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  • Some nations celebrate the start of May with Beltane, the Celtic festival marking the halfway point between the spring equinox and the summer solstices. Other countries consider May Day as labor day, the day to honor workers. In Homer, we get down and dirty the first Saturday of May with our annual ...

    Wed, 05/01/2013 - 5:28pm
  • Think you know all there is to know about washing germs off your hands? Stick them under Scrub Club’s black light at Saturday’s 21st annual Safe Kids Fair and see how much you really know.That and more activities, information and special guests will be available in the Homer High School commons ...

    Wed, 04/24/2013 - 11:12am
  • There’s a popular saying about being in the right place at the right time. For local wildlife biologists Carmen and Conrad Field, the right place was the Kachemak Bay Wilderness Lodge across Kachemak Bay from Homer, and the right time was the summer of 1989.  ...

    Wed, 04/17/2013 - 4:09pm
  • Judging by the look on her face, Gracie, a 6-year-old golden retriever, is proud of herself. Judging by the ribbons and trophies arranged around her, she deserves to be. Gracie recently earned fourth-place in the 20-inch preferred agility category in the National Agility Championship in Tulsa, Ok....

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 1:04pm
  • BY MICHAEL ARMSTRONG STAFF WRITER Around and about Homer, not everything exists in the physical universe — at least, the universe beyond some server farm on a distant node of the information superhighway. Almost forgotten among social media websites is one of the earliest...

    Wed, 04/03/2013 - 11:25am
  • If you think Santa and his elves are busy during the Christmas season, check out what the Easter Bunny and his large band of helpers have scheduled for Easter Sunday on the southern Kenai Peninsula. Actually, preparations begin before the sun rises Easter morning. Sherry Parish and her crew from the...

    Wed, 03/27/2013 - 11:21am
  • 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

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