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  • Remember in winters past when it snowed so much you had to keep a snow shovel inside the front door to get out in the morning? That’s how the Betster feels with this summer’s explosion of green. To keep a decent lawn, you have to mow at least once a week — sometimes twice a week. Holy Tropican...

    Wed, 07/13/2016 - 1:56pm
  • O h me, oh my — five “grands” ages five to 11. What a crew. This little house is bursting at the seams. There are bouquets galore in various jelly jars, hither and yon, inside and out. Glorious. The soccer ball is being kicked into perennial beds, Jade the Dog is barking. It looks and sounds j...

    Wed, 07/13/2016 - 1:11pm
  • 20 years ago in the Homer News Lack of support for the Homer branch of the Cook Inlet Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse kept Homer from starting the Youth Early Intervention Program designed to catch youths when they are in the experimental stages of substance abuse. The program could not get starte...

    Wed, 07/13/2016 - 1:11pm
  • Alaska artists can apply for Outside residencies...

    Thu, 07/07/2016 - 10:37am
  • Homer writer McKibben Jackinsky’s first book, “Too Close to Home? Living with ‘drill baby’ on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula” tells the story of recent oil and gas development on the southern peninsula through the voices of property owners who have been affected by that development. Because Ja...

    Thu, 07/07/2016 - 10:36am
  • A longtime environmental educator who taught everyone from children to seniors, and everywhere from outdoors to the classroom, has been honored with the Alaska Conservation Foundation’s Jerry Dixon Award for Excellence in Environmental Education. Carmen Field, 53, who died May 31, 2016, received w...

    Thu, 07/07/2016 - 10:04am
  • Recently in the newsroom we got talking about an issue once not a problem in Homer: traffic. OK, we might have had some traffic back when all those horse teams tried to round Bluff Point on an incoming tide. We’re talking modern traffic, like this week, and the ordeals we must endure trying to dri...

    Wed, 07/06/2016 - 2:59pm
  • Many Homer students have gone on to varying types of post-secondary education, often in different cities and states, where they grow and are changed by their new surroundings and the people they meet. For most of these students, they are drawn back to Homer by the triple zero in their bank account. ...

    Wed, 07/06/2016 - 1:48pm
  • We all think about how we can make the most of our time. So there I was, considering the seed pods rapidly developing on the multitudes of columbine (which are having an excellent season), knowing in my heart of hearts that I really really needed to go out there and deadhead. Want more blooms? Deadh...

    Wed, 06/29/2016 - 2:55pm
  • Thursday, June 30 ESTUARY HIKE 11 a.m.-noon, Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS noon, 8 p.m., Hillas Building LUNCH LECTURE AT KACHEMAK BAY CAMPUS noon -1 p.m., Pioneer Hall Room 202 RANGER TALK: ‘BEAR VIEWING-FUN OR FOLLY?’ 1-1:30 p.m., Alaska Islands & Ocean Vis...

    Wed, 06/29/2016 - 2:47pm

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