Alicia Kelly in an undated photo. (Photo provided)

Visiting artist uses paper to find ‘the essence of Homer’

Alicia Kelly, a paper artist from Lawrence, Kansas, has spent the month of April in Homer as Bunnell Street Art Center’s Artist in Residence. During… Continue reading

Alicia Kelly in an undated photo. (Photo provided)
Snow falls on a pink flamingo lawn decoration on Sunday afternoon, April 21, 2019, on Diamond Ridge Road in Homer, Alaska. A spring snowstorm dropped about 6 inches of snow on Homer over the weekend. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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“Don’t like Alaska weather?” goes the old joke. “Just wait five minutes.” Yeah, they probably say that in Norway, too, and pretty much any place… Continue reading

Snow falls on a pink flamingo lawn decoration on Sunday afternoon, April 21, 2019, on Diamond Ridge Road in Homer, Alaska. A spring snowstorm dropped about 6 inches of snow on Homer over the weekend. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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20 years ago in the Homer News The Homer City Council voted to accept a state deal turning over ownership of the state-owned part of… Continue reading

The cast of Star Truck rehearse the Spitlandia scene on Sunday, April 14, 2019, at the Mariner Theatre in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Lisa Linegar)

Locals shine in ‘Star Truck — The Musical’

“Star Truck—the Musical” is set to take off into a spacious, harmonious, homonym-laden comic atmosphere (throw some hominy into the story, too), with performances at… Continue reading

The cast of Star Truck rehearse the Spitlandia scene on Sunday, April 14, 2019, at the Mariner Theatre in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Lisa Linegar)
Moose browse at the east end of Beluga Lake about 6 p.m. Thursday, April 11, 2019, as seen from the airport viewing platform at the end of FAA Road in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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The Betster has decided, that, rather than waste these precious sunny hours before the rain and typical spring weather hits Homer this weekend, now is… Continue reading

Moose browse at the east end of Beluga Lake about 6 p.m. Thursday, April 11, 2019, as seen from the airport viewing platform at the end of FAA Road in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Blitz Torte makes a perfect Easter dessert, as seen in the recipe made by Teri Robl in her Homer, Alaska, kitchen on April 16, 2019. (Photo by Teri Robl)

Kachemak Cuisine: Easter is a time to make special desserts

Easter is Sunday. The first Easter the Other Fisherman and I celebrated as a married couple, we had spaghetti with meat sauce and I’m not… Continue reading

Blitz Torte makes a perfect Easter dessert, as seen in the recipe made by Teri Robl in her Homer, Alaska, kitchen on April 16, 2019. (Photo by Teri Robl)

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)

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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