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A great blue heron rests in Beluga Slough last week. Herons are more common on the south side of Kachemak Bay, but sometimes visit Homer.-photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

Homer’s Best Bets

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, started on Sunday. Yes, it’s now year 5,776, a pretty respectable run for a culture and a religion. It’s… Continue reading

 

Farmers, state agencies keep eye on local flocks

Alaska flocks have not yet been stricken by the largest avian influenza outbreak to hit the poultry industry in history. The risk, however, is still… Continue reading

 

Permanent Fund Corp. chief executive resigns

ANCHORAGE — The head of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. has resigned because of undisclosed health concerns. The departure of chief executive Mike Burns was… Continue reading

 

A red truck is in the woods at the side of Diamond Ridge Road last Thursday morning after the driver missed the curve on snowy roads near Sheldon Drive. A woman in the truck said she was shaken up but not hurt and waited for help.-Photo by Michael Armstrong

Homer’s Best Bets

When, oh when will our long seasonal nightmare end? Day after day, roaring blizzards have left maybe an inch of snow daily on our winter-weary… Continue reading

A red truck is in the woods at the side of Diamond Ridge Road last Thursday morning after the driver missed the curve on snowy roads near Sheldon Drive. A woman in the truck said she was shaken up but not hurt and waited for help.-Photo by Michael Armstrong
A bald eagle strikes a distinguished pose while sitting on a light pole near the Homer Spit Trail on Tuesday afternoon. Although feeding eagles is banned in Homer, bird watchers and photographers can still see eagles on the Spit.-Photo by McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News

Homer’s Best Bets

The Betster always finds the Lower 48 response to a big East Coast blizzard amusing. If a winter storm that in Alaska we’d call “a… Continue reading

A bald eagle strikes a distinguished pose while sitting on a light pole near the Homer Spit Trail on Tuesday afternoon. Although feeding eagles is banned in Homer, bird watchers and photographers can still see eagles on the Spit.-Photo by McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News
This is one of the structures built by a community of Krishna Venta followers more than half a century ago. Addressing their dilapidated state is part of the Kachemak Heritage Conservation Area’s management plan for the future.-From the Helen Jackson collection at the Pratt Museums

Krishna Venta Conservation Area: Protected for Perpetuity

While Homer talks about being open for business, expanding the harbor, upgrading streets and all the things that allow a city to meet the needs… Continue reading

This is one of the structures built by a community of Krishna Venta followers more than half a century ago. Addressing their dilapidated state is part of the Kachemak Heritage Conservation Area’s management plan for the future.-From the Helen Jackson collection at the Pratt Museums

Dog poop real health concern

Many people scoff at the need to clean up dog feces. I am my dog’s dedicated “Poop Fairy.” There are many reasons why all those… Continue reading

State’s high cost of living  makes financial hardships common on peninsula

State’s high cost of living makes financial hardships common on peninsula

As a community we are identifying the best ways to support and increase family well-being. When families get the support they need and are resilient,… Continue reading

State’s high cost of living  makes financial hardships common on peninsula
From left, Dawson Roberts, JJ Sonnen, Anton Kuzmin and Clem Tillion catch their breath after practicing with the Mariner Co-Op Hockey Team at the Kevin Bell Arena on Monday. -Photo by McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News

Mariners talk hockey, teamwork, importance of Kevin Bell ice arena

By McKibben Jackinsky Staff writer With the End of the Road Shootout behind them, the Mariner Co-Op Hockey Team, comprised of high school athletes from… Continue reading

From left, Dawson Roberts, JJ Sonnen, Anton Kuzmin and Clem Tillion catch their breath after practicing with the Mariner Co-Op Hockey Team at the Kevin Bell Arena on Monday. -Photo by McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News
From left, Dawson Roberts, JJ Sonnen, Anton Kuzmin and Clem Tillion catch their breath after practicing with the Mariner Co-Op Hockey Team at the Kevin Bell Arena on Monday. -Photo by McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News

Mariners talk hockey, teamwork, importance of Kevin Bell ice arena

By McKibben Jackinsky Staff writer With the End of the Road Shootout behind them, the Mariner Co-Op Hockey Team, comprised of high school athletes from… Continue reading

From left, Dawson Roberts, JJ Sonnen, Anton Kuzmin and Clem Tillion catch their breath after practicing with the Mariner Co-Op Hockey Team at the Kevin Bell Arena on Monday. -Photo by McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News
James Nelson, left, Science and Operations Officer, National Weather Service, Anchorage, presents the Thomas Jefferson Award to Allan Crawford, right, at a ceremony on Oct. 20 at the National Weather Service Anchorage forecast office.


