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  • With a nomination from her Homer High School choir director, but still needing some financial support, singer Cassandra “Cassie” Burkhardt, 18, of Ninilchik, has been given an opportunity in New York in February. Through a nomination and selection process, Burkhardt has been chosen for the Honor...

    Wed, 12/18/2013 - 5:23pm
  • Oh sure, it’s easy to count and identify birds during the balmy spring days of the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival. In winter, when Homer only gets six hours of daylight, temperatures drop into single digits and it could be blowing snow sideways, that’s when the tough birders come out....

    Wed, 12/11/2013 - 3:05pm
  • Forget all those interlocking pieces, hard to wrap shapes and battery-needing games. Here’s an activity that’s ancient, international and entertaining: string storytelling, as demonstrated recently at the Homer Public Library by David Kitaq Nicolai. Nicolai’s hands flew as he looped, stretched...

    Wed, 12/04/2013 - 3:35pm
  • The last time the Alaska Department of Natural Resources updated its Kachemak Bay State Park and Wilderness Park Management Plan, the parks had gone through some major impacts, including the March 1989 Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, and adding 50,000 acres to the parks in 1989 and buying back 23,000 acres ...

    Tue, 11/26/2013 - 5:17pm
  • The holiday season is known as a season of great joy.  In reality, however, that isn’t everyone’s experience. “Holidays are hard for people, especially for people when they’re grieving,” said Rev. Lisa Talbott of Homer United Methodist Church....

    Wed, 11/20/2013 - 5:32pm
  • Considering how spread out are the facilities of Homer Senior Citizens Inc., when you talk about something being in our backyard, that means many backyards. The main campus between Herndon Drive and Svedlund Street includes independent living apartments, assisted living apartments, the main center a...

    Thu, 11/14/2013 - 10:05am
  • Unsure about reaching a goal? Add a coach and see the difference it makes. Add community support and it gets better. Believe in yourself and it’s the best. In a nutshell, that’s the idea behind Girls on the Run, a nationwide program for girls in third- through fifth-grade that was introduced in ...

    Wed, 11/06/2013 - 4:57pm
  • BY MICHAEL ARMSTRONG STAFF WRITER In the fall of 2012 when contractors cleared dead spruce trees from the Diamond Creek State Recreation Area, they not only provided firewood for local residents and mitigated fire danger, they also opened up land for possible future trails....

    Wed, 10/30/2013 - 2:45pm
  • Halloween — the time of year when dressing wacky is more than a Homer fashion statement, treats are more plentiful than scales on a salmon and scaring each other gets a laugh…hopefully. Schools and entire neighborhoods, youngsters and senior citizens, the U.S. Coast Guard and the local police de...

    Thu, 10/24/2013 - 9:43am
  • When the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Sedge left Homer in 2002, some thought that after more than 20 years the ghosts that haunted the trusty buoy tender every Halloween would go with them. Perhaps the spirits would bring new frights to the brave Nigerian sailors who received the ship after she was decom...

    Thu, 10/17/2013 - 8:56am

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