Long Term Care staff celebrate receiving the five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Feb. 19, 2021, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska. From left to right are Cathy Myers, Director of Nursing; Bella the dog, Nanet Minke, Certified Nursing Assistant; Nicole McKinney,CNA; Bonnie Betley, Registered Nurse; Susan Hubbard, CNA, Ana Jones, CNA; Leone Morra RN; and Melissa Dunkle CNA, in the front kneeling. (Photo courtesy South Peninsula Hospital)

Hospital’s Long Term Care home gets 5-star rating

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently granted a Five-Star rating in its Care Compare quality program to South Peninsula Hospital’s Long Term Care… Continue reading

Long Term Care staff celebrate receiving the five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Feb. 19, 2021, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska. From left to right are Cathy Myers, Director of Nursing; Bella the dog, Nanet Minke, Certified Nursing Assistant; Nicole McKinney,CNA; Bonnie Betley, Registered Nurse; Susan Hubbard, CNA, Ana Jones, CNA; Leone Morra RN; and Melissa Dunkle CNA, in the front kneeling. (Photo courtesy South Peninsula Hospital)
Commercial fishing and other boats are moored in the Homer Harbor in this file photo. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Seawatch: Fuel shortage hits crabbers

Missed fuel delivery hurts crab fishermen seeking to refuel at St. Paul

Commercial fishing and other boats are moored in the Homer Harbor in this file photo. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Family practice physician Christina Tuomi, D.O., (right) gets Homer’s first dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine from Emergency Department nurse Steve Hughes (left) on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020 at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska. Tuomi has been the hospital’s medical lead throughout the pandemic. (Photo courtesy Derotha Ferraro/South Peninsula Hospital)

Vaccine hesitancy among local health care workers mirrors national trends

CPH will continue to follow up with employees to see if they are interested in being vaccinated.

Family practice physician Christina Tuomi, D.O., (right) gets Homer’s first dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine from Emergency Department nurse Steve Hughes (left) on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020 at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska. Tuomi has been the hospital’s medical lead throughout the pandemic. (Photo courtesy Derotha Ferraro/South Peninsula Hospital)
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Homer Flex School junior Torrie Kalmakoff stands with her Phoenix Award in this undated photo in front of the school in Homer, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Beth Schneider/Homer Flex School)

Homer Flex Phoenix Award winner: Torrie Kalmakoff

Homer Flex School recently released its recipient of the Flex Phoenix Award for December — Torrie Kalmakoff. Each month, the school staff pick a student… Continue reading

Homer Flex School junior Torrie Kalmakoff stands with her Phoenix Award in this undated photo in front of the school in Homer, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Beth Schneider/Homer Flex School)
Incoming Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Superintendent Clayton Holland speaks during a virtual budget forum Monday, March 22, 2021. (Screenshot by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Federal funds will help float school district through FY23

District leadership will ask for $48 million from the borough level

Incoming Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Superintendent Clayton Holland speaks during a virtual budget forum Monday, March 22, 2021. (Screenshot by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Derotha Ferraro from the fishing vessel Big Game poses with the king salmon she caught at the Anchor Point King Salmon Calcutta on Sunday, May 12, 2019, in Anchor Point, Alaska. Ferraro’s fish was one of the top ten fish caught in the tournament, weighing more than 20 pounds. (Photo courtesy of Bill Scott)

New board reinvigorates Anchor Point Chamber of Commerce

Calcutta King Salmon Derby scheduled for May

Derotha Ferraro from the fishing vessel Big Game poses with the king salmon she caught at the Anchor Point King Salmon Calcutta on Sunday, May 12, 2019, in Anchor Point, Alaska. Ferraro’s fish was one of the top ten fish caught in the tournament, weighing more than 20 pounds. (Photo courtesy of Bill Scott)
Homer City Manager Rob Dumouchel speaks on Monday, March 22, 2021, at a Zoom meeting of the Homer City Council in Homer, Alaska. (Screen capture by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Council postpones indefinitely tax exempt resolution for moose habitat organization

City discovers a resolution not needed to declare the organization is tax exempt

Homer City Manager Rob Dumouchel speaks on Monday, March 22, 2021, at a Zoom meeting of the Homer City Council in Homer, Alaska. (Screen capture by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
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State: 210 new COVID-19 cases

Two additional deaths were reported Tuesday

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Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks during an August news conference. On thursday, Dunleavy withdrew an executive order reorganizing the state’s largest department, the Department of Health and Social Services, after lawmakers sought to block it. (Courtesy Photo / Office of Gov. Mike Dunleavy)

