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The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies headquarters on Lake Street, seen here on July 16, 2020, in Homer, Alaska, will have live music and light refreshments during its telethon fundraiser from 3-7 p.m. July 26, 2020. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies to hold telethon

With the annual Spring Fling fundraiser canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the board of directors and staff of the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies… Continue reading

The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies headquarters on Lake Street, seen here on July 16, 2020, in Homer, Alaska, will have live music and light refreshments during its telethon fundraiser from 3-7 p.m. July 26, 2020. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
The entrance to the Kenai Peninsula Borough building in Soldotna is seen here on June 1. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Borough holds CARES grant meetings

The Kenai Peninsula Borough is offering several open houses to help small business owners and nonprofits earn about opportunities for pandemic-relief grants through funding received… Continue reading

The entrance to the Kenai Peninsula Borough building in Soldotna is seen here on June 1. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Artist establishes roots in Homer

Artist establishes roots in Homer

Since moving to Homer in April 2018, artist David Pettibone has put down roots in the lower Kenai Peninsula art scene, much of it in… Continue reading

Artist establishes roots in Homer
Visitors camp on Friday, July 3, 2020, on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska, in a vegetated area closed to camping between the Homer Shores Boardwalk, seen here in the background, and the Central Charters Boardwalk. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Camping in prohibited areas is becoming an issue on the Homer Spit

To tourists, a stretch of grassy, beachfront land on the Homer Spit near the Central Charters Boardwalk looks like the perfect place to pitch a… Continue reading

Visitors camp on Friday, July 3, 2020, on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska, in a vegetated area closed to camping between the Homer Shores Boardwalk, seen here in the background, and the Central Charters Boardwalk. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
A Homer Volunteer Fire Department emergency medical technician, left, assists a person who was involved in a boat capsizing, center, as they walk up the load-launch ramp on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at the Homer Harbor in Homer, Alaska. The crew of the F/V Captain Cook helped rescue the person. The crew of the F/V Casino rescued the other two people who were aboard the 14-foot skiff when it capsized near the entrance of China Poot Bay. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Police identify man killed in boating accident

The man who died when a skiff overturned on Kachemak Bay last Wednesday has been identified as a Chugiak resident. Homer Police confirmed that 23-year-old… Continue reading

A Homer Volunteer Fire Department emergency medical technician, left, assists a person who was involved in a boat capsizing, center, as they walk up the load-launch ramp on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at the Homer Harbor in Homer, Alaska. The crew of the F/V Captain Cook helped rescue the person. The crew of the F/V Casino rescued the other two people who were aboard the 14-foot skiff when it capsized near the entrance of China Poot Bay. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
As a reminder to be safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, Homer artist Julie Tomich painted face masks on the figures of Tom Reed’s mural, “Tribute to Performing Artists,” as seen on July 3, 2020, on Pioneer Avenue in Homer, Alaska. Reed painted the mural in August 1985 on a retaining wall in front of NOMAR (then Proctor’s Grocery), and updated the mural with additional figures in 2008 under a city grant. Using a chalk-based, non-permanent paint, Tomich got permission from the city to add the masks to the mural. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Best Bets

Once again some Lower 48 website has provided the Betster with exciting news about Alaska. In this case, Sixty and Me, an online magazine for… Continue reading

As a reminder to be safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, Homer artist Julie Tomich painted face masks on the figures of Tom Reed’s mural, “Tribute to Performing Artists,” as seen on July 3, 2020, on Pioneer Avenue in Homer, Alaska. Reed painted the mural in August 1985 on a retaining wall in front of NOMAR (then Proctor’s Grocery), and updated the mural with additional figures in 2008 under a city grant. Using a chalk-based, non-permanent paint, Tomich got permission from the city to add the masks to the mural. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Hospital adds new COVID-19 rooms

Hospital adds new COVID-19 rooms

An increase last month in positive COVID-19 cases on the lower Kenai Peninsula prompted South Peninsula Hospital to revise and remodel its pandemic response plan.… Continue reading

Hospital adds new COVID-19 rooms
A Homer Volunteer Fire Department emergency medical technician, left, assists a person who was involved in a boat capsizing, center, as they walk up the load-launch ramp on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at the Homer Harbor in Homer, Alaska. The crew of the F/V Captain Cook helped rescue the person. The crew of the F/V Casino rescued the other two people who were aboard the 14-foot skiff when it capsized near the entrance of China Poot Bay. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

1 dead, 2 rescued after boat capsizes near China Poot Bay

One person is dead and another two were rescued Wednesday from the waters of Kachemak Bay by commercial fishermen and a surfer when their boat… Continue reading

