Homer Features

  • Independence Day is one of the few American holidays that always falls on the same date — July 4, of course. This year the fourth falls on a Friday. Hurray! That means we actually can get a three-day weekend out of the holiday. ...

    Wed, 07/02/2014 - 1:37pm
  • What am I excited about cooking in my kitchen right now? Fresh-caught halibut and king salmon. That first-of-the-season fresh fish, grilled and basted lightly with sweet herb butter or deep-fried golden brown and served with a creamy dill pickle tartar sauce. King salmon carpaccio; paper-thin pieces...

    Wed, 07/02/2014 - 11:51am
  • Recently up in Anchorage a wolf ate a small dog running loose on a hiking trail. Some people suggested installing warning signs so hikers would be alert to the presence of wild animals in the backcountry. The Betster thinks this is a marvelous idea because, you know, this is Alaska and apparently so...

    Wed, 06/25/2014 - 4:57pm
  • The Anchorage Museum seeks short film entries for “Cabin Fever,” an exhibition opening Nov. 21. The exhibit examines the emotions and behaviors that manifest after hours of darkness and isolation, a state of mind particularly common in the north. Films must enhance the exhibition theme; humorous...

    Wed, 06/25/2014 - 1:54pm
  •  The Pratt Museum’s Education Program announces a four-day program that is open to students in sixth, seventh and eighth grades, featuring a week of creative hands-on EcoArt. Working with Pratt staff, students will produce work for the Pratt Museum’s Forest Trail and explore the interconnec...

    Wed, 06/25/2014 - 1:53pm
  • Visiting North Carolina artist Diane Pike offers a plein air painting workshop, “Capturing Light and Color in the Landscape,” from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily today through Saturday. “Plein air” is painting done outdoors. The workshop will focus on how sunlight affects the perception of color and ho...

    Wed, 06/25/2014 - 1:53pm
  • In “Close to Home,” Anchorage artist James Behlke’s exhibit this month at Bunnell Street Arts Center, large charcoal paintings dominate the show. As big as 60-by-74 inches, the works show landscapes of upper Cook Inlet, Turnagain Arm and Knik Arm. Somber and subdued, the black-and-white painti...

    Wed, 06/25/2014 - 1:50pm
  • By Shannon Reid For the Homer News The iconic red building of the Pier One Theatre can’t be missed on the Homer Spit drive, its foundation built up with the help of gravel reconstruction and a small town’s love for live theatre. This summer Pier One Theatre has a full s...

    Wed, 06/25/2014 - 1:43pm
  • Confucius once said that if you do what you love then you never have to work a day in your life. Clearly Confucius didn’t have an adorable grandson moving from Alaska to Wyoming. He probably didn’t have a mortgage, either. Such is the life of Homer’s Johnny B. — a professional piano player, ...

    Wed, 06/25/2014 - 1:40pm
  • Sailors have been coming to the shores of Kachemak Bay for, well, who knows how long. Riding the waves, moved along by the current, driven by the wind.  Only makes sense a club and races would follow. The front page of the Aug. 17, 1967, Homer News carried the headline, “Sailing Club for Home...

    Wed, 06/25/2014 - 12:27pm

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