This graph shows the fare box recovery rate for the Alaska Marine Highway System. (Courtesy)

Beyond the budget: What are the options to extend ferry service past October?

After hearing hundreds of testimonies, lawmakers say keeping basic service a top priority.

This graph shows the fare box recovery rate for the Alaska Marine Highway System. (Courtesy)
Myrna Gardner, tribal partnership specialist for the U.S. Census Bureau, said Alaska’s low census response rate is costing the state millions every year during a presentation at Southeast Housing Summit, Thursday, March 14, 2019. *Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)
Myrna Gardner, tribal partnership specialist for the U.S. Census Bureau, said Alaska’s low census response rate is costing the state millions every year during a presentation at Southeast Housing Summit, Thursday, March 14, 2019. *Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy. (Michael Penn/Juneau Empire File)

Dunleavy forums to begin in Kenai

‘These presentations will outline our vision for Alaska’

Gov. Mike Dunleavy. (Michael Penn/Juneau Empire File)

Seawatch: Southeast seiners buy back permits

The Southeast Alaska Seiner’s Association was successful in their bid to buy back 36 permits after a February vote to use funds remaining from a… Continue reading

Rep. Dan Ortiz, I-Ketchikan, right, reacts as Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tompkins, D-Sitka, mentions a bill to move legislative meetings to Anchorage as they speak at the Native Issues Forum with Sen. Jesse Kiehl, D-Juneau, left, and Rep. Andi Story, D-Juneau, in the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Wednesday, March 13, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Kiehl: ‘We’re pulling so hard to keep from going backwards’ on senior housing shortage

‘We’re finding ourselves a little short on time and resources to try and move forward.’

Rep. Dan Ortiz, I-Ketchikan, right, reacts as Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tompkins, D-Sitka, mentions a bill to move legislative meetings to Anchorage as they speak at the Native Issues Forum with Sen. Jesse Kiehl, D-Juneau, left, and Rep. Andi Story, D-Juneau, in the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Wednesday, March 13, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

School announcements

Homer High School Friday — “Once Upon a Review” Musical Performance at 7 p.m. in the Mariner Theater Saturday — “Once Upon a Review” Musical… Continue reading

Anchor Point man killed in crash near Moose Pass

An Anchor Point man died this week when his truck crashed near Moose Pass. Alaska State Troopers report that Marc Roderick, 46, died on Wednesday.… Continue reading

Paul Banks Elementary School students enjoy a celebration of their end of their read-a-thon, while dressed as pirates, on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at the school in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Read up me hearties, yo ho

Paul Banks Elementary students celebrate read-a-thon

Paul Banks Elementary School students enjoy a celebration of their end of their read-a-thon, while dressed as pirates, on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at the school in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
District 31 Rep. Sarah Vance, R-Homer, waits for results to come in at an election night party at Land’s End Resort on Nov. 6, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Vance apologizes for video bashing high school students

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to correct a direct quote from a Facebook video posted by Rep. Sarah Vance and to correct the… Continue reading

District 31 Rep. Sarah Vance, R-Homer, waits for results to come in at an election night party at Land’s End Resort on Nov. 6, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Sen. Sullivan touts federal support for agriculture

In a visit to the Alaska Food Festival and Conference last Friday in Homer, U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan highlighted several food and environment-related matters being… Continue reading

People pack the room to give public testimony on the Alaska Marine Highway System in the House Transportation and Public Facilities committee on March, 12, 2019 in Juneau, Alaska. (Alex McCarthy | Juneau Empire)
People pack the room to give public testimony on the Alaska Marine Highway System in the House Transportation and Public Facilities committee on March, 12, 2019 in Juneau, Alaska. (Alex McCarthy | Juneau Empire)

Seawatch: ‘Frankenfish’ may be imported

“Frankenfish” may soon be coming to a store near you. The Food and Drug Administration on Friday announced it was removing the 2016 import alert… Continue reading

Members of the Anchor Point community and surrounding areas flock to the new SVT Health and Wellness center located on the corner of Sterling Highway and Milo Fritz Avenue for the grand opening ceremony and reception at noon Friday, March 8, 2019, in Anchor Point, Alaska. (Photo by Delcenia Cosman)

Anchor Point celebrates new community health center

After months of anticipation, the brand new SVT Health and Wellness Anchor Point Clinic is finally open for business on the corner of Sterling Highway… Continue reading

Members of the Anchor Point community and surrounding areas flock to the new SVT Health and Wellness center located on the corner of Sterling Highway and Milo Fritz Avenue for the grand opening ceremony and reception at noon Friday, March 8, 2019, in Anchor Point, Alaska. (Photo by Delcenia Cosman)
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Mayor Charlie Pierce speaks at a Kenai Peninsula Borough meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2018. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Assembly passes resolution supporting oil and gas property taxes

Borough asks state to modify oil and gas property tax bills

Mayor Charlie Pierce speaks at a Kenai Peninsula Borough meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2018. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, introduces Senate Bill 22 to the Senate Resources Committee at the Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. The bill would allow organizations to obtain permits and enhance the habitat of shellfish in hopes of improving the seafood industry. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Sen. Stevens visits Friday

Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, visits the lower Kenai Peninsula for two Town Hall meetings at these times and locations: • Noon to 2 p.m., Friday,… Continue reading

Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, introduces Senate Bill 22 to the Senate Resources Committee at the Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. The bill would allow organizations to obtain permits and enhance the habitat of shellfish in hopes of improving the seafood industry. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Haven House Board names Women of Distinction honorees

The South Peninsula Haven House board of directors announced last week its 2019 Women of Distinction honorees. They will be recognized at the Women of… Continue reading

An updated tsunami zone map shows the areas of inundation in the downtown Homer area. The maxiumum inundation zone extends up to 50 feet above sea level. (Map by the Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys)

Tsunami awareness week is March 24-30

With new maps showing changed tsunami inundation zones and two evacuations held last year after earthquakes struck Southcentral Alaska, the upcoming Tsunami Awareness Week takes… Continue reading

An updated tsunami zone map shows the areas of inundation in the downtown Homer area. The maxiumum inundation zone extends up to 50 feet above sea level. (Map by the Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys)

Council won’t help fund addiction treatment project

The residential treatment center could still happen if organization raises funds on its own

Sharon Roufa of Two Sisters Bakery cuts dough into the shape she wants during a cooking demo on how to bake with sourdough at the Alaska Food Festival on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Land’s End Resort in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Alaskans talk all things food at conference

There are some days when food is the only thing on one’s mind. For those involved in Alaska’s food system and agriculture, last weekend in… Continue reading

Sharon Roufa of Two Sisters Bakery cuts dough into the shape she wants during a cooking demo on how to bake with sourdough at the Alaska Food Festival on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Land’s End Resort in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)