Annie Bartholomew, Program Director and host for KXLL-FM, has helped find five songs from Alaska artists in the first round of nominees intended to replace the state’s existing telephone hold music. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

State phone lines will feature Portugal. The Man as hold music

You’ll hear it still. Portugal. The Man’s Grammy award-winning single “Feel It Still” was named Monday as one of five songs that will replace the… Continue reading

Annie Bartholomew, Program Director and host for KXLL-FM, has helped find five songs from Alaska artists in the first round of nominees intended to replace the state’s existing telephone hold music. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
In this file photo, Sen. Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, reads one of the two versions of HB 111 dealing with oil tax credits during a Conference Committee hearing at the Capitol on Wednesday, July 12, 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
                                 In this file photo, Sen. Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, reads one of the two versions of HB 111 dealing with oil tax credits during a Conference Committee hearing at the Capitol on Wednesday, July 12, 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Republicans pick Giessel as new Alaska Senate president

Republicans have maintained control of the Alaska Senate and chose Sen. Cathy Giessel of Anchorage to be the new president of the chamber. Giessel would… Continue reading

In this file photo, Sen. Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, reads one of the two versions of HB 111 dealing with oil tax credits during a Conference Committee hearing at the Capitol on Wednesday, July 12, 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
                                 In this file photo, Sen. Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, reads one of the two versions of HB 111 dealing with oil tax credits during a Conference Committee hearing at the Capitol on Wednesday, July 12, 2017. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Groups protest plans for possible lease sale in Beaufort

ANCHORAGE — Federal regulators are preparing an environmental review for a possible offshore lease sale in Alaska’s Beaufort Sea and environmental groups are calling foul.… Continue reading

  • Nov 20, 2018
  • By DAN JOLING Associated Press
  • Business
In this Nov. 4 photo, Alaska Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Dunleavy stands with his wife, Rose, on stage during a GOP rally in Anchorage. For the first time ever, a U.S. governor will be sworn into office above the Arctic Circle. Dunleavy will become Alaska’s top elected official Dec. 3, when he takes the oath of office in Noorvik, a tiny Inupiat Eskimo village above the Arctic Circle and more than a thousand miles from the state capital of Juneau. (Becky Bohrer | Associated Press)

Dunleavy to be sworn in above Arctic Circle

Most of Alaska’s previous governors took their oaths in Juneau.

In this Nov. 4 photo, Alaska Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Dunleavy stands with his wife, Rose, on stage during a GOP rally in Anchorage. For the first time ever, a U.S. governor will be sworn into office above the Arctic Circle. Dunleavy will become Alaska’s top elected official Dec. 3, when he takes the oath of office in Noorvik, a tiny Inupiat Eskimo village above the Arctic Circle and more than a thousand miles from the state capital of Juneau. (Becky Bohrer | Associated Press)
<span class="neFMT neFMT_PhotoCredit">AP Photo/Mark Thiessen</span>
                                Alaska Gov.-elect Mike Dunleavy, left, poses with Corri Feige, whom Dunleavy named Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, during a speech in Anchorage, Alaska, as his commissioner of Natural Resources. Feige has spent her career working in the energy sector, including as a geophysicist and consultant and in management-level positions.

Dunleavy taps Feige to be Alaska Natural Resources head

JUNEAU (AP) — Gov.-elect Mike Dunleavy last Wednesday named a former director of Alaska’s Division of Oil and Gas to be his Natural Resources commissioner.… Continue reading

  • Nov 20, 2018
  • By BECKY BOHRER Associated Press
<span class="neFMT neFMT_PhotoCredit">AP Photo/Mark Thiessen</span>
                                Alaska Gov.-elect Mike Dunleavy, left, poses with Corri Feige, whom Dunleavy named Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, during a speech in Anchorage, Alaska, as his commissioner of Natural Resources. Feige has spent her career working in the energy sector, including as a geophysicist and consultant and in management-level positions.

Homer area school announcements

Homer High School Nov. 22-23 — Thanksgiving Holiday (no school) Monday, Nov. 26 — Football Banquet in the Commons, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27 –… Continue reading

The F/V Centurion.

Sea Watch: Small harvest was still profitable

Bigger is not always better, at least according to the preliminary summary of the 2018 Alaska salmon season. In a report issued by the McDowell… Continue reading

The F/V Centurion.
Teachers, support staff and community members, many of them wearing red, prepare to listen to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education’s Monday, Sept. 10, 2018 meeting at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. The board holds one meeting each year in Homer, and another in Seward. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Peninsula teachers looking for extra income, second jobs

Arin Bowen starts her morning at Soldotna Montessori where she works as an interventionist. In the afternoon, she works as the Quest teacher at Redoubt… Continue reading

Teachers, support staff and community members, many of them wearing red, prepare to listen to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education’s Monday, Sept. 10, 2018 meeting at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. The board holds one meeting each year in Homer, and another in Seward. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
A group of Alaska SeaLife Center Volunteers and members of the Wildlife Rescue Team release a male harbor seal into the wild on Bishop’s Beach in Homer, Alaska on Nov. 8, 2018. (Photo courtesy Alaska SeaLife Center)

Rehabilitated seal released at Bishop’s Beach

The Alaska SeaLife Center released a male harbor seal named Hubbard back into the wild from Bishop’s Beach in Homer on Thursday, Nov. 8. The… Continue reading

  • Nov 20, 2018
  • By KAT SORENSEN Peninsula Clarion
  • Local News
A group of Alaska SeaLife Center Volunteers and members of the Wildlife Rescue Team release a male harbor seal into the wild on Bishop’s Beach in Homer, Alaska on Nov. 8, 2018. (Photo courtesy Alaska SeaLife Center)
The F/V Centurion.

