Homer Foundation 30 years logo.

Foundation invests in community, not just give away money

Clarification: This essay has been edited to clarify that Gary Thomas was an early supporter of KBBI, but not a founder. KBBI radio was founded… Continue reading

  • Aug 11, 2021
  • By Tom Kizzia For the Homer Foundation
  • Features
Homer Foundation 30 years logo.
Tracy Hansen poses for a photo in front of her paintings at her Ocean Drive shop, 59 North, on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Homer artist starts shop to sell art

59 North Creations features work by Tracy Hansen and other local artists.

Tracy Hansen poses for a photo in front of her paintings at her Ocean Drive shop, 59 North, on Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
The Alaska Grown logo.

Homer Farmers Market: SNAP program doubles Market tokens

SNAP doubling program makes fresh, locally grown food accessible to everyone.

The Alaska Grown logo.
Whole fruit and sweetener like sugar and honey combine to make fresh strawberry milk. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)

Nor your average strawberry milk

Local fruit adds depth to summertime favorite

Whole fruit and sweetener like sugar and honey combine to make fresh strawberry milk. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
Arts briefs

Arts briefs

Anderson presents theater workshops In collaboration with the Homer Council on the Arts and Pier One Theatre, Homer grown artist Jim Anderson returns to town… Continue reading

Arts briefs
Ralph (Photos courtesy of Alaska Mindful Paws)

Pet of the week: Ralph

Ralph is a 2-year-old Husky-Hound mix and is a sweet boy full of personality. He’s young and active, and he would love to be someone’s… Continue reading

Ralph (Photos courtesy of Alaska Mindful Paws)
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. Western Emergency Services Aug. 2-9 Firefighters and emergency… Continue reading

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

Wilfred Collison Files, Jr.

Wilfred Collison Files, Jr. Aug. 22, 1940 - July 27, 2021 Wilfred Collison Files, Jr., a local businessman, community leader and passionate volunteer passed away… Continue reading

Will Files

Town Crier

The Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center has temporarily closed indoor services out of concerns for the health of visitors, employees and volunteers as COVID-19… Continue reading

Clarence (Clancy) James McClaren

Clarence (Clancy) James McClaren

Clarence (Clancy) James McClaren Aug. 10, 1955 - July 22, 2021 “A good name is better than good oil, and the day of death is… Continue reading

Clarence (Clancy) James McClaren
Linum rubrum is really just an annual red flax, but the bloom is satiny and edged with black and not to be resisted. (Photo by Rosemary Fitzpatrick)

Kachemak Gardener: the harvest is on— the whole point of a vegetable garden

The harvest is on. Spinach and chard are in the freezer. Gorgeous heads of broccoli (Arcadia) are meeting the same fate, much to our advantage.… Continue reading

Linum rubrum is really just an annual red flax, but the bloom is satiny and edged with black and not to be resisted. (Photo by Rosemary Fitzpatrick)
Sally Steele

Sally V. Steele

Sally V. Steele Aug. 1, 1937 - July 30, 2021 Sally V. Steele was born Aug. 1, 1937, in Kansas City, Missouri, and adopted at… Continue reading

Sally Steele
Photos courtesy of Alaska Mindful Paws Ethel

Pet of the week: Ethel

Ethel is a beautiful 1.5-year-old Tabico (tabby and calico). She was brought in with a few of her kittens. She’s part of three (that we… Continue reading

Photos courtesy of Alaska Mindful Paws Ethel
Homer Foundation 30 years logo.

Bodett, Yoshida and Howard were first donors to foundation

Three donations helped create Homer Foundation.

  • Aug 4, 2021
  • By Tom Kizzia For the Homer Foundation
  • Features
Homer Foundation 30 years logo.
Spectators relax while listening to a musician at the Ocean Stage at Salmonfest on Friday, Aug. 2, 2019 in Ninilchik, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Salmonfest returns — cautiously and in expanded space

10th festival will be more spread out and completely outdoors.

Spectators relax while listening to a musician at the Ocean Stage at Salmonfest on Friday, Aug. 2, 2019 in Ninilchik, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Brad Hughes' "Nautilus" is made from recycle plastic and other materials. It's part of his show opening Friday, Aug. 6, 2021, at the Homer Council on the Arts in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)

First Friday art exhibit openings

First Friday shows feature new paintings and photographs by Homer and Alaska artists.

Brad Hughes' "Nautilus" is made from recycle plastic and other materials. It's part of his show opening Friday, Aug. 6, 2021, at the Homer Council on the Arts in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)
Homer’s Bishop’s Beach Park was the location for an enactment of public participatory art on Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021, in Homer, Alaska. A ground design of colored fabric was created to convey a message of “Alaska United,” “Teamwork Makes the Dream Work” and “Thank You Water Protectors.” The public was invited to be part of the art by standing and sitting around the central design. Salmon sculptures, raven and sandhill crane puppets, Alaska flags and colored bandanas were an added touch to the overhead image depicting salmon solidarity.  The project was led by Mavis Muller and was the finale to her series of 12 annual aerial group photos for the protection of Alaska’s Bristol Bay. Photographer Russell Campbell captured the photo from a bucket lift at 35 feet high.
“Art is communication. With our creativity and imagination we can inspire new possibilities, and we can have fun doing it,” Muller said. (Photograph by Russell Campbell)

Best Bets

A friend calls the end of the tourist season “Augusts,” as in “Oh boy, it’s been a long day. There sure have been a lot… Continue reading

Homer’s Bishop’s Beach Park was the location for an enactment of public participatory art on Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021, in Homer, Alaska. A ground design of colored fabric was created to convey a message of “Alaska United,” “Teamwork Makes the Dream Work” and “Thank You Water Protectors.” The public was invited to be part of the art by standing and sitting around the central design. Salmon sculptures, raven and sandhill crane puppets, Alaska flags and colored bandanas were an added touch to the overhead image depicting salmon solidarity.  The project was led by Mavis Muller and was the finale to her series of 12 annual aerial group photos for the protection of Alaska’s Bristol Bay. Photographer Russell Campbell captured the photo from a bucket lift at 35 feet high.
“Art is communication. With our creativity and imagination we can inspire new possibilities, and we can have fun doing it,” Muller said. (Photograph by Russell Campbell)
The masthead for the Homer Weekly News.

Years Ago

Homer happenings from years past

The masthead for the Homer Weekly News.

Town Crier

The Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center has temporarily closed indoor services out of concerns for the health of visitors, employees and volunteers as COVID-19… Continue reading

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. Western Emergency Services July 20-26 Firefighters and emergency… Continue reading

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