An aerial photograph from “The Kenai River: An Aerial Perspective” by Homer photographer Ian Reid. Reid released the book, which is available on demand, in November. (Photo courtesy Ian Reid)

Bird’s eye view: Homer man releases Kenai River aerial photography book

From a Homer man’s passion for flying comes a book for those passionate about the Kenai River. Last weekend, Ian Reid of Eagle Eye Gallery… Continue reading

An aerial photograph from “The Kenai River: An Aerial Perspective” by Homer photographer Ian Reid. Reid released the book, which is available on demand, in November. (Photo courtesy Ian Reid)

Troopers apprehend armed man on highway near Ninilchik

Update: In a press release on Dec. 2, Alaska State Troopers released the name of the suspect involved. He is Todd Bashaw, 45, of Soldotna.… Continue reading

Highway workers and spectators look at a car A car belonging to Homer resident Tom Sulczynski stuck on a section of an off-ramp that collapsed during an earthquake Friday morning, Nov. 30, 2018 in Anchorage, Alaska. The driver was not injured attempting to exit Minnesota Drive at International Airport Road. Back-to-back earthquakes measuring 7.0 and 5.8 rocked buildings and buckled roads Friday morning in Anchorage, prompting people to run from their offices or seek shelter under office desks, while a tsunami warning had some seeking higher ground. (Dan Joling | Associated Press)

7.0 quake shakes peninsula, brief tsunami warning for Homer

UPDATE: Homer residents got a rough wake up call Friday morning in the form of a 7 magnitude earthquake that rattled the Kenai Peninsula, Anchorage,… Continue reading

Highway workers and spectators look at a car A car belonging to Homer resident Tom Sulczynski stuck on a section of an off-ramp that collapsed during an earthquake Friday morning, Nov. 30, 2018 in Anchorage, Alaska. The driver was not injured attempting to exit Minnesota Drive at International Airport Road. Back-to-back earthquakes measuring 7.0 and 5.8 rocked buildings and buckled roads Friday morning in Anchorage, prompting people to run from their offices or seek shelter under office desks, while a tsunami warning had some seeking higher ground. (Dan Joling | Associated Press)

7.0 magnitude earthquake rocks buildings in Kenai and Anchorage

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 7.0 magnitude earthquake rocked buildings Friday morning in Anchorage and Kenai. It caused lamp posts and trees to sway, prompting… Continue reading

News in brief

Homer Chamber of Commerce tree lighting Homer Mayor Ken Castner will appear at a Homer Chamber of Commerce Holiday Tree Lighting when the event is… Continue reading

In this December 2016 photo, cannabis plants grow in a standard cultivation space inside Croy’s Enterprises near Soldotna, Alaska. (Peninsula Clarion file photo)

Manufacturing license for new Homer pot shop gets OK from council

A new cannabis operation in Homer is another step closer to having all the licensing it needs in order to open. 420 on Main, if… Continue reading

In this December 2016 photo, cannabis plants grow in a standard cultivation space inside Croy’s Enterprises near Soldotna, Alaska. (Peninsula Clarion file photo)

Borough votes to lease Anchor Point parcels to Hilcorp

At last week’s Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting, the assembly voted to lease parcels in the Anchor Point area to Hilcorp for oil and gas… Continue reading

Paul Banks students reflect on Turkey Day

With Thanksgiving over and gone, but more feasting to come at Christmas, some local students are reflecting on one of the most basic traditions of… Continue reading

In this Dec. 1, 2014 photo, Gov. Bill Walker, left, and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott join hands on stage at the end of inauguration ceremonies at Centennial Hall. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Gov. Walker reflects on rocky tenure, his legacy

To some, Walker was a cool-headed leader who was dealt a bad hand and did what he thought was best for Alaska. For others, he was the guy who stole their dividend check.

  • Nov 28, 2018
  • By BECKY BOHRER ASSOCIATED PRESS
  • State News
In this Dec. 1, 2014 photo, Gov. Bill Walker, left, and Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott join hands on stage at the end of inauguration ceremonies at Centennial Hall. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Uncounted ballot investigated in tied Alaska House race

JUNEAU — State election officials said Monday they are trying to determine whether a ballot apparently marked for Democrat Kathryn Dodge in a tied state… Continue reading

Appeals court ruling mixed on Alaska campaign finance laws

The case brought by three individuals and an Alaska Republican Party district challenged elements of state campaign finance law.

