Storm clouds swirl around Mount Iliamna on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, as seen from the Diamond Creek beach near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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Holy San Clemente! Is politics getting wild back east in our nation’s capital. Ever since that incident at the Waterfront Bar decades ago when the… Continue reading

Storm clouds swirl around Mount Iliamna on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, as seen from the Diamond Creek beach near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Jane Wiebe’s wheelbarrow of lovely tubers will cause any potato aficionado’s heart to sing. The photo was taken on Oct. 7, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Jane Wiebe)

Kachemak Gardener: Arrival of fall brings relief after frenetic summer

After the most frenetic summer within recent memory the slow but sure arrival of fall is a relief. This week has been spent turning the… Continue reading

Jane Wiebe’s wheelbarrow of lovely tubers will cause any potato aficionado’s heart to sing. The photo was taken on Oct. 7, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Jane Wiebe)

Years Ago

20 years ago The Romp family of Vermont finished their 4,450-mile journey on a bicycle-built-for-four from Shoreham, Vermont, to Homer. After dipping the front tire… Continue reading

Homer Farmers Market: Market is officially closed, but food still abounds

Hopefully you had a chance to get a bowl of soup and try one of the many dishes at the Farmers Market Harvest Party Potluck… Continue reading

Debi Poore poses by some of the paintings in her show opening at the Homer Council on the Arts on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)

Autumn brings new artists to First Friday scene — and some veteran artists, too

First Friday for October features works by new as well as established artists. Artists with their first solo shows include Holly Brennan at Grace Ridge… Continue reading

Debi Poore poses by some of the paintings in her show opening at the Homer Council on the Arts on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)
Fresh Homer-grown apples are the main ingredient for Teri Robl’s French Apple Cake recipe, seen here in her kitchen on Oct. 1, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Teri Robl)

Kachemak Cuisine: Fresh Homer apples inspire fall recipes

The autumn season is all about apples and pumpkins, golden falling leaves and football. I love this time of the year as not only do… Continue reading

Fresh Homer-grown apples are the main ingredient for Teri Robl’s French Apple Cake recipe, seen here in her kitchen on Oct. 1, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Teri Robl)
Swan lake Two swans feed on an extreme high tide of of 21.9 feet on Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 1, 2019, in Beluga Slough, Homer, Alaska. The tide flooded the slough to its shores, turning it into a lake. Homer will see an even higher tide of 22.6 feet at 3:11 p.m. Oct. 28, 2019. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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Whether things went the way you wanted them to or not, Homerites waking up on Wednesday morning should have rejoiced in the fact that we,… Continue reading

Swan lake Two swans feed on an extreme high tide of of 21.9 feet on Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 1, 2019, in Beluga Slough, Homer, Alaska. The tide flooded the slough to its shores, turning it into a lake. Homer will see an even higher tide of 22.6 feet at 3:11 p.m. Oct. 28, 2019. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Years Ago

20 years ago Five teenagers organized and were to soon open a new teen center on Lake Street in a space they called The Inside… Continue reading

Arts briefs

Author reading next Thursday As part of Alaska Book Week, a statewide initiative to celebrate Alaska authors, local writer Cassondra Windwalker will read at 6… Continue reading

Poet and writer Diane Ackerman delivers the keynote address on June 14, 2019, at the opening of the Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference at Land’s End Resort, Homer, Alaska. Ackerman spoke about the historical background for her book, “The Zookeeper’s Wife.” (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Dunleavy budget cuts prompt Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference to take 1-year hiatus

Editor’s note: This article has been changed to reflect that most of the people who routinely attend the Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference were not students… Continue reading

Poet and writer Diane Ackerman delivers the keynote address on June 14, 2019, at the opening of the Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference at Land’s End Resort, Homer, Alaska. Ackerman spoke about the historical background for her book, “The Zookeeper’s Wife.” (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Arts in brief

‘Maiden’ wins Doc Fest Audience Award A film about the first all-women crew to sail the Whitbread Round the World Race took the Audience Award… Continue reading

Kachemak Gardener: Garden journal helps map out next season

This latest rainfall has been a boon. Once again the weeds are easily removed instead of chiseling them out from rock hard soil. And there… Continue reading

