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  • By land and sea, world explorers often visit Homer on their way north for further adventures or an end-of-the-road finish from points further south. Last Thursday, a 50-foot silver sailboat slipped into the Homer Harbor on an expedition that outshines anything else by comparison....

    Wed, 08/07/2013 - 6:27pm
  • Think “garden,” think flowers or vegetables or grasses or trees. Think sweeping landscaped areas or a single pot of flowers. Think acres or a tiny balcony.  Gardens are all that and more. The Homer Garden Club’s seventh annual Gardeners’ Weekend is a good way to see multiple meanings fo...

    Wed, 07/31/2013 - 1:07pm
  • On the Homer side of Kachemak Bay, finding a good, short hike can be a challenge. Across the bay, Kachemak Bay State Park has some marvelous hikes — if you have a boat and can afford a water taxi. If you’re a visitor or local, the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies has a little gem of a hike off...

    Wed, 07/24/2013 - 12:42pm
  • “You can’t see the forest for the trees” is a great description for what happens when you live in a place for long. The day-to-day stuff gets so distracting you don’t see the eagle nest on the Spit, the sea otter bobbing on the bay or the eagle outside your car window as it glides beside the...

    Wed, 07/17/2013 - 4:11pm
  • OK, first let’s get the obvious question out of the way. What do men — and women — wear under their kilts at the Kachemak Bay Scottish Highland Games? If you were one of about 450 people who watched the 30 athletes compete at Karen Hornaday Park last Saturday, the way those kilts swirled about...

    Tue, 07/09/2013 - 11:38am
  • With so much boat traffic in and out of the Homer Harbor, it’s easy to think the harbor is all about fishing. Not true. The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies’ twice-daily Creatures of the Dock tour offers an hour with a naturalist to learn about the intertidal life existing in the harbor. The P...

    Tue, 07/02/2013 - 3:58pm
  • Moose have trampled on its art. Vandals have stolen and trashed works. Some sculptures have been left in place, slowly returning back to the earth. Since 1994, Facing the Elements has merged art and nature on the Pratt Museum’s Forest Trail, testing creative ingenuity and inspiring imaginations. T...

    Wed, 06/26/2013 - 5:02pm
  • Several years ago, realizing that the fairgrounds was much more than “the Ninilchik Fair” and wanting to play a much more supportive role on the Kenai Peninsula as whole, the fair board rewrote its mission statement to be sure it included the entire Kenai Peninsula. ...

    Wed, 06/19/2013 - 3:56pm
  • George Overpeck and Trace Carlos live for extreme sports in Alaska, but it’s not snow they crave — but wind and water.  This year they are organizing and instructing kiteboarding at Homer KiteFest 2013. It’s been six years since Homer’s first kite festival, and each year more and more k...

    Wed, 06/12/2013 - 4:14pm
  • While gathering coal on Mariner’s beach with her husband and friends one day in 1976, Judy Winn of Homer found a curious piece of — something.  “I sort of wandered and was beachcombing and found it in the rocks,” said Winn of spotting the object that was about 20 inches long, seven inch...

    Wed, 06/05/2013 - 4:06pm

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