The firefighter uniforms for Gary Thomas, a former volunteer firefighter who was killed in a water heater explosion this month, hang on an antique fire truck in the Homer Mariner Theatre during a memorial for Thomas on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020 at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Remembering a piece of the community pie

Homer area residents come together to celebrate life of volunteer Gary Thomas

 

Inspiring Girls Expeditions is holding two tuition-free expeditions for 16- and 17-year-old girls in Alaska this summer. (Courtesy Photo | Joan Travers)

Program introduces girls to science expeditions in wilderness

Expeditions in Alaska will explore a glacier and the intertidal zone.

 

Members of the community give public testimony about a Homer City Council resolution dealing with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s proposal to repeal the ban on personal watercraft in critical habitat areas of Kachemak Bay during the Monday, Jan. 13, 2020 council meeting at Homer City Hall in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Council weighs in on proposed jet ski ban repeal, again

After much public testimony and discussion, the Homer City Council at its last meeting passed a second resolution concerning the Alaska Department of Fish and… Continue reading

 

Volunteers staff the kitchen and buffet line at the Jan. 24, 2018, Project Homeless Connect at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. The annual event gathers service providers, nonprofits and volunteers to support members of the homeless community and those in need. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Project Homeless Connect comes to Homer for first time

An annual event held around the state to help those experiencing homelessness or near homelessness is making its debut on the lower Kenai Peninsula next… Continue reading

Volunteers staff the kitchen and buffet line at the Jan. 24, 2018, Project Homeless Connect at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. The annual event gathers service providers, nonprofits and volunteers to support members of the homeless community and those in need. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Homer area school announcements

Homer High School Today — Kenai Peninsula Native Youth Leadership Meeting at 3 p.m. Basketball v. Cook Inlet Academy. Girls C Team at 4 p.m.,… Continue reading

Low and Lower plays to support youth music groups

Students from Fireweed Academy and Paul Bank Elementary School were treated to a visit from a cello and bass duo last week ahead of a… Continue reading

Women’s March on Homer draws hundreds to the streets

The Women’s March on Homer continues to draw large numbers of men, women and children to participate in its fourth year. Gathering on a chilly… Continue reading

Gregory Bull | Associated Press
                                A girl waits for her mother Sunday in Toksook Bay, Alaska.

On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town

They have to start early here.

  • Jan 22, 2020
  • By MARK THIESSEN Associated Press
  • State News
Gregory Bull | Associated Press
                                A girl waits for her mother Sunday in Toksook Bay, Alaska.
Senate President Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, and Sen. Bert Stedman, R-Sitka, talk before the first floor session of the year on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)
Senate President Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, and Sen. Bert Stedman, R-Sitka, talk before the first floor session of the year on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)

Seawatch: BOF cuts Mainland fishery

Kodiak seiners were stunned by decisions from the Alaska Board of Fisheries in their meeting last week to restrict the west side of Shelikof Strait… Continue reading

Outpatient addiction treatment services open in Homer

Run by faith-based Mat-Su organization, services have been long time coming

Homer Bookstore releases 2019 best seller list

The Homer Bookstore has released its annual list of best selling novels, how-to’s, cookbooks and more for 2019. Each year, the store compiles a list… Continue reading

Former Homer News publisher found dead after explosion

A Homer resident and former editor and publisher of the Homer News is dead after an explosion at a home outside of Homer on Tuesday… Continue reading

Homer area school announcements

Local graduates Homer High School graduate Aziza Shemet Pitcher has been named to DePauw University’s Fall 2019 Dean’s List. The Dean’s List recognizes students who… Continue reading

Rep. Sarah Vance holds town halls before heading to Juneau

In comparison to previous Homer town hall meetings last September and March where she drew heated questions, a meeting Saturday with Rep. Sarah Vance, R-Homer,… Continue reading

Photo courtesy Telluride Mountainfilm 
                                This image from one of the 2018 Telluride Mountainfilm festival short films shows a woman riding a mountain bike. A condensed version of the film festival will be shown in Homer at 7 p.m. this Friday and Saturday at Homer Mariner Theatre at Homer High School.

Telluride Mountainfilm festival comes on tour to Homer

Following a long tradition of celebrating the outdoors and creativity, a select number of short films from the Telluride Mountainfilm festival are once again headed… Continue reading

Photo courtesy Telluride Mountainfilm 
                                This image from one of the 2018 Telluride Mountainfilm festival short films shows a woman riding a mountain bike. A condensed version of the film festival will be shown in Homer at 7 p.m. this Friday and Saturday at Homer Mariner Theatre at Homer High School.

Social media helps in Murnane search

As the search continues for missing Homer woman Anesha “Duffy” Murnane, 38, her family and friends have asked people to put up blue lights to… Continue reading

In this 2007 file photo, an oil transit pipeline runs across the tundra to flow station at the Prudhoe Bay oil field on Alaska’s North Slope. (AP Photo/Al Grillo, File)

Alaskans flock to register for PFD

As of Saturday night, 101,266 had filed.

In this 2007 file photo, an oil transit pipeline runs across the tundra to flow station at the Prudhoe Bay oil field on Alaska’s North Slope. (AP Photo/Al Grillo, File)
Seward High School students (from left) Tayten Barhaug, Lindy Guernsey and Akilena Veach demonstrate their Caring for the Kenai project, drones to help map the flood planes of Seward, during the Industry Outlook Forum in Seward on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2019. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)

Forum discusses peninsula’s 2020 economic outlook

Industries gather at forum to discuss growth and opportunities

Seward High School students (from left) Tayten Barhaug, Lindy Guernsey and Akilena Veach demonstrate their Caring for the Kenai project, drones to help map the flood planes of Seward, during the Industry Outlook Forum in Seward on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2019. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)