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Members of the community give public testimony about a Homer City Council resolution dealing with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s proposal to repeal the ban on personal watercraft in critical habitat areas of Kachemak Bay during the Monday, Jan. 13, 2020 council meeting at Homer City Hall in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Conservation groups question Jet Ski regulation process in letter

Environmentalists allege Jet Ski ban repeal was tarnished.

Members of the community give public testimony about a Homer City Council resolution dealing with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s proposal to repeal the ban on personal watercraft in critical habitat areas of Kachemak Bay during the Monday, Jan. 13, 2020 council meeting at Homer City Hall in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
A collage of photographs surrounds the description of “Familiar Faces: Portrait of a Community,” on exhibit through May 2021 at the Pratt Museum in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

New exhibit looks at connections between objects and portraits

Pratt Museum show also includes new work by photographers, writer

A collage of photographs surrounds the description of “Familiar Faces: Portrait of a Community,” on exhibit through May 2021 at the Pratt Museum in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Bunnell Street Arts Center Artist in Residence Nina Elder’s work is displayed on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, at the gallery in Homer, Alaska. At left are pieces from her series, “It Will Not Be the Same, But It Might Be Beautiful,” drawings of puzzle stones collected in the area near McCarthy, Alaska. At right is a drawing of frayed rope, part of her focus during her residency. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Visiting artist acknowledges ‘the brokenness but not throwing it away when it’s broken’

For Bunnell residency, artist also will look at frayed, found objects like rope and nets

Bunnell Street Arts Center Artist in Residence Nina Elder’s work is displayed on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021, at the gallery in Homer, Alaska. At left are pieces from her series, “It Will Not Be the Same, But It Might Be Beautiful,” drawings of puzzle stones collected in the area near McCarthy, Alaska. At right is a drawing of frayed rope, part of her focus during her residency. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
This undated map shows three wildlife enhancement projects on the southern Kenai Peninsula, Alaska, planned or done by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. (Map courtesy of Alaska Department of Fish and Game)

3 projects on southern Kenai Peninsula aim to benefit moose habitat

Cut willow bushes will regenerate into higher protein browse for moose

This undated map shows three wildlife enhancement projects on the southern Kenai Peninsula, Alaska, planned or done by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. (Map courtesy of Alaska Department of Fish and Game)
This undated photo shows a section of Deep Creek near Ninilchik, Alalska recently acquired by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game with the assistance of the Kachemak Heritage Land Trust to protect hunting and fishing in the area. (Photo courtesy of Kachemak Heritage Land Trust)

State, feds and land trust work together to acquire 93.5 acres for conservation

Oil spill trust fund used to buy fish habitat on valuable salmon stream

This undated photo shows a section of Deep Creek near Ninilchik, Alalska recently acquired by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game with the assistance of the Kachemak Heritage Land Trust to protect hunting and fishing in the area. (Photo courtesy of Kachemak Heritage Land Trust)
The Endeavour-Spirit of Independence jack up rig is seen here in early April 2013, at the Cosmopolitan site in lower Cook Inlet near Anchor Point, Alaska. (Photo by Brian Smith/Peninsula Clarion)

Comment period, public meetings for oil and gas lease sale are canceled

With Biden’s order pausing oil and gas lease sales, lower Cook Inlet sale is on hold

The Endeavour-Spirit of Independence jack up rig is seen here in early April 2013, at the Cosmopolitan site in lower Cook Inlet near Anchor Point, Alaska. (Photo by Brian Smith/Peninsula Clarion)
A Remington Deluxe Model 5 manual typewriter. (Homer News file photo)

Homer News Editorial: Keep on with vaccine clinic success

Recent senior vaccine clinic worked because of strong community health in Homer

A Remington Deluxe Model 5 manual typewriter. (Homer News file photo)
The Endeavour-Spirit of Independence jack up rig is seen here in early April 2013, at the Cosmopolitan site in lower Cook Inlet near Anchor Point, Alaska. (Photo by Brian Smith/Peninsula Clarion)

Feds release draft Environmental Impact Statement for Cook Inlet oil and gas leases

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management moved forward a proposed oil and gas lease sale in lower Cook Inlet last Friday when it announced the… Continue reading

The Endeavour-Spirit of Independence jack up rig is seen here in early April 2013, at the Cosmopolitan site in lower Cook Inlet near Anchor Point, Alaska. (Photo by Brian Smith/Peninsula Clarion)
Pratt Museum officials pose for a photograph while practicing social distancing on the museum lawn on Friday, May 15, 2020, in Homer, Alaska. From left to right are Jennifer Gibbins, executive director; Savanna Bradley, curator, and Marilyn Sigman, naturalist in residence. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Homer Arts groups look to post-pandemic future

Signs of hope include more in-person workshops, writers residencies.

Pratt Museum officials pose for a photograph while practicing social distancing on the museum lawn on Friday, May 15, 2020, in Homer, Alaska. From left to right are Jennifer Gibbins, executive director; Savanna Bradley, curator, and Marilyn Sigman, naturalist in residence. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Fletcher runs through the snow on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021, on Diamond Ridge near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Out of the Office: How all the dogs in my life have kept me sane and happy

From Ginny to Fletcher and all the dogs in between, furry companions provide friendship, healing.

Fletcher runs through the snow on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2021, on Diamond Ridge near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Tom Kizzia, author of “The Wake of the Unseen Object,” in a photo taken Aug. 10, 2012, near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Don Pitcher; courtesy of Tom Kizzia)

Local author’s ‘Wake of the Unseen Object’ back in print after 30 years

Literary travel book had roots in newspaper series about rural Alaska.

