Business

Shop Talk: Storage Condominiums of Alaska

One Anchor Point man, Pete Kineen, is trying to change how Alaskans store their property, by selling storage units instead of renting them. He plans… Continue reading

 

Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce speaks at the Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, assembly meeting in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Mayor vetoes bed tax

Pierce said he did not support a dedicated or targeted tax on specific activities or services.

 

Kenai Joe’s Taphouse serves their first patrons under new ownership on Monday, July 1, 2019, in Old Town Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai Joe’s Taphouse opens in Old Town

Right now the bar is open and offering small appetizers, beer on tap and specialty cocktails.

 

Amy George, who used to run a bed and breakfast out of her home, started offering “glamping” experiences last year. She has two luxury tents that can sleep up to four people, as seen on June 12, 2018, near Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

New borough software seeks compliance with Airbnb, VRBO and other booking sites

A quick search on airbnb.com shows hundreds of home, cabins and even yurts for rent

Amy George, who used to run a bed and breakfast out of her home, started offering “glamping” experiences last year. She has two luxury tents that can sleep up to four people, as seen on June 12, 2018, near Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Visitor guides await travelers at the Kenai Municipal Airport, Thursday, June 20, 2019, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Borough defunds tourism marketing council

Pierce vetoed the $100,000 in funding for the Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council

Visitor guides await travelers at the Kenai Municipal Airport, Thursday, June 20, 2019, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

New charter operation is first in town to use Seakeeper boat stabilization

A new charter business in town is making a name for itself in more ways than one by being having the first boat of its… Continue reading

Homer News Editor Michael Armstrong, left, is presented with an award from Publisher Jeff Hayden on May 10, 2019 at the Homer News office in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Malia Anderson)

Homer News editor celebrates 20 years

Armstrong joined Homer News team when the newspaper was owned by Washington Post managing editor

Homer News Editor Michael Armstrong, left, is presented with an award from Publisher Jeff Hayden on May 10, 2019 at the Homer News office in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Malia Anderson)
The Kenai Peninsula Borough building, pictured Sept. 12, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Assembly gets pushback on bed tax

The 12% bed tax would affect temporary lodging, including motels, hotels and bed and B&Bs

The Kenai Peninsula Borough building, pictured Sept. 12, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
From left to right, Vanita Thurmond, Elaine Griner, and Dale Griner stand outside Thurmond’s Far West Auto in Anchor Point, Alaska at the fifth annual Customer Appreciation Day on Saturday, May 25, 2019. (Photo by Delcenia Cosman)

Thurmond’s Far West Auto celebrates 50 years

For a week prior to their fifth annual Customer Appreciation Day on Saturday, May 25, a handwritten sign hung on the door of Thurmond’s Far… Continue reading

From left to right, Vanita Thurmond, Elaine Griner, and Dale Griner stand outside Thurmond’s Far West Auto in Anchor Point, Alaska at the fifth annual Customer Appreciation Day on Saturday, May 25, 2019. (Photo by Delcenia Cosman)

Aspen Hotel gets grand opening

Though already in use, Homer’s new Aspen Suites Hotel got a grand opening celebration last week while local elected officials celebrated bringing the business chain… Continue reading

Workers finish up the new Homer Aspen Suites Hotel on May 21, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. The 72-room hotel opens on May 27. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Aspen Suite Hotel opens Monday

Homer’s newest hotel opens on Monday, May 27, on the Sterling Highway across from Safeway and the Chevron gas station. The Aspen Suites Hotel is… Continue reading

Workers finish up the new Homer Aspen Suites Hotel on May 21, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. The 72-room hotel opens on May 27. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Seawatch: Late-stage chinooks not as safe as thought

Researchers at the University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences have made a discovery about mortality in late-stage chinook salmon — fish… Continue reading

Alaska Salt Company finds new home

Local Homer business Alaska Salt Company has settled into its new home on the Homer Spit, and celebrated on Friday with a grand opening ceremony.… Continue reading

The Kenai Peninsula Borough building, pictured Sept. 12, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Borough introduces bed tax ordinance

The 12% bed tax would affect temporary lodging across the borough

The Kenai Peninsula Borough building, pictured Sept. 12, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Seawatch: Micciche proposes setnet buyback bill

Sen. Pete Micciche (R-Soldotna) is having another go at getting a bill through the legislature that would reduce the number of commercial east side setnetters… Continue reading

Members of the Homer Animal Friends participate in a Poop Patrol event on April 13, 2019 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Janelle Spurkland)

Homer Animal Friends to switch store location

The Homer Animal Friends, a local volunteer group dedicated to promoting the welfare of animals in the community, is moving its storefront from Main Street… Continue reading

Members of the Homer Animal Friends participate in a Poop Patrol event on April 13, 2019 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Janelle Spurkland)
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Kenai to look at onsite marijuana consumption

The ordinance permits the activity through a conditional use permit process.

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Seawatch: Togiak sac-roe herring wrapping up

Togiak sac roe herring may be wrapping up as the fish are getting smaller and some buyers may start balking. The quota is 29,930 tons,… Continue reading

Seawatch: Board of Fisheries meets March 9

The Alaska Board of Fisheries kicks off its meeting dealing with state-wide finfish proposals on March 9 in Anchorage, covering about 20 proposals and expected… Continue reading

Seawatch: Public questions Board of Fisheries nominee

Gov. Mike Dunleavy has nominated someone who could possibly be the most divisive member ever to the Alaska Board of Fisheries, retired Superior Court judge… Continue reading