Anglers gather along the banks of the Kenai River near Sportsman’s Landing in Cooper Landing in September 2018. (Peninsula Clarion file)

Sanctuary opens for sockeye sport fishing

The sanctuary opening is effective Thursday, June 24 through 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday on July 14.

Anglers gather along the banks of the Kenai River near Sportsman’s Landing in Cooper Landing in September 2018. (Peninsula Clarion file)
Sherry Stead, left, and Don Stead, right, pose on Sunday, June 6, 2021, at the groundbreaking of the new building for Grace Ridge Brewery at 870 Smoky Bay Way. Jay-Brant Contractors has started construction of the brewery, tasting room and beer garden to be completed by next fall. (Photo courtesy of Grace Ridge Brewery)
Sherry Stead, left, and Don Stead, right, pose on Sunday, June 6, 2021, at the groundbreaking of the new building for Grace Ridge Brewery at 870 Smoky Bay Way. Jay-Brant Contractors has started construction of the brewery, tasting room and beer garden to be completed by next fall. (Photo courtesy of Grace Ridge Brewery)
People march in a combined Pride and Juneteenth event on Saturday, June 19, 2021, along Pioneer Avenue in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Juneteenth, Pride march held last Saturday

Combined Juneteenth, Pride march held, while a second Pride march is this Sunday.

People march in a combined Pride and Juneteenth event on Saturday, June 19, 2021, along Pioneer Avenue in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Kenai Peninsula Borough IT Director Ben Hanson speaks with attendees at a meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at the Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers in Soldotna, Alaska. The attendees were concerned about voting measures approved by the assembly aimed at improving borough election security. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Borough)

Borough assembly approves election security measures

The new legislation only applies to borough elections. It does not apply to state or federal elections.

Kenai Peninsula Borough IT Director Ben Hanson speaks with attendees at a meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday, June 15, 2021, at the Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers in Soldotna, Alaska. The attendees were concerned about voting measures approved by the assembly aimed at improving borough election security. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Borough)
Shell Perretta, left, and David Boissonault, right, sit on a bench on Thursday, June 7, 2021, they donated in memory of Perretta's late mother, Hilary Adams. Homer Parks staff installed the bench on the Homer Spit Trail near the wreck of the Try Again II that day. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Memorial bench installed on Spit

More benches donated by Rotary will go in this summer

Shell Perretta, left, and David Boissonault, right, sit on a bench on Thursday, June 7, 2021, they donated in memory of Perretta's late mother, Hilary Adams. Homer Parks staff installed the bench on the Homer Spit Trail near the wreck of the Try Again II that day. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Community members participated in Corvus Design’s Discovery Days on June 9 to discuss ideas for the new wayfinding and streetscape project in Homer. (Photo provided by Corvus Design)

Wayfinding, Streetscape plan to connect locations in Homer

The City of Homer is creating a wayfinding and streetscape plan to help people navigate town

Community members participated in Corvus Design’s Discovery Days on June 9 to discuss ideas for the new wayfinding and streetscape project in Homer. (Photo provided by Corvus Design)
Firefighter medic Andy Tighe snaps a photo of the breakaway plus-class cruise ship Norwegian Bliss while Captain Tracy Mettler operates a fireboat in the Tongass Narrows in Ketchikan, Alaska, on June 4, 2018. President Joe Biden signed into law Monday, May 24, 2021, legislation that opens a door for resumed cruise ship travel to Alaska after the pandemic last year scrapped sailings. (Dustin Safranek / Ketchikan Daily News)
Firefighter medic Andy Tighe snaps a photo of the breakaway plus-class cruise ship Norwegian Bliss while Captain Tracy Mettler operates a fireboat in the Tongass Narrows in Ketchikan, Alaska, on June 4, 2018. President Joe Biden signed into law Monday, May 24, 2021, legislation that opens a door for resumed cruise ship travel to Alaska after the pandemic last year scrapped sailings. (Dustin Safranek / Ketchikan Daily News)
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)

New data shows fully-vaccinated rate of about 74% for Homer, Diamond Ridge

Pop-up clinic is part of ‘Sleeves Up for Summer’ campaign

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)
An aerial photo of the 102-acre Loon Lake Fire footprint taken at approximately 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 15, 2021. Swan Lake is in the background to the right. (Kale Casey/Alaska DNR-Division of Forestry)

What peninsula residents need to know about fire season

Bouschor said the peninsula is known both for experiencing fires more frequently and producing larger-scale fires.

