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Picture Alaska to go out of business; First Friday shows look at remote landscapes, boreal forest

Picture Alaska, a constant presence on Pioneer Avenue for First Friday art openings, announced this week that after 24 years the store will be closing. The Upstairs Boutique, a clothing store upstairs in the gallery, also...
MICHAEL ARMSTRONG

First Friday events

Art Shop Gallery 202 W. Pioneer Avenue Black and white, photography by Taz Tally and glass work by Nancy Wise 5-7:30 p.m...

Pratt Museum gets $300,000 federal grant

The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded a $300,000 grant to the Pratt Museum to implement its “People and Place” exhibition in the new museum, museum director Diane Converse said in a press release on July 23. The...

Backyard

Gardeners’ Weekend: A perennial event

One has only to look as far as the Homer Garden Club for a definition of “perennial.” The club’s roots can be found in a letter written to local gardener Shirley Forquer from Lois Schneyer in February 1984. It has been...
McKibben Jackinsky

PARKS DAY: CELEBRATING EARLY HOMER SPIT HISTORY

Most everyone knows the story of the naming of Homer, and how in April 1896, 50 men and one woman, Della Banks, came with the Alaska Gold Mining Company and settled on the Homer Spit. Needing a name for a post office, the crew decided...
MICHAEL ARMSTRONG

Harbormaster office: an unclear chapter of Homer history

By McKibben JackinskyStaff writerWith work already begun on a new harbormaster office, the future of the existing one is uncertain. (See related story, page 1.)“If you want my two cents, this building needs to be...
By McKibben Jackinsky

Best Bets

Homer’s Best Bets

If you’ve been seeing coworkers and friends walking around bleary eyed and in a daze, no, they haven’t been attacked by zombies. Considering we’re at high summer, there can be only three possible explanations:...

Homer’s Best Bets

Have you noticed how some Alaskans like to drive glossy black trucks with tinted windows, jacked up tires and not a hint of chrome. The Betster gets that no-chrome thing. Chrome can be a pain to polish. Big, black truck are part of the...

Homer's Best Bets

A recent article in Slate magazine reported that the Associated Press has begun using robots to write business stories on corporate quarterly earnings. Well, the stories aren’t written by actual robots, but a computer software program...

Seawatch

Seawatch

Dock prices up for halibut, salmon

Dock prices for Alaska’s most popular species of finfish are at the top of their historical range, partly due to a supply shortage and partly due to increasing popularity. Prices for halibut are at record...
Cristy Fry

Report details commercial fish industry’s value to U.S.

Many Alaskans know the commercial seafood industry is an economic powerhouse, and the largest private employer in the state. But a new report from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration details how important the Alaska industry...
Cristy Fry

Sac roe herring fishery starts early

The Togiak sac roe herring fishery started nearly two weeks earlier than predicted by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game analysis of Bering Sea ice and temperature models. That analysis called for the...
Cristy Fry


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