Tom Kizzia, author of “The Wake of the Unseen Object,” in a photo taken Aug. 10, 2012, near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Don Pitcher; courtesy of Tom Kizzia)
A Remington Deluxe Model 5 manual typewriter. (Homer News file photo)

Editorial: In the darkness moments, there is light ahead

In Christianity, the season of Advent heralds the coming of Christ at Christmas, but it also is a time to reflect upon the darkness of… Continue reading

A Remington Deluxe Model 5 manual typewriter. (Homer News file photo)
Curtis Jackson, second from right, poses on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, with SVT Heath & Wellness Center health care workers in Jakolof Bay, Alaska, after making a trip across Kachemak Bay from Homer to deliver the medical team and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. From left to right are nurse Candice Kreger, family nurse practitioner Kourtney Holder, Jackson, and family nurse practitioner Julie Drude. The health care workers then went by road to Seldovia. (Photo by Janel Harris courtesy of Mako's Water Taxi)

‘Capt. Balto’ drives boat in rough seas to deliver vaccine, medical workers

In the spirit of the 1925 Nome Serum Run, Capt. Curtis Jackson helps deliver medical team, vaccine to remote Alaska village.

Curtis Jackson, second from right, poses on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, with SVT Heath & Wellness Center health care workers in Jakolof Bay, Alaska, after making a trip across Kachemak Bay from Homer to deliver the medical team and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. From left to right are nurse Candice Kreger, family nurse practitioner Kourtney Holder, Jackson, and family nurse practitioner Julie Drude. The health care workers then went by road to Seldovia. (Photo by Janel Harris courtesy of Mako's Water Taxi)
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“Tanner Crab with Barnacles” is one of the wood sculptural pieces in Kim Schuster’s exhibit, “Science Observed Through Art: Unsung Species,” as seen on Friday at Ptarmigan Arts in Homer.

Artist and scientist seeks to make science accessible through sculptures, paintings

Homer artist wants to spotlight marine animals that aren’t well known or well understood.

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“Tanner Crab with Barnacles” is one of the wood sculptural pieces in Kim Schuster’s exhibit, “Science Observed Through Art: Unsung Species,” as seen on Friday at Ptarmigan Arts in Homer.
Photo by Michael Armstrong / Homer News
Amanda Kelly’s “Bunnell Street Sunrise” (above) and Natalie Farren’s “Hummingbird” are two of the pieces in “Fun with 5x7” show at the Homer Council on the Arts, on display through Dec. 17.

‘Fun with 5×7’ show at Homer Council on the Arts inspires creators to think small

The show went up on Nov. 6 and continues through Dec. 17.

Photo by Michael Armstrong / Homer News
Amanda Kelly’s “Bunnell Street Sunrise” (above) and Natalie Farren’s “Hummingbird” are two of the pieces in “Fun with 5x7” show at the Homer Council on the Arts, on display through Dec. 17.
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

DHSS: four additional deaths tied to COVID-19

Homer has 44 new positive cases reported in one day

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
A Remington Deluxe Model 5 manual typewriter. (Homer News file photo)

Editorial: Let our better angels prevail

We hope election of Biden and Harris means the end of bitter, divisive politics, and the rebirth of civility in government and social existence.

A Remington Deluxe Model 5 manual typewriter. (Homer News file photo)
Several pages from David Brame's "After the Rain," adapted from Nnedi Okorafor’s short story “On the Road.” (Photo courtesy David Brame)

New Homer creator brings Afrofuturism to town

David Brame’s new graphic novel will be published in January

Several pages from David Brame's "After the Rain," adapted from Nnedi Okorafor’s short story “On the Road.” (Photo courtesy David Brame)
A row of dyed silk wall hangings shows how common Alaska plants found on the lower Kenai Peninsula can be used to make organic dyes, as seen here Tuesday. The hangings are included in Elissa Pettibone’s exhibit, “Swatches,” showing at Bunnell Street Arts Center in Homer.
Michael Armstrong / Homer News

‘Swatches’ explores art of organic dyeing using native plants

Pettibone finds magic in fireweed, other common plants

A row of dyed silk wall hangings shows how common Alaska plants found on the lower Kenai Peninsula can be used to make organic dyes, as seen here Tuesday. The hangings are included in Elissa Pettibone’s exhibit, “Swatches,” showing at Bunnell Street Arts Center in Homer.
Michael Armstrong / Homer News
Residents of South Peninsula Hospital’s Long Term Care exercised their right to vote in this special voting booth set up in their day room, as seen here in this photo taken on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, at Long Term Care in Homer, Alaska.
“Staff worked with Homer City Clerk to make necessary arrangements for this alternative in lieu of their annual trip to the polling site,” said South Peninsula Hospital Public Information Officer Derotha Ferraro. “Long Term Care is closed to visitors and restricting resident outings at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The City Clerk used processes developed to assist persons who reside in long term care settings and following Alaska Division of Elections guidelines.” (Photo courtesy of South Peninsula Hospital)

Get ready for Election Day

‘Every eligible vote is going to counted,’ elections spokesperson says

Residents of South Peninsula Hospital’s Long Term Care exercised their right to vote in this special voting booth set up in their day room, as seen here in this photo taken on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020, at Long Term Care in Homer, Alaska.
“Staff worked with Homer City Clerk to make necessary arrangements for this alternative in lieu of their annual trip to the polling site,” said South Peninsula Hospital Public Information Officer Derotha Ferraro. “Long Term Care is closed to visitors and restricting resident outings at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The City Clerk used processes developed to assist persons who reside in long term care settings and following Alaska Division of Elections guidelines.” (Photo courtesy of South Peninsula Hospital)