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  • In 1951, the southern Kenai Peninsula had two fairs, one in Homer and one in Ninilchik. According to a newspaper story on Aug. 11, 1951, plans were being finalized for that year’s Homer fair, with the Skyway Theatre offering space for baking and canning displays, as well as textile, clothing, knit...

    Wed, 08/13/2014 - 2:18pm
  • As long as people have been visiting the Homer Spit, they have camped outdoors. Archaeologists have found shell middens at Green Timbers, the former forest on the Spit destroyed by the 1964 earthquake when the Spit sank 5.9 feet. In 1896, 800 miners on their way to the gold fields of Hope and Sunris...

    Wed, 08/06/2014 - 2:25pm
  • 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 growing ever since....

    Wed, 07/30/2014 - 2:27pm
  • 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 to name it after Homer Pennock, one of the group. Not as well kno...

    Wed, 07/23/2014 - 2:25pm
  • 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 removed and we should create parking in this area… until a higher and better use co...

    Wed, 07/16/2014 - 3:19pm
  • Forty-five years ago humans first walked on the moon. By 1979, it’s hard to believe that with advances in science and technology, including satellite broadcasts, Homer didn’t have a radio station. A live broadcast on Aug. 4, 1979, changed all that when Beverly Munro, one of the founding members ...

    Wed, 07/09/2014 - 1:14pm
  • From Seldovia to Homer to Happy Valley, Fourth of July events have been a long-time tradition. Seldovia turns its Independence Day into homecoming for far-flung Seldovians as well as a good old-fashioned, small-town festival. The day’s events include a parade, picnics and events like three-legged ...

    Wed, 07/02/2014 - 4:06pm
  • Sailors have been coming to the shores of Kachemak Bay for, well, who knows how long. Riding the waves, moved along by the current, driven by the wind.  Only makes sense a club and races would follow. The front page of the Aug. 17, 1967, Homer News carried the headline, “Sailing Club for Home...

    Wed, 06/25/2014 - 12:27pm
  • On June 6 for Mary Epperson Day, artists Judy Wynn and Laura and Jennifer Norton once again transformed Epperson’s Etude Studio. A swirling keyboard and other designs decorate it. Etude hasn’t always been a music studio, and since its start as a small trailer in the 1950s, has been a house and s...

    Wed, 06/18/2014 - 12:40pm
  • The current residents of Kachemak City — all 472 of them according to the 2010 census — weren’t the first ones interested in this small stretch of land east of Homer. Russians took a liking to the area more than 200 years ago and set up house near a settlement of Dena’ina. No physical eviden...

    Wed, 06/11/2014 - 2:28pm

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