Erin Thompson

A painting by the author. (Photo provided by Erin Thompson)

Out of the Office: Painted blue

I went to Homer a few weeks ago to find blue. For weeks I had wanted to paint nothing but blues and purples, but I… Continue reading


Out of the Office: The waves, or places I belong

On my days off I drive. I drive to mountains and rivers and through flats — pacing the highway with wheels looking for a groove… Continue reading


Surgeon general tours Dena’ina Wellness Center as part of statewide tour

The federal official tasked with providing health advice to the nation last week lauded the Kenaitze Indian Tribe’s holistic approach to health care. In a… Continue reading


Alaska opioid deaths increased by 77 percent in last decade, report says

The rate of Alaskans who died from opioid overdoses increased 77 percent over the last decade, with the highest overall rate of deaths reported in… Continue reading

Man indicted for third time in 2014 Christmas Day car crash

Kenai prosecutors are trying for a third time to convict a man involved in a 2014 Christmas Day car crash that caused a young girl… Continue reading

Wildfires sweep the southern Kenai Peninsula

Back-to-back wildfires kept emergency response teams busy on the southern peninsula Monday. Firefighters were called out to the scene of a 3.5-acre wildfire along Misty… Continue reading

Borough launches new emergency alert system

The Kenai Peninsula Borough is rolling out a new emergency notification system months after a spotty tsunami response highlighted flaws in the borough’s 20-year-old disaster… Continue reading

Soldotna trooper accused of attempted sexual abuse of a minor

The Alaska State Trooper accused of trying to lure a 16-year-old he met at a traffic stop to a hotel room has been identified as… Continue reading

Defense seeks info on search dogs in Homer murder case

Defense attorneys representing a man accused in a 2013 Homer murder are seeking information on search and rescue dogs used in the investigation. Lee John… Continue reading

Mumps outbreak doesn’t hit the Kenai Peninsula

An outbreak of mumps that swept through Anchorage in late 2017 has so far not made its way down the Kenai Peninsula. Alaska ended the… Continue reading