Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News
                                Construction workers do foundation work at the site of the new Homer Police Station on Grubstake Avenue and Heath Street uphill of the Homer Post Office on May 20 in Homer.

Groundbreaking for new police station is Friday

With construction of the new Homer Police Station started, city officials will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Friday at the building site on… Continue reading

 

Four Ninilchik graduates reflect on time in small school

In a short but sweet ceremony Tuesday night, four teenagers walked across the stage and into the next phase of their lives at Ninilchik School.… 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

 

Homer Volunteer Fire Department emergency medical technicians treat Chief Warrant Officer Michael Kozloski, a crew member of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hickory, after he was injured when a crane tipped over at the Pioneer Dock on the Homer Spit on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. Kozloski was later pronounced dead at South Peninsula Hospital. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News.)

Coast Guard releases report on crane rollover fatality; Hickory captain relieved of duty

Improper operation of a crane in the buoy yard of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hickory in January caused a crane to roll over and… Continue reading

Homer Volunteer Fire Department emergency medical technicians treat Chief Warrant Officer Michael Kozloski, a crew member of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hickory, after he was injured when a crane tipped over at the Pioneer Dock on the Homer Spit on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. Kozloski was later pronounced dead at South Peninsula Hospital. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News.)
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District employees hold signs for a fair contract at Thursday’s special board of education meeting, May 16, 2019, In Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

School district employees vote to strike

A week after contract negotiations with the school district hit a standstill, peninsula educators and staff have voted to strike. In a Facebook post published… Continue reading

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District employees hold signs for a fair contract at Thursday’s special board of education meeting, May 16, 2019, In Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Homer Farmers Market: Celebrating 20 years

The spring weather has been so good to us this year that we may feel as though the Homer Farmers Market opening day has been… Continue reading

Rep. Gary Knopp, R-Kenai/Soldotna, and Rep. Dave Talerico, R-Healy, sit next to each other after Knopp voted not to confirm Talerico as Speaker of the House on Feb. 5. (Alex McCarthy | Juneau Empire)

Knopp censured by Alaska Republican Party

Knopp will no longer receive any official support from the Alaska Republican Party

Rep. Gary Knopp, R-Kenai/Soldotna, and Rep. Dave Talerico, R-Healy, sit next to each other after Knopp voted not to confirm Talerico as Speaker of the House on Feb. 5. (Alex McCarthy | Juneau Empire)

State seeks outside consultant for Medicaid overhaul plans

ANCHORAGE (AP) — Alaska is seeking an outside consultant to review the potential benefits of its plans to overhaul Medicaid, officials said. The Alaska Department… Continue reading

Rep. Ivy Spohnholz, D-Anchorage, walks with Speaker of the House Bryce Edgmon, I-Dillingham, as the House takes an at ease to wait for the conference committee on the crime bill to take place at the Capitol on Thursday, May 16, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Rep. Ivy Spohnholz, D-Anchorage, walks with Speaker of the House Bryce Edgmon, I-Dillingham, as the House takes an at ease to wait for the conference committee on the crime bill to take place at the Capitol on Thursday, May 16, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Kachemak Emergency Services firefighters use a ladder truck to attack flames in the roof of a Hancock Drive home early on May 8, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)

Firefighters saves two homes in May

Correction: This story has been updated to correct a quote by Kachemak Emergency Services Chief Bob Cicciarella saying the Hancock Drive fire was “one of… Continue reading

Kachemak Emergency Services firefighters use a ladder truck to attack flames in the roof of a Hancock Drive home early on May 8, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)

Memorial Day services held on lower peninsula

As part of a Memorial Day weekend visit, the U.S. Navy Pearl Harbor Brass Quintet visits Homer and plays at concerts and events, including a… Continue reading

City announces new fire chief

The City of Homer announced Tuesday that there’s a new fire chief in town, and his name is Mark Kirko. Kirko is taking over as… Continue reading

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District employees hold signs for a fair contract at Thursday’s special board of education meeting, May 16, 2019, In Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

School board approves some non-tenure teacher contracts

The jobs weren’t secure due to fiscal uncertainty around Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposed budget

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District employees hold signs for a fair contract at Thursday’s special board of education meeting, May 16, 2019, In Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

School announcements

General: Megan Kirsis, a resident of Homer, has been named to the Emerson College Dean’s List for the Spring 2019 semester. Kirsis is majoring in… Continue reading

District employees leave the Betty J. Glick Borough Assembly Chambers during the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Education Board meeting in Soldotna, Alaska on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, to rally for a fair contract. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Strike on table for school district staff

School district employees are considering a strike after contract negotiations were left unresolved Thursday afternoon. Since May 8, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and… Continue reading

District employees leave the Betty J. Glick Borough Assembly Chambers during the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Education Board meeting in Soldotna, Alaska on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, to rally for a fair contract. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Smith named South Peninsula Hospital CEO

A former Central Peninsula Hospital Chief Executive Officer and South Peninsula Hospital Chief Financial Officer has been named the new CEO for South Peninsula Hospital.… Continue reading

Rep. Matt Claman, D-Anchorage, speaks about the House passing a crime bill during a press conference at the Capitol on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Lawmakers ask why Alaska still has ‘marriage defense’ against spousal rape

Marriage can still be used as defense in some assault cases.

Rep. Matt Claman, D-Anchorage, speaks about the House passing a crime bill during a press conference at the Capitol on Wednesday, May 8, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
This map and aerial photo prepared by the Alaska Department of Natural Resources shows the Dorothy Drive area and the section line property owners seek to vacate. The large home in the center of the map is owned by country-western singer Zac Brown.

DNR closes Dorothy Drive section line easement

Update: The story has been corrected to note that Bureau of Land Management land is to the west of the Dorothy Drive area property. A… Continue reading

This map and aerial photo prepared by the Alaska Department of Natural Resources shows the Dorothy Drive area and the section line property owners seek to vacate. The large home in the center of the map is owned by country-western singer Zac Brown.