Holiday cheer

  Every holiday season, Homer High School’s Swing Choir keeps busy performing around the community; this year is no different. From performances at Homer Middle School and Long-Term Care, to events like the Chamber Tree-Lighting and Share the Spirit, the student ensemble has performed in some capacity every day in December — 17 so far. […]

Bear Creek – Garden of Lights

Friday night’s cold sleet did little to deter some 50-75 visitors at Bear Creek Winery’s Garden of Lights. People came to admire the hard work, enjoy some holiday tunes by Homer High School’s choir and warm up with a big bonfire and plenty of hot chocolate and marshmallows.
“Garden of Lights was a real team effort,” said Bear Creek owner Dorothy Fry.
Fry said Louie Maurer — her son-in-law and head winemaker — came up with the idea and took time out of his usual duties to make it happen. And, like everyone else these days, Elise White, Chelsea Logan and Lauren Thomas found some inspiration from Pinterest.

News Briefs & Announcements – Dec. 16, 2015

Last chance to brush-up on birds Thursday 17: Winter Bird Identification Class Head over to the Seminar Room at Islands and Ocean Visitor Center from 6-7 p.m. for this free class with Dave Erikson. Learn more about the birds wintering over in Homer and brush up on your identification skills to get ready for the […]

Murre dieoff causing concern —  Shorebirds found inland, emaciated

Winter isn’t typically a busy time for bird-watching on the Kenai Peninsula, but unusual sightings have put birdwatchers on alert. Common murres are making uncommon appearances around Alaska. The seabirds are showing up inland and in poor condition.
“I got three over the weekend, spread throughout the Beaver Loop area, all at different houses, all thin and not very strong. I lost one, but I’m feeding the other two, trying to get them stronger,” said Marianne Clark, a licensed wildlife rehabilitator.
The medium-size birds with black heads and backs and white bellies, look like a cross between a loon and a penguin. They have long, thin beaks for feeding on fish in the saltwater where they typically spend their winters. But this year, they’re showing up inland.

News Briefs & Announcements – Dec. 9, 2015

Chamber needs committee members The Homer Chamber of Commerce is looking for Winter King Salmon Tournament Committee members. Committee members help make decisions on important activities and tournament structures. Have any good ideas to help make the tournament more successful? Come share them. The committee meets once a month for one hour at the Chamber. […]

Community News – Dec .9, 2015

Kids catch the Christmas spirit A stealthy Christmas Day is now only 17 days away. If you’re needing a little something extra to get your holiday spirit in full swing, check out these seasonal shows by area schools. West Homer: Dec. 8, 6:30 p.m., Mariner Theater Paul Banks: Dec. 10, 1 p.m., Mariner Theatre McNeil […]

Community News – Dec. 2, 2015

Light up Homer for the holidays The Homer Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Visitors Center on 5-7 p.m. Dec. 4. Festivities include music, refreshments, a bonfire, crafts for kids and photos with Santa. (Bring your own camera.) The spruce tree on the front lawn of the chamber will […]

News Briefs & Announcements – Dec. 2, 2015

KHLT annual meeting is Thursday Kachemak Heritage Land Trust holds its annual meeting tomorrow, Dec. 3, at Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. The evening of stories about the Anchor River and conversation about important conservation work being done locally starts at 6 p.m. Representatives from Cook Inletkeeper and the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve will act […]

Easy Recycling

Each week, the Kachemak Advocates of Recycling (KARe) will share information and tips on recycling in the Homer area. Glass, aluminum, paper and cardboard can be recycled at Save-U-More, McNeil Canyon and in Anchor Point. Additional items that can be recycled at the Homer Transfer Station (dump): No. 1 and no. 2 plastic containers, stretchy […]

News Briefs & Announcements – Nov. 25, 2015

KPC to close for Thanksgiving holiday Kenai Peninsula College’s Kenai River and Kachemak Bay campuses, as well as Anchorage and Resurrection Bay extension sites, will be closed Nov. 26-29 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. There will be no classes on Nov. 25, but locations will be open for general business. All KPC locations will […]

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