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Local artists win grants Three Homer artists have received Individual Artist or Project Award grants from the Rasmuson Foundation, according to a press release from… Continue reading

Homer Farmers Market: Farmers offer stability in times of uncertainty

In a time of uncertainty, it certainly is nice to know where the stability is. This spring, when farmers markets around the country were getting… Continue reading

As a reminder to be safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, Homer artist Julie Tomich painted face masks on the figures of Tom Reed’s mural, “Tribute to Performing Artists,” as seen on July 3, 2020, on Pioneer Avenue in Homer, Alaska. Reed painted the mural in August 1985 on a retaining wall in front of NOMAR (then Proctor’s Grocery), and updated the mural with additional figures in 2008 under a city grant. Using a chalk-based, non-permanent paint, Tomich got permission from the city to add the masks to the mural. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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Once again some Lower 48 website has provided the Betster with exciting news about Alaska. In this case, Sixty and Me, an online magazine for… Continue reading

As a reminder to be safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, Homer artist Julie Tomich painted face masks on the figures of Tom Reed’s mural, “Tribute to Performing Artists,” as seen on July 3, 2020, on Pioneer Avenue in Homer, Alaska. Reed painted the mural in August 1985 on a retaining wall in front of NOMAR (then Proctor’s Grocery), and updated the mural with additional figures in 2008 under a city grant. Using a chalk-based, non-permanent paint, Tomich got permission from the city to add the masks to the mural. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Kachemak Gardener: Gardening and birds go hand in glove

There are nine lilacs on this one-third acre and they are blooming in sequence. I actually thought about that — me, who does zero garden… Continue reading

Years Ago

20 years ago The Kenai Peninsula Borough launched several federally-funded programs to reduce the fire danger caused by the spruce-bark beetle epidemic. One program focused… Continue reading

More galleries hold First Friday receptions

Correction: A caption for Ingrid McKinstry’s painting was incorrectly labeled. Her show is at the Fireweed Gallery. As Alaska’s businesses continue under Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s… Continue reading

Homer Farmers Market: Options abound for fresh local food

July is upon us with all the regular harvest surprises. The Wednesday Markets have now been added to the weekly Saturday Markets down on Ocean… Continue reading

Kachemak Cuisine: Celebrate the Fourth Alaska style – with salmon

Happy Independence Day! The Fourth of July, as most of us call it, commemorates the date in 1776 when the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration… Continue reading

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Except for the You Know What, this summer is turning out to be awesome. We’ve had a pretty good run of sunny weather nicely balanced… Continue reading

Years Ago

20 years ago The late Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, visited Homer for groundbreaking ceremonies of the $10 million Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center,… Continue reading

Haines author’s new book looks at small-town politics

Heather Lende’s three previous books have been about life in her small town of Haines, Alaska. Her latest book, “Of Bears and Ballots,” goes on… Continue reading

Homer Farmers Market: Pandemic connections as important as food

This is indeed an odd summer. The weather has been amazing, but tourism is down. Around the state, farmers markets report that numbers are down… Continue reading

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Wouldn’t you know it, one moment we were begging the snow to leave, and the next we’ve watched Summer Solstice pass us by. A lot… Continue reading

Kachemak Gardener: ‘Plant camassia’ and other garden advice

Bear with me people: I have a thought running around in my head that needs to be released. Ready? Of all the great minds out… Continue reading

Years Ago

20 years ago Someone vandalized or stole works at the Pratt Museum’s “Facing the Elements” show before the exhibit formally opened. Carla Klinker’s sculpture, “Skin,”… Continue reading

Concert on Your Lawn revives spirit of KBBI festival

It’s been since years since the sounds of KBBI’s Concert on the Lawn have reverberated through town on a summer weekend. Even in the midst… Continue reading

State announces artist grants

Alaska artists who have experienced financial difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for a $1,500 grant, according to a Thursday release from… Continue reading

Homer Farmers Market: Like yoga, some Market vendors going online

As I walked by the booths at the Homer Farmers Market last weekend I overheard someone talking to a yoga instructor who excitedly told about… Continue reading

Kachemak Cuisine: Cooking for fathers brings joy

Hello! Sunday is Father’s Day. The time spent cooking for the men in my family who are fathers bring me joy. I have wonderful memories… Continue reading

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Although this has been a fabulous summer, you have to admit that the rain this week has been welcome. Alaska has the most amazing summers… Continue reading

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