In this photo provided by the Alaska Division of Forestry, smoke from the Munson Creek Fire rises behind the Chena Hot Springs Resort as guests watch from the outdoor rock pool near Fairbanks, Alaska, on Monday, July 5, 2021. Authorities on Monday advised residents and guests at an Alaska hot springs resort to evacuate immediately after a nearby wildfire intensified. The Fairbanks North Star Borough issued the evacuation order when the fire reached a point less than a mile behind Chena Hot Springs. (Alaska Division of Forestry via AP)

Firefighters defend resort from advancing wildfire

Flames were about 100 yards from the resort, where crews were spraying water on buildings.

  • Jul 6, 2021
  • By Mark Thiessen Associated Press
  • State News
In this photo provided by the Alaska Division of Forestry, smoke from the Munson Creek Fire rises behind the Chena Hot Springs Resort as guests watch from the outdoor rock pool near Fairbanks, Alaska, on Monday, July 5, 2021. Authorities on Monday advised residents and guests at an Alaska hot springs resort to evacuate immediately after a nearby wildfire intensified. The Fairbanks North Star Borough issued the evacuation order when the fire reached a point less than a mile behind Chena Hot Springs. (Alaska Division of Forestry via AP)
Walt Blauvelt and his dog Goldie walk through trees near the Central Peninsula Landfill on Thursday, July 1, 2021 near Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

‘I don’t know why people didn’t see it’

Spurce bark beetle infestations overtake peninsula trees

Walt Blauvelt and his dog Goldie walk through trees near the Central Peninsula Landfill on Thursday, July 1, 2021 near Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
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Rescuers assist an injured harbor seal pup on July 4. The pup was spotted in Resurrection Bay and taken to the Alaska SeaLife Center.

Injured seal pup admitted to SeaLife Center

The pup was rescued July 4 from Fox Island in Resurrection Bay.

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Rescuers assist an injured harbor seal pup on July 4. The pup was spotted in Resurrection Bay and taken to the Alaska SeaLife Center.
A registered nurse prepares a COVID-19 vaccine at the pop-up clinic on the Spit on May 27. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)

Tracking vaccine rates presents challenges

State plans back-to-school vaccination push.

A registered nurse prepares a COVID-19 vaccine at the pop-up clinic on the Spit on May 27. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)
Kenai Peninsula Borough Administration and Assembly meet for a joint work session with the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021.
Kenai Peninsula Borough Administration and Assembly meet for a joint work session with the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021.
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A fisherman walks along the Kenai River near Sportsman’s Landing in Cooper Landing, Alaska.

Sockeye limits increased on Russian and Upper Kenai Rivers

Anglers may possess only the limit allowed in the waters they are actively fishing.

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A fisherman walks along the Kenai River near Sportsman’s Landing in Cooper Landing, Alaska.
Gavin Hunt, 13, receives his second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at the walk-in clinic at the intersection of the Kenai Spur and Sterling Highways in Soldotna, Alaska on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. (Camille Botello / Peninsula Clarion)

Both doses ‘critically important’ as Delta variant spreads

In Alaska, there have been a total of 13 delta cases detected, with nine of them spotted in the last week.

Gavin Hunt, 13, receives his second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at the walk-in clinic at the intersection of the Kenai Spur and Sterling Highways in Soldotna, Alaska on Wednesday, June 9, 2021. (Camille Botello / Peninsula Clarion)
Meilani Schijvens, owner of Rain Coast Data, shared the 2021 Business Climate Survey results with members of the Greater Juneau Chamber of Commerce Thursday. The data show that the pandemic-related tourism restrictions battered communities in Southeast Alaska. (Dana Zigmund/Juneau Empire)

Business climate survey shows pandemic’s outsize local impact

Southeast Alaska one of the country’s hardest-hit areas

Meilani Schijvens, owner of Rain Coast Data, shared the 2021 Business Climate Survey results with members of the Greater Juneau Chamber of Commerce Thursday. The data show that the pandemic-related tourism restrictions battered communities in Southeast Alaska. (Dana Zigmund/Juneau Empire)
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Then-Democratic presidential hopeful and former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel speaks at the “Take Back America” political conference in Washington, in this June 2007 photo.

Mike Gravel, former US senator for Alaska, dies at 91

He read the Pentagon Papers into the Congressional Record.

