Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly members participate in a special meeting, which was conducted remotely, on Tuesday, Dec. 15. (Screenshot)

Assembly extends borough disaster declaration

The declaration was extended until March 31, 2021

Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly members participate in a special meeting, which was conducted remotely, on Tuesday, Dec. 15. (Screenshot)
Homer City Hall. (Homer News file photo)

City leases Homer Spit lot to Salmon Sisters

Homer’s disaster declaration extended through March 9

Homer City Hall. (Homer News file photo)
The Homer Spit stretching into Kachemak Bay is seen here on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Personal watercraft allowed in Kachemak Bay once again

Fish and Game repeals ban that kept them out of critical habitat areas

The Homer Spit stretching into Kachemak Bay is seen here on Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
This sea otter pup recovered from the beach in Homer has been admitted to the Alaska SeaLife Center for care and rehabilitation. (Photo courtesy Alaska SeaLife Center)

Sea otter pup found in Homer recovering at Alaska SeaLife Center

A young sea otter pup rescued from the beach in Homer is now being treated by the Alaska SeaLife Center through its Wildlife Response Program.… Continue reading

This sea otter pup recovered from the beach in Homer has been admitted to the Alaska SeaLife Center for care and rehabilitation. (Photo courtesy Alaska SeaLife Center)
The intersection of Skyline Drive and Ohlson Mountain Road, seen here Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020 outside Homer, Alaska. Residents of Ohlson Mountain Road have concerns about safety and speeding in the area, and the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly has formally asked the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities to conduct safety and speed studies on the road. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Assembly asks for safety study on Ohlson Mountain Road

Residents worry about increased traffic, speeding hazards

The intersection of Skyline Drive and Ohlson Mountain Road, seen here Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020 outside Homer, Alaska. Residents of Ohlson Mountain Road have concerns about safety and speeding in the area, and the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly has formally asked the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities to conduct safety and speed studies on the road. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
The Anchor Point Fire and Emergency Medical Services station on Milo Fritz Road in Anchor Point is shown in an undated photo. (Photo courtesy Anchor Point Fire and EMS)

Formation of Western Emergency Service Area moves forward

Board members have been appointed and transfer of assets is next

The Anchor Point Fire and Emergency Medical Services station on Milo Fritz Road in Anchor Point is shown in an undated photo. (Photo courtesy Anchor Point Fire and EMS)
Ice chokes the Homer Harbor on Jan. 9, 2020, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Fishery council closes federal waters in Cook Inlet to commercial salmon fishing

Fishermen, processors, elected officials warn of devastation to the fishery

Ice chokes the Homer Harbor on Jan. 9, 2020, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Organizations are withdrawing searchers from landslide-stricken Haines after the Alaska State Troopers called off active search and rescue operations due to hazardous conditions with the terrain and bad weather conditions in the search area. (U.S. Coast Guard photo / Lt. Erick Oredson)

State calls off active search and rescue operations in Haines

Many organizations are withdrawing their searchers but continuing their support of recovery work.

Organizations are withdrawing searchers from landslide-stricken Haines after the Alaska State Troopers called off active search and rescue operations due to hazardous conditions with the terrain and bad weather conditions in the search area. (U.S. Coast Guard photo / Lt. Erick Oredson)
Division of Elections Director Gail Fenumiai, left, explains the recount process to DOE staff and members of the State Review Board during a recount of votes from Anchorage House District 27 where a Democratic challenger ousted a Republican incumbent by just 13 votes. Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
Division of Elections Director Gail Fenumiai, left, explains the recount process to DOE staff and members of the State Review Board during a recount of votes from Anchorage House District 27 where a Democratic challenger ousted a Republican incumbent by just 13 votes. Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
Commercial fishing boats are docked at the Homer Harbor on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2014, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Seawatch: Young fishermen’s act praised

Young Fishermen’s Development Act passes U.S. Senate, now goes to House

Commercial fishing boats are docked at the Homer Harbor on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2014, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
The Homer/Baycrest KOA Campground, as seen on Aug. 18, 2018, near Baycrest Hill in Homer, Alaska. Formerly the Baycrest RV Park, owners Shelly and Jeff Erickson made it a KOA campground in the fall of 2017. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Homer Baycrest KOA wins major company awards during annual convention

Homer Baycrest KOA wins President’s Award and KOA Founder’s Award for second year running.

The Homer/Baycrest KOA Campground, as seen on Aug. 18, 2018, near Baycrest Hill in Homer, Alaska. Formerly the Baycrest RV Park, owners Shelly and Jeff Erickson made it a KOA campground in the fall of 2017. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
A letter to Santa from a first grade student at Paul Banks Elementary School. (Photo courtesy Jennifer Reinhart)

Local first graders pen letters to Santa

A lot of things probably feel different about this holiday season as it draws near, thanks to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but one thing remains… Continue reading

A letter to Santa from a first grade student at Paul Banks Elementary School. (Photo courtesy Jennifer Reinhart)
Homer News file photo
Homer High School.

School announcements

School district risk level update and upcoming events

Homer News file photo
Homer High School.
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

State reports 4 new deaths, 577 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services reported four new deaths and 577 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, four of which are among… Continue reading

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
In this Monday, July 27, 2020 file photo, a nurse prepares a syringe during a study of a possible COVID-19 vaccine, developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., in Binghamton, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

‘Beginning of the end’: Alaska’s first COVID-19 vaccines may arrive next week

The state’s health officials gave a vaccine update on Monday

In this Monday, July 27, 2020 file photo, a nurse prepares a syringe during a study of a possible COVID-19 vaccine, developed by the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., in Binghamton, N.Y. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)
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On-site learning could resume in January

K-6 students will be allowed to return to school on Jan. 19 even if their region is at high risk.

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COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

State reports 689 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services reported 689 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday and no new deaths tied to the virus. Ten… Continue reading

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
Homer News file photo
Homer High School.

School announcements

School district risk level update and upcoming events

Homer News file photo
Homer High School.

Seawatch: Halibut commission sets draft 2020 quotas

The International Pacific Halibut Commission held its interim meeting last month and lead quantitative scientist Dr. Ian Stewart is recommending a quota increase in all… Continue reading

Health care workers help distribute flu vaccines to thousands of Juneau residents at Thunder Mountain High School on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. Local health authorities said the drive-thru clinic was a practice run for an eventual mass distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
Health care workers help distribute flu vaccines to thousands of Juneau residents at Thunder Mountain High School on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. Local health authorities said the drive-thru clinic was a practice run for an eventual mass distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)