Business

Homer City Hall. (Homer News file photo)

Relief grants for small Homer businesses now available

Using a portion of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding it has received, the City of Homer is extending a hand… Continue reading

 

Anglers stand by a rack of halibut on the Irish as the North Country Charters boat returned to Homer in July 2017. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News file photo)

Halibut regulations updated for charters

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has provided clarification on recent revisions to regulations for halibut charter fishermen. In part of his response to the… Continue reading

 

Seafood companies plan to merge parts of their operations

Comapny shares plans to merge parts of their operations.

 

COVID-19 impacting local fitness centers

In the small town of Homer, Alaska residents are finding ways to stay active while fitness facilities begin to reopen On March 23, Mary Jo… Continue reading

A sign on Friday, May 22, 2020, at the Homer Theatre in Homer, Alaska, advertises its reopening next month on June 5. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Homer businesses reopen cautiously under most recent plan phases

When Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced the third and fourth phases of his administration’s plan to reopen Alaska’s economy in the wake of the ongoing global… Continue reading

A sign on Friday, May 22, 2020, at the Homer Theatre in Homer, Alaska, advertises its reopening next month on June 5. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Michelle Wilson and Sean Hogan, pictured at their restaurant, Cosmic Kitchen in this undated photo, have announced they have sold the restaurant after 17 years of operating in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Anna Buenting)

Cosmic Kitchen sold after 17 years, will close next month

A cuisine staple in the Cosmic Hamlet by the Sea is changing hands next month — Cosmic Kitchen has been sold, its owners announced last… Continue reading

Michelle Wilson and Sean Hogan, pictured at their restaurant, Cosmic Kitchen in this undated photo, have announced they have sold the restaurant after 17 years of operating in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Anna Buenting)

Seawatch: Busy news week in fisheries

It has been a busy week in the fishing industry, from a spate of false distress calls in Southeast, to an Ocean Beauty worker from… Continue reading

Fishing charters ask for modified regulations during COVID-19 pandemic

With their regular stream of out-of-state tourists significantly dried up, fishing charter operations are looking to lure Alaskans back onto their boats in hopes of… Continue reading

Seawatch: UFA holds seminar on new health mandates

United Fishermen of Alaska, with some financial help from Icicle Seafoods, held an informative webinar last week on the state’s mandate No. 17, which is… Continue reading

Swains join South Peninsula Hospital health care team

A husband and wife team have joined the South Peninsula Hospital health care team. Registered Nurse Stephanie Swain and Dr. Matthew Swain are the latest… Continue reading

The Little Mermaid restaurant basks in a fresh coat of paint Tuesday, April 28, 2020 on Pioneer Avenue in Homer, Alaska. The restaurant is set to open in its new in-town location on May 1. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Little Mermaid opens in town

Restaurant will do take out service as state economy slowly reopens

The Little Mermaid restaurant basks in a fresh coat of paint Tuesday, April 28, 2020 on Pioneer Avenue in Homer, Alaska. The restaurant is set to open in its new in-town location on May 1. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Bald Mountain Air Service’s Viking Dash 400 Twin Otter 19-passenger propeller plane as seen in a photo taken April 28, 2020, at its hangar at the Homer, Alaska, airport. (Photo courtesy Bald Mountain Air Service)

Bald Mt. Air to provide commuter service to Homer

Bald Mountain Air Service, a Homer tour and flight service company, plans to provide scheduled and charter flights in Southcentral Alaska starting either in late… Continue reading

Bald Mountain Air Service’s Viking Dash 400 Twin Otter 19-passenger propeller plane as seen in a photo taken April 28, 2020, at its hangar at the Homer, Alaska, airport. (Photo courtesy Bald Mountain Air Service)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks during a Monday, April 20, 2020 press conference in the Atwood Building in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Office of the Governor)

Seawatch: State announces protocols for commercial fishermen and charters

Two more cases announced Thursday brings state total to 337

Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks during a Monday, April 20, 2020 press conference in the Atwood Building in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Office of the Governor)

Homer area’s newest pot shop opens on 4/20

The Homer area’s newest and second retail cannabis store opened Monday — April 20, or course, or 4/20, known among pot lovers as “Weed Day.”… Continue reading

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                                Patrons wait outside a cannabis business in Juneau on Monday.
Peter Segall | Juneau Empire
                                Patrons wait outside a cannabis business in Juneau on Monday.
Oil tank train cars sit idle Tuesday, April 21, 2020, in East Chicago, Ind. The world is awash in oil, there’s little demand for it and we’re running out of places to put it. That in a nutshell explains this week’s strange and unprecedented action in the market for crude oil futures contracts, where traders essentially offered to pay someone else to deal with the oil they were due to have delivered next month. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Oil production continues in Alaska even with low prices

Still not free at the gas station.

Oil tank train cars sit idle Tuesday, April 21, 2020, in East Chicago, Ind. The world is awash in oil, there’s little demand for it and we’re running out of places to put it. That in a nutshell explains this week’s strange and unprecedented action in the market for crude oil futures contracts, where traders essentially offered to pay someone else to deal with the oil they were due to have delivered next month. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Seawatch: Salmon harvest project to be low — if there’s a season

The 2020 salmon harvest for Alaska is expected to be down compared to last season, mostly due to a lower forecast for pink salmon, but… Continue reading

The Homer News offices at 3482 Landings Street, as seen on March 17, 2020, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Homer News, Peninsula Clarion and Juneau Empire win awards

Journalists and photographers with the Sound Publishing Inc. newspapers in Alaska — the Homer News, Peninsula Clarion and Juneau Empire — won awards last weekend… Continue reading

The Homer News offices at 3482 Landings Street, as seen on March 17, 2020, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
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                                About 2½ oz. of dried marijuana is weighed in this 2015 photo.

Alaska to consider allowing curbside pot pickup

Decision could come before April 20.

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                                About 2½ oz. of dried marijuana is weighed in this 2015 photo.