Mt. Redoubt can be seen across Cook Inlet from Diamond Ridge on the Marathon Ski Trail on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, near Homer, Alaska. About 4 feet of snow has fallen on Diamond Ridge and Kachemak Nordic Ski Club groomers have begun setting the trail from Lookout Mountain to Diamond Ridge Road. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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Mt. Redoubt can be seen across Cook Inlet from Diamond Ridge on the Marathon Ski Trail on Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, near Homer, Alaska. About 4 feet of snow has fallen on Diamond Ridge and Kachemak Nordic Ski Club groomers have begun setting the trail from Lookout Mountain to Diamond Ridge Road. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Pips bloom on Jan. 4, 2021, in the home of the Kachemak Gardener in Homer, Alaska. Of the plant, Rosemary Fitzpatrick said, "Carri Thurman had the foresight to dig up the pips. We stored them in our respective refrigerators until the end of November. We were inspired after watching The Victorian Kitchen Garden." (Photo by Rosemary Fitzpatrck)

Kachemak Gardener: Of hellebores and honeysuckle and onions

The Kachemak Gardener has been graced by a startling degree of gardening tolerance

Pips bloom on Jan. 4, 2021, in the home of the Kachemak Gardener in Homer, Alaska. Of the plant, Rosemary Fitzpatrick said, "Carri Thurman had the foresight to dig up the pips. We stored them in our respective refrigerators until the end of November. We were inspired after watching The Victorian Kitchen Garden." (Photo by Rosemary Fitzpatrck)

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Pratt Museum officials pose for a photograph while practicing social distancing on the museum lawn on Friday, May 15, 2020, in Homer, Alaska. From left to right are Jennifer Gibbins, executive director; Savanna Bradley, curator, and Marilyn Sigman, naturalist in residence. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Arts and cultural organizations see gradual progress toward post-pandemic days

Signs of hope include more in-person workshops, writers residencies.

Pratt Museum officials pose for a photograph while practicing social distancing on the museum lawn on Friday, May 15, 2020, in Homer, Alaska. From left to right are Jennifer Gibbins, executive director; Savanna Bradley, curator, and Marilyn Sigman, naturalist in residence. (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

Upcoming events include Bunnell Arts by Air, McNeil Canyon Elementary School virtual gallery and Homer Council on the Arts wellness exhibit.

A window display at a shop in Paris as seen on May 3, 2016. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
A chicken patty adds to a simple Japanese-cuisine-inspired noodle bowl, Jan. 15, 2021, in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Kalifornsky Kitchen: Pondering chicken patties

You can find them at most stores. A big pack of breaded chicken patties that come frozen, and can be cooked or reheated in the… Continue reading

A chicken patty adds to a simple Japanese-cuisine-inspired noodle bowl, Jan. 15, 2021, in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
The white of a bald eagle's head makes perfect camouflage while sitting in a snow covered spruce tree on Jan. 19, 2021, on Diamond Ridge in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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The great experiment in representative democracy continued this week when new and returning Alaska Legislators were sworn in on Tuesday. Yesterday, the Trumps moved out… Continue reading

The white of a bald eagle's head makes perfect camouflage while sitting in a snow covered spruce tree on Jan. 19, 2021, on Diamond Ridge in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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The cover of the reprint of Tom Kizzia's "The Wake of the Unseen Object." (Photo courtesy of University of Alaska Press)

Local author’s ‘Wake of the Unseen Object’ back in print after 30 years

Literary travel book had roots in newspaper series about rural Alaska.

The cover of the reprint of Tom Kizzia's "The Wake of the Unseen Object." (Photo courtesy of University of Alaska Press)
My favorite breakfast bagel sandwich from my favorite neighborhood coffee shack, on Jan. 5, 2020, in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Looking for a few good bagels

Simple ingredients to make your own breakfast sandwich

My favorite breakfast bagel sandwich from my favorite neighborhood coffee shack, on Jan. 5, 2020, in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
A large flock of rock sandpipers flies over the Mud Bay side of the Homer Spit on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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For about a week there the year 2021 looked like it might show some promise. We had an awesome fireworks display on the Spit, and… Continue reading

A large flock of rock sandpipers flies over the Mud Bay side of the Homer Spit on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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Nancy Johnson's "Fireweed," one of her paintings on exhibit at Grace Ridge Brewery in January 2021 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Nancy Johnson).

Johnson’s exhibit of dot paintings, rocks is at Grace Ridge Brewery

Johnson’s dot paintings start with central dot and expand out onto canvas.

Nancy Johnson's "Fireweed," one of her paintings on exhibit at Grace Ridge Brewery in January 2021 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Nancy Johnson).
People walk the beach on the New Year's Eve, Dec. 32, 2020, at Mariner Park on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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People walk the beach on the New Year's Eve, Dec. 32, 2020, at Mariner Park on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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Tyler Munns, left, and Jeff Lockwood, right, perfom live on Dec. 18, 2020, for KBBI from the Bunnell Street Arts Center in Homer, Alaska. (Photo courtesy of Tyler Munns and Jeff Lockwood)

‘Bunnell Artists on the Air’ program on KBBI helps artists impacted by pandemic.

KBBI, Bunnell collaboration helps compensate artists who have lost performance opportunities.

Tyler Munns, left, and Jeff Lockwood, right, perfom live on Dec. 18, 2020, for KBBI from the Bunnell Street Arts Center in Homer, Alaska. (Photo courtesy of Tyler Munns and Jeff Lockwood)
Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News
Pasty filling of beef, potatoes, onions, carrots and rutabaga wait to be baked on Christmas Day in Crystal Falls, Michigan.

Kalifornsky Kitchen: Pasties two ways

Peninsula Clarion columnist Victoria Petersen and Homer News reporter Megan Pacer team up to make the traditional hand pie.

Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News
Pasty filling of beef, potatoes, onions, carrots and rutabaga wait to be baked on Christmas Day in Crystal Falls, Michigan.

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A bald eagle sits on top of the gazebo at Mariner Park on Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020, on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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Waiting for 2020 to end is like hoping for a kidney stone to pass. If you’ve never experienced the pleasure of that life event, imagine… Continue reading

A bald eagle sits on top of the gazebo at Mariner Park on Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020, on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Fireworks explode in the sky above Mariner Park on Jan. 1, 2020 in Homer, Alaska. The fireworks show is crowdfunded and was delayed by one day this year due to a blizzard on New Year’s Eve. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Crowdfunded fireworks return for third year

Homer residents looking for a good, old-fashioned fireworks display to bid farewell to 2020 are in luck. Local resident Aaron Weisser is organizing his third… Continue reading

Fireworks explode in the sky above Mariner Park on Jan. 1, 2020 in Homer, Alaska. The fireworks show is crowdfunded and was delayed by one day this year due to a blizzard on New Year’s Eve. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
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