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  • In thinking about our own backyard, the wilderness and near-wilderness surrounding us isn't just our playground. It's the home of the almost 3,000 moose that live there. How many moose live on the lower Kenai Peninsula? How many bulls to cows? Those are all questions people want to know about alces ...

    Wed, 03/20/2013 - 8:57am
  • Somewhere under the snow there are trails and boardwalks and viewing platforms, but in the winter, with the snow thigh-deep and then some, the Carl E. Wynn Nature Center is open for some unique exploration and educational opportunities. "This is my favorite time of year at the Wynn," was the greetin...

    Mon, 03/18/2013 - 3:31pm
  • Like a lot of Homer history, the origins of the St. Patrick's Day Scavenger Hunt are shrouded in mystery. This isn't an organized fundraiser where a bookkeeper holds meticulous accounts and an organizing committee records everything. Actually, said current organizer Cindy Burns, manager of Alice's ...

    Fri, 03/08/2013 - 12:44pm
  • It's called Snow Rondi for good cause, as was clear to anyone who stepped outside in Anchor Point on Saturday afternoon. There was lots of snow. Big, wet flakes. So much snow that at times it was hard to see across the Sterling Highway.That didn't dampen the four-day annual celebration organized by ...

    Mon, 03/04/2013 - 4:14pm
  • It began and ended with a murder of crows.Wait -- I don't mean "murder" as in killing crows, but "murder" as in the traditional name for a group of crows. That kind of murder. Last Friday to Monday, from counting tidings of magpies to unkindnesses of ravens, I joined about 18 Homer area birders in t...

    Mon, 02/25/2013 - 1:30pm
  • Sunshine, slush, ice, rain, snow ... you name it, the 2013 Homer Winter Carnival had a little of everything. It also had plenty of fun, thanks to the Homer Chamber of Commerce, the sponsorship of Alaska USA Federal Credit Union and a long list of volunteers who did everything from stopping traffic f...

    Mon, 02/18/2013 - 4:59pm
  • Once asked by an interviewer for the most important piece of advice she had for caregivers, Kate Mulgrew, the actress who played the part of Capt. Kathryn Janeway in the TV series "Star Trek" and is a member of the National Advisory Committee of the Alzheimer's Association, offered the following:...

    Mon, 02/18/2013 - 2:29pm
  • New Orleans has its Mardi Gras, Anchorage has Fur Rendezvous, but here in Homer we do our annual Winter Carnival Kachemak Bay style. Sure, New Orleans might have a big parade, but does it have ice and snow? Anchorage might have ice and snow, but does it have ice racing on frozen lakes? When it comes...

    Mon, 02/04/2013 - 1:28pm
  • Read the headlines and see new stories about murders, shootings and all manner of violence and it’s easy to wonder what the world is coming to. Homer resident Will Files is no different. Taking that question to the next step, Files is inviting the community to a series of conversations organized u...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 3:54pm
  • BY MICHAEL ARMSTRONG STAFF WRITER All your Facebook buddies might be posting photos of themselves surfing in Maui and you might think you’re the only one left in Homer. You’re not, of course. Lots of us remain in town enduring icy streets and erratic weather. Pity your ...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 1:52pm

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