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  • Fat bikes. Fat-tire bikes. Snow bikes. Omni-terrain vehicles. Ask Chase Warren and they’re all the same. They also are the centerpiece of the Big Fat Bike Festival 2015. Warren and other members of the Homer Cycling Club have created a festival agenda that begins Friday and continues through Sunda...

    Wed, 02/04/2015 - 1:41pm
  • Update: This article has been updated with a note at the end of the article noting that tilapia fish are illegal to grow in Alaska. In midwinter when Homer seems gray and gloomy, the prospect of fresh vegetables at the Homer Farmers Market can’t come soon enough. Two growers experimenting with aq...

    Wed, 01/28/2015 - 3:55pm
  • It began as a mid-winter event for men to swap hunting and fishing stories. Six years later — or maybe seven; organizer Rick Paulsrud isn’t quite sure — it’s still an opportunity for storytelling and a potluck with items featuring fish and game. The “men only” part didn’t stick, howeve...

    Thu, 01/22/2015 - 10:36am
  • Rain, ice and a drought of snow have made this winter almost unbearable for people who would rather be outdoors playing. As Homer hopes for fluffy white flakes falling from the sky, an annual cabin fever cure can be relied upon — the Mountainfilm Festival....

    Thu, 01/15/2015 - 11:28am
  • Four years after Emblem Club No. 350 began in Homer, the following notice ran in the two-month-old Homer News in March 1964: “The Emblem Club is now running the Bingo at the Elks on Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. $2 a card with two jackpots. Public invited.” More than 50 years later, the Homer club ...

    Wed, 11/19/2014 - 1:26pm
  • If it seems like the Kachemak Bay Lions Club, Thanksgiving Basket program has been around forever, well, that might be because it has become so entrenched as a holiday tradition it just seems that way.  Once again, the Lions  Club starts the holiday giving season off with its program to pr...

    Wed, 11/12/2014 - 3:31pm
  • Homer’s oldest church didn’t start out with large numbers, a good band, or even its own building. Instead, it started with just a few homesteaders gathering together for Sunday services.   Because travel was harder — there weren’t as many roads in the late 1930s — some would meet in d...

    Thu, 11/06/2014 - 9:38am
  • Alaska Bible Institute began its 49th year of training and equipping Christians for life and ministry this month.   What words would describe nearly half a century of hard work and faith? Pastor Ray Arno leans back at his desk. “Brief,” he pauses, thinking, then adds, “rewarding.” Arno ...

    Wed, 10/22/2014 - 2:58pm
  • The U.S. Coast Guard’s motto “Semper Paratus” — Latin for “always ready” — perfectly sums up the decades-long attitude of local Coasties using a Homer-based cutter to deliver a Halloween fright.  Twenty-three years ago, the USCGC Sedge treated area residents to the first ship-base...

    Wed, 10/15/2014 - 1:01pm
  • The birth of Homer of Hospice started the way many lower Kenai Peninsula organizations began: Someone saw a need, jumped in and inspired others to create an organization. For Hospice of Homer, that person is Jean Hatfield, who founded the organization in September 1985.  Now in its 29th year, H...

    Wed, 10/08/2014 - 1:26pm

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