Alaska’s beauty inspires artists

Whether it’s the romantic streets of Paris or the tropical allure of Hawaii, most artists who visit a region become inspired by the landscape. Alaska artists go to extremes, and don’t just become passive observers but active...

First Friday events

Alaska Marketplace 1130 Ocean Drive mAKers First Friday by various artists 5-7:30 p.m., First Friday Opening Reception

The Arts in Brief

Artist offers jewelry classes Homer artist Art Koeninger offers several jewelry classes this semester through Homer Community Recreation.  Friday-Sunday is...


Indiegogo to the rescue: KBBI faces equipment crisis

“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 two new audio consoles vital to its...
Shana Loshbaugh

Writing faculty inspires aspiring authors during annual conference

An exuberant mood ruled the 14th Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference, held June 12-16 in Homer. The public readings crackled with enthusiasm. The radiant weather didn’t hurt, either. This year 127 attendees shared the power of the...
Shana Loshbaugh

Relay for life celebrates cancer survivors

Far from a solemn march, Homer’s Relay for Life event promises to celebrate the successes achieved by cancer survivors and the strength shown by those continuing to battle the disease. 
Aryn Young

Best Bets

Homer's Best Bets

Should a 22.3-foot tide fall at the same time as a southwesterly, people are like, OMG, look at that, waves be crashing on the Spit. They seem surprised that rocks as big as basketballs get thrown up on the road, turning the...

Homer's Best Bets

In the past week, the weather has ranged from toasty warm to rain with a chance of seagulls to just a light touch of mid-elevation termination dust. On Tuesday morning ice covered the Betster’s windshield thick enough to...

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 also the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, so congratulations ye distant...



Research shows Pacific cod can withstand warming better than Arctic cod

Arctic cod are proving highly susceptible to warming ocean temperatures, but the good news is that Pacific cod, the kind caught commercially in pots and trawls around Alaska, not so much. A NOAA lab in Newport,...
Cristy Fry

Red king crab fishery breaks records

Red king crab fishermen in Nome parked their snowmachines today after a record harvest of around 95,000 pounds. That eclipses the previous record harvest of 62,000 pounds set in 2013 and is 12 times the long...
Cristy Fry

Ruffner doesn’t win legislative approval

The support from commercial fishermen and local governments apparently prevented a nominee for the Alaska Board of Fisheries with no commercial fishing experience whatsoever from being confirmed by the Legislature....
Cristy Fry