A Homer Volunteer Fire Department emergency medical technician, left, assists a person who was involved in a boat capsizing, center, as they walk up the load-launch ramp on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at the Homer Harbor in Homer, Alaska. The crew of the F/V Captain Cook helped rescue the person. The crew of the F/V Casino rescued the other two people who were aboard the 14-foot skiff when it capsized near the entrance of China Poot Bay. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Visitors enjoy the sun on July 4, 2020, on a deck at a Homer Spit boardwalk in Homer, Alaska. In a press conference on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, Alaska Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink advised people to minimize the risk of getting infected by COVID-19 by avoiding crowded spaces. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

17th Alaskan death linked to COVID-19 reported

Another Alaskan has died of COVID-19, Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced in a press conference on Tuesday. That makes the 17th COVID-19-related death since the start… Continue reading

Visitors enjoy the sun on July 4, 2020, on a deck at a Homer Spit boardwalk in Homer, Alaska. In a press conference on Tuesday, July 7, 2020, Alaska Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink advised people to minimize the risk of getting infected by COVID-19 by avoiding crowded spaces. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
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Case count dips after 5 record days of positive cases

Alaska has had 1,338 cases of the disease since the state began tracking the pandemic in March.

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More galleries hold First Friday receptions

More galleries hold First Friday receptions

Correction: A caption for Ingrid McKinstry’s painting was incorrectly labeled. Her show is at the Fireweed Gallery. As Alaska’s businesses continue under Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s… Continue reading

More galleries hold First Friday receptions
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks at a press conference on June 30, 2020, in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Austin McDaniel/Governor’s Office)

‘Don’t get complacent,’ governor says of pandemic

As Alaska saw one of its highest single-day increases in new positive cases of COVID-19, and as the state heads into the Fourth of July… Continue reading

Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks at a press conference on June 30, 2020, in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Austin McDaniel/Governor’s Office)
‘Don’t get complacent,’ governor says of pandemic

‘Don’t get complacent,’ governor says of pandemic

State sees one of its highest COVID-19 case increases in Tuesday count

‘Don’t get complacent,’ governor says of pandemic
Paving starts Thursday on Pioneer Avenue

Paving starts Thursday on Pioneer Avenue

Correction: Initial patch paving on Pioneer Avenue began Thursday. Directional closures and the final top-lift paving are taking place Friday through Saturday morning. A long-awaited… Continue reading

Paving starts Thursday on Pioneer Avenue
Haines author’s new book looks at small-town politics

Haines author’s new book looks at small-town politics

Heather Lende’s three previous books have been about life in her small town of Haines, Alaska. Her latest book, “Of Bears and Ballots,” goes on… Continue reading

Haines author’s new book looks at small-town politics
Concert on Your Lawn revives spirit of KBBI festival

Concert on Your Lawn revives spirit of KBBI festival

It’s been since years since the sounds of KBBI’s Concert on the Lawn have reverberated through town on a summer weekend. Even in the midst… Continue reading

Concert on Your Lawn revives spirit of KBBI festival
The badge for the Alaska State Troopers

Missouri woman found dead at Kachemak City home

Troopers say death was not suspicious

The badge for the Alaska State Troopers
6 South Peninsula Hospital staff test positive for COVID-19

6 South Peninsula Hospital staff test positive for COVID-19

Six staff members at South Peninsula Hospital have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past three weeks, according to hospital Public Information Officer Derotha Ferraro.… Continue reading

6 South Peninsula Hospital staff test positive for COVID-19
The Friendship Terrace assisting level center, as seen on Thursday, June 11, 2020, in Homer, Alaska. A part of the Homer Senior Citizens Senior Center, Friendship Terrace reported two staff members tested positive for COVID-19 on June 10, and that a resident tested positive on Friday. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Resident in Homer assisted living home, previously positive for COVID-19, now tests negative

A resident at an assisted living home in Homer who tested positive for COVID-19 last week has now had an additional two tests which have… Continue reading

The Friendship Terrace assisting level center, as seen on Thursday, June 11, 2020, in Homer, Alaska. A part of the Homer Senior Citizens Senior Center, Friendship Terrace reported two staff members tested positive for COVID-19 on June 10, and that a resident tested positive on Friday. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Rep. Sarah Vance kicks off re-election campaign

Rep. Sarah Vance kicks off re-election campaign

On a blue bird day with American flags waving in the breeze, Rep. Sarah Vance (R-Homer) kicked off her re-election campaign on Sunday at Karen… Continue reading

Rep. Sarah Vance kicks off re-election campaign