Before I head off to school this fall in the bustling city of Chicago, I wanted to take some time to extend my greatest gratitude and thanks to Joel Pietsch, the best piano teacher and one of the most inspiring and influential music coaches I’ve ever had.  I began taking weekly piano lessons ...

Wed, 08/07/2013 - 6:40pm

When my husband and I moved from Anchorage to Homer for retirement eight years ago, I joined the Homer Garden Club as a way to learn new things about growing gardens in Homer’s somewhat milder climate and to meet new people.   We’d been coming to Homer for more than 30 years, but decided th...

Wed, 08/07/2013 - 6:36pm

Are you interested in coaching basketball or know someone who is? Homer High School is looking for a JV-assistant girls’ coach. See the KPBSD webpage ( for job description and qual...

Wed, 08/07/2013 - 6:36pm

Last Monday night I listened to the Homer City Council meeting regarding water and sewer rates. I was not surprised to hear the line up of “small business owners” and their employees speaking against proposed changes to the rates. I turned off the radio before I heard the vote because I had hear...

Wed, 07/31/2013 - 5:31pm

Sen. Lisa Murkowski is to be commended for recently calling the bluff of the Pebble Partnership by asking for “detailed plans and a timeline for developing Pebble Mine.” It’s about time that elected officials recognize the obvious. The Pebble permitting process was to begin nearly a decade ago...

Wed, 07/31/2013 - 5:30pm

Alaska Intuitive Arts is moving to Anchorage. This isn’t a good bye, it is an “I’ll see you later.” Homer is a unique town. I love it here and consider myself lucky to have been able to call it home. I lived, worked and played with some of the most talented people on the Earth here.  It...

Wed, 07/31/2013 - 5:30pm

I guess I should not be shocked that the East Side setnetter has once again been completely shut down in 2013 due to the low return of kings to the Kenai River. At least this year we had a few decent fishing days as opposed to  last year which ended up being the worst season since 1959. The ama...

Wed, 07/31/2013 - 5:29pm

“A gallon of water is a gallon of water, and a gallon of poo is a gallon of poo,” so says Councilman Burgess.  I applaud the profundity of our esteemed councilman. I must confess that I am not a small business owner, and was not at the recent city council meeting to hear for myself Councilm...

Wed, 07/31/2013 - 5:29pm

I was recently attacked by the dastardly culprits that like to crash our computers. My computer has good spyware protection and it was violated, with ease, by one of these cyber warriors. My computer locked up and informed me that the FBI was looking for me. I called the FBI and was told this was a ...

Wed, 07/24/2013 - 3:59pm

Summer’s warmth inspires a bit of tropical adventure for local arts presenters. Homer uke enthusiasts will be thrilled to know that Bunnell Street Arts Center and Homer Council on the Arts are collaborating to present an exciting array of uke performances and workshops over Labor Day weekend. We...

Wed, 07/24/2013 - 3:51pm

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