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Another Alaskan dies of COVID-19

Another Alaskan has died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services announced in a press… Continue reading

 

The Homer Public Library is closed on March 16, 2020, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Local closures and event cancelations

Editor’s note: As a public service to keep people informed on the COVID-19 pandemic, the paywall for the News section of the Homer News website… Continue reading

 

Alaska senators break down relief package

Bill passed the Senate on Wednesday, House of Representatives on Friday

 

Out of the Office: Nature in a time of pandemic can heal

As I write this I am in my third day of working at home — or, as I like to think of it, an embedded… Continue reading

Homer poet Hollowell hired to run Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference

In a sign that Homer’s literary arts scene will bounce back after closures prompted by the spread of the novel coronavirus, a new director for… Continue reading

Ivers Alaska tour is cancelled

As an example of how fast the COVID-19 pandemic can upend plans, last Friday morning the musician Eileen Ivers had an interview scheduled with the… Continue reading

Homer News closes to walk-in traffic

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Homer News office will be closed to walk-in traffic starting today, March 19, until further notice. Office staff may… Continue reading

COVID-19 closures announced

Update, 11:45 a.m. March 19: Homer Mayor Ken Castner declared a local emergency and Homer City Manager Katie Koester ordered all city facilities closed to… Continue reading

A Remington Deluxe Model 5 manual typewriter. (Homer News file photo)

Editorial: What future will we create?

In my other writing career I write science fiction. That art has come out of a near lifetime of reading science fiction and pondering the… Continue reading

A Remington Deluxe Model 5 manual typewriter. (Homer News file photo)
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More COVID-19 cases announced

Alaska gained three new cases of people who tested positive for COVID-19, Alaska Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink announced in a press conference on… Continue reading

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School meals will continue during extended break

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will continue to feed students during the extended spring break, according to a press release. With schools closed to… Continue reading

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                                A model of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. (Graphic by Centers for Disease Control)

COVID-19 closures announced

Update, March 16: This story includes new information about new restrictions at South Peninsula Hospital’s Long Term Care facility, closures at the Kevin Bell Ice… Continue reading

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                                A model of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. (Graphic by Centers for Disease Control)

Artists look at disability in Homer Council on the Arts show

Over the years the Homer Council on the Arts has become known both for its encouragement of young and emerging artists and its willingness to… Continue reading

Randy Robertson, a candidate for the Homer city manager position, interviews in front of the Homer City Council on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 at Homer City Hall in Homer, Alaska. The council voted 4-2 to offer the position to Robertson. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Candidate declines city manager job; council urges him to reconsider

After the Homer City Council voted 4-2 last Wednesday to offer the job of Homer City Manager to Randy Robertson, in an email to current… Continue reading

Randy Robertson, a candidate for the Homer city manager position, interviews in front of the Homer City Council on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 at Homer City Hall in Homer, Alaska. The council voted 4-2 to offer the position to Robertson. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Homer Volunteer Fire Department Chief Mark Kirko, center, speaks to the Homer City Council about the novel coronavirus outbreak at its regular meeting on Monday, March 9, 2020, in Homer City Hall in Homer, Alaska. Also joining the presentation were South Peninsula Hospital spokesperson Derotha Ferraro, left, and Alaska Public Health nurse Lorne Carroll, right, team leader for the Homer Public Health office. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Health team: City is prepared in case coronavirus comes to the peninsula

Local public health and emergency medical services officials spoke to the Homer City Council at its Monday meeting on how Homer agencies will handle the… Continue reading

Homer Volunteer Fire Department Chief Mark Kirko, center, speaks to the Homer City Council about the novel coronavirus outbreak at its regular meeting on Monday, March 9, 2020, in Homer City Hall in Homer, Alaska. Also joining the presentation were South Peninsula Hospital spokesperson Derotha Ferraro, left, and Alaska Public Health nurse Lorne Carroll, right, team leader for the Homer Public Health office. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Trauma talk to be held for missing woman

The friends and family of Anesha “Duffy” Murnane, a Homer woman missing since late 2019, will hold another community community conversation, “Responding to Trauma.” The… Continue reading

State, local health officials respond to coronavirus outbreak

With nine deaths in Washington State as of Tuesday from the novel coronavirus, called COVID-19, and 27 confirmed cases in the Seattle area, Alaska health… Continue reading

‘ReWilding Kernwood’ film premiers Thursday

A documentary film series that started in the 1992 with the building of a family’s wilderness retreat on the Chandalar River in the Brooks Range… Continue reading

In retirement, Deborah Poore returns to her art

As a girl growing up in Kenai, Deborah Poore saw herself as an artist and wanting to learn to paint. But a career as an… Continue reading

Wilson embraces the delightful and joyous in art

“Macaroni and Cheese,” Fairbanks artist Tamara Wilson’s art show and installation at Bunnell Street Arts Center, appears to be a room of domestic tranquility with… Continue reading