Mt. Redoubt can be seen across Cook Inlet from Diamond Ridge on the Marathon Ski Trail on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, near Homer, Alaska. About 4 feet of snow has fallen on Diamond Ridge and Kachemak Nordic Ski Club groomers have begun setting the trail from Lookout Mountain to Diamond Ridge Road. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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For all the years the Betster has lived in Homer, we’re still amazed at how much difference a little bit of altitude can make. That’s… Continue reading

Mt. Redoubt can be seen across Cook Inlet from Diamond Ridge on the Marathon Ski Trail on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, near Homer, Alaska. About 4 feet of snow has fallen on Diamond Ridge and Kachemak Nordic Ski Club groomers have begun setting the trail from Lookout Mountain to Diamond Ridge Road. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Pips bloom on Jan. 4, 2021, in the home of the Kachemak Gardener in Homer, Alaska. Of the plant, Rosemary Fitzpatrick said, "Carri Thurman had the foresight to dig up the pips. We stored them in our respective refrigerators until the end of November. We were inspired after watching The Victorian Kitchen Garden." (Photo by Rosemary Fitzpatrck)

Kachemak Gardener: Of hellebores and honeysuckle and onions

The Kachemak Gardener has been graced by a startling degree of gardening tolerance

Pips bloom on Jan. 4, 2021, in the home of the Kachemak Gardener in Homer, Alaska. Of the plant, Rosemary Fitzpatrick said, "Carri Thurman had the foresight to dig up the pips. We stored them in our respective refrigerators until the end of November. We were inspired after watching The Victorian Kitchen Garden." (Photo by Rosemary Fitzpatrck)

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Janice Johnson

Janice Ellen Johnson

Janice Ellen Johnson Sept. 26, 1951 - Dec. 23, 2020 Janice Ellen Johnson, known by those who loved her as “Mom” or “Grandma,” became an… Continue reading

Janice Johnson
Alistair. (Photo courtesy Homer Animal Shelter)

Pet of the week: Alistair

Alistair is a 1-year-old male cat. Alistair is just a year old, but he’s already bustin’ out of the cat box! He’s a gentle giant… Continue reading

Alistair. (Photo courtesy Homer Animal Shelter)
The Homer Police Station as seen Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Cops and Courts

Information about fire, police and troopers is taken from public records consisting of logbooks and press releases. Anchor Point Fire and Emergency Services Jan. 11-17… Continue reading

The Homer Police Station as seen Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Edward Cason Wayne Jr. (left) with his daughter Leah Petrosius.

Edward Cason Wayne Jr.

Edward Cason Wayne Jr. Feb. 25, 1940 - Jan. 10, 2021 Edward Cason Wayne Jr., 80, a.k.a. “Chip,” born Feb. 25, 1940, passed away on… Continue reading

Edward Cason Wayne Jr. (left) with his daughter Leah Petrosius.

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The Homer Fish and Game Advisory Committee will be holding a public meeting via Zoom web conference at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 26. Agenda… Continue reading

Pratt Museum officials pose for a photograph while practicing social distancing on the museum lawn on Friday, May 15, 2020, in Homer, Alaska. From left to right are Jennifer Gibbins, executive director; Savanna Bradley, curator, and Marilyn Sigman, naturalist in residence. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Arts and cultural organizations see gradual progress toward post-pandemic days

Signs of hope include more in-person workshops, writers residencies.

Pratt Museum officials pose for a photograph while practicing social distancing on the museum lawn on Friday, May 15, 2020, in Homer, Alaska. From left to right are Jennifer Gibbins, executive director; Savanna Bradley, curator, and Marilyn Sigman, naturalist in residence. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
A window display at a shop in Paris as seen on May 3, 2016. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Arts in brief

Upcoming events include Bunnell Arts by Air, McNeil Canyon Elementary School virtual gallery and Homer Council on the Arts wellness exhibit.

A window display at a shop in Paris as seen on May 3, 2016. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
A chicken patty adds to a simple Japanese-cuisine-inspired noodle bowl, Jan. 15, 2021, in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Kalifornsky Kitchen: Pondering chicken patties

You can find them at most stores. A big pack of breaded chicken patties that come frozen, and can be cooked or reheated in the… Continue reading

  • Jan 20, 2021
  • By Victoria Petersen For the Peninsula Clarion
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A chicken patty adds to a simple Japanese-cuisine-inspired noodle bowl, Jan. 15, 2021, in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
The white of a bald eagle's head makes perfect camouflage while sitting in a snow covered spruce tree on Jan. 19, 2021, on Diamond Ridge in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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The great experiment in representative democracy continued this week when new and returning Alaska Legislators were sworn in on Tuesday. Yesterday, the Trumps moved out… Continue reading

The white of a bald eagle's head makes perfect camouflage while sitting in a snow covered spruce tree on Jan. 19, 2021, on Diamond Ridge in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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Ebony. (Photo courtesy Homer Animal Shelter)

Pet of the week: Ebony

Ebony is a 9-year-old female cat. Ebony is a sweetheart, and she loves to snuggle. She’s not a fan of other cats, so she will… Continue reading

Ebony. (Photo courtesy Homer Animal Shelter)
The Homer Police Station as seen Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Cops and Courts

Information about fire, police and troopers is taken from public records consisting of logbooks and press releases. Anchor Point Fire and Emergency Services Jan. 4-10… Continue reading

The Homer Police Station as seen Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Town Crier

Because of poor ice conditions, Homer Hockey Association Inc. has canceled Skate the Lake and will shoot for holding it on Feb. 13 for Winter… Continue reading

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)
My favorite breakfast bagel sandwich from my favorite neighborhood coffee shack, on Jan. 5, 2020, in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Looking for a few good bagels

Simple ingredients to make your own breakfast sandwich

  • Jan 13, 2021
  • By Victoria Petersen For the Peninsula Clarion and Homer News
  • FeaturesFood
My favorite breakfast bagel sandwich from my favorite neighborhood coffee shack, on Jan. 5, 2020, in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
A large flock of rock sandpipers flies over the Mud Bay side of the Homer Spit on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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For about a week there the year 2021 looked like it might show some promise. We had an awesome fireworks display on the Spit, and… Continue reading

A large flock of rock sandpipers flies over the Mud Bay side of the Homer Spit on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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