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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

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

Aspen Hotel gets grand opening
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

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

Seawatch: Late-stage chinooks not as safe as thought
Alaska Salt Company finds new home

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

Alaska Salt Company finds new home
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

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

Seawatch: Micciche proposes setnet buyback bill
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

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: Togiak sac-roe herring wrapping up
Seawatch: Board of Fisheries meets March 9

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: Board of Fisheries meets March 9
Seawatch: Public questions Board of Fisheries nominee

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

Seawatch: Public questions Board of Fisheries nominee
Seawatch: Committee gets earful on Pebble

Seawatch: Committee gets earful on Pebble

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to correct the title of the organization Gayla Hoseth works for. It is the Bristol Bay Native Association.… Continue reading

Seawatch: Committee gets earful on Pebble
Seawatch: Sitka Sound herring fishery a no-go

Seawatch: Sitka Sound herring fishery a no-go

The Sitka Sound herring fishery appears to be a no-go, which would be only the second time in the fishery’s 43-year history. The fishery has… Continue reading

Seawatch: Sitka Sound herring fishery a no-go
Seawatch: Balance between commercial, sport fishing is key

Seawatch: Balance between commercial, sport fishing is key

While many in Alaska are lamenting the “graying of the fleet,” where the median age of commercial fishermen in the state is around 50 years… Continue reading

Seawatch: Balance between commercial, sport fishing is key
Growers fear agriculture cuts could curb industry growth

Growers fear agriculture cuts could curb industry growth

The governor’s proposed budget would reduce funding to the state Division of Agriculture

Growers fear agriculture cuts could curb industry growth
Myrna Gardner, tribal partnership specialist for the U.S. Census Bureau, said Alaska’s low census response rate is costing the state millions every year during a presentation at Southeast Housing Summit, Thursday, March 14, 2019. *Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)
Myrna Gardner, tribal partnership specialist for the U.S. Census Bureau, said Alaska’s low census response rate is costing the state millions every year during a presentation at Southeast Housing Summit, Thursday, March 14, 2019. *Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)
Seawatch: Southeast seiners buy back permits

Seawatch: Southeast seiners buy back permits

The Southeast Alaska Seiner’s Association was successful in their bid to buy back 36 permits after a February vote to use funds remaining from a… Continue reading

Seawatch: Southeast seiners buy back permits
Rep. Dan Ortiz, I-Ketchikan, right, reacts as Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tompkins, D-Sitka, mentions a bill to move legislative meetings to Anchorage as they speak at the Native Issues Forum with Sen. Jesse Kiehl, D-Juneau, left, and Rep. Andi Story, D-Juneau, in the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Wednesday, March 13, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Kiehl: ‘We’re pulling so hard to keep from going backwards’ on senior housing shortage

‘We’re finding ourselves a little short on time and resources to try and move forward.’

Rep. Dan Ortiz, I-Ketchikan, right, reacts as Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tompkins, D-Sitka, mentions a bill to move legislative meetings to Anchorage as they speak at the Native Issues Forum with Sen. Jesse Kiehl, D-Juneau, left, and Rep. Andi Story, D-Juneau, in the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Wednesday, March 13, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Seawatch: ‘Frankenfish’ may be imported

Seawatch: ‘Frankenfish’ may be imported

“Frankenfish” may soon be coming to a store near you. The Food and Drug Administration on Friday announced it was removing the 2016 import alert… Continue reading

Seawatch: ‘Frankenfish’ may be imported