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Michael Armstrong and his dog Leia harvest a Christmas tree in December 2013 on his land on Diamond Ridge near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Jenny Stroyeck)

Out of the Office: For Alaska Bush cred, head out and harvest a Christmas tree

If you don’t have your own tree lot, harvest trees on public lands.

 

Democratic Party candidate for governor Les Gara attends a Zoom meeting with Homer residents on Nov. 18, 2021, from his Anchorage, Alaska, home. (Screen capture)

Gara makes election pitch to Homer

Democratic Party candidate for governor Gara visits virtually.

 

Family practice physician Christina Tuomi, D.O., (right) gets Homer’s first dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine from Emergency Department nurse Steve Hughes (left) on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020 at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska. Tuomi has been the hospital’s medical lead throughout the pandemic. (Photo courtesy Derotha Ferraro/South Peninsula Hospital)

Feds issue vaccine mandate to health care workers; Dunleavy joins lawsuit against the rule

Rule by CMS applies to hospitals, rural health clinics, community mental health centers.

 

Shelli and Mike Gordon pose in October 2011 at their Halibut Cove, Alaska, home in an Alaska Gothic version of Grant Wood’s “American Gothic” painting. (Photo courtesy of Mike Gordon)

‘Dagnabit’ features tales of ’80s wild Alaska

Gordon’s second book also tells of Ruben Gaines, creator of Chilkoot Charlie.

Shelli and Mike Gordon pose in October 2011 at their Halibut Cove, Alaska, home in an Alaska Gothic version of Grant Wood’s “American Gothic” painting. (Photo courtesy of Mike Gordon)
A map of Kachemak Bay State Park showing proposed land additions A, B and C in House Bill 52 and the Tutka Bay Lagoon Hatchery. (Map courtesy of Alaska State Parks)

‘Cure’ sought for Tutka Bay hatchery land issue

HB 52 would take hatchery out of Kachemak State Park and add also lands to park.

A map of Kachemak Bay State Park showing proposed land additions A, B and C in House Bill 52 and the Tutka Bay Lagoon Hatchery. (Map courtesy of Alaska State Parks)
Dianne Spence-Chorman’s “Fig Study” is one of the works showing in the Homer Council on the Arts “Fun wtih 5x7” show through Dec. 22, 2021, at the gallery in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

‘Fun with 5×7’ offers affordable art

HCOA annual art show presents art in a variety of media, all in 5x7 format.

Dianne Spence-Chorman’s “Fig Study” is one of the works showing in the Homer Council on the Arts “Fun wtih 5x7” show through Dec. 22, 2021, at the gallery in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
The cover of Tom Kizzia’s book, “Cold Mountain Path,” published by Porphyry Press in October 2021. (Photo provided)

‘Cold Mountain Path’ explores ghost town history of McCarthy

Kizzia’s book looks at McCarthy history from 1938 to the town’s revival as a tourist destination.

The cover of Tom Kizzia’s book, “Cold Mountain Path,” published by Porphyry Press in October 2021. (Photo provided)
Golden-yellow birch trees and spruce frame a view of Aurora Lagoon and Portlock Glacier from a trail in the Cottonwood-Eastland Unit of Kachemak Bay State Park off East End Road on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong)

State Parks holds meeting on Eastland-Cottonwood

House Bill 52 could add land to north shore side of Kachemak Bay State Park.

Golden-yellow birch trees and spruce frame a view of Aurora Lagoon and Portlock Glacier from a trail in the Cottonwood-Eastland Unit of Kachemak Bay State Park off East End Road on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong)
Carly Garay’s “Earth” is one of the works in her “The Art of Ancestor Veneration,” on display through Oct. 30, 2021, at the Homer Council on the Arts in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Garay lifts the veil between living and dead with “Art of Ancestor Veneration”

HCOA show invites people to submit own images of ancestors at central altar.

Carly Garay’s “Earth” is one of the works in her “The Art of Ancestor Veneration,” on display through Oct. 30, 2021, at the Homer Council on the Arts in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Clem Tillion of Halibut Cove poses for a photo on Jan. 9, 2020, in Homer, Alaska. The veteran Alaska legislator was passing through Homer while waiting to take the M/V Tustumena ferry to Kodiak. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Clem Tillion, PFD founder and former legislator, dies at 96

Tillion died Wedneday, Oct. 13, at Halibut Cove home.

Clem Tillion of Halibut Cove poses for a photo on Jan. 9, 2020, in Homer, Alaska. The veteran Alaska legislator was passing through Homer while waiting to take the M/V Tustumena ferry to Kodiak. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
This screenshot shows the proposed House Districts for the southern Kenai Peninsula. The shaded pink area is District 5 and the shaded purple area is District 6. The Fritz Creek and Fox River areas currently in District 31 (the area now called District 5) would go into the Kodiak Island and Prince Willaim Sound District 6. The Fritz Creek and Fox River area starts at the Fritz Creek General Store near Mile 8 East End Road and includes the north side of East End Road. At East End Road and McNeil Canyon, all of East End Road to the end of the road is in the new district, including the villages of Razdolna, Voznesenka and Kachemak Selo. (Screen Capture/Alaska Redistricting Board/Google Maps)

Redistricting draft puts Fritz Creek into new district

Draft proposals carve out Fritz Creek, Fox River and put in Kodiak-Prince William Sound district.

