Years Ago

20 years ago in the Homer News Rep. Gail Phillips, R-Homer, discussed the “Healthy Alaska Plan,” an economic proposal put forth by the Republican-led majority… Continue reading

Don’t miss the forsythia blooming on the corner of Pioneer Avenue and Svedlund Street on May 2, 2019. There aren’t many of these in Homer, so appreciate them now, for their bloom time is short. (Photo by Rosemary Fitzpatrick)

Kachemak Gardener: Get thee to the nurseries

Homer’s nurseries are truly magnificent. There was a time in the not so distant past that I would journey as far north as Wasilla, stopping… Continue reading

Don’t miss the forsythia blooming on the corner of Pioneer Avenue and Svedlund Street on May 2, 2019. There aren’t many of these in Homer, so appreciate them now, for their bloom time is short. (Photo by Rosemary Fitzpatrick)

Gordon writes sprawling book of life in Alaska

In his 76 years of rough-and-tumble living, Halibut Cove writer Mike Gordon has come to be known as “Mountain Mike” for his alpine adventures. Another… Continue reading

Years Ago

20 years ago in the Homer News A leaking gas tank at the Trailside General Store on the Sterling Highway prompted an emergency response from… Continue reading

Flex School student Makayla Prescott holds up a collage she showed at Flex First Friday, an exhibit of art done by Flex students, teachers and staff over the past year. The show included pottery created during an Artist in the School residency by Jeff Szarzi. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Best Bets

If you’ve noticed people prowling around town with big long spotting scopes staring out into Mud Bay, no, they are not treasure hunters searching for… Continue reading

Flex School student Makayla Prescott holds up a collage she showed at Flex First Friday, an exhibit of art done by Flex students, teachers and staff over the past year. The show included pottery created during an Artist in the School residency by Jeff Szarzi. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Kachemak Cuisine: Crispy chicken thighs just the trick

Each year my dear friends leave the slush, cold and gray of Homer in March and spend spring in beautiful Tuscany. My friend Bethany phones… Continue reading

Collaborative art from the 23rd annual Kachemak Bay Watercolor Society.

First Friday: Local artists featured

May kicks off Homer’s summer arts season with a wide variety of shows, including a pop-up by Flex School students to celebrate the end of… Continue reading

Collaborative art from the 23rd annual Kachemak Bay Watercolor Society.

KP Brass Band celebrates 1-year anniversary with May the Fourth Be With You gig

One of Homer’s newest musical groups, the KP (Kenai Peninsula) Brass Band, celebrates its first year of performance with a May the Fourth Be With… Continue reading

The hardy fall planted spring blooming bulb chionodoxa may be worse for wear after being battered by wind and snow, but it bravely offers up its glory as seen in this photo taken April 19, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Rosemary Fitzpatrick)

Kachemak Gardener: Come what may, spring will arrive

This is being written Sunday evening. The wind is howling and the snow keeps coming — a typical spring storm. All the lovely in bloom… Continue reading

The hardy fall planted spring blooming bulb chionodoxa may be worse for wear after being battered by wind and snow, but it bravely offers up its glory as seen in this photo taken April 19, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Rosemary Fitzpatrick)
RJ Nelson’s work of art is part of the Choir for Peace show on display before the May 2 and 3, 2019 concerts in the Homer High School Commons in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)

‘Choir for Peace’ will be community art, music event

In the spirit of Homer performances of Mozart’s “Requiem,” sung in 2001 and 2002 to honor the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks, a community… Continue reading

RJ Nelson’s work of art is part of the Choir for Peace show on display before the May 2 and 3, 2019 concerts in the Homer High School Commons in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)
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)

Best Bets

“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)

Years Ago

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)

Best Bets

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)

Arts Briefs

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