Homer Features

  • It is common knowledge that people bond over the shared experiences of grief, loss and love, but the language that poet Linda Martin uses to write her narrative prose about these things is startling and refreshing. “I always know that a poem is good if it makes my husband cry,” said Martin of he...

    Wed, 04/22/2015 - 1:51pm
  • O, the wonder of bulbs. Over the years I have been reluctant to invest in them. There are too many variables that can lead to failure. Voles eating them and rain rotting them are a couple that pop into mind.  Thus, I have avoided them, until recently. Over the past few years I have been incline...

    Wed, 04/22/2015 - 1:28pm
  • The support from commercial fishermen and local governments apparently prevented a nominee for the Alaska Board of Fisheries with no commercial fishing experience whatsoever from being confirmed by the Legislature. The nominee, Robert Ruffner, lost on a 30-29 vote. The strongest opp...

    Wed, 04/22/2015 - 10:51am
  • She’s been named a master gardener, lifelong learner and citizen of the year — and the list goes on. A lot of living can happen in 87 years.  Spend an afternoon with Daisy Lee Bitter and you’re going to learn something, or more likely, many things.   One kind of bluebell has 22 c...

    Wed, 04/15/2015 - 3:29pm
  • When, oh when will our long seasonal nightmare end? Day after day, roaring blizzards have left maybe an inch of snow daily on our winter-weary town. Up in the hills, some people have reported deluges of up to a foot. It got so bad that every single day last week the Betster had to brush off a light ...

    Wed, 04/15/2015 - 3:25pm
  • For Mellisa Nill, participating in the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra is all about the personal connection with both fellow players and like-minded music lovers in the audience.  “When the audience enjoys the music so much that they cheer before they clap, that really drives us as musicians to pla...

    Wed, 04/15/2015 - 2:02pm
  • With the advent of spring comes the return of many beloved Homer staples: warmer temperatures, an increase in population and this year, the reoccurrence of the spring Cabaret.  Now in its second year, this spring’s edition boasts an ensemble of 13 vocal performers, a four-member live band, an...

    Wed, 04/15/2015 - 1:57pm
  • Whales and the North Pacific Fishery Management Council potentially transformed the black cod fishery last week when the council voted unanimously to allow pots to once again be used in the fishery as a deterrent to whale predation. Whales have become an increasing problem in the black cod fishery, ...

    Wed, 04/15/2015 - 11:13am
  • Congratulations, citizens. This week you earn the distinct honor of directly participating in your government. Unlike voting, where you just have to show up and fill in some bubbles and make an informed choice, on April 15 you put some real skin in the game. Holy Alexander Hamilton! That’s right, ...

    Wed, 04/08/2015 - 3:24pm
  • The Alaska Chapter of the American Fisheries Society holds its 42nd annual meeting in Homer Nov. 2-6 and seeks art for the program cover. The theme of the meeting is “Alaska Fisheries at a Crossroads: Past Lessons for Future Sustainability.” The artwork should address the meeting theme or be fis...

    Wed, 04/08/2015 - 3:18pm

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