This screenshot shows the proposed House Districts for the southern Kenai Peninsula. The shaded pink area is District 5 and the shaded purple area is District 6. The Fritz Creek and Fox River areas currently in District 31 (the area now called District 5) would go into the Kodiak Island and Prince Willaim Sound District 6. The Fritz Creek and Fox River area starts at the Fritz Creek General Store near Mile 8 East End Road and includes the north side of East End Road. At East End Road and McNeil Canyon, all of East End Road to the end of the road is in the new district, including the villages of Razdolna, Voznesenka and Kachemak Selo. (Screen Capture/Alaska Redistricting Board/Google Maps)
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A voter at city hall in Homer reviews their ballot before submitting it on Tuesday

Southern peninsula adds new faces to assembly, school board

Erickson, Aderhold win council; third race too close to call. Daugharty, Tupper win borough races.

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A voter at city hall in Homer reviews their ballot before submitting it on Tuesday
The afternoon sun makes birch leaves glow yellow on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, at the Hidden Lake Campground in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge near Sterling, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Fall in Alaska is subtle but fabulous

On my mother’s side I come from a long line of New Englanders, the kind of people for whom fall leaf peeping can be something… Continue reading

The afternoon sun makes birch leaves glow yellow on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, at the Hidden Lake Campground in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge near Sterling, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Sheryl Maree Reily speaks last Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, about the Homer Drawdown Peatland exhibit showing at the Pratt Museum & Park in Homer, Alaska. Reily was a Bunnell Street Arts Center Artist in Residence who did an installation and video for the exhbit. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Peatlands exhibit at Pratt merges art and conservation

The exhibit caps a yearslong effort to identify a locally sustainable way to reduce or capture carbon emissions

Sheryl Maree Reily speaks last Friday, Sept. 17, 2021, about the Homer Drawdown Peatland exhibit showing at the Pratt Museum & Park in Homer, Alaska. Reily was a Bunnell Street Arts Center Artist in Residence who did an installation and video for the exhbit. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
A still from "Fantastic Fungi," showing at the 17th annual Homer Documentary Film Festival. (Photo provided)

Roll ‘em: DocFest returns for 17th year

Homer Documentary Film Festival returns with COVID-19 precautions and a solid line up of films.

A still from "Fantastic Fungi," showing at the 17th annual Homer Documentary Film Festival. (Photo provided)
“Reimagine,” the 17th annual Burning Basket, catches fire in a field on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, near Homer. Artist Mavis Muller intended to broadcast live on Facebook and YouTube the burning of the basket, but because of technical difficulties that didn’t happen. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

‘Recover’ brings Burning Basket back to Spit

Basket in a time of pandemic will seek to rebuild community, organizer says.

“Reimagine,” the 17th annual Burning Basket, catches fire in a field on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, near Homer. Artist Mavis Muller intended to broadcast live on Facebook and YouTube the burning of the basket, but because of technical difficulties that didn’t happen. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
The cover to Dorothy Roberts Cline's book, "Fall to Flight: An Alaskan Eaglet's Story of Survival," uses a photo by the late Michael S. Cline. (Image courtesy of Dorothy Roberts Cline)

‘Fall to Flight’ tells story of eaglet’s survival

Fourth book by Homer author Dorothy S. Cline considers hard truth about nature.

The cover to Dorothy Roberts Cline's book, "Fall to Flight: An Alaskan Eaglet's Story of Survival," uses a photo by the late Michael S. Cline. (Image courtesy of Dorothy Roberts Cline)
Almost 20 people wait in line at a Capstone Clinic pop-up COVID-19 testing clinic on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, at the Homer Public Library in Homer, Alaska. The clinic offers same-day testing from noon-7:30 p.m. today and noon-4 p.m. Friday. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News).

Homer businesses shut down out of COVID-19 concerns

Numerous businesses close for a day or longer for testing of staff as 400th Alaskan dies of COVID-19.

Almost 20 people wait in line at a Capstone Clinic pop-up COVID-19 testing clinic on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021, at the Homer Public Library in Homer, Alaska. The clinic offers same-day testing from noon-7:30 p.m. today and noon-4 p.m. Friday. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News).
Sheila Wyne’s “Strata #3” is part of her show that opened Friday, Aug. 6, 2021, at Bunnell Street Arts Center. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

In new show, Wyne looks at time through ‘Strata’

Spenard artist chops, shears and welds decommissioned road signs to make art.

Sheila Wyne’s “Strata #3” is part of her show that opened Friday, Aug. 6, 2021, at Bunnell Street Arts Center. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
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Homer High athletes test positive for COVID-19

Volleyball, football programs affected, with some team members quarantining. Saturday football game in Eagle River is still on.

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