Sarah Palmer holds up a swab before administering a COVID-19 test in late December. The state announced on Tuesday that a variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 had been detected in Alaska for the first time. (Photo by Ben Hohenstatt/Juneau Empire)

Virus variant detected in Alaska for the first time

There is no evidence of a difference in clinical outcomes associated with the variant.

Sarah Palmer holds up a swab before administering a COVID-19 test in late December. The state announced on Tuesday that a variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 had been detected in Alaska for the first time. (Photo by Ben Hohenstatt/Juneau Empire)
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Debbie Cary (left) moderates a virtual interview with Clayton Holland (right) on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021 in Kenai, Alaska.

Holland to be next superintendent

The board unanimously supported Holland, who will take over from O’Brien later this year

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Debbie Cary (left) moderates a virtual interview with Clayton Holland (right) on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021 in Kenai, Alaska.
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

500 additional vaccine doses will come to Homer

State reports 180 new cases, 1 new death on Wednesday

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
Homer High School. (Homer News file photo)

Homer High has 1st COVID-19 case since reopening

Close contacts have been quarantined; school schedule not interrupted

Homer High School. (Homer News file photo)
Peter Zuyus receives his first dose of the Moderna vaccine Friday, Jan. 15, 2021 at a large-scale clinic put on by South Peninsula Hospital and the City of Homer at Christian Community Church in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

715 seniors get Moderna vaccine in Homer

Clinic put on by local hospital, city, public health and others

Peter Zuyus receives his first dose of the Moderna vaccine Friday, Jan. 15, 2021 at a large-scale clinic put on by South Peninsula Hospital and the City of Homer at Christian Community Church in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Newly elected Senate President Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, speaks with Sen. David Wilson, R-Wasilla, after being unanimously elected to the position on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire, Pool)
Newly elected Senate President Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, speaks with Sen. David Wilson, R-Wasilla, after being unanimously elected to the position on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire, Pool)
Commercial fishing and other boats are moored in the Homer Harbor in this file photo. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Seawatch: Local shellfish growers win Farm Family of the Year

Bates family of Halibut Cove wins mariculture Farm Family of the Year.

Commercial fishing and other boats are moored in the Homer Harbor in this file photo. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Catriona Reynolds in an undated photo. (Photo courtesy Catriona Reynolds)

CEO leaves Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic

Reynolds departs after 18 years at the clinic

Catriona Reynolds in an undated photo. (Photo courtesy Catriona Reynolds)
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Homer High School.

School announcements

School district risk level update and upcoming events

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Homer High School.
Volunteers distibute a meal to attendees at Project Homeless Connect on Jan. 29, 2020 at Homer United Methodist Church in Homer, Alaska. The event is a one-day opportunity for the homeless to get access to necessary supplies and services. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Project Homeless Connect comes to southern peninsula next week

Those experiencing homelessness in Homer and Anchor Point can get supplies, resources

Volunteers distibute a meal to attendees at Project Homeless Connect on Jan. 29, 2020 at Homer United Methodist Church in Homer, Alaska. The event is a one-day opportunity for the homeless to get access to necessary supplies and services. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Alaska State Parks logo. (Image courtesy Alaska State Parks)

Deadline nears to comment on state parks management plan

The public has until Friday to make comments on the plan that manages the Kachemak Bay State Park and Kachemak Bay State Wilderness Park. The… Continue reading

Alaska State Parks logo. (Image courtesy Alaska State Parks)
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Porcupine caribou graze in the Arctic National Refuge. (Malkolm Boothroyd)

Trump team issues Arctic refuge leases

JUNEAU — The U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Tuesday said it has issued leases covering nearly 685 square miles in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife… Continue reading

  • Jan 20, 2021
  • By BECKY BOHRER Associated Press
  • State News
Porcupine caribou graze in the Arctic National Refuge. (Malkolm Boothroyd)
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Members of the Alaska House of Representatives take their oaths of office on Tuesday, Jan. 19, in the Alaska State Capitol at Juneau. Members were allowed to remove their COVID-19 masks as they took the oath.

State House remains unorganized after first day

They’ll try again Wednesday.

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Members of the Alaska House of Representatives take their oaths of office on Tuesday, Jan. 19, in the Alaska State Capitol at Juneau. Members were allowed to remove their COVID-19 masks as they took the oath.
Commercial fishing and other boats are moored in the Homer Harbor in this file photo. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Seawatch: Pollock fishermen to delay season

Delay of pollock season will allow roe to ripen, making fish more valuable.

Commercial fishing and other boats are moored in the Homer Harbor in this file photo. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Robert Gibson testifies before the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday, Jan. 5 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Borough looks to revamp agricultural lease rates

Many of the borough’s existing agricultural land leases were issued during the 1960s and 1970s.

Robert Gibson testifies before the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday, Jan. 5 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
The Endeavour-Spirit of Independence jack up rig, is seen here in early April, 2013, at the Cosmopolitan site in lower Cook Inlet near Anchor Point, Alaska. (Photo by Brian Smith/Peninsula Clarion)

Feds release draft Environmental Impact Statement for Cook Inlet oil and gas leases

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management moved forward a proposed oil and gas lease sale in lower Cook Inlet last Friday when it announced the… Continue reading

The Endeavour-Spirit of Independence jack up rig, is seen here in early April, 2013, at the Cosmopolitan site in lower Cook Inlet near Anchor Point, Alaska. (Photo by Brian Smith/Peninsula Clarion)
Sanitization equipment is seen inside of a classroom at Kenai Middle School on Friday, Jan. 8 in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Schools head to ‘medium’ risk

Eastern and southern peninsula schools may return to in-person learning five days a week for all grades on Jan. 25

Sanitization equipment is seen inside of a classroom at Kenai Middle School on Friday, Jan. 8 in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

First Homer resident death tied to COVID-19 reported

State reports 24 new resident COVID-19 deaths, 167 new cases Wednesday

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
Homer’s Bergen Knutson (left) and Toby Nevak (right) try to fend off Dimond’s Kaden Daniels during a Friday, Feb. 14, 2020 game at the 2020 ASAA First National Cup Division I Hockey State Championship at the Curtis D. Menard Memorial Sports Center in Wasilla, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Middle, high school sports resume

Middle and high school sport programs started back up this week as the Kenai Peninsula School District allowed a resumption of onsite education starting Monday.… Continue reading

Homer’s Bergen Knutson (left) and Toby Nevak (right) try to fend off Dimond’s Kaden Daniels during a Friday, Feb. 14, 2020 game at the 2020 ASAA First National Cup Division I Hockey State Championship at the Curtis D. Menard Memorial Sports Center in Wasilla, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)