Homer Features

  • Sometimes the Betster isn’t tuned in to all the action going on in the world. On Monday while driving to work, the Betster grew puzzled by the inactivity in town. The school parking lots were empty. Traffic was light. It was like aliens had come down in the mother ship and abducted 500 of our fine...

    Wed, 03/12/2014 - 1:38pm
  • Be prepared to shift your expectations. Anything can happen in March: single digits, a ton of snow, wind. Name it, and be ready. I won’t turn the heat on in the greenhouse until the first week in April. In the meantime, all the starts are under lights in the guest room. Good thing there aren’t a...

    Wed, 03/12/2014 - 12:48pm
  • Registration has started for the Tutka Bay Writers Retreat, with a workshop by poet Carolyn Forché, “Writing On Tutka Bay: New Poems, New Passages.” Sponsored by 49 Writers, the workshop is Sept. 5-7 and costs $575 for members and $625 for nonmembers. The fee includes instruction, meals, lodgin...

    Wed, 03/12/2014 - 12:41pm
  • The city of Homer has started work on its Parks, Arts, Recreation and Culture (PARC) needs assessment. Funded by a city appropriation and community donations, a citizen group meets weekly on the assessment. The next meeting is 5:30 p.m. March 20 in the Cowles Council Chambers, City Hall....

    Wed, 03/12/2014 - 12:41pm
  • Homer High School student John Sarmiento of Homer is the second runner-up in the Alaska State Poetry Out Loud competition. Sarmiento competed on Tuesday in the state finals in the 360 North Studio at the KTOO Building, Juneau. Winner Maeva Ordaz, West Anchorage High School, Anchorage, goes on to com...

    Wed, 03/12/2014 - 12:41pm
  • Pieces of lace, yarn and fabrics of varying textures fill shelves and cover countertops. Light pouring in from above makes their colors stand out. Here, bright splashes; there, subtler shades. A collage of lace drapes across a mirror’s edge. A pinned-together creation awaits a finishing touch. Thr...

    Wed, 03/12/2014 - 12:40pm
  • A bill is currently making its way through Congress that could save a world of hassle and possible expense for smaller boat fishermen. The bill creates an exemption to a regulation that would require an EPA permit for vessels less than 79 feet long for such discharge as bilge water and other common ...

    Wed, 03/12/2014 - 10:58am
  • The fun thing about living in Alaska is that it challenges us to get out of our comfort zones and embark on great adventures. Sometimes this happens in our own homes, like when a blizzard dumps 3-feet of snow on us or the power goes out for five days and we’re forced to wash up with bottles of fin...

    Wed, 03/05/2014 - 6:17pm
  • Local high school students performed for Colors of Homer on Feb. 22....

    Wed, 03/05/2014 - 5:59pm
  • Homer romance novelist Jennifer Bernard has had her fifth novel in the Bachelor Fireman series published. “Four Weddings and a Fireman” (Avon Books, paperback, $6.99) was released last month and is available at the Homer Bookstore and other bookstores.  In a review, Romance Times said, “B...

    Wed, 03/05/2014 - 5:57pm

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