A view of the back burning operations being conducted on the Swan Lake Fire as seen from Watson Lake in June 2019. (Courtesy Jessica St. Laurent/BLM Alaska Fire Medic)

Swan Lake Fire growth stalled

The latest measurement of the fire puts it at 100,812 acres.

A view of the back burning operations being conducted on the Swan Lake Fire as seen from Watson Lake in June 2019. (Courtesy Jessica St. Laurent/BLM Alaska Fire Medic)
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Addiction treatment center in search of a new location — again

A faith-based organization that’s been trying to set up an inpatient addiction treatment center in the Homer area for months is again searching for a… Continue reading

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Thirteen apply for new Homer Superior Court judgeship

Thirteen people have applied for a new Homer Superior Court position created by the passage of Senate Bill 41, which established superior court judgeships for… Continue reading

A pickup truck involved in a fatal car crash on July 7, 2019, rests on the side of the road near Mile 142 Sterling Highway, Happy Valley, Alaska. The pickup truck driver survived, but the driver of a second car involved in the crash, Michael Franklin, 18, of Palmer, Alaska, died of his injuries. (Photo by Jon Marsh/Anchor Point Fire and EMS)

Palmer man killed in two-vehicle collision near Happy Valley

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to correct where Michael Franklin was from. He was from Palmer. A two-vehicle collision killed a Palmer man… Continue reading

A pickup truck involved in a fatal car crash on July 7, 2019, rests on the side of the road near Mile 142 Sterling Highway, Happy Valley, Alaska. The pickup truck driver survived, but the driver of a second car involved in the crash, Michael Franklin, 18, of Palmer, Alaska, died of his injuries. (Photo by Jon Marsh/Anchor Point Fire and EMS)
Rep. Tammie Wilson, R-North Pole, speaks against an override vote during a Joint Session of the Alaska Legislature to vote on an override of Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s budget vetoes at the Capitol on Wednesday, July 10, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Rep. Tammie Wilson, R-North Pole, speaks against an override vote during a Joint Session of the Alaska Legislature to vote on an override of Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s budget vetoes at the Capitol on Wednesday, July 10, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
David Teal, director of Legislative Finance, gives a FY20 Budget update to the Senate Finance Committee at the Capitol on Tuesday, July 9, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
David Teal, director of Legislative Finance, gives a FY20 Budget update to the Senate Finance Committee at the Capitol on Tuesday, July 9, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Hundreds attend a rally in front of the Capitol calling for an override of Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s budget vetos on the first day of the Second Special Session of the Alaska Legislature in Juneau on Monday, July 8, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

“Override! Override! Override!’ Hundreds turn out in Juneau to protest Dunleavy’s vetoes

The response was overwhelming.

  • Jul 10, 2019
  • By Peter Segall Juneau Empire
  • State News
Hundreds attend a rally in front of the Capitol calling for an override of Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s budget vetos on the first day of the Second Special Session of the Alaska Legislature in Juneau on Monday, July 8, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Flying over western Alaska, home to numerous Yup’ik communities, April 15, 2019. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Budget cuts leave Village Public Safety Officer Program on shaky ground

On June 28, the same day U.S. Attorney General William Barr declared a law enforcement emergency in rural Alaska, and made more than $10 million… Continue reading

Flying over western Alaska, home to numerous Yup’ik communities, April 15, 2019. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Shop Talk: Storage Condominiums of Alaska

One Anchor Point man, Pete Kineen, is trying to change how Alaskans store their property, by selling storage units instead of renting them. He plans… Continue reading

Anchor Point responders douse vehicle fire

In the midst of high fire danger on the Kenai Peninsula, Anchor Point Fire and Emergency Medical Services quickly put out a car fire late… Continue reading

Swan Lake Fire prompts open fire ban in state and national parks on the peninsula

After a brief period of slowed growth, the Swan Lake Fire flared up again on Monday — reaching 99,086 acres, according to an update from… Continue reading

Central Emergency Services respond to the scene of a drowning on the Moose River Monday evening in Sterling . (Photo courtesy Sonya Childs)

Woman drowns in Moose River Monday night

The woman was reported disappearing under the water near the Izaak Walton Campground in Sterling.

Central Emergency Services respond to the scene of a drowning on the Moose River Monday evening in Sterling . (Photo courtesy Sonya Childs)

A ‘Homer-Grown’ Fourth of July

Last week’s annual July Fourth parade drew hundreds of spectators to the sidewalks along Pioneer Avenue dozens of creative and energetic floats, even in the… Continue reading

The Swan Lake Fire can be seen from the East Fork Moose River bridge on Thursday, June 27, 2019. (Photo courtesy Robert Kuiper)

In response to high fire activity, DNR bans campfires

Increased wildfire activity and persistent dry conditions have prompted the Alaska Department of Natural Resources to ban all campfires in several parts of the state,… Continue reading

The Swan Lake Fire can be seen from the East Fork Moose River bridge on Thursday, June 27, 2019. (Photo courtesy Robert Kuiper)

Homer Farmers Market: Support local agriculture by supporting farmers markets

I’m sitting on my deck watching as a Steller’s jay grabs some large insect and then lands nearby and shows it off to me as… Continue reading

Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce speaks at the Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, assembly meeting in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Mayor vetoes bed tax

Pierce said he did not support a dedicated or targeted tax on specific activities or services.

Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce speaks at the Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, assembly meeting in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Homer artists join statewide ‘art intervention’ against governor’s vetoes

As part of statewide protests by an ad-hoc group of artists and arts supporters against a veto by Gov. Mike Dunleavy of $2.8 million to… Continue reading

The KBBI Public Radio office and studio is on Kachemak Way, as seen in this photo taken July 2m 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Local stations grapple with cuts to public media funding

In the wake of Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s line-item budget vetoes, local public radio stations on the Kenai Peninsula stand to lose a substantial chunk of… Continue reading

The KBBI Public Radio office and studio is on Kachemak Way, as seen in this photo taken July 2m 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Kenai Joe’s Taphouse serves their first patrons under new ownership on Monday, July 1, 2019, in Old Town Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai Joe’s Taphouse opens in Old Town

Right now the bar is open and offering small appetizers, beer on tap and specialty cocktails.

Kenai Joe’s Taphouse serves their first patrons under new ownership on Monday, July 1, 2019, in Old Town Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)