School meals will continue during extended break

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will continue to feed students during the extended spring break, according to a press release. With schools closed to… Continue reading

Gov. Mike Dunleavy holds a press conference at the Capitol on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (Juneau Empire file photo)

Dunleavy declares public health disaster to prepare for COVID-19

Gov. Mike Dunleavy has declared a public health disaster emergency in order to prepare the state for what he said is the inevitable arrival of… Continue reading

Gov. Mike Dunleavy holds a press conference at the Capitol on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (Juneau Empire file photo)

Winter King Salmon Tournament postponed

Along with the many entertainment, recreational and community events being rescheduled or canceled while Alaska works to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19,… Continue reading

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                                A model of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. (Graphic by Centers for Disease Control)

COVID-19 closures announced

Update, March 16: This story includes new information about new restrictions at South Peninsula Hospital’s Long Term Care facility, closures at the Kevin Bell Ice… Continue reading

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                                A model of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. (Graphic by Centers for Disease Control)
Eight people in B.C. have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Alaska reports 1st coronavirus case; schools, universities extend breaks

All 42 schools on the Kenai Peninsula will be closed between March 16-20.

Eight people in B.C. have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
The Homer Courthouse. (Homer News file photo)

Homer man accused of attempted murder and assault

A Homer man has been accused of attempted murder and several counts of assault following a violent incident near the Fritz Creek area on Monday.… Continue reading

The Homer Courthouse. (Homer News file photo)

Paul Banks celebrates end of reading challenge

There isn’t much Paul Banks Elementary School Principal Eric Pederson won’t do for his students, as evidenced last week when he puckered up and kissed… Continue reading

Alaska Rep. David Eastman sits at his desk on the Alaska House floor on Thursday, March 5, 2020, in Juneau, Alaska. The House voted Thursday to remove Eastman, a Wasilla Republican, from committee positions after House Minority Leader Lance Pruitt indicated frustrations with Eastman within the GOP caucus. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

Alaska House temporarily strips Eastman of committee roles

The Alaska House voted Thursday to remove Republican Rep. David Eastman.

  • Mar 11, 2020
  • By Becky Bohrer Associated Press
  • State News
Alaska Rep. David Eastman sits at his desk on the Alaska House floor on Thursday, March 5, 2020, in Juneau, Alaska. The House voted Thursday to remove Eastman, a Wasilla Republican, from committee positions after House Minority Leader Lance Pruitt indicated frustrations with Eastman within the GOP caucus. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

Homer welcomes its first Superior Court judge

After years of bringing in traveling judges to hear felony cases, Homer has its own superior court judge, and she’s excited to get to work.… Continue reading

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy addresses reporters at a news conference Monday, March 9, 2020, in Anchorage, Alaska. State officials said 23 people have been tested for the new coronavirus with no positive results. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

A Q&A with the governor

Dunleavy talks state budget, fiscal future and oil prices

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy addresses reporters at a news conference Monday, March 9, 2020, in Anchorage, Alaska. State officials said 23 people have been tested for the new coronavirus with no positive results. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Seawatch: Report claims mining harms fish

As many Alaskans confront a governor who, according to CNN, lobbies foreign mining companies to invest in Pebble Mine, the environmental group Earthworks has released… Continue reading

Randy Robertson, a candidate for the Homer city manager position, interviews in front of the Homer City Council on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 at Homer City Hall in Homer, Alaska. The council voted 4-2 to offer the position to Robertson. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Candidate declines city manager job; council urges him to reconsider

After the Homer City Council voted 4-2 last Wednesday to offer the job of Homer City Manager to Randy Robertson, in an email to current… Continue reading

Randy Robertson, a candidate for the Homer city manager position, interviews in front of the Homer City Council on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 at Homer City Hall in Homer, Alaska. The council voted 4-2 to offer the position to Robertson. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member Brent Johnson address a small crowd of people during a borough public hearing held Monday, March 9, 2020 at the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds in Ninilchik, Alaska. The meeting was to gather input from the community about whether its members want an official borough service area for fire and EMS services. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Borough gathers input on fire, emergency services area for Ninilchik

Residents of Ninilchik have a choice ahead of them: to form a service area under the Kenai Peninsula Borough to receive fire and emergency services… Continue reading

Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member Brent Johnson address a small crowd of people during a borough public hearing held Monday, March 9, 2020 at the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds in Ninilchik, Alaska. The meeting was to gather input from the community about whether its members want an official borough service area for fire and EMS services. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Homer Volunteer Fire Department Chief Mark Kirko, center, speaks to the Homer City Council about the novel coronavirus outbreak at its regular meeting on Monday, March 9, 2020, in Homer City Hall in Homer, Alaska. Also joining the presentation were South Peninsula Hospital spokesperson Derotha Ferraro, left, and Alaska Public Health nurse Lorne Carroll, right, team leader for the Homer Public Health office. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Health team: City is prepared in case coronavirus comes to the peninsula

Local public health and emergency medical services officials spoke to the Homer City Council at its Monday meeting on how Homer agencies will handle the… Continue reading

Homer Volunteer Fire Department Chief Mark Kirko, center, speaks to the Homer City Council about the novel coronavirus outbreak at its regular meeting on Monday, March 9, 2020, in Homer City Hall in Homer, Alaska. Also joining the presentation were South Peninsula Hospital spokesperson Derotha Ferraro, left, and Alaska Public Health nurse Lorne Carroll, right, team leader for the Homer Public Health office. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Lifelong Learners to get awards

The Friends of the Homer Library last month announced the recipients of its annual Lifelong Learner Awards, according to a press release. New for this… Continue reading

Homer area school announcements

Homer High School March 9-13 — Spring Break, no school. Tuesday, March 17 — Boys Soccer Parent Meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the staff lounge.… Continue reading

Paul Banks celebrates annual reading challenge

As schools across the state seek ways to entice their young students to read, youngsters at Paul Banks Elementary School got one heck on an… Continue reading

Trauma talk to be held for missing woman

The friends and family of Anesha “Duffy” Murnane, a Homer woman missing since late 2019, will hold another community community conversation, “Responding to Trauma.” The… Continue reading

Randy Robertson, a candidate for the Homer city manager position, interviews in front of the Homer City Council on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 at Homer City Hall in Homer, Alaska. The council voted 4-2 to offer the position to Robertson. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Homer offers city manager position to Randy Robertson

The Homer City Council will offer the position of city manager to Randy Robertson, the next step in finding a replacement for outgoing City Manager… Continue reading

Randy Robertson, a candidate for the Homer city manager position, interviews in front of the Homer City Council on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 at Homer City Hall in Homer, Alaska. The council voted 4-2 to offer the position to Robertson. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)