Weather observer wins national honor

At his home 8 miles northwest of Homer, weather observer Allan Crawford makes daily records of maximum and minimum temperature and precipitation.  “Weather is what… Continue reading

James Nelson, left, Science and Operations Officer, National Weather Service, Anchorage, presents the Thomas Jefferson Award to Allan Crawford, right, at a ceremony on Oct. 20 at the National Weather Service Anchorage forecast office.


Pike poisoning under way in Soldotna

SOLDOTNA — They couldn’t have timed it better. As the last of the interagency team of invasive northern pike killers stepped off Derks Lake on… Continue reading

Pike poisoning under way in Soldotna

SOLDOTNA — They couldn’t have timed it better. As the last of the interagency team of invasive northern pike killers stepped off Derks Lake on… Continue reading

Mike Navarre

Navarre: Health care tops his concerns

Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre is no stranger to campaigns. All told, this is his tenth, including his years in the Alaska State Legislature… Continue reading

Mike Navarre
Using a piece of plywood and oil that washed up on the beach at Mars Cove for “ink,” Homer artist Mavis Muller created this sign to encourage cleanup volunteers at the cove.-Photos courtesy of Mavis Muller

Exxon Valdez oil spill response spurs area residents into action

Editor’s note: With 2014 marking the Homer News’ 50th anniversary, it’s the perfect time to look at Homer’s past. This month marks the 25th anniversary… Continue reading

Using a piece of plywood and oil that washed up on the beach at Mars Cove for “ink,” Homer artist Mavis Muller created this sign to encourage cleanup volunteers at the cove.-Photos courtesy of Mavis Muller
High waves splash against rocks at the entrance to the Homer Harbor.-Photo by McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News

Wind storm knocks out power in Homer, peninsula

A wind storm that blew in Thursday night has knocked out power throughout the Kenai Peninsula. As of 2:20 p.m., the outage affected Homer Electric… Continue reading

High waves splash against rocks at the entrance to the Homer Harbor.-Photo by McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News

Spring-like weather sidelines skiers

The Homer High School Mariner cross country ski team was dealt a change of plans last weekend, when warm weather caused cancelation of a scheduled… Continue reading

ASMI fights rumors of tainted Alaska fish

ASMI fights rumors of tainted Alaska fish

The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute is waging an informational campaign against persistent rumors online and in social media that Alaska seafood is tainted by radiation… Continue reading

ASMI fights rumors of tainted Alaska fish
Matthew Myer reads a poem he wrote inspired by Douglas Dean’s photo, “The Forgotten Piece,” shown projected next to him, at the First Friday opening of the PhotoVoice exhibit.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

Young photographers explore issue of teen alcohol use

Whether it’s looking at the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, the impact of climate change or living with the tides, Homer artists have long used a… Continue reading

Matthew Myer reads a poem he wrote inspired by Douglas Dean’s photo, “The Forgotten Piece,” shown projected next to him, at the First Friday opening of the PhotoVoice exhibit.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News
Doug Yang, left, and his grandfather, Joseph Randolph, right, prepare to snowshoe at Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies’ Wynn Nature Center bonfire on Sunday, with the help of Loretta Brown of CACS.-Photo by McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News

Winter Sundays warmer with Wynn’s bonfires

Oh, what a difference a few hundred feet in elevation can make. At sea level Sunday, it was spring-like. Green grass poked through melting layers… Continue reading

Doug Yang, left, and his grandfather, Joseph Randolph, right, prepare to snowshoe at Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies’ Wynn Nature Center bonfire on Sunday, with the help of Loretta Brown of CACS.-Photo by McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News
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