Seward nudges Homer out of first in halibut landings

The halibut season closed last week under stormy skies with a handful of boats making it into Homer harbor just under the wire for the… Continue reading

The F/V Centurion.

A breakdown of election results on the peninsula

The Alaska Division of Elections on Tuesday released its latest voting results. The tally includes early ballots, questioned ballots and absentee ballots. Still to be… Continue reading

From left to right, new managers and upcoming owners Brittnay and Kyle Akee and Billy and Mamie Walker pose in the restaurant of the Anchor River Inn on Nov. 10, 2018 in Anchor Point, Alaska. (Photo by Delcenia Cosman)

Anchor Point landmark stays in business under new management

If you’ve driven through Anchor Point at any time within the past few weeks, you may have noticed a change on the Anchor River Inn’s… Continue reading

From left to right, new managers and upcoming owners Brittnay and Kyle Akee and Billy and Mamie Walker pose in the restaurant of the Anchor River Inn on Nov. 10, 2018 in Anchor Point, Alaska. (Photo by Delcenia Cosman)
A gavel is seen in an undated file photo.

Council picks judge nominees — but which governor will have the say?

The Alaska Judicial Council has picked a list of finalists for judgeships across the state, and now it’s time for the governor to have his… Continue reading

A gavel is seen in an undated file photo.
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                                This photo, courtesy of the Alaska Department of Corrections, shows the Spring Creek Correctional Center in Seward, Alaska.
                                This photo, courtesy of the Alaska Department of Corrections, shows the Spring Creek Correctional Center in Seward. (Courtesy Alaska Department of Corrections)

Spring Creek holds town hall

On Monday night, the Spring Creek Correctional Center opened its doors to the public, inviting them to the maximum security prison for an open discussion… Continue reading

<span class="neFMT neFMT_PhotoCredit">Courtesy Alaska Department of Corrections</span>
                                This photo, courtesy of the Alaska Department of Corrections, shows the Spring Creek Correctional Center in Seward, Alaska.
                                This photo, courtesy of the Alaska Department of Corrections, shows the Spring Creek Correctional Center in Seward. (Courtesy Alaska Department of Corrections)
Kenai Central High School is photographed on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Grant funding helps buoy Kenai Peninsula Borough School District learning programs

Throughout the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, several programs and activities are offered through the use of grant money. According to board documents, in the… Continue reading

  • Nov 14, 2018
  • By KAT SORENSEN Peninsula Clarion
  • Schools
Kenai Central High School is photographed on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Patrick Mede, co-owner with his wife, Monica, of Ulmer’s Drug & Hardware, speaks about the importance of shopping local at the monthly luncheon of the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, at the Best Western Bidarka Inn, Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Chamber of Commerce discusses small town shopping

At its monthly luncheon on Tuesday, the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center featured talks by owners of two of Homer’s largest, locally owned… Continue reading

Patrick Mede, co-owner with his wife, Monica, of Ulmer’s Drug & Hardware, speaks about the importance of shopping local at the monthly luncheon of the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, at the Best Western Bidarka Inn, Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
FILE – In this May 3, 2016, file photo, mourners gather around caskets for six of the eight members of the Rhoden family found shot April 22, 2016, at four properties near Piketon, Ohio, during funeral services at Scioto Burial Park in McDermott, Ohio. Authorities say Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, that a family of four has been arrested in in the slayings of eight members of one family in rural Ohio two years ago. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Former Kenai residents arrested in Ohio slaying of 8

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A family of four arrested Tuesday in the gruesome slayings of eight people from another family in rural Ohio two years… Continue reading

  • Nov 14, 2018
  • By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS Associated Press
  • Crime
FILE – In this May 3, 2016, file photo, mourners gather around caskets for six of the eight members of the Rhoden family found shot April 22, 2016, at four properties near Piketon, Ohio, during funeral services at Scioto Burial Park in McDermott, Ohio. Authorities say Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, that a family of four has been arrested in in the slayings of eight members of one family in rural Ohio two years ago. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
Members of Girl Scout Troops 280, 226, 134, 258 and 33, front, pose last Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, after a mock Homer City Council meeting in the Cowles Council Chambers at Homer City Hall, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Homer area Girl Scouts participate in a mock city council meeting

As part of work toward a merit badge in citizenship, the Girl Scouts acted out roles as city manager, mayor, council members, and clerk during… Continue reading

Members of Girl Scout Troops 280, 226, 134, 258 and 33, front, pose last Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, after a mock Homer City Council meeting in the Cowles Council Chambers at Homer City Hall, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly stands in silence while Assembly President Wayne Ogle offers an invocation before the meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, in Soldotna, AK. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

KPB Assembly to consider invocation issue

At its Nov. 20 meeting, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will consider two questions for its invocation policy: • Should the assembly authorize the borough… Continue reading

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly stands in silence while Assembly President Wayne Ogle offers an invocation before the meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, in Soldotna, AK. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Homer area school announcements

Homer High School Today — End of the Road Shootout, 7:30 p.m. at Kevin Bell Ice Arena, Homer v. Service. Friday — End of the… Continue reading