. Over the Thanksgiving Day weekend, some areas of the southern Kenai Peninsula got up to 3 feet of snow. The weekend forecast calls for clear and cold on Friday, with a 70% chance of snow on Sunday, (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Appease your child’s picky palate with these tasty Tater Tots. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)

On the strawberry patch: Tots to be thankful for

Two years ago, I spent the entirety of Thanksgiving Day in my green rocking chair, cradling my newborn son.

Appease your child’s picky palate with these tasty Tater Tots. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
Ice sits ready to skate at Bottenintnin Lake in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska on Nov. 1, 2020. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Tangled Up in Blue: Skipping skating

I was looking forward to ice skating this winter. I had bought a pair of Nordic blades a little too late in the season last… Continue reading

Ice sits ready to skate at Bottenintnin Lake in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska on Nov. 1, 2020. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
A scene of the Grinch who stole Christmas lights up the yard of a home along Bear Creek Drive on Friday, Dec. 18, 2020 in Kachemak City, Alaska. In place of the annual garden of lights, Bear Creek Winery hosted a driving tour of holiday lights with Bear Creek Drive neighbors this year. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

‘Let it Glow’ holiday lights campaign and competition announced

Event encourages people to create festive holiday-light displays

  • Nov 24, 2021
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A scene of the Grinch who stole Christmas lights up the yard of a home along Bear Creek Drive on Friday, Dec. 18, 2020 in Kachemak City, Alaska. In place of the annual garden of lights, Bear Creek Winery hosted a driving tour of holiday lights with Bear Creek Drive neighbors this year. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Fall colors, a dog and game in hand make for great outdoor experiences on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. (Photo by Colin Canterbury/USFWS)

Refuge Notebook: On point this fall

His eyes were fixated on the white spruce before us. We knew what we sought was in there based on his behavior, but no matter… Continue reading

Fall colors, a dog and game in hand make for great outdoor experiences on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. (Photo by Colin Canterbury/USFWS)
Homer writer Richard Chiappone. (Photo by Joshua Veldstra)

‘Hunger of Crows’ perfect for winter reading

Chiappone’s first novel is set in Homer, Anchor Point.

Homer writer Richard Chiappone. (Photo by Joshua Veldstra)
File photo by Michael Armstrong / Homer News
Ben Mitchell, left, serves spaghetti to helper Pat Wells in the kitchen at a past Share the Spirit spaghetti feed.

Looking to share some holiday spirit? Here’s how

As the holiday season approaches, one organization is continuing its 29-year mission to provide for those in need this Christmas by sharing the spirit. Share… Continue reading

File photo by Michael Armstrong / Homer News
Ben Mitchell, left, serves spaghetti to helper Pat Wells in the kitchen at a past Share the Spirit spaghetti feed.
Michael proposes to Sarah at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. (Photo by Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Out of the Office: Falling in love one snowflake at a time

Homer News reporter smells snow - and gets the surprise of a lifetime.

Michael proposes to Sarah at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. (Photo by Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Shelli and Mike Gordon pose in October 2011 at their Halibut Cove, Alaska, home in an Alaska Gothic version of Grant Wood's "American Gothic" painting. (Photo courtesy of Mike Gordon)

‘Dagnabit’ features tales of ’80s wild Alaska

Gordon’s second book also tells of Ruben Gaines, creator of Chilkoot Charlie.

Shelli and Mike Gordon pose in October 2011 at their Halibut Cove, Alaska, home in an Alaska Gothic version of Grant Wood's "American Gothic" painting. (Photo courtesy of Mike Gordon)
Before boiling, this handmade pasta is rolled, cut and tossed in flour to keep from sticking. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)

On the strawberry patch: Pasta by hand

The first kitchen job I interviewed for was a saute position in a trendy Italian bistro in Colorado. I had volunteered to work in restaurants… Continue reading

Before boiling, this handmade pasta is rolled, cut and tossed in flour to keep from sticking. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
Make pumpkin chocolate chip with cinnamon buttercream cupcakes for a decadent fall treat. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)

On the strawberry patch: In honor of ‘Cupcake Mondays’

Pumpkin chocolate chip with cinnamon buttercream cupcakes brighten up the dreariest of work.

Make pumpkin chocolate chip with cinnamon buttercream cupcakes for a decadent fall treat. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
Ice has begun to fill Mud Bay, as seen from the Homer Spit on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2021, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Homer’s Best Bets

What can we say? It’s cold but beautiful, the perfect weather to enjoy cozy, indoor events like these best bets: BEST HOCKEY BET: Need to… Continue reading

Ice has begun to fill Mud Bay, as seen from the Homer Spit on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2021, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Dianne Spence-Chorman's "Fig Study" is one of the works showing in the Homer Council on the Arts "Fun wtih 5x7" show through Dec. 22, 2021, at the gallery in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

‘Fun with 5×7’ offers affordable art

HCOA annual art show presents art in a variety of media, all in 5x7 format.

Dianne Spence-Chorman's "Fig Study" is one of the works showing in the Homer Council on the Arts "Fun wtih 5x7" show through Dec. 22, 2021, at the gallery in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
The 2021 YCC Crew sits on a newly constructed hitching post at Nurses Cabin in July 2021. Left to right are Ryan Crapps, Jacob Begich, Leah Fallon, Melita Efta and Olivia Somers. (Photo by USFWS/Heather Sokul)

Refuge Notebook: YCC takes charge of building hitching posts at Nurses Cabin

By Christa Kennedy Peninsula Clarion Contributor The Youth Conservation Corps has been an integral part of Kenai National Wildlife Refuge summer staff for many summers.… Continue reading

The 2021 YCC Crew sits on a newly constructed hitching post at Nurses Cabin in July 2021. Left to right are Ryan Crapps, Jacob Begich, Leah Fallon, Melita Efta and Olivia Somers. (Photo by USFWS/Heather Sokul)
Jeff Helminiak / Peninsula Clarion
The Kenai River curls to Skilak Lake, as seen from the Hideout Trail on July 5, 2020.

Out of the Office: Clearing the trail

One of the benefits of growing old is waking up and, despite having done nothing particularly noteworthy the day before, feeling as if you’ve been… Continue reading

Jeff Helminiak / Peninsula Clarion
The Kenai River curls to Skilak Lake, as seen from the Hideout Trail on July 5, 2020.
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Creatures of all kinds head down Bayview Avenue in search of candy and treats on Halloween. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)

Eerie-sistible Halloween fun

Homer had a happy Halloween full of events for all to enjoy! From trick-or-treating in the Bayview and Mountain View neighborhoods, to enjoying treats from… Continue reading

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! Creatures of all kinds head down Bayview Avenue in search of candy and treats on Halloween. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)
Courtesy photo/Cheryl Fellman
Cheryl Fellman enters the chilly waters of Auke Bay. Freeman is on the verge of becoming one of only 43 Americans — and 422 people worldwide — to swim an official Ice Mile.
Courtesy photo/Cheryl Fellman
Cheryl Fellman enters the chilly waters of Auke Bay. Freeman is on the verge of becoming one of only 43 Americans — and 422 people worldwide — to swim an official Ice Mile.