  • Nov 28, 2018
  • By BECKY BOHRER Associated Press
  • State News
The F/V Centurion.

Sea Watch: Recruitment up for Tanner crabs

Crab fishermen in Kodiak may be poised to reap the rewards of a crash in groundfish populations, as the bairdi Tanner crab fishery is set… Continue reading

The F/V Centurion.
From left to right: Homer City Council members Rachel Lord, Caroline Venuti, Heath Smith, former Mayor Bryan Zak, council members Tom Stroozas and Shelly Erickson, Homer Mayor Ken Castner and City Manager Katie Koester celebrate an official recognition of Zak and his time serving the city during the council’s Monday, Nov. 26, 2018 meeting at Homer City Hall in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Council talks 2019 budget

It’s budgeting season at the city of Homer once again, and Homer City Council members devoted much of their time at a meeting Monday fleshing… Continue reading

From left to right: Homer City Council members Rachel Lord, Caroline Venuti, Heath Smith, former Mayor Bryan Zak, council members Tom Stroozas and Shelly Erickson, Homer Mayor Ken Castner and City Manager Katie Koester celebrate an official recognition of Zak and his time serving the city during the council’s Monday, Nov. 26, 2018 meeting at Homer City Hall in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Homer area school announcements

Homer High School Today — Pep Rally at 10:25 a.m. Hockey vs Eagle River at 7 p.m. at Kevin Bell Ice Arena. Friday — Nutcracker… Continue reading

Borough chief of staff, John Quick, offered position in Dunleavy administration

Alaska Gov.-elect Mike Dunleavy has offered Kenai Peninsula Borough’s Mayor’s Office chief of staff, John Quick, the position of commissioner for the Department of Administration.… Continue reading

Keith Hamilton of Alaska Christian College gives public testimony for the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly in support of the assembly appealing the superior court’s decision regarding the borough’s invocation policy Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Borough chooses to not appeal court decision, updates invocation policy

Tuesday night, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted not to appeal a Superior Court decision that cited the borough’s invocation policy as unconstitutional. The assembly… Continue reading

Keith Hamilton of Alaska Christian College gives public testimony for the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly in support of the assembly appealing the superior court’s decision regarding the borough’s invocation policy Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
First grade student Elizabeth Parke practices holding a cardboard violin, in anticipation of the real thing, at Fireweed Academy in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Miranda Weiss)

Fireweed becomes second Homer school to employ group music program

There’s something growing in Homer, and it’s not a giant fungus or the many glaciers. An ensemble music program that’s sweeping education internationally has made… Continue reading

First grade student Elizabeth Parke practices holding a cardboard violin, in anticipation of the real thing, at Fireweed Academy in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Miranda Weiss)
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                                A sign supporting Mike Dunleavy for governor is seen in September. The state of Alaska has settled a lawsuit brought by the ACLU, a Palmer man and a pro-Dunleavy group regarding political signs that violate the state’s anti-billboard law.

State settles sign lawsuit brought by ACLU, pro-Dunleavy group

It’s an exit sign. On Tuesday, Anchorage Superior Court Judge Herman Walker Jr. approved a settlement concluding a lawsuit that challenged Alaska’s anti-billboard law. The… Continue reading

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                                A sign supporting Mike Dunleavy for governor is seen in September. The state of Alaska has settled a lawsuit brought by the ACLU, a Palmer man and a pro-Dunleavy group regarding political signs that violate the state’s anti-billboard law.
Ingredients sit in one of the many boxes filled with food by the Kachemak Bay Lion’s Club for their annual Thanksgiving baskets Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018 at the Homer United Methodist Church in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Ingredients sit in one of the many boxes filled with food by the Kachemak Bay Lion’s Club for their annual Thanksgiving baskets Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018 at the Homer United Methodist Church in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Alaska nets $28M at oil, gas lease sale

ANCHORAGE (AP) — Alaska netted $28.1 million from its oil and gas lease sales in the North Slope and Beaufort Sea. The state received bids… Continue reading