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Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks to attendees of a conference held by the Alaska State Home Building Association and the Kenai Peninsula Home Builders Association on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019 at Land’s End Resort in Homer, Alaska. Dunleavy came to brief conference participants on the statewide economy. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Dunleavy talks statewide economy at builders conference in Homer

Recall Dunleavy protesters gathered outside the conference location during his speech

Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks to attendees of a conference held by the Alaska State Home Building Association and the Kenai Peninsula Home Builders Association on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019 at Land’s End Resort in Homer, Alaska. Dunleavy came to brief conference participants on the statewide economy. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Seawatch: Salmon Task Force efforts falter at NPFC meeting

Seawatch: Salmon Task Force efforts falter at NPFC meeting

The North Pacific Fisheries Management Council held its October meeting in Homer this month after a 36-year absence, the first since Clem Tillion’s last stint… Continue reading

Seawatch: Salmon Task Force efforts falter at NPFC meeting
The original van of the Fresh Sourdough Express Bakery and Cafe marks the business’ origins. The landmark business closed last month in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Sourdough closes for good as Maltzes move on to next chapter in lives

The founding of Fresh Sourdough Express Café and Bakery and how owner Donna Maltz came to settle in Homer starts with the classic turning-the-corner on… Continue reading

The original van of the Fresh Sourdough Express Bakery and Cafe marks the business’ origins. The landmark business closed last month in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Cash only? Bill could change the way Southeast’s marijuana businesses work

Cash only? Bill could change the way Southeast’s marijuana businesses work

SAFE Banking Act might be the end of cash-only operations.

Cash only? Bill could change the way Southeast’s marijuana businesses work
Seawatch: Crabbers will see mixed bag of quotas

Seawatch: Crabbers will see mixed bag of quotas

Bering Sea crab fishermen once again have a mixed bag of quotas to look forward to for the 2019-2020 season. The opilio snow crab quota… Continue reading

Seawatch: Crabbers will see mixed bag of quotas
The line outside of the Moose is Loose Bakery can be seen here on their last day of business in Soldotna, Alaska on Sept. 28, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Moose Is Loose serves up its final pastries

The Soldotna bakery shuttered Saturday after 18 years.

The line outside of the Moose is Loose Bakery can be seen here on their last day of business in Soldotna, Alaska on Sept. 28, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Cafe Cups closes its doors

Cafe Cups closes its doors

Homer residents and visitors may soon notice a little something missing when they drive down Pioneer Avenue — the iconic, Alice in Wonderland-esque tea cups… Continue reading

Cafe Cups closes its doors
SVT receives federal health grant

SVT receives federal health grant

Seldovia Village Tribe received a $51,833 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Congressman Don Young, R-Alaska, announced on Monday. SVT was… Continue reading

SVT receives federal health grant
Operators of an Alaska Crane Liebherr LTM 1500 mobile hydraulic crane move the Goldbelt Seawolf at its launch on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, at the Northern Enterprises Boatyard in Homer, Alaska. The crane held the Seawolf over the water until the tide had come in. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Largest Bay Weld boat ever built is launched in Homer

On Tuesday, Bay Weld broke its own record with the launch of its newest vessel, the 74-foot Goldbelt Seawolf, at the Northern Enterprises Boat Yard… Continue reading

Operators of an Alaska Crane Liebherr LTM 1500 mobile hydraulic crane move the Goldbelt Seawolf at its launch on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019, at the Northern Enterprises Boatyard in Homer, Alaska. The crane held the Seawolf over the water until the tide had come in. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Clarified alcohol regs could curb fundraisers, community events in local breweries

Clarified alcohol regs could curb fundraisers, community events in local breweries

The proposed regulations wouldn’t allow the Brewery to Bathroom 0.5K Relay for Life benefit run.

Clarified alcohol regs could curb fundraisers, community events in local breweries
BP sheds Alaska assets, sells to Hilcorp Alaska for $5.6B

BP sheds Alaska assets, sells to Hilcorp Alaska for $5.6B

BP is selling all of its assets in the state.

  • Aug 28, 2019
  • By Becky Boher Associated Press
  • State News
BP sheds Alaska assets, sells to Hilcorp Alaska for $5.6B
AP Photo/Mark Thiessen                                 Alaska marijuana grower Dane Wyrick poses for photos at his Danish Gardens cultivation and retail location in Anchorage, Alaska, Monday, Aug. 26, 2019. Wyrick said the future of his business is hazy, in part because of the tax the state of Alaska places on cultivators, which bear the burden of the taxation in the market.

Alaska’s licensed marijuana growers cite tax concerns

Alaska marijuana grower Leif Abel considers his business successful but still feels like he’s living “paycheck to paycheck” much of the time. A greenhouse expansion… Continue reading

  • Aug 28, 2019
  • By Becky Bohrer Associated Press
  • Business
AP Photo/Mark Thiessen                                 Alaska marijuana grower Dane Wyrick poses for photos at his Danish Gardens cultivation and retail location in Anchorage, Alaska, Monday, Aug. 26, 2019. Wyrick said the future of his business is hazy, in part because of the tax the state of Alaska places on cultivators, which bear the burden of the taxation in the market.
Shop Talk: Storage Condominiums of Alaska

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

Shop Talk: Storage Condominiums of Alaska
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 Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce speaks at the Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, assembly meeting in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
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.

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)
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

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

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