Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News
Katrina Marshall, left, Luke Alexson, center, and Lawson Walls, right, play in a sprinkler at Marshall’s house on Bartlett Street last Friday. On June 15, the thermometer at the official National Weather Service station at the Homer Airport hit 83 degrees, only one degree shy of the record high set on July 22, 2011.

It’s hot in Homer 

Sunday’s solstice officially marked the end of spring and beginning of summer. But for practical purposes, summer arrived early on the southern Kenai Peninsula, continuing the trend of record warm ... Read More

Shell ships call on Homer 06/25/15

A massive red-hulled ship tied up at the Deep Water Dock last week. The 750-foot-long M/V Marika was an impressive sight as it dwarfed structures on the Spit. It stayed through the...

Indiegogo to the rescue: KBBI faces equipment crisis 06/25/15

“Oldies” are a popular radio staple. But that’s for music, not for infrastructure.

The southern Kenai Peninsula’s public radio station, KBBI, is scrambling to pay for...

Research Reserve gets new partner 06/25/15

More than a year ago, things looked bleak for the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve. The House Subcommittee on Fish and Game had cut annual funding. KBRR’s state partner, the Alaska Department of Fish...

Homer man killed in single-car crash 06/25/15

A single-car crash last week killed a Homer man. Alaska State Troopers said Bradley Dickey, 79, died of his injuries at the scene after his 1998 GMC Sierra truck left the road and hit a ditch...

Business

State purchase of Fairbanks gas company expected to shave rates

Nearly six months after the idea was announced, the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority board of directors approved the $52.5 million purchase of Fairbanks Natural Gas during a special meeting June 11. Included in the purchase price are all of the companies under Pentex Alaska ...

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Arts

Watermark

When two artists join lives together, it’s inevitable that their art also will merge. For Asia Freeman and Michael Walsh, a couple who met through art and have been married for 5 years, sometimes ...

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Schools

Eight Ninilchik grads ready for new adventures

 Eight graduates turned their tassels the evening of May 18 in the Ninilchik School gymnasium. The group of friends, who have studied, shared classrooms and participated in extracurriculars ...

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Sports

Highland Games set new field records

Athletes at the seventh annual Kachemak Bay Celtic Club Scottish Highland Games set new field records last Saturday at Karen Hornaday Park. In a first for the games, Matthew Patterson of Fort ...

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Outdoors

Let these gardening rules guide you: Keep it small, keep it simple, enjoy it

I met a soon-to-be retired couple this afternoon. They are moving to Homer from Anchorage and building a new house. And one of the big questions is “how much garden?” She has a practical ...

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Opinion

Extreme conditions make it imperative to obey no burning, no fireworks rules

With the second year of little snowfall, the Homer area is seeing unprecedented conditions for wildfire. The recent fires along the Kenai River and in the Mat-Su are vivid demonstrations of how ...

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