The cover of Larry Baxter's novel, "Abandoned." (Photo by McKibben Jackinsky)

New book looks at legend of Alaska’s ‘Nantiinaq,’ or ‘giant hairy thing’

“Abandoned, the History and Horror of Port Chatham, Alaska,” by Larry Baxter (Sasquatch Publishing, $14.99, 141 pages) ^ As a youngster in small-town Kentucky, Larry… Continue reading

 

An African violet was started from seed about four years ago provides some spring cheer on April 4, 2021, at the home of the Kachemak Gardener in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Rosemary Fitzpatrick)

Kachemak Gardener: Oops: Getting complacent at latitude 59.5 degrees N

I’m in a pickle. I’ve allowed myself to become complacent here at latitude 59.5 degrees north. What a mistake. Not only do we never have… Continue reading

 

Crews work on a boat on Monday, April 5, 2021, at the large-vessel haul out beach on the Homer Spit near the Pier 1 Theatre in Homer, Alaska. In the off season boats are hauled onshore for repair at the beach near the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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As part of the Betster’s annual expedition to document signs of spring, yours truly went on a photo safari to tag the usual seasonal markers.… Continue reading

 

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Art by Tyler Schlieman on exhibit at Grace Ridge Brewery. (Photo courtesy Grace Ridge Brewery)

First Friday: Artists — near and far, new and seasoned — catch spring fever

During April, the artwork featured in local galleries has been created by Homer artists as young as pre-kindergarten and as old as, well, who knows.… Continue reading

Art by Tyler Schlieman on exhibit at Grace Ridge Brewery. (Photo courtesy Grace Ridge Brewery)

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Workers with Psenak Construction return with an empty load after dumping armor rock at the Ocean Drive seawall on Monday, March 22, 2021, at Mariner Park on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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Everyone loves a good joke, especially today, when pranks are taken to an art form. Perhaps because we live in a state of perpetual adversity,… Continue reading

Workers with Psenak Construction return with an empty load after dumping armor rock at the Ocean Drive seawall on Monday, March 22, 2021, at Mariner Park on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Nancy Lord in a 2017 photo. (Photo by Irene Owsley and courtesy of Pier One Theatre)

Lord’s ‘The Frederick Cook Interview’ looks at explorer’s perception of truth

‘The Frederick Cook Interview’ shows at 7 p.m. Friday on KBBI radio

Nancy Lord in a 2017 photo. (Photo by Irene Owsley and courtesy of Pier One Theatre)
"The perfect pink of the epiphytic cactus that I picked up at the grocery store years ago reliably blooms two or three times a year," the Kachemak Gardener said of this flower blooming on Sunday, March 21, at her Homer home. (Photo by Rosemary Fitzpatrick)

Kachemak Gardener: It’s difficult to believe spring is here

Tea and toast comfort while spring equinox serves snow bulbs cuddle below - Debi Poore March 21, first day of spring— although I’m finding it… Continue reading

"The perfect pink of the epiphytic cactus that I picked up at the grocery store years ago reliably blooms two or three times a year," the Kachemak Gardener said of this flower blooming on Sunday, March 21, at her Homer home. (Photo by Rosemary Fitzpatrick)
A cow moose and calf stand by spruce trees on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, near the Homer News in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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Last week the Betster got so busy yammering away about Salty Dawg hoodies that yours truly totally forgot about the biggest news of the week.… Continue reading

A cow moose and calf stand by spruce trees on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, near the Homer News in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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Some of the works in Charles Aguilar's show opening Friday, March 5, 2021, at Grace Ridge Brewey in Homer, Alaska. (Photo courtesy of Grace Ridge Brewery)

Collage, puppet artist looks for ‘magik’ in his creations

Charles Aguilar’s latest show is at Grace Ridge Brewery

Some of the works in Charles Aguilar's show opening Friday, March 5, 2021, at Grace Ridge Brewey in Homer, Alaska. (Photo courtesy of Grace Ridge Brewery)
Salmon ready to go in the oven, photographed on Tuesday, March 16, 2021, in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Kalifornsky Kitchen: Sasha’s super simple savory salmon

It’s that time of year where I think about the salmon fillets still at the bottom of the freezer, and how I need to cook… Continue reading

Salmon ready to go in the oven, photographed on Tuesday, March 16, 2021, in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
A bald eagle perches in a spruce tree near the Lake Street stoplight on Thursday, March 11, 2021, in Homer, Alaska. Since 2010, a pair of bald eagles has nested in the area near Beluga Slough south of the Lake Street and Sterling Highway intersection. The first nest was destroyed when the tree fell down in a winter storm in 2011. In 2012 the eagles built a new nest across from the Homer Post Office by the motorhome dump station. In 2014 they built another nest in a new tree closer to the slough. This year’s eagles have returned to a nest built in 2016 just east of the 2014-2015 nest.

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Social media is all aflutter with the news that an Alaska man the FBI arrested on charges that he participated in the Jan. 6 U.S.… Continue reading

A bald eagle perches in a spruce tree near the Lake Street stoplight on Thursday, March 11, 2021, in Homer, Alaska. Since 2010, a pair of bald eagles has nested in the area near Beluga Slough south of the Lake Street and Sterling Highway intersection. The first nest was destroyed when the tree fell down in a winter storm in 2011. In 2012 the eagles built a new nest across from the Homer Post Office by the motorhome dump station. In 2014 they built another nest in a new tree closer to the slough. This year’s eagles have returned to a nest built in 2016 just east of the 2014-2015 nest.

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A typical pesto pasta night at our house Dec. 26 in Anchorage.

Kalifornsky Kitchen: A fresh start with pesto

It’s bright. It’s green. It’s fresh. It’s cheesy. What’s not to love?

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A typical pesto pasta night at our house Dec. 26 in Anchorage.
A collage of photographs surrounds the description of "Familiar Faces: Portrait of a Community," on exhibit through May 2021 at the Pratt Museum in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

New exhibit looks at connections between objects and portraits

Pratt Museum show also includes new work by photographers, writer

A collage of photographs surrounds the description of "Familiar Faces: Portrait of a Community," on exhibit through May 2021 at the Pratt Museum in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Wheat grass offers a bright spot of green in an otherwise very snowy March on March 5, 2021, in the Kachemak Gardener's home in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Rosemary Fitzpatrick)

Kachemak Gardener: Keep watering and rotating those seedlings

Let’s take a look at your seedlings. Do they have enough light? Good. I like to turn mine every day as they tend to bend… Continue reading

Wheat grass offers a bright spot of green in an otherwise very snowy March on March 5, 2021, in the Kachemak Gardener's home in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Rosemary Fitzpatrick)

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Snow covers the historic Harrington cabin and outhouse on Tuesday, March 9, 2021, at the Pratt Museum in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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For the past few months the Betster has been working at home at the Fortress of Solitude in an undisclosed location. Like many of you… Continue reading

Snow covers the historic Harrington cabin and outhouse on Tuesday, March 9, 2021, at the Pratt Museum in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
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