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Kim McNett, the featured artist for this year’s Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival, canoes an Alaska lake.-Photo by Bjorn Olson

Environment inspires shorebird artist’s work

A  red squirrel splitting open a nut. A giant Pacific octopus nestled in the tide. Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival featured artist Kim McNett’s art revolves… Continue reading

Kim McNett, the featured artist for this year’s Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival, canoes an Alaska lake.-Photo by Bjorn Olson

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough school District May 20: Last day of school for most students. June 1: School board meeting, Soldotna. June 2: School board planning… Continue reading

Cindy Sisson, left, and Jason Sodergren look for birds at Mud Bay on the Spit during a shorebird monitoring session last Friday. A group of birders identifies species and counts numbers every five days in late April and May during the shorebird migration.-Michael Armstrong

Shorebird Festival: Birds and Fun Abound

Now in its 23rd year, the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival has settled into a weekend- long wildlife festival that goes like this: • Spring arrives,… Continue reading

Cindy Sisson, left, and Jason Sodergren look for birds at Mud Bay on the Spit during a shorebird monitoring session last Friday. A group of birders identifies species and counts numbers every five days in late April and May during the shorebird migration.-Michael Armstrong

Workshop’s message: Work together

Homer Council on the Arts (HCOA) was recently awarded city funds through the Homer Foundation as part of an annual application process for nonprofits in… Continue reading

Migration Run is for everyone

Last year more than 170 entrants took to the Spit Trail for the Migration Run, a 5K USATF-certified event. This year, organizers are hoping to… Continue reading

Mariner Crystal Crane takes a running leap during the Kenai Invitational last weekend.-Photo provided

Kards clean up at home invite

It is hard to duplicate the kind of weekend that the Kenai Central track and field team enjoyed Friday and Saturday. The Kardinals romped to… Continue reading

Mariner Crystal Crane takes a running leap during the Kenai Invitational last weekend.-Photo provided
Sunrise Sjoeberg directed and performs in “On the Wing.”-Photo provided

‘On the Wing’ is next Thursday

“On the Wing,” Homer’s annual celebration of birds and spring through poetry and music, starts off the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival at 7:30 p.m. May… Continue reading

Sunrise Sjoeberg directed and performs in “On the Wing.”-Photo provided
A truck heads east on Kachemak Drive from the Homer Spit Road about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The road reopened that night after workers repaired a mudslide that happened April 19. The mudslide pushed a clump of spruce trees into Mud Bay, seen at right in the photo.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

Kachemak Drive reopens to traffic

Just nine days after a mudslide took out part of Kachemak Drive on the west end, repairs have been made and the road reopened Tuesday… Continue reading

A truck heads east on Kachemak Drive from the Homer Spit Road about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. The road reopened that night after workers repaired a mudslide that happened April 19. The mudslide pushed a clump of spruce trees into Mud Bay, seen at right in the photo.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

Announcements

The Parkinson’s Support Group meets 1 p.m. Friday at the Homer Senior Citizens Center Conference Room. The speaker is Jessica Powell, a speech language pathologist… Continue reading

Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities workers inspect a repaired section of Kachemak Drive on Tuesday afternoon. The road should reopen Tuesday night.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

Kachemak Drive to open Tuesday night

With the last bit of work to be done this afternoon, the west end of Kachemak Drive should open tonight. Kevin Jones, the local manager… Continue reading

Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities workers inspect a repaired section of Kachemak Drive on Tuesday afternoon. The road should reopen Tuesday night.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

Big Read, big success

One of the things that makes Homer unique is its sense of community. The Big Read sponsored by the Friends of the Homer Public Library… Continue reading

D.J. Marsengill and Halle E. Sinn

William Dale (D.J.) Marsengill, Jr. and Halle Elizabeth Sinn

Paul and Lara Fleenor and Jeff and Rose Sinn of Homer announce the engagement of their daughter, Halle Elizabeth Sinn, to D.J. Marsengill. The couple… Continue reading

D.J. Marsengill and Halle E. Sinn
Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities workers inspect repairs on the collapsed section of Kachemak Drive on Tuesday.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

Workers begin repairs on Kachemak Drive

Workers this week began digging out about a 70-foot wide collapsed section of the west end of Kachemak Drive and getting permits to repair a… Continue reading

Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities workers inspect repairs on the collapsed section of Kachemak Drive on Tuesday.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News
A bald eagle feeds on a small mammal while sitting on a driftwood tree in Beluga Slough last Thursday. Another eagle watched from the nest across from the Lake Street stoplight.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

Homer’s Best Bets

Just when you think the world might be getting back to normal, shazam, things have to go all topsy turvy on us. Not that the… Continue reading

A bald eagle feeds on a small mammal while sitting on a driftwood tree in Beluga Slough last Thursday. Another eagle watched from the nest across from the Lake Street stoplight.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News
Homer High School students Ian Lowe, Sheldon Hutt and Patrick Rainwater officiate a game of football at Paul Banks Elementary School last week.-Photo provided

High school students join Paul Banks kids at recess

On April 14, six Homer High School students attended Paul Banks Elementary recess. The high school students, Sam Draves, Drew Brown, Ian Lowe, Patrick Rainwater,… Continue reading

Homer High School students Ian Lowe, Sheldon Hutt and Patrick Rainwater officiate a game of football at Paul Banks Elementary School last week.-Photo provided
Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

New landmark

“Circle Hook,” the latest in city 1-percent-for art projects, was installed last week along a new trail at the intersection of Fish Dock Road and… Continue reading

Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News
Wet soils caused a section of Kachemak Drive to collapse on Sunday morning. The road is closed about a half mile from the Homer Spit Road to the top of the hill near the old airport. Kachemak Drive remains open from the East End Road intersection to the old airport.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

Slide closes Kachemak Drive at Spit end

A collapse of the bluff along the west end of Kachemak Drive has closed the Homer Spit end of the road. The road is closed… Continue reading

Wet soils caused a section of Kachemak Drive to collapse on Sunday morning. The road is closed about a half mile from the Homer Spit Road to the top of the hill near the old airport. Kachemak Drive remains open from the East End Road intersection to the old airport.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News
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

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

Announcements

The Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council (CIRCAC) holds its board meeting at 9 a.m. Friday at Cook Inlet Aquaculture, 40610 Kalifornsky Beach Road, Kenai.… Continue reading

School Events

May 1: Early release day. May 4: School board meeting, Seward. June 1: School board meeting, Soldotna. June 2: School board planning session, Soldotna. Homer… Continue reading

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