COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

551 new COVID-19 cases reported Wednesday

Alaska reached its 100th death due to pandemic this week

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
“I Voted” stickers wait on a table in the Kachemak Community Center for voters to pick them up Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 in Kachemak City, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Rep. Vance, Sen. Stevens elected to another term

Both incumbents won in local Alaska House, Senate races

“I Voted” stickers wait on a table in the Kachemak Community Center for voters to pick them up Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 in Kachemak City, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Registered Nurse Annie Garay puts the finishing touches on South Peninsula Hospital’s new COVID-19 testing site, located at the lower level of the hospital’s specialty clinic at 4201 Bartlett Street, on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020 in Homer, Alaska. It’s a self-swab site where people register at one window, and collect a swab kit from a nurse at another window. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Three local establishments temporarily close due to COVID-19 cases

Public Health: Be proactive about coronavirus safety

Registered Nurse Annie Garay puts the finishing touches on South Peninsula Hospital’s new COVID-19 testing site, located at the lower level of the hospital’s specialty clinic at 4201 Bartlett Street, on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020 in Homer, Alaska. It’s a self-swab site where people register at one window, and collect a swab kit from a nurse at another window. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Passengers at the Juneau International Airport make their way past signage notifying the public about the state's travel restrictions on Monday, Nov. 15, 2020. Gov. Mike Dunleavy issued a new emergency declaration which took effect Monday, which outlined a number of travel guidelines for both in-state and out-of-state travel. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
Passengers at the Juneau International Airport make their way past signage notifying the public about the state's travel restrictions on Monday, Nov. 15, 2020. Gov. Mike Dunleavy issued a new emergency declaration which took effect Monday, which outlined a number of travel guidelines for both in-state and out-of-state travel. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
“I Voted” stickers wait on a table in the Kachemak Community Center for voters to pick them up Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 in Kachemak City, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Cooper concedes in Alaska House race

Rep. Sarah Vance elected to a second term

“I Voted” stickers wait on a table in the Kachemak Community Center for voters to pick them up Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 in Kachemak City, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Homer City Hall. (Homer News file photo)

Commercial fishing, housing relief programs are live

City now accepting applications for additional financial grant programs

Homer City Hall. (Homer News file photo)
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Homer High School.

School district extends remote learning status

Remote learning will continue for most schools through Thanksgiving break

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Homer High School.
This screenshot from the Ravn Travel website details how Ravn Alaska’s public charter service works. (Screenshot image by Homer News)

Ravn Alaska starts public charter service on Friday

Company is still waiting on final DOT approval

This screenshot from the Ravn Travel website details how Ravn Alaska’s public charter service works. (Screenshot image by Homer News)
Supporters of Alaska Ballot Measure 1 wave signs urging a “yes” vote on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, on Pioneer Avenue in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Alaska started counting absentee ballots on Tuesday

Absentee ballot counting for Homer area didn’t start until Wednesday

Supporters of Alaska Ballot Measure 1 wave signs urging a “yes” vote on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, on Pioneer Avenue in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
“It’s Your Life: Take a Day to Be Well” is the logo of the Rotary Health Fair

Health Fair succeeded despite COVID-19 pandemic

Some virtual events continue this week

“It’s Your Life: Take a Day to Be Well” is the logo of the Rotary Health Fair
Locals wait in line to eat from the BFDfoodtruck (breakfast for dinner) on Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020 at Alice's Champagne Palace in Homer, Alaska. The food truck was in town along with four others as part of the Food Network show "The Great Food Truck Race." (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Food Network show brings new bites to Homer

‘The Great Food Truck Race’ stops in town on its way through Alaska

Locals wait in line to eat from the BFDfoodtruck (breakfast for dinner) on Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020 at Alice's Champagne Palace in Homer, Alaska. The food truck was in town along with four others as part of the Food Network show "The Great Food Truck Race." (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
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Homer High School.

School district risk levels remain high

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has mitigation plans in place for what will happen with in-person education when different regions of the peninsula are… Continue reading

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Homer High School.
Image via Kenai Peninsula School District

School district explores reopening plans

The district launched a parent survey to get feedback on how to best resume on-site learning.

Image via Kenai Peninsula School District
Participants in this year's Veterans Day celebration assemble at the Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Service men and women honored in annual Veterans Day celebration

Remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice, a few dozen veterans and Homer area residents gathered on Wednesday for the annual Veterans Day celebration. The… Continue reading

Participants in this year's Veterans Day celebration assemble at the Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
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Homer High School.

School announcements

School district risk level update and upcoming events

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Homer High School.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks during a virtual town hall meeting on Sept. 15. (Courtesy Photo / Office of Gov. Mike Dunleavy)

Governor urges Alaskans to change behavior amid rising case counts

He cited virus’ impacts on the military and emergency responders.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks during a virtual town hall meeting on Sept. 15. (Courtesy Photo / Office of Gov. Mike Dunleavy)
Peter Segall / Juneau Empire
The Alaska State Capitol on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. The state’s emergency declaration for COVID-19 ends Nov. 15, and lawmakers have asked Gov. Mike Dunleavy to call a special session to extend it. Dunleavy issued a second emergency declaration Friday but some lawmakers have said that violates state law.
Peter Segall / Juneau Empire
The Alaska State Capitol on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. The state’s emergency declaration for COVID-19 ends Nov. 15, and lawmakers have asked Gov. Mike Dunleavy to call a special session to extend it. Dunleavy issued a second emergency declaration Friday but some lawmakers have said that violates state law.
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

State reports 4 new deaths, 66 new cases on Kenai Peninsula

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services reported 493 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday — 486 among Alaska residents and seven nonresident. Sixty-six… Continue reading

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
Jason Davis, owner of Sweetgale Meadworks and Cider House, pours a drink for a patron on Oct. 20, 2020 at the new business on Main Street in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Mead flows in Homer once more

Sweetgale Meadworks and Cider House opens on Main Street

Jason Davis, owner of Sweetgale Meadworks and Cider House, pours a drink for a patron on Oct. 20, 2020 at the new business on Main Street in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)