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Homer High School March 17 – Once Upon a Review Homer High School Musical Rehearsals at 1 p.m. in the Mariner Theater Homer Flex School… Continue reading

An invocation is given by Debbie Hamilton at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Meeting in Soldotna on March 5, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Anchor Point residents bring unified message to borough hall: fund education

Dozens of Anchor Point residents made the trek to Soldotna on Tuesday night to give the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly a unified message: Fund education… Continue reading

An invocation is given by Debbie Hamilton at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Meeting in Soldotna on March 5, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
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                                Teachers and support staff from across the Kenai Peninsula fill the Betty J. Glick Borough Assembly Chambers during the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Education Board meeting in Soldotna on Monday, Feb. 11.

Schools face drastic cuts

District would see increased class sizes, school closures if Dunleavy budget passes

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                                Teachers and support staff from across the Kenai Peninsula fill the Betty J. Glick Borough Assembly Chambers during the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Education Board meeting in Soldotna on Monday, Feb. 11.

Three things to watch for at the next Homer City Council meeting

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to delete incorrect information about a resolution of the city council to approve issuance of general obligation bonds… Continue reading

Firefighters douse a blaze that engulfed the old Bay View Inn on the Sterling Highway near the Baycrest Overlook on Thursday, March 7, 2019 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Firefighters knock down fire at old Bay View Inn

Update: The story has been updated with new information from a Homer Volunteer Fire Department press release sent Friday morning. Firefighters from multiple agencies tackled… Continue reading

Firefighters douse a blaze that engulfed the old Bay View Inn on the Sterling Highway near the Baycrest Overlook on Thursday, March 7, 2019 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
An aerial shows the footprint of the test well drilled in the mid-1980s on land owned by the Kaktovik Native village corporation within the 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The well is 14 miles east of Kaktovik and the melting the Beaufort Sea is at the top of the picture. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Senate passes ANWR resolution urging lease sales

It will go to the House next.

An aerial shows the footprint of the test well drilled in the mid-1980s on land owned by the Kaktovik Native village corporation within the 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The well is 14 miles east of Kaktovik and the melting the Beaufort Sea is at the top of the picture. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
A sign directing voters to the polling place sits outside city hall in Soldotna on March 5, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Early results show no bond for Soldotna field house

Unofficial results from Soldotna’s special election are in and the ordinance that would have allowed the city to borrow $10 million for construction of the… Continue reading

A sign directing voters to the polling place sits outside city hall in Soldotna on March 5, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Alaskans weigh-in on ‘super-sized’ PFD

Most would prefer to fund education, other services

Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race defending champion Joar Ulsom, of Norway, talks to fans before the ceremonial start of this year’s race Saturday, March 2, 2019, in Anchorage, Alaska. Ulsom and 51 other mushers will officially start the race Sunday, March 3, 2019, in Willow, Alaska. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen

Norwegian maintains Iditarod lead

ANCHORAGE (AP) — Norwegian musher Joar Ulsom retook the lead in the world’s most famous sled dog race, but he missed out on a pair… Continue reading

Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race defending champion Joar Ulsom, of Norway, talks to fans before the ceremonial start of this year’s race Saturday, March 2, 2019, in Anchorage, Alaska. Ulsom and 51 other mushers will officially start the race Sunday, March 3, 2019, in Willow, Alaska. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen

Seawatch: Scientists studying why most salmon never return

As Alaska is experiencing unusual salmon behaviors and failed runs, a group of international scientists are halfway through a long over-due winter voyage in the… Continue reading

Daylight saving time begins Sunday

Daylight saving time starts at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 10. Before going to bed late Saturday night or early Sunday morning, set clocks ahead by… Continue reading

Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks with his cabinet members at the Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Borough introduces resolution asking for state to modify oil and gas property tax bills

Revenues from oil and gas properties provide the borough with an estimated $15 million per year

Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks with his cabinet members at the Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Man with assault history arrested in Nikolaevsk fire incident

A man with criminal convictions for assault and reckless endangerment has been charged with second-degree arson in a fire at a Nikolaevsk home last Friday.… Continue reading

Rep. Sarah Vance (R-Homer) addresses hundreds of people at a town hall meeting Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Kachemak Bay Campus in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Rep. Sarah Vance fields heated questions on budget at town hall

Homer area residents were restless to say the least on Saturday while they attended a town hall put on by Rep. Sarah Vance (R-Homer) at… Continue reading

Rep. Sarah Vance (R-Homer) addresses hundreds of people at a town hall meeting Saturday, March 2, 2019 at Kachemak Bay Campus in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

School announcements

Homer High School Today — Hockey Awards Banquet at 6 p.m. in the Commons Friday — End of 3rd Quarter. Teacher in-service (no school) Saturday… Continue reading

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                                The Homer Education and Recreation Complex at the corner of the Sterling Highway and Pioneer Avenue.

City seeks third-party manager for the HERC

The city of Homer could be looking at a third-party property manager to take over much of the responsibility for the main Homer Education and… Continue reading

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                                The Homer Education and Recreation Complex at the corner of the Sterling Highway and Pioneer Avenue.
