Homer Features

  • In yet another sign of spring — the Betster has a long list, by the way — Alaska Department of Public Safety Commissioner Joseph Masters extended the studded tire deadline for all roads to May 1. Oh, sure, if you live north of latitude 60 degrees somewhere near Happy Valley, that has always been...

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 2:02pm
  • In the days of cell phone and digital cameras, where applications like Hipstamatic and Instagram create photo effects of the 1950s, Fairbanks photographer Adam Ottavi has gone back even further in his exploration of historic photography....

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 12:14pm
  • Pier One Theatre holds auditions this weekend for “The Clean House,” written by Sarah Ruhl and directed by Peter Sheppard. Auditions are 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday and 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Mariner Theatre. ...

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 12:12pm
  • A Disney Nature featurette and preview has been released of “Bears,” a movie filmed at Hallo Bay Bear Camp and in Katmai National Park. Disney specifically requested Homer naturalist Simyra Taback-Hlebechuk of Hallo Bay to be the lead guide in the film.  Much of the brown bear footage seen ...

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 12:11pm
  • The Homer Youth String Orchestra Club performs its annual spring concert at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Homer Council on the Arts. The concert is free and open to the public. There also is a reception and dessert auction with the performance....

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 12:10pm
  • The Kenai Peninsula State Fair isn’t just about the annual three-day event that draws a crowd of thousands every August.  For instance, on March 29 there was a sell-out crowd of hundreds at the fair’s annual Celebrity Waiter Dinner with music by the Grammy winning musical group Beau Soleil ...

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 12:09pm
  • Editor’s Note: For 20 years Rosemary Fitzpatrick encouraged area gardeners in her column in the Homer News, the Kachemak Gardener. She took a break, but is back this year with one goal in mind: to help you realize your gardening dreams.  ...

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 12:08pm
  • Judging by the look on her face, Gracie, a 6-year-old golden retriever, is proud of herself. Judging by the ribbons and trophies arranged around her, she deserves to be. Gracie recently earned fourth-place in the 20-inch preferred agility category in the National Agility Championship in Tulsa, Ok....

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 12:04pm
  • The Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation is seeking vessel owners for a fishing vessel energy audit pilot program. The foundation notes that the high cost of fuel is a challenge that affects the entire seafood industry. More than 8,000 commercial fishing vessels are licensed in Alaska, and the op...

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 11:29am
  • The other day while toiling away in the word mines, the Betster experienced something unknown since last summer. I got hot. No, we’re not talking the heat of grinding brain cells or from snuggling under six layers of comforter, blanket and big dog. We’re talking solar heat, a blast of thermal ra...

    Wed, 04/03/2013 - 2:41pm

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