Countess Nona Safra, far right, poses with the other Alaska State Fair Royalty. (Photo provided)

‘Countess’ Safra receives First Lady’s volunteer award

Homer senior honored at Alaska State Fair and then by First Lady.

Countess Nona Safra, far right, poses with the other Alaska State Fair Royalty. (Photo provided)
The Homer Election Cancass Board counted the final Homer City Council election ballots Friday, Oct. 8. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)

Election results finalized: Erickson, Aderhold, Davis win seats

The Homer Election Canvass Board counted the absentee, questioned and special needs votes Friday.

The Homer Election Cancass Board counted the final Homer City Council election ballots Friday, Oct. 8. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)
James Varsos, also known as “Hobo Jim,” poses for a photo during the August, 2016, Funny River Festival in Funny River, Alaska, in August 2016. (Peninsula Clarion file)

Hobo Jim, beloved Alaska balladeer, dies after battle with cancer

Just over two weeks ago Varsos went public with his terminal cancer diagnosis.

James Varsos, also known as “Hobo Jim,” poses for a photo during the August, 2016, Funny River Festival in Funny River, Alaska, in August 2016. (Peninsula Clarion file)
The jack-up rig Randolph Yost, left, awaits loading on the heavy-lift vessel Falcon on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, in Kachemak Bay near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Jack-up rig Randolph Yost returns to Kachemak Bay

Destination is unknown for jack-up rig.

The jack-up rig Randolph Yost, left, awaits loading on the heavy-lift vessel Falcon on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, in Kachemak Bay near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Office Max at the Nugget Mall in the Mendenhall Valley advertised Permanent Fund dividend sales on Thursday, July 2, 2020. This year's PFD will be  $1,114, the Alaska Department of Revenue announced. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

Revenue Department announces 2021 PFD amount

It’s a little more filling than last year.

Office Max at the Nugget Mall in the Mendenhall Valley advertised Permanent Fund dividend sales on Thursday, July 2, 2020. This year's PFD will be  $1,114, the Alaska Department of Revenue announced. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
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Anchorage FBI office launches hate crime reporting program

The program was launched across various digital, print and radio advertisements, as well as on public transportation in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau.

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Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Assistant Superintendent Kari Dendurent (front left) and Superintendent Clayton Holland (back right) listen as Board of Education President Zen Kelly (back left) speaks at a board meeting on Monday in Soldotna. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Superintendent seeks board input on revisions to district’s COVID protocols

Multiple parents and board members voiced their concerns about the district’s close contact policy.

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Assistant Superintendent Kari Dendurent (front left) and Superintendent Clayton Holland (back right) listen as Board of Education President Zen Kelly (back left) speaks at a board meeting on Monday in Soldotna. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
The Homer High School senior class proudly shows off their float for the Homecoming Parade. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)

Homer High School celebrates an enchanted forest homecoming

Homer High School celebrated its “Enchanted Forest Homecoming” last week with numerous activities, including a class parade, bonfire, festival, football game and crowning the homecoming… Continue reading

The Homer High School senior class proudly shows off their float for the Homecoming Parade. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)
Crews aboard U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf prepare to board a fishing vessel flying the flag of the People’s Republic of China in the North Pacific on Sep. 21, 2021. (Courtesy photo / U.S. Coast Guard)

Coast Guard, partner nations ID numerous fisheries violations

Ships found operating in concert with more than 450 shark fins aboard, according to Coast Guard.

Crews aboard U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf prepare to board a fishing vessel flying the flag of the People’s Republic of China in the North Pacific on Sep. 21, 2021. (Courtesy photo / U.S. Coast Guard)
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The Juneau Electric Vehicle Association held its eighth annual meet-up for National Drive Electric Week on Saturday.

Leafs of autumn: Juneau Electric Vehicle Association holds meet-up

Owners and enthusiasts had the event as the skies briefly cleared.

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The Juneau Electric Vehicle Association held its eighth annual meet-up for National Drive Electric Week on Saturday.
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Alaska Airlines planes are shown parked at gates with Mount Rainier in the background at sunrise, at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle. Alaska Air Group has told its 22,000 employees they will be required to get a COVID-19 vaccination. There are some exceptions to the policy, which has shifted since last month, the The Seattle Times reported. In an email Thursday evening to all Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air employees, the Seattle-based company said employees will now be required to be fully vaccinated or approved for a reasonable accommodation.

Alaska Air to require COVID-19 vaccine for employees

Alaska Air Group has told its 22,000 employees they will be required to get a COVID-19 vaccination.

