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  • If you’re one of those grumpy Homer curmudgeons who don’t like kids and live downtown, you might want to turn out your lights, lock your doors and hide in the basement tonight. Not only will your neighbors’ little darlings come knocking for Halloween, but so will children from as far away as D...

    Wed, 10/30/2013 - 1:57pm
  • BY MICHAEL ARMSTRONG STAFF WRITER In the fall of 2012 when contractors cleared dead spruce trees from the Diamond Creek State Recreation Area, they not only provided firewood for local residents and mitigated fire danger, they also opened up land for possible future trails....

    Wed, 10/30/2013 - 1:45pm
  • After decades of living in Alaska, the years and seasons blur together. The Betster’s memories might have gotten mixed up, but yours truly dimly remembers the progress of summer to fall goes something like this: August, rain; September, more rain and colder; October, colder, lots of frost and some...

    Thu, 10/24/2013 - 11:05am
  • ArtQuest, a six-week series of visual art classes for youth with Katy Countiss, starts Oct. 28 at the Homer Council on the Arts.  The classes are for youth ages 10 and older. Two-dimensional art is taught 3:45 - 5:15 p.m. Mondays and three-dimensional art is taught 3:45 - 5:15 p.m. Wednesdays a...

    Thu, 10/24/2013 - 10:43am
  • In Melissa Daubert’s art installation in progress, “String Calendar,” a cord circling the room around her small sculptures started out as the rope that bound bales of coir, coconut straw mats she uses to make her whimsical figures of birds, fish, rabbits and trucks. That cord also has another ...

    Thu, 10/24/2013 - 10:42am
  • Halloween — the time of year when dressing wacky is more than a Homer fashion statement, treats are more plentiful than scales on a salmon and scaring each other gets a laugh…hopefully. Schools and entire neighborhoods, youngsters and senior citizens, the U.S. Coast Guard and the local police de...

    Thu, 10/24/2013 - 8:43am
  • The small boat fleet got some bad, but not unexpected news that the Bairdi tanner crab fisheries in Kodiak, Chignik and the Alaska Peninsula will be closed for the 2014 season. The fisheries have been on a boom-and-bust cycle for years, with only two of the six Kodiak areas open last season, one of ...

    Wed, 10/23/2013 - 2:22pm
  • You know how people these days get all harsh and rude, particularly on social media and the interwebs? Yeah, well, that’s Congress for ya. See? That’s mean and petty, isn’t it? Well, PRConsultants Group, a national public relations professional organization, wants to put a stop to that, at lea...

    Thu, 10/17/2013 - 9:49am
  • Writers and poets have until Nov. 20 to enter the 22nd annual Kenai Peninsula Writers Contest, sponsored by the Homer Council on the Arts. The entry fee is $3 per submission for students K-12 and $5 per submission for adults. The contest is open to residents of the Kenai Peninsula. For entry guideli...

    Thu, 10/17/2013 - 8:39am
  • Artists, teachers and administrators interested in learning or refreshing skills as a teaching artist can take the Teaching Artist Training Academy 7-8:30 p.m. Nov. 8, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 9 and 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Nov. 10 at Kachemak Bay Campus. Dancer Alison Marshal, the lead presenter, gives a key...

    Thu, 10/17/2013 - 8:38am

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