An aerial photo of the 102-acre Loon Lake Fire footprint taken at approximately 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 15, 2021. Swan Lake is in the background to the right. (Kale Casey/Alaska DNR-Division of Forestry)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
The Alaska Grown logo.

Homer Farmers Market: Hugs, fresh veggies missed after long winter

Need a hug? The Homer Farmers Market has them, but veggies go fast.

The Alaska Grown logo.
Then-Vice Adm. Linda Fagan, recently appointed as vice commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, speaks during Coast Guard District 17 Change of Command ceremony on April 23, 2021. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)

New Coast Guard vice commandant takes the reins

Fagan became the first woman to hold the rank of admiral in the Coast Guard.

Then-Vice Adm. Linda Fagan, recently appointed as vice commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, speaks during Coast Guard District 17 Change of Command ceremony on April 23, 2021. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire File)
A boat is lifted out of the water at Northern Enterprises Boat Yard on Kachemak Drive. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)

Northern Enterprise Boat Yard expands business

Northern Enterprises Boat Yard, Inc., the largest privately owned dry dock marina in Alaska, is expanding its docks and boat-lifting capabilities in an effort to… Continue reading

A boat is lifted out of the water at Northern Enterprises Boat Yard on Kachemak Drive. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)
Setnetters make their way back to the beach near a site on July 11, 2016 near Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion, file)

Personal-use setnetting opening Tuesday on Kasilof

The hours for fishing in the restricted area of the Kasilof River on Tuesday are from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Setnetters make their way back to the beach near a site on July 11, 2016 near Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion, file)
Sen. Bert Stedman, R-Sitka, spoke to the Empire on Monday, June 14, 2021, about the final budget proposal for the state which he helped craft. Some lawmakers said they felt bullied by the budget's contents. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
Sen. Bert Stedman, R-Sitka, spoke to the Empire on Monday, June 14, 2021, about the final budget proposal for the state which he helped craft. Some lawmakers said they felt bullied by the budget's contents. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, talks during an interview in the Empire's offices. During the conversation, Young discussed ongoing infrastructure bill negotiations, the Arctic's strategic importance to the U.S. and why he's seeking a 26th term in the U.S. House of Representatives. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)

The Empire sits down with Rep Young

We hit some of the wavetops of Young’s recent work.

Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, talks during an interview in the Empire's offices. During the conversation, Young discussed ongoing infrastructure bill negotiations, the Arctic's strategic importance to the U.S. and why he's seeking a 26th term in the U.S. House of Representatives. (Ben Hohenstatt / Juneau Empire)
A sign and road blocker at the head of the Hidden Creek Trail on Skilak Lake Road warns people about bear activity on Sunday, June 13, 2021 in Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Campers kayak to safety after Skilak bear attack

They were at the mouth of Hidden Creek along the shoreline of Skilak Lake

A sign and road blocker at the head of the Hidden Creek Trail on Skilak Lake Road warns people about bear activity on Sunday, June 13, 2021 in Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
One of two baby seal pups rescued and transported to the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward is seen in June 2021. (Photo provided by the Alaska SeaLife Center)

Baby seals abandoned, transported to SeaLife Center

Both the pups were in relatively stable condition.

One of two baby seal pups rescued and transported to the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward is seen in June 2021. (Photo provided by the Alaska SeaLife Center)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
A map shows the location of the Loon Lake Fire. (Photo from AK Fire Info).

Flight restriction issued over Loon Lake Fire, now 15% contained

The fire was first reported on Saturday evening.

A map shows the location of the Loon Lake Fire. (Photo from AK Fire Info).