Homer News

Jody Patosky tosses the sheaf.

CELTFEST bigger than ever for 7th year

Don’t be surprised to hear the haunting refrain of bagpipes as musicians gear up for the upcoming Kachemak Bay CeltFest at Karen Hornaday Park. On… Continue reading

 

Norway’s King Harald V

Norwegian king scheduled to visit Homer next week

His Royal Highness King Harald V of Norway visits Anchorage and Homer next week for the first visit by the king to Alaska. King Harald… Continue reading

 

Daisy Lee Bitter poses with a magazine cover featuring the log cache that presides over the driveway to her peony farm. The cache is particularly significant to Bitter, as her late husband, Conrad, was quite proud of it. The spruce logs were first recycled by the Bitters from the old Kenai Burn. They used them to build a garden fence, which a cow moose destroyed. After that, they asked Barrett Fletcher to recycle them again, by constructing the log cache. On Thursday, Oct. 14, 1999, the cache appeared on the front page of the Homer News. The irony of that, says Bitter, was that her husband died that same day. The cache was more recently featured in December 2011 on the cover of Alaska Magazine, trimmed with clear lights and covered in snow. -Photo by Toni Ross

Homer legend loves to learn, share

She’s been named a master gardener, lifelong learner and citizen of the year — and the list goes on. A lot of living can happen… Continue reading

 

Outhouse racers compete last year at the Homer Winter Carnival. -Photo by McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News

Homer Winter Carnival: A Tradition for 61 Years

Feeling February’s chill now that the temperature has dropped?  Warm up with the 61st annual Homer Winter Carnival today through Sunday. This year’s theme, “Warm… Continue reading

Outhouse racers compete last year at the Homer Winter Carnival. -Photo by McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News

900 people ‘take day to be well’

The 31st Annual Rotary Health Fair is over and it was a terrific success. We welcomed more than 900 people through the doors on Saturday.… Continue reading

Jerry Scholes

Jerry Scholes, a longtime Homer resident, died July 14, 2014. “He joined his parents and his beloved wife and dance partner, Mary, in Heaven,” his… Continue reading

NONPROFIT NEEDS

Editor’s Note: In conjunction with the monthly “Pay It Forward” column, the Homer News is printing a list of needs provided by some of Homer’s… Continue reading

Farmers Market

Farmers Market

The summer is moving along at an incredible pace. The fireweed is already blooming, rather than waiting for August. The snow across Kachemak Bay is… Continue reading

Farmers Market

Many contribute to success of event

The Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College would like to extend its sincerest appreciation and gratitude to the following individuals, agencies and businesses whose… Continue reading

The two-story Kachemak Community Center, at the corner of East End Road and Bear Creek Drive, includes offices for Kachemak City’s part-time staff — a mayor and city clerk — and meeting rooms, as well as storage space for firefighting equipment. An outdoor recreation area includes tennis courts.-Photo by McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News

Kachemak City: East of Homer, where less is better

The current residents of Kachemak City — all 472 of them according to the 2010 census — weren’t the first ones interested in this small… Continue reading

The two-story Kachemak Community Center, at the corner of East End Road and Bear Creek Drive, includes offices for Kachemak City’s part-time staff — a mayor and city clerk — and meeting rooms, as well as storage space for firefighting equipment. An outdoor recreation area includes tennis courts.-Photo by McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News
The A-frame building, right, with pressure reduction valve that gives the historic water tank its name is next to the tank at the top of Main Street.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

A-Frame water tank: Homer’s first water system

Editor’s note: With 2014 marking the Homer News’ 50th anniversary, the newspaper is looking at some milestone events in Homer’s past.   At the top… Continue reading

The A-frame building, right, with pressure reduction valve that gives the historic water tank its name is next to the tank at the top of Main Street.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

14th Annual Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference

June 13-17 Land’s End Resort Register at: writersconference.homer.alaska.edu Festival of Literary Readings   8 p.m. June 14, Mariner Theatre: Alice Sebold reading.  7:30 p.m. June… Continue reading

Part of the Homer News crew in the mid-1980s takes a break and poses for this photo. From left are Publishers Howard and Tod Simons, Managing Editor Joel Gay, Business Manager Jill Morse, Editor Tom Gibboney and Reporter Hal Spence. The Homer News was located on Pioneer Avenue in those days, in the building now occupied by Cafe Cups.

Job at Homer News pays dividends in life lessons

Editor’s Note: As part of its 50th anniversary celebration, the Homer News has asked former “Newsies” to reminisce about their time at the newspaper and… Continue reading

Part of the Homer News crew in the mid-1980s takes a break and poses for this photo. From left are Publishers Howard and Tod Simons, Managing Editor Joel Gay, Business Manager Jill Morse, Editor Tom Gibboney and Reporter Hal Spence. The Homer News was located on Pioneer Avenue in those days, in the building now occupied by Cafe Cups.
Daisy Lee Bitter looks at shorebirds at Mud Bay on the Homer Spit during the 2013 Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival.-Jim Lavrakas

Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival: small piece of big puzzle

Yes, indeed, there is a Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival (see related story, page 1). The arrival of winged visitors from the tip of South America,… Continue reading

Daisy Lee Bitter looks at shorebirds at Mud Bay on the Homer Spit during the 2013 Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival.-Jim Lavrakas
Michael Armstrong

Homer News wins 13 awards in Alaska Press Club contest

The Homer News took home 13 Alaska Press Club awards last Saturday at the statewide media organization’s annual conference and banquet. Now celebrating its 50th… Continue reading

Michael Armstrong

Earth Day event: a community celebration

What do electric cars, orchard pigs and prayer flags have in common? Stop by the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center Saturday to find out.… Continue reading

Randy Wiest, third from left, sets Kachemak Bay Running Club’s new timing clock at the start of a fun walk-run March 28.-Photo by McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News

Running club times start-up of season

The Kachemak Bay Running Club unveiled its new timing clock Friday at the club’s annual membership meeting held at Beluga Lake Lodge. The clock was… Continue reading

Randy Wiest, third from left, sets Kachemak Bay Running Club’s new timing clock at the start of a fun walk-run March 28.-Photo by McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News

College, career, job fair to be April 4 at KBC

“Meet, Explore, Discover” is the theme of the Homer College, Career and Job Fair being hosted at Kachemak Bay Campus’s Pioneer Hall on Pioneer Avenue… Continue reading

Long history requires visionaries

Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic wants to give thanks to the Homer News for recognizing our work — past and present. We also want to… Continue reading

Homer News to host Business After Hours event

As part of its 50th anniversary celebration, the Homer News will host this week’s Homer Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours event. The party will… Continue reading

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