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Commercial fishing and other boats are moored in the Homer Harbor in this file photo. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Seawatch: Sockeye run was strong but kings had low run

The Bristol Bay salmon run was well above the 20-year average for yet another year for sockeye, but a poor king salmon run led to… Continue reading

 

Commercial fishing and other boats are moored in the Homer Harbor in this file photo. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Seawatch: Crabbers look at cuts to quotas

Tanner, opilio crab quotas cut on top of cancellation of fall king crab fishery.

 

Commercial fishing and other boats are moored in the Homer Harbor in this file photo. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Seawatch: Halibut prices soaring

Bad weather, lots of quota unfished causing high prices

 

Business relief program application opens

The AK-ARPA business relief program began accepting applications Sept. 17.

Homer Truffle Co. owner David Briggs cuts the grand opening ribbon at the relaunch of his business on Aug. 17. He is pictured with Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center board members and employees. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)

Homer Truffle Co. reopens with new products

Homer Truffle Co. hosted a grand re-opening ceremony Tuesday, Aug. 17, to launch its new products after being closed since July 16. Located on East… Continue reading

Homer Truffle Co. owner David Briggs cuts the grand opening ribbon at the relaunch of his business on Aug. 17. He is pictured with Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center board members and employees. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)

Health official picked for state marijuana regulatory board

JUNEAU — A state marijuana education program manager has been appointed to the board that regulates Alaska’s legal cannabis industry. Eliza Muse’s appointment to the… Continue reading

  • Jul 7, 2021
  • By BECKY BOHRER Associated Press
The old Homer Halibut Derby Shack is refreshed and updated to open  as the new Spit Visitor Information Center, as seen here on Friday, June 25, 2021, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Christina Whiting)

New Spit visitor center opens

Ribbon cutting is today for new Spit Visitor Information Center.

The old Homer Halibut Derby Shack is refreshed and updated to open  as the new Spit Visitor Information Center, as seen here on Friday, June 25, 2021, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Christina Whiting)
Sherry Stead, left, and Don Stead, right, pose on Sunday, June 6, 2021, at the groundbreaking of the new building for Grace Ridge Brewery at 870 Smoky Bay Way. Jay-Brant Contractors has started construction of the brewery, tasting room and beer garden to be completed by next fall. (Photo courtesy of Grace Ridge Brewery)
Sherry Stead, left, and Don Stead, right, pose on Sunday, June 6, 2021, at the groundbreaking of the new building for Grace Ridge Brewery at 870 Smoky Bay Way. Jay-Brant Contractors has started construction of the brewery, tasting room and beer garden to be completed by next fall. (Photo courtesy of Grace Ridge Brewery)
A boat is lifted out of the water at Northern Enterprises Boat Yard on Kachemak Drive. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)

Northern Enterprise Boat Yard expands business

Northern Enterprises Boat Yard, Inc., the largest privately owned dry dock marina in Alaska, is expanding its docks and boat-lifting capabilities in an effort to… Continue reading

A boat is lifted out of the water at Northern Enterprises Boat Yard on Kachemak Drive. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)
Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News 
Ana Rosa Polit stands in front of Espresso Waves, her new coffee drive-through. Espresso Waves is located in front of the Ocean Shores RV Park.

Polit runs on coffee and the American dream

Ana Rosa Polit opened Espresso Waves on May 1

Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News 
Ana Rosa Polit stands in front of Espresso Waves, her new coffee drive-through. Espresso Waves is located in front of the Ocean Shores RV Park.
The Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center hosted a grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 21 for the Plantman store located on Pioneer Avenue. The “Plant Man” and owner, Darren Williams, said he is thankful for the opportunity to expand his store and for the support shown by the Homer community. “I just want to thank Homer and the Wildberry products for hosting us here,” Williams said. “It’s been a great experience doing business in Homer. I just really appreciate the community of Homer.” Plantman now has an outdoor and indoor space for customers to purchase and learn how to care for plants. For more information, visit plantmanak.com. Pictured left to right: Brad Anderson, Homer Chamber of Commerce executive director; Tom Soderholm, Homer Chamber of Commerce president; Williams; Christina Cooper, Plantman manager; Andrea Vargas; and Jan Knutson, Homer Visitor Center director. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)

Plantman holds grand opening

New Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center member honored with ceremony.

The Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center hosted a grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 21 for the Plantman store located on Pioneer Avenue. The “Plant Man” and owner, Darren Williams, said he is thankful for the opportunity to expand his store and for the support shown by the Homer community. “I just want to thank Homer and the Wildberry products for hosting us here,” Williams said. “It’s been a great experience doing business in Homer. I just really appreciate the community of Homer.” Plantman now has an outdoor and indoor space for customers to purchase and learn how to care for plants. For more information, visit plantmanak.com. Pictured left to right: Brad Anderson, Homer Chamber of Commerce executive director; Tom Soderholm, Homer Chamber of Commerce president; Williams; Christina Cooper, Plantman manager; Andrea Vargas; and Jan Knutson, Homer Visitor Center director. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)
Homer News editor Michael Armstrong, left, and former reporter Megan Pacer, right, hold Alaska Press Club awards the Homer News received at the Alaska Press Club Awards banquet on April 27, 2019, in Anchorage, Alaska. Armstrong and Pacer also won awards for the 2020 contest year. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Awards were presented in virtural ceremony last Saturday

The Homer News, and its sister publications the Peninsula Clarion and Juneau Empire, won a batch of awards, including second-place, Best Weekly, for the Homer… Continue reading

Homer News editor Michael Armstrong, left, and former reporter Megan Pacer, right, hold Alaska Press Club awards the Homer News received at the Alaska Press Club Awards banquet on April 27, 2019, in Anchorage, Alaska. Armstrong and Pacer also won awards for the 2020 contest year. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Homer News reporter Sarah Knapp poses for a photo on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, at the newspaper offices in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstong/Homer News)

Knapp started this week at Homer News

Knapps brings Tennessee writing experience to Alaska

Homer News reporter Sarah Knapp poses for a photo on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, at the newspaper offices in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstong/Homer News)
Commercial fishing and other boats are moored in the Homer Harbor in this file photo. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Seawatch: Vaccinated seafood workers can skip quarantine

Dillingham sets new rules exempting visiting seafood workers from quarantine if vaccinated.

Commercial fishing and other boats are moored in the Homer Harbor in this file photo. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy announces a tourism aid initiative during a press conference on Friday, April 9, 2021, at Wings Airways Hangar in Juneau, Alaska. Dunleavy was joined by officials and business owners, including Alaska Sen. Peter Micciche (left). (Governer’s Office/Kevin Goodman)

Dunleavy announces tourism aid initiative

Dunleavy said 1.3 million tourists were expected to come to Alaska via cruise ship before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down operations.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy announces a tourism aid initiative during a press conference on Friday, April 9, 2021, at Wings Airways Hangar in Juneau, Alaska. Dunleavy was joined by officials and business owners, including Alaska Sen. Peter Micciche (left). (Governer’s Office/Kevin Goodman)
Commercial fishing and other boats are moored in the Homer Harbor in this file photo. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Seawatch: Halibut season starts slow in Homer

The halibut season is off to a slow start in Homer, with so few deliveries that National Marine Fisheries Service doesn’t list the landings because… Continue reading

Commercial fishing and other boats are moored in the Homer Harbor in this file photo. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Commercial fishing and other boats are moored in the Homer Harbor in this file photo. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Seawatch: IFQ rules extended

Pandemic regulations extended another season allowing medical transfers of IFQ

Commercial fishing and other boats are moored in the Homer Harbor in this file photo. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Darren Williams, owner of the Plant Man, plays a drum in his newly expanded space in the Wildberry Building on Pioneer Avenue on Feb. 19, 2021 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Owner Williams seeks to create quiet space along with selling plants.

A plant store, and more. That’s what’s brewing inside the walls of the Wild Berry building on Pioneer Avenue. Darren Williams, owner of Plant Man,… Continue reading

Darren Williams, owner of the Plant Man, plays a drum in his newly expanded space in the Wildberry Building on Pioneer Avenue on Feb. 19, 2021 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Commercial fishing and other boats are moored in the Homer Harbor in this file photo. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Seawatch: Fuel shortage hits crabbers

Missed fuel delivery hurts crab fishermen seeking to refuel at St. Paul

Commercial fishing and other boats are moored in the Homer Harbor in this file photo. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Kenai Peninsula Tourism and Marketing Council Executive Director Debbie Speakman presents to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday, March 2 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Trends 2021: Peninsula tourism targeted Alaskans in 2020

It was the year that almost wasn’t for peninsula tourism.

Kenai Peninsula Tourism and Marketing Council Executive Director Debbie Speakman presents to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday, March 2 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)