23rd Kenai Peninsula Writers Contest: Grades K-12 nonfiction winners

After a seven-year hiatus, the Kenai Peninsula Writers Contest returns for its 23rd year. Coordinated by the Homer Council on the Arts, the contest was… Continue reading

Red twig dogwood doing what it does best on a sunny afternoon on Feb. 17, 2021, at the Kachemak Gardener's home in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Rosemary Fitzpatrick)

Kachemak Gardener: Advice on starting seedlings (even if you should just buy them)

This is an awkward column. Seed starting will be addressed but, in truth, I want you to buy your seedlings from one of our excellent… Continue reading

Red twig dogwood doing what it does best on a sunny afternoon on Feb. 17, 2021, at the Kachemak Gardener's home in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Rosemary Fitzpatrick)

23rd Kenai Peninsula Writers Contest: Grades K-12 Fiction winners

After a seven-year hiatus, the Kenai Peninsula Writers Contest returns for its 23rd year. Coordinated by the Homer Council on the Arts, the contest was… Continue reading

Adult nonfiction winner: ‘Spared’

After a seven-year hiatus, the Kenai Peninsula Writers Contest returns for its 23rd year. Coordinated by the Homer Council on the Arts, the contest was… Continue reading

The Alaska and U.S. flags fly at half staff on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Vistor Center. President Joe Biden on Monday ordered flags to be flown at half staff at federal facilities for five days to honor the 500,000 Americans who have died of COVID-19. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Best Bets

It’s hard to believe we’re already two months into 2021, but here we are. After Sunday, February will be all over except for the snow… Continue reading

The Alaska and U.S. flags fly at half staff on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021, at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Vistor Center. President Joe Biden on Monday ordered flags to be flown at half staff at federal facilities for five days to honor the 500,000 Americans who have died of COVID-19. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Years Ago

Homer happenings from years past

Bunnell Street Arts Center Artist in Residence Nina Elder's work is displayed on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, a the gallery in Homer, Alaska. At left are pieces from her series, "It Will Not Be the Same, But It Might Be Beautiful," drawings of puzzle stones collected in the area near McCarthy, Alaska. At right is a drawing of frayed rope, part of her focus during her residency. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Visiting artist acknowledges ‘the brokenness but not throwing it away when it’s broken’

For Bunnell residency, artist also will look at frayed, found objects like rope and nets

Bunnell Street Arts Center Artist in Residence Nina Elder's work is displayed on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, a the gallery in Homer, Alaska. At left are pieces from her series, "It Will Not Be the Same, But It Might Be Beautiful," drawings of puzzle stones collected in the area near McCarthy, Alaska. At right is a drawing of frayed rope, part of her focus during her residency. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
A window display at a shop in Paris as seen on May 3, 2016. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Arts in brief

Adaptation and Innovation grants offered The Alaska State Council on the Arts in partnership with Rasmuson Foundation has developed the Adaptation and Innovation Grant. This… Continue reading

A window display at a shop in Paris as seen on May 3, 2016. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Getting my ingredients ready for blueberry crumble, where the berries can be prepared right in the pan and the topping in a small bowl, photographed on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, in Anchorage, Alaska (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Kalifornsky Kitchen: Something nice

It feels like the right time to make some of my grandma’s blueberry crumble.

Getting my ingredients ready for blueberry crumble, where the berries can be prepared right in the pan and the topping in a small bowl, photographed on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021, in Anchorage, Alaska (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
A sea gull grabs a sea star on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021, on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Best Bets

Last Thursday the Betster rediscovered why we live in Homer. After a busy day in town, yours truly rounded the corner into the Chez Betster… Continue reading

A sea gull grabs a sea star on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021, on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Years Ago

Homer happenings from years past

The winning design of this year's beer label contest for Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve by James Schloemer hangs on the wall of Grace Ridge Brewery during a First Friday art exhibit opening on Friday, Feb. 5, 2021 at the brewery in Homer, Alaska. The label is for the brewery's '64 Afterbock beer, and this year's contest theme was resiliency. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Beer label contest showcases local talent

Annual contests supports the Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

The winning design of this year's beer label contest for Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve by James Schloemer hangs on the wall of Grace Ridge Brewery during a First Friday art exhibit opening on Friday, Feb. 5, 2021 at the brewery in Homer, Alaska. The label is for the brewery's '64 Afterbock beer, and this year's contest theme was resiliency. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
A window display at a shop in Paris as seen on May 3, 2016. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Arts in brief

Wild Postcard Project seeks art entries The Wild Postcard Project and the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center present a nature-themed art competition for Alaska youth artists… Continue reading

A window display at a shop in Paris as seen on May 3, 2016. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
"These primulas were not to be resisted," the Kachemak Gardener says of these flowers blooming in her Homer, Alaska, home on Feb. 2, 2021. "They will enhance the dining room table and then, come spring, find a home in the East Garden." (Photo by Rosemary Fitzpatrick)

Kachemak Gardener: Now’s the time to prepare for gardening season

Pre-season checklist: clean tools, prepare pots, and gather manure and compost

"These primulas were not to be resisted," the Kachemak Gardener says of these flowers blooming in her Homer, Alaska, home on Feb. 2, 2021. "They will enhance the dining room table and then, come spring, find a home in the East Garden." (Photo by Rosemary Fitzpatrick)
A fishing boat passes in front of Poot Peak on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Best Bets

On Sunday a big game happened down in Tampa where some older guy threw a bunch of touchdown passes and then the GOAT’s (that’s “Greatest… Continue reading

A fishing boat passes in front of Poot Peak on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Years Ago

Homer happenings from years past

Tracey Hansen's design for Grace Ridge Brewery's '64 Afterbock beer label contest to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (KBNERR). The designs go on exhibit and the winning label will be revealed Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, at the brewery in Homer, Alaska. (Photo courtesy of Grace Ridge Brewery)

First Friday openings are limited but lively

New exhibits include beer label art, portraits and Afro-futurist installation.

Tracey Hansen's design for Grace Ridge Brewery's '64 Afterbock beer label contest to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (KBNERR). The designs go on exhibit and the winning label will be revealed Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, at the brewery in Homer, Alaska. (Photo courtesy of Grace Ridge Brewery)
A window display at a shop in Paris as seen on May 3, 2016. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Arts in brief

Bunnell Artist in Residence starts next week Bunnell Street Arts Center’s next Artist in Residence is Nina Elder. Elder will hold a Second Friday artist… Continue reading

A window display at a shop in Paris as seen on May 3, 2016. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion 
Key lime pie, inspired by a recipe from Kim Sunée, makes a refreshing winter dessert, on Wednesday, Jan. 20, in Anchorage.

Kalifornsky Kitchen: Letting the sunshine in

Kalifornsky Kitchen changes the mood with a fresh, tropical key lime pie recipe

Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion 
Key lime pie, inspired by a recipe from Kim Sunée, makes a refreshing winter dessert, on Wednesday, Jan. 20, in Anchorage.
Waffles make mornings better, photographed on Dec. 24, 2020, in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Kalifornsky Kitchen: Very extra waffles

Cornmeal adds a crunchy sweetness to the morning favorite

Waffles make mornings better, photographed on Dec. 24, 2020, in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
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