Homer Farmers Market: Market closes Saturday with potluck

It’s the time of the year to making choices. Bob Durr said his wife Pat had weighed out 600 pounds of tomatoes. I imagined his… Continue reading

Years Ago

20 years ago Dave Barker, the founder of Homer’s first Internet service, xyz.net, sold his company to Internet Alaska. Barker, then 20, founded xyz.net in… Continue reading

As part of their weekly Friday walks to local parks, Little Fireweed Academy students held a “We love the Earth March” to WKFL Park on Sept. 20, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. The kindergarten through second-grade students have been learning about ecology and animals and their connection to the earth. The march wasn’t associated with the Strike for the Climate held the same day. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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Well, Betsters, we can’t ignore it anymore. The season of ever increasing darkness is officially upon us. If the fact that our natural alarm clock… Continue reading

As part of their weekly Friday walks to local parks, Little Fireweed Academy students held a “We love the Earth March” to WKFL Park on Sept. 20, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. The kindergarten through second-grade students have been learning about ecology and animals and their connection to the earth. The march wasn’t associated with the Strike for the Climate held the same day. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Héctor Argiró stands by his 1969 Torino at on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2019, at Mariner Park on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. Starting on Nov. 24, 2016, Argiró drove the Argentinian classic car from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, Argentina, and north to Alaska through South America, Central America, Mexico, the western United States, and Canada. He plans to continue his trip through North America and then to Europe. For more about El Mundo en Torino (“Around the world in a Torino”), visit www.elmundoentorino.com. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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By coincidence, two travelers arrived at the End of the Road recently. Héctor Argiró from Argentina drove here all the way in his 1969 Torino… Continue reading

Héctor Argiró stands by his 1969 Torino at on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2019, at Mariner Park on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. Starting on Nov. 24, 2016, Argiró drove the Argentinian classic car from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, Argentina, and north to Alaska through South America, Central America, Mexico, the western United States, and Canada. He plans to continue his trip through North America and then to Europe. For more about El Mundo en Torino (“Around the world in a Torino”), visit www.elmundoentorino.com. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Tomato Risotto takes time to make, but the preparation can be therapeutic. The ingredients include fresh tomatoes grown in a Homer high tunnel, as seen here in Teri Robl’s kitchen in this photo taken on Sept. 17, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Teri Robl)

Kachemak Cuisine: Mais oui — Get a taste of France with grated carrot salad

It’s the season of harvest and a bit more time available to enjoy it. The garden is done, the flower baskets are spent and all… Continue reading

Tomato Risotto takes time to make, but the preparation can be therapeutic. The ingredients include fresh tomatoes grown in a Homer high tunnel, as seen here in Teri Robl’s kitchen in this photo taken on Sept. 17, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Teri Robl)
“Radiate,” the 16th annual Burning Basket, catches fire Sunday night, Sept. 15, 2019, at Mariner Park on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Burning Basket makes ‘a brilliant, fiery exit’

Drenching rains on Sunday afternoon didn’t stop several hundred people from attending the 16th annual Burning Basket, “Radiate,” as the impermanent art was set on… Continue reading

“Radiate,” the 16th annual Burning Basket, catches fire Sunday night, Sept. 15, 2019, at Mariner Park on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Burning Basket comes of age with sweet number 16, Radiate

Born in 2002, Homer’s annual Burning Basket impermanent art celebration holds its 16th birthday with “Radiate,” the basket now under creation at Mariner Park. Baskets… Continue reading

Mary Latham stands by her borrowed blue Subaru Outback on Sept. 16, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. Latham has been touring the United States collecting stories of human kindness to put in a book for people to read in hospital waiting rooms. Alaska is the 48th state Latham has visited since starting her trip in September 2016. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Out of loss, New York writer seeks to find ‘more good’

“Sometimes you gotta go / To the end of the earth / Just to turn yourself around,” sings Ellis Paul in his song about Homer,… Continue reading

Mary Latham stands by her borrowed blue Subaru Outback on Sept. 16, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. Latham has been touring the United States collecting stories of human kindness to put in a book for people to read in hospital waiting rooms. Alaska is the 48th state Latham has visited since starting her trip in September 2016. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
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