Years Ago

20 years ago in the Homer News With the state in a fiscal crisis that could lead to cuts for Homer athletic facilities and programs,… Continue reading

“In addition to bringing early color and joy into our lives, the honeybees are equally entranced,” the Kachemak Gardener writes of crocuses blooming in her garden on March 31, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Rosemary Fitzpatrick)

Kachemak Gardener: Expectations be damned for crocuses

I have been trumpeting my crocus population to one and all, practically begging friends to come and luxuriate in their presence. To my eye they… Continue reading

“In addition to bringing early color and joy into our lives, the honeybees are equally entranced,” the Kachemak Gardener writes of crocuses blooming in her garden on March 31, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Rosemary Fitzpatrick)
One of John Fenske’s paintings at the First Friday, April 5, 2019, opening for his retrospective showing at Kachemak Bay Campus in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

‘Knocking on Heaven’s Door’ exhibit honors art and life of John Fenske

Before former Homer City Council member — and, really, Renaissance man — John Fenske died Jan. 30, 2019, at the age of 77, he asked… Continue reading

One of John Fenske’s paintings at the First Friday, April 5, 2019, opening for his retrospective showing at Kachemak Bay Campus in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Arts Briefs

Fireweed seeks art for June exhibit Fireweed Gallery has put out a call for entries for its June show, “In The Manner Of.” Open to… Continue reading

Sandy Mazen looks at the Quilt of Valor made for him by Lorraine Murphy, right, of the Kachemak Bay Quilters. Mazen received the quilt on April 4, 2019, at Kachemak Community Center in Kachemak City, Alaska. (Photo provided)

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Walk around town this weekend and through Monday, and you’ll hear a strange clickety-clack sound coming from many Homer businesses and homes. Lights will glow… Continue reading

Sandy Mazen looks at the Quilt of Valor made for him by Lorraine Murphy, right, of the Kachemak Bay Quilters. Mazen received the quilt on April 4, 2019, at Kachemak Community Center in Kachemak City, Alaska. (Photo provided)

Years Ago

20 years ago in the Homer News Thigh-deep snow on the Homer High School track forced the Mariners to practice hurdles in the hallways. The… Continue reading

Asparagus, spinach chicken salad with poppy seed dressing makes a great spring dish. (Photo by Teri Robl)

Kachemak Cuisine: Lemon accents spring recipes

All this sunshine and warm temperatures sure have done a lot to reset my outlook after winter. Swapping out the winter coat for a spring… Continue reading

Asparagus, spinach chicken salad with poppy seed dressing makes a great spring dish. (Photo by Teri Robl)
Daffodils bloom on April 2, 2019, on the south side of the Homer Electric Association building in Homer, Alaska. According to the Alaska Climate Research Center of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, new monthly high temperatures records were set for March in 10 of 19 weather stations, including Homer. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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People who take short vacations during spring break may experience temporal dislocation upon their return, especially in March and early April. Add in the bizarre… Continue reading

Daffodils bloom on April 2, 2019, on the south side of the Homer Electric Association building in Homer, Alaska. According to the Alaska Climate Research Center of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, new monthly high temperatures records were set for March in 10 of 19 weather stations, including Homer. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Retrospective shows feature Fenske, Timmreck

April’s First Friday exhibits feature two retrospective shows by artists who recently died. At the Homer Council on the arts is a show of art… Continue reading

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Salmonfest announces headliners The 2019 Salmonfest, to be held Aug. 2-4 in Ninilchik, announced its headliner acts on Monday. Grammy winners Jason Mraz and Ani… Continue reading

Years Ago

20 years ago in the Homer News Due to an anticipated $1.2 billion state revenue shortfall, cities like Homer can expect to see more cuts… Continue reading

Kachemak Cuisine: How to have a jam packed spring

Happy Spring! Alaska is still working on breaking through from the last hold outs of winter, but there is plenty of the promise of spring… Continue reading

Homer-area residents pose in front of the “Still Fighting for Alaska” banner Homer artivist Mavis Muller made after the March 24, 1989, grounding of the Exxon Valdez, during a gathering on Sunday, March 24, 2019 on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. A tear in the tanker’s hull allowed millions of gallons of Alaska crude to spill into Prince William Sound, fouling more than a thousand miles of Alaska’s coastline. (Photo by McKibben Jackinsky)

Mavis Muller: spinning art into action

“Artist activist” was how the late author and wilderness defender Edward Abbey once described Mavis Muller. It’s a fitting title for Muller, who believes that… Continue reading

Homer-area residents pose in front of the “Still Fighting for Alaska” banner Homer artivist Mavis Muller made after the March 24, 1989, grounding of the Exxon Valdez, during a gathering on Sunday, March 24, 2019 on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. A tear in the tanker’s hull allowed millions of gallons of Alaska crude to spill into Prince William Sound, fouling more than a thousand miles of Alaska’s coastline. (Photo by McKibben Jackinsky)

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The Betster doesn’t have all that much to say this week, Homerites. Perhaps it’s all this sunshine affecting the mind. One would much rather be… Continue reading

Years Ago

20 years ago in the Homer News Three Homer residents narrowly escaped certain death when an avalanche came down on them while driving north to… Continue reading

Kachemak Cuisine: Keep Alaska caught fish tasting fresh

The Homer Chamber of Commerce Winter King Salmon Derby is this weekend, a yearly fishing tournament anticipated by anglers who will be trying their luck… Continue reading

Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe performs in December 2017 photo. (Photo provided)

Sax player for Rolling Stones brings ensemble band to Homer

With the Homer Winter King Tournament happening this weekend, Homer has another big draw sure to attract not just fishermen: the only Alaska performance of… Continue reading

Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe performs in December 2017 photo. (Photo provided)

Years Ago

20 years ago in the Homer News Longtime Alaskan Elmer Rasmuson, chairman emeritus of National Bank of Alaska, donated almost 10 acres of downtown property… Continue reading

A moose takes a drink of water from a marshy area just off Kachemak Drive on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

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What was that about April showers? Are they supposed to be here in March? The Betster’s not sure what’s going on with Mother Nature at… Continue reading

A moose takes a drink of water from a marshy area just off Kachemak Drive on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Karl Dennison performs in this undated photo. (Photo provided)

Arts briefs

Karl Denson performs March 22-23 at Alice’s Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe performs in two shows at 9 p.m. Friday, March 22, and Saturday, March 23… Continue reading

Karl Dennison performs in this undated photo. (Photo provided)
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