Kites lie on the beach at Mariner Park at a previous KiteFest.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

Be blown away by Homer Kitefest 2013

George Overpeck and Trace Carlos live for extreme sports in Alaska, but it’s not snow they crave — but wind and water.  This year they… Continue reading

Kites lie on the beach at Mariner Park at a previous KiteFest.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News
National Public Radio puzzlemaster Will Shortz, second from left, and Robert Roberts, fourth from right and the top ranked U.S. table-tennis player, join Homer ping-pong players last weekend at Homer High School. From left to right are Dan Kroph, Shortz, Jimmy and Gary Gao, Roberts, Dale Banks, Matt Faris and Kyle, last name not known. Shortz visited Alaska as part of his goal to play ping pong in all 50 states.-Photo by Mary Kate Green

Homer’s Best Bets

“A screaming comes across the sky,” starts Thomas Pynchon’s “Gravity’s Rainbow.” Pynchon wrote about V-2 rockets in London during World War II, but here at… Continue reading

National Public Radio puzzlemaster Will Shortz, second from left, and Robert Roberts, fourth from right and the top ranked U.S. table-tennis player, join Homer ping-pong players last weekend at Homer High School. From left to right are Dan Kroph, Shortz, Jimmy and Gary Gao, Roberts, Dale Banks, Matt Faris and Kyle, last name not known. Shortz visited Alaska as part of his goal to play ping pong in all 50 states.-Photo by Mary Kate Green

Writers’ Conference starts Friday

The 12th annual Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference opens Friday at Land’s End Resort. Public events include a reading by keynote speaker Naomi Shihab Nye at… Continue reading

Arctic Winter Games holds theme song contest

The Fairbanks 2014 Arctic Winter Games host society is holding a theme song contest. Song writers are invited to submit songs that reflect the “Great… Continue reading

HCOA seeks vendors, performers for Street Faire

The Homer Council on the Arts seeks vendors and performers for its annual Street Faire, to be held 10 a.m.-6 p.m. July 20 on Hazel… Continue reading

‘The Clean House’ opens at Pier One Theatre

“The Clean House,” Pier One Theatre’s latest play, opens this weekend, with shows at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the theater on the… Continue reading

The Holy Santos Gang from Homer has just released its first full-length album, “Twain.”-Photo provided

Holy Santos Gang releases album, Twain

The Holy Santos Gang has just released its first full-length album, “Twain.” After four years as a group, an extended play recording and an award-winning… Continue reading

The Holy Santos Gang from Homer has just released its first full-length album, “Twain.”-Photo provided
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Fireweed: Songwriter celebrates first CD

“I think it’s a genetic thing,” says Sharon Friesen Schulz with a smile. “My mother, daughter and I are all singers and songwriters.”  As a… Continue reading

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Jenni Medley looks through an assortment of plants and seedlings available Saturday at the Homer Garden Club’s annual plant sale. -Photo by Lori Evans, Homer News

Damage from winter’s ice presents Homer gardeners with all sorts of opportunities

It is a tad difficult to be upbeat when the majority of the plants in my perennial beds are dead. I will consider this an… Continue reading

Jenni Medley looks through an assortment of plants and seedlings available Saturday at the Homer Garden Club’s annual plant sale. -Photo by Lori Evans, Homer News

ASCA holds art application workshop

The Homer Arts and Culture Alliance sponsors an Online Art Application Workshop  with Shannon Daut  from 1-3 p.m. June 17 at the gallery. Executive director… Continue reading

Registration going on now for HCOA music, circus camps

Registration is going on now for music and circus camps sponsored by the Homer Council on the Arts. From June 17-21 and June 24-27, and… Continue reading

‘Up’ continues at Pier One

Now in its second weekend, “Up” continues at Pier One Theatre on the Homer Spit. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. “In… Continue reading

This photo from the exhibit “Wind and Water: Beauty Portraits of Alaska Models” is on display at Fireweed Gallery.-Photo by Joshua Veldstra

First Friday Events

Whether they come from reading Jack London novels, watching “Bering Sea Gold” or just hearing snippets of Sarah Palin’s speeches, most visitors to Alaska arrive… Continue reading

This photo from the exhibit “Wind and Water: Beauty Portraits of Alaska Models” is on display at Fireweed Gallery.-Photo by Joshua Veldstra
Radiocarbon dating, as well as the condition and location where this chunk of woolly mammoth was found, indicates it came from somewhere other than the Kenai Peninsula.         -Photo Provided

Radiocarbon dating raises questions about mammoth tusk

While gathering coal on Mariner’s beach with her husband and friends one day in 1976, Judy Winn of Homer found a curious piece of —… Continue reading

Radiocarbon dating, as well as the condition and location where this chunk of woolly mammoth was found, indicates it came from somewhere other than the Kenai Peninsula.         -Photo Provided

Homer’s Best Bets

If you had taken a three-week vacation recently and just gotten back in town, you might wonder if you missed a plane somewhere. Where is… Continue reading

It’s a great time to see moose and their calves.  This family was photographed Tuesday night in the McNeil Canyon area off McBride Avenue.-Photo by Martie Krohn

Homer’s Best Bets

How does that adage go? Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans. That’s what’s happening this week at the Homer News. With… Continue reading

It’s a great time to see moose and their calves.  This family was photographed Tuesday night in the McNeil Canyon area off McBride Avenue.-Photo by Martie Krohn

Bailey, Leisner perform Monday

Sitka Summer Music Festival musicians Zuill Bailey on cello and David Leisner on guitar will perform from 7-9 p.m. Monday at the Bunnell Street Arts… Continue reading

Young Writers Workshop planned

Kachemak Bay Campus is holding registration for the annual Young Writers Workshop, held as part of the 2013 Kachemak Bay Writers Conference. The workshop is… Continue reading

‘Up’ opens at Pier One on Friday

Pier One Theatre continues its 41st season this weekend with the opening of “Up.” Performances are planned for Friday, Saturday and Sunday this week and… Continue reading

Author Nancy Sydnam and her dog, Tigger, at Adak.-Photo provided

Sideways Rain adds ring of familiarity to Alaska’s remote regions

Retired Anchorage doctor Nancy Elliott Sydnam’s book “Sideways Rain” is fascinating in its telling of Sydnam’s 20 years providing medical care to Alaska’s farthest flung… Continue reading

Author Nancy Sydnam and her dog, Tigger, at Adak.-Photo provided
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