Governor withdraws DHSS split order

Reorganizing the department remains a priority.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks during an August news conference. On thursday, Dunleavy withdrew an executive order reorganizing the state’s largest department, the Department of Health and Social Services, after lawmakers sought to block it. (Courtesy Photo / Office of Gov. Mike Dunleavy)
Members of the community give public testimony about a Homer City Council resolution dealing with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s proposal to repeal the ban on personal watercraft in critical habitat areas of Kachemak Bay during the Monday, Jan. 13, 2020 council meeting at Homer City Hall in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Conservation groups question Jet Ski regulation process in letter

Environmentalists allege Jet Ski ban repeal was tarnished, ask do over

Members of the community give public testimony about a Homer City Council resolution dealing with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s proposal to repeal the ban on personal watercraft in critical habitat areas of Kachemak Bay during the Monday, Jan. 13, 2020 council meeting at Homer City Hall in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Kenai Peninsula Tourism and Marketing Council Executive Director Debbie Speakman presents to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday, March 2 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Trends 2021: Peninsula tourism targeted Alaskans in 2020

It was the year that almost wasn’t for peninsula tourism.

Kenai Peninsula Tourism and Marketing Council Executive Director Debbie Speakman presents to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday, March 2 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Commercial fishing and other boats are moored in the Homer Harbor in this file photo. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Seawatch: 2021 salmon season looks strong

Fish and Game predicts a 61% increase in salmon catches, mostly pinks

Commercial fishing and other boats are moored in the Homer Harbor in this file photo. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
In this Feb 23, 2021, file photo, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Alaska Republican Party has not only censured Sen. Murkowski for voting to convict former President Donald Trump in his impeachment trial, but it also does not want her to identity as a GOP candidate in next year’s election, a member of the party’s State Central Committee said Tuesday, March 16, 2021. (Sarah Silbiger/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Alaska GOP censures Murkowski, looks for ’22 challenger

“The party does not want Lisa Murkowski to be a Republican candidate.”

  • Mar 17, 2021
  • By Mark Thiessen Associated Press
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In this Feb 23, 2021, file photo, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, speaks during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Alaska Republican Party has not only censured Sen. Murkowski for voting to convict former President Donald Trump in his impeachment trial, but it also does not want her to identity as a GOP candidate in next year’s election, a member of the party’s State Central Committee said Tuesday, March 16, 2021. (Sarah Silbiger/Pool Photo via AP, File)
Alaska state Senate President Peter Micciche, a Soldotna Republican, and Sen. Lora Reinbold, an Eagle River Republican, leave the Senate floor session together on Monday, March 15, 2021, in Juneau, Alaska. Reinbold returned to her seat on the floor Monday with a new face covering meant to comply with COVID-19 mitigation policies after Senate leaders last week took action to restrict her access to the floor and committee hearings for what they said were policy violations. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer, Pool)

Reinbold changes face covering after rules dispute

JUNEAU — An Alaska senator returned to her seat on the Senate floor Monday wearing a new face covering after Senate leaders last week restricted… Continue reading

  • Mar 17, 2021
  • By Becky Bohrer Associated Press
  • State News
Alaska state Senate President Peter Micciche, a Soldotna Republican, and Sen. Lora Reinbold, an Eagle River Republican, leave the Senate floor session together on Monday, March 15, 2021, in Juneau, Alaska. Reinbold returned to her seat on the floor Monday with a new face covering meant to comply with COVID-19 mitigation policies after Senate leaders last week took action to restrict her access to the floor and committee hearings for what they said were policy violations. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer, Pool)
A large tarp hangs in the Homer High School gymnasium to catch water leaking through the roof at the school in Homer, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Doug Waclawski)

Assembly approves funding to design 1st phase of Homer High roof replacement

The roof has been actively leaking and has ‘exceeded its useful life’

A large tarp hangs in the Homer High School gymnasium to catch water leaking through the roof at the school in Homer, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Doug Waclawski)
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The Homer office of the Division of Motor Vehicles is seen after hours on Monday, March 15, 2021, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

House subcommittee grills officials on plan to close DMV offices

‘I really doubt it’s going to pass,’ Vance said of governor’s idea to close rural locations

The Homer office of the Division of Motor Vehicles is seen after hours on Monday, March 15, 2021, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce presents local advocate Nona Safra with an exemplary service award Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at the Homer Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Local senior advocate honored for her work

A local advocate for seniors was recognized last week by the Office of the Borough Mayor for her work on behalf of that community, and… Continue reading

Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce presents local advocate Nona Safra with an exemplary service award Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at the Homer Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
The Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 shortly after it arrived at the South Peninsula Hospital on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

More vaccines coming to Homer

South Peninsula Hospital set to receive an additional 350 Pfizer doses

The Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19 shortly after it arrived at the South Peninsula Hospital on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)