AP Photo / Charles Dharapak
Then-Democratic presidential hopeful and former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel speaks at the “Take Back America” political conference in Washington, in this June 2007 photo.
A warning by Facebook content moderators denoting sensitive content is superimposed on a post shared by Alaska House Rep. Ron Gillham, R-Kenai-Soldotna. Gillham shared a post comparing media and medical professionals to Nazi-era war criminals on his Facebook page on June 21, 2021. (Screenshot)

Kenai lawmaker shares photo comparing media and medical officials to Nazi war criminals

Republican Ron Gillham represents the Kenai-Soldotna area in the Alaska State House of Representatives.

A warning by Facebook content moderators denoting sensitive content is superimposed on a post shared by Alaska House Rep. Ron Gillham, R-Kenai-Soldotna. Gillham shared a post comparing media and medical professionals to Nazi-era war criminals on his Facebook page on June 21, 2021. (Screenshot)
Soldotna City Hall is seen on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Soldotna to end Zoom access for meetings

Soldotna Mayor Paul Whitney wrote in a June 23 memo to the council that the need for video conferencing had decreased.

Soldotna City Hall is seen on Wednesday, June 23, 2021 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
The old Homer Halibut Derby Shack is refreshed and updated to open  as the new Spit Visitor Information Center, as seen here on Friday, June 25, 2021, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Christina Whiting)

New Spit visitor center opens

Ribbon cutting is today for new Spit Visitor Information Center.

The old Homer Halibut Derby Shack is refreshed and updated to open  as the new Spit Visitor Information Center, as seen here on Friday, June 25, 2021, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Christina Whiting)
Seldovia as seen on Thursday, June 24, 2021. The steady rain didn’t stop boats filled with tourists from arriving in town. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)

Seldovia welcomes visitors to celebrate Fourth of July

Visitors are invited to celebrate Independence Day in Seldovia with a day full of activities.

Seldovia as seen on Thursday, June 24, 2021. The steady rain didn’t stop boats filled with tourists from arriving in town. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
A registered nurse prepares a COVID-19 vaccine at the pop-up clinic on the Spit on May 27. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)

State recalculates lower peninsula vaccination rate

Even with new adjustment, Homer area has almost a 61% single-dose vaccination rate.

A registered nurse prepares a COVID-19 vaccine at the pop-up clinic on the Spit on May 27. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)
Members of the House Republican Minority Caucus talk amongst themselves during an at ease on the floor of the Alaska House of Representatives on Monday, June 28, 2021. House members reached a deal on an operating budget and avoided a government shutdown but members of the minority said they had been repeatedly pushed out of the process. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
Members of the House Republican Minority Caucus talk amongst themselves during an at ease on the floor of the Alaska House of Representatives on Monday, June 28, 2021. House members reached a deal on an operating budget and avoided a government shutdown but members of the minority said they had been repeatedly pushed out of the process. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
Two playing cards recovered from the 1952 crash of a C-124 Globemaster were found this month on Colony Glacier and displayed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2021. The plane slammed into a mountain, killing 52 on board, and the plane and its crew have since become part of the glacier. The military has conducted annual summer recovery efforts, finding human remains and personal items on the glacier. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Crews find more partial human remains from 1952 Alaska crash

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON — The solemn task of sifting through rocks, twigs and ice to find human remains as small as a fingernail continued this… Continue reading

  • Jun 30, 2021
  • By MARK THIESSEN Associated Press
Two playing cards recovered from the 1952 crash of a C-124 Globemaster were found this month on Colony Glacier and displayed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2021. The plane slammed into a mountain, killing 52 on board, and the plane and its crew have since become part of the glacier. The military has conducted annual summer recovery efforts, finding human remains and personal items on the glacier. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
The Homer City Council met June 28 to discuss the fiscal year 2022-23 budget as well as numerous other ordinances and resolutions. (Screenshot taken from meeting)

City council postpones discussions concerning capital budget

After several questions concerning the upcoming fiscal year capital budget were raised by Homer City Council members during the June 28 meeting, the adoption of… Continue reading

The Homer City Council met June 28 to discuss the fiscal year 2022-23 budget as well as numerous other ordinances and resolutions. (Screenshot taken from meeting)
The Alaska Grown logo.

Homer Farmers Market: Booths are loaded with goodness

After a cold winter, it has been a cool summer. But even though tourists may be bundling up in down parkas to hang out on… Continue reading

The Alaska Grown logo.
More than 140 runners participated in the 10K to the Bay run on Saturday, June 26. The race began at Homer High School and finished at Land’s End on the Spit. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)

Almost 200 runners participate in Spit Run

The 2021 Homer Spit Run included a half marathon, 10K to the Bay and untimed 10k walk.

More than 140 runners participated in the 10K to the Bay run on Saturday, June 26. The race began at Homer High School and finished at Land’s End on the Spit. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)