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  • There’s a piece of paper taped above Carol Swartz’s desk that reads, “To love what you do and feel that it matters — how could anything be more fun?” It’s an apt description of Swartz’s feelings toward her job as director of Kachemak Bay Campus, Kenai Peninsula College of University of...

    Thu, 12/03/2015 - 9:41am
  • Beginning at the age of 5, children in Homer can audition for the biggest ballet production in the town, the Nutcracker. Skill level ranges from beginner to experienced dancers, and the experience can be in many types of dance. There are more than 150 parts for youth ages 5-18, with the parts evolvi...

    Thu, 12/03/2015 - 9:37am
  • When the curtains open at Mariner Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 5, nearly 100 people will pirouette, leap, tango and hula hoop across the stage — the 27th annual Homer Nutcracker Ballet includes 85 dancers between the ages of 5 and 18, and 13 adult performers. But backstage, in the light and sound boo...

    Thu, 12/03/2015 - 9:24am
  • By a 3-to-1 margin, Proposition 1 easily passed in a special election on Tuesday. The measure diverts into the general fund a .75-percent sales tax collected for the Homer Accelerated Roads and Trails fund. With a 13-percent turnout, voters in both Homer precincts approved the vote.  Prop 1 won...

    Thu, 12/03/2015 - 9:19am
  • By a 3-to-1 margin, Proposition 1, the vote to divert into the general fund sales taxes collected through the city of Homer's Homer Accelerated Roads and Trails fund, easily passed in a special election on Tuesday. With a 13-percent turnout, in unofficial results, voters in both Homer precincts appr...

    Tue, 12/01/2015 - 10:08pm
  • A low-budget campaign by the city of Homer to influence the outcome of Proposition 1 appears to follow state law, Paul Dauphinais, the executive director of the Alaska Public Office Commission, said this week....

    Wed, 11/25/2015 - 11:22am
  • Nathan Davis, a college student visiting from Colorado for Thanksgiving, takes a walk on a snowy Bishop’s Beach at sunset on Sunday, Nov. 22....

    Wed, 11/25/2015 - 10:56am
  • The summer of 2015 was a hard one for our native trees. Lack of snow and unusually warm dry weather early in the spring put spruce trees into stress mode. So for the first time in our part of the world, the Spruce Aphid (Elatobium abietinum) originally from Europe, has found its way to our ...

    Wed, 11/25/2015 - 10:07am
  • Editor’s Note: Every month to accompany the Pay It Forward column, which is coordinated by The Homer Foundation, the Homer News runs a list of needs from area nonprofits. If you see a need you can fill, we encourage you to contact the agency and help pay it forward. Center for Alaskan Coas...

    Wed, 11/25/2015 - 9:35am
  • Planning panel holds hearings on subdivisions; discusses pot regs The Homer Advisory Planning Commission holds two public hearings at its next meeting on Dec. 2. The commission also continues discussion on regulations regarding cannabis. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the Cowles Co...

    Wed, 11/25/2015 - 9:29am

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