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Alaska Airlines planes are shown parked at gates with Mount Rainier in the background at sunrise, at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle. Alaska Air Group has told its 22,000 employees they will be required to get a COVID-19 vaccination. There are some exceptions to the policy, which has shifted since last month, the The Seattle Times reported. In an email Thursday evening to all Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air employees, the Seattle-based company said employees will now be required to be fully vaccinated or approved for a reasonable accommodation.
Speaker of the Alaska House of Representatives Louise Stutes, R-Kodiak, and House Minority Leader Cathy Tilton, R-Wasilla, step outside the House chambers on Monday, Oct. 4, 2021, to discuss a message from the Senate. Lawmakers entered their fourth special session Monday, with a resolution to hold committee meetings remotely. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)

4th special session gets off to a slow start

Lawmakers discuss making legislative work remote

Speaker of the Alaska House of Representatives Louise Stutes, R-Kodiak, and House Minority Leader Cathy Tilton, R-Wasilla, step outside the House chambers on Monday, Oct. 4, 2021, to discuss a message from the Senate. Lawmakers entered their fourth special session Monday, with a resolution to hold committee meetings remotely. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
From left to right: Speaker of the Alaska House of Representatives Louise Stutes, R-Kodiak, House Majority Leader Chris Tuck, D-Anchorage, and House Minority Leader Cathy Tilton, R-Wasilla, discuss messages from the Senate in the hall of the Alaska State Capitol on Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. A plan to hold the special session mostly from afar was hampered by demands from Republican Senators. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
From left to right: Speaker of the Alaska House of Representatives Louise Stutes, R-Kodiak, House Majority Leader Chris Tuck, D-Anchorage, and House Minority Leader Cathy Tilton, R-Wasilla, discuss messages from the Senate in the hall of the Alaska State Capitol on Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. A plan to hold the special session mostly from afar was hampered by demands from Republican Senators. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
Christine Hill sits in the Municipality of Anchorage Assembly's chambers on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021, wearing a yellow Star of David reading "do not consent" to protest the implementation of masking requirements in public places meant to curb the spread of COVID-19. (Courtesy photo / Paxson Woelber, The Alaska Landmine)

Jewish groups say Holocaust comparisons a worrisome trend

Anchorage protest most recent, high-profile example.

Christine Hill sits in the Municipality of Anchorage Assembly's chambers on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021, wearing a yellow Star of David reading "do not consent" to protest the implementation of masking requirements in public places meant to curb the spread of COVID-19. (Courtesy photo / Paxson Woelber, The Alaska Landmine)
Joyce Johnson-Albert looks on as she receives an antibody infusion while lying on a bed in a trauma room at the Upper Tanana Health Center Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, in Tok, Alaska. Johnson-Albert was optimistic but also realistic. "I just hope the next few days I'll be getting a little better than now," Johnson-Albert told a reporter on the other side of a closed, sliding glass door to the treatment room two days after testing positive for COVID-19 and while receiving an antibody infusion. "It's just hard to say. You can go either way." (AP Photo / Rick Bowmer)

COVID spike pushes Alaska’s health care system to brink

One Alaska Native village knew what to do to keep out COVID-19.

Joyce Johnson-Albert looks on as she receives an antibody infusion while lying on a bed in a trauma room at the Upper Tanana Health Center Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, in Tok, Alaska. Johnson-Albert was optimistic but also realistic. "I just hope the next few days I'll be getting a little better than now," Johnson-Albert told a reporter on the other side of a closed, sliding glass door to the treatment room two days after testing positive for COVID-19 and while receiving an antibody infusion. "It's just hard to say. You can go either way." (AP Photo / Rick Bowmer)
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COVID-19 cases decline slightly

No new southern Kenai Peninsula deaths reported.

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Homer community members join together to march from the HERC Campus to WKFL Park in support of women’s reproductive rights. More than 100 people joined in on the march. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)

‘This is our battle’

Homer Women’s March draws almost 130 participants

Homer community members join together to march from the HERC Campus to WKFL Park in support of women’s reproductive rights. More than 100 people joined in on the march. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)
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Otis, the four-time Fat Bear Week champion, fishes at Katmai National Park on Sept. 16, 2021.

Katmai announces its hefty champion

Otis, bear 480, was crowned this year’s winner on Tuesday.

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Otis, the four-time Fat Bear Week champion, fishes at Katmai National Park on Sept. 16, 2021.
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education President Zen Kelly (left) speaks at a board meeting on Monday, Oct. 4, 2021 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

District to give extra emergency leave due to COVID-19

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is giving staff 10 extra days of emergency leave in response to COVID-19. That’s according to a memorandum of… Continue reading

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education President Zen Kelly (left) speaks at a board meeting on Monday, Oct. 4, 2021 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)