Hays Blinckmann

Hays Blinckmann is an oil painter, author of the novel “In The Salt,” lover of all things German including husband, children and Bundesliga. She spends her free time developing a font for sarcasm, testing foreign wines and failing miserably at home cooking.

A conversation with Dr. Aydin Atilla, ER Director at LKMC

Key West doctor defends health care at Lower Keys Medical Last month, at a contentious district hospital board meeting, Dr. Aydin Atilla, medical director of the Lower Keys Medical Center Emergency Room, was thrust into the spotlight and challenged on the care being provided in the ER. At the meeting, a...

Roberta Marks’ images on display at Custom House

Art is a visual language, complicated with its own syntax, grammar and vocabulary — but simple with emotion. For decades, artist Roberta Marks creates works that speak to her audience in surprising ways and she has been very successful at it. Beginning on Friday, April 8, the Key West...

Dr. Brian Wagstaff finds his home in Key West

Key West Urgent Care and Family Doctor Dr. Brian Wagstaff is like so many residents of the Keys: it only took one vacation 19 years ago and he was hooked. Now the family doctor at Key West Urgent Care (KWUC) on Government Road in Key West, he’s happy to call...

The many sides of Key West’s Ralph De Palma

Programmer, photographer, historian Ralph De Palma misread the definition of retirement. Or perhaps he just understood it as “start all over doing something you completely love.” Not that he didn’t love his first career as a software engineer at Cape Canaveral, yes working on Space Shuttles (super cool). In 2001,...

Q&A with a Blue Angel pilot

Captain Jeff Kuss looks forward to a ‘safe and precise’ show Captain Jeff Kuss is a 33-year-old F18 Blue Angel pilot who will by flying over the Keys this weekend with a sense of pride and privilege. Originally from Durango, Colorado, Captain Kuss knew he wanted to be a pilot...

Local Grocery is a Key West Institution

Fausto’s Food Palace turns 90 in April The identity of Key West begins and ends with local businesses—even in the wake of retail chains, convenient stores and the mega-corporations that continue to invade the island. Yet for one local outfit, which has survived and flourished in the face of many...

Teen photog is ‘Workin’ for a Livin’’

Key West High’s Beede to photograph Huey Lewis and The News When Key West High School’s Principal Bosco texted Jason Beede to contact her, his first thought was “What did I do?”  The co-editor in chief of the KWHS’s newspaper The Snapper for the past two years didn’t do anything...

The powers of Santería in the Keys

Headless goats, chickens and pigeons washed up on Boca Chica road last week. Eeeww, right? The Monroe County Sheriff’s office immediately recognized the hallmarks of the Santería religious ritual of animal sacrifice. But Santería’s belief in animal beheading isn’t dissimilar to the hope and dreams of modern life. Like...

Womankind initiative offers screening and treatment

Program covers breast and cervical cancer care Womankind has unveiled a program that helps not only pay for tests, but also helps fund treatment if necessary. “We can help up to two hundred women in the Florida Keys this year alone,” said Kim Romano, executive director of Womankind. Free health screenings...

The Rotary Club of Key West Celebrates 100 Years of Service

“Is it the Truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build good will and better friendships? Is it beneficial to all concerned?”   Those four questions are the standard by which the Rotary Club of Key West has measured itself by for the past 100 years. Designated the “Four...

Stop and look both ways – Public art installation

Key West is known for its plethora of signs.  What if in our “sign pollution,” one particular sign could actually draw our attention and for a few seconds, change our perspective about life in Key West? Internationally renowned artist Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap Of Birds will be...

Creating One Local Family – Military Affairs Committee celebrates 50th Anniversary

During February of 1966 while the Cold War raged around the world, members of the Key West Chamber of Commerce felt there shouldn’t be one on our island. The Navy was a predominant presence at the time but largely removed from local life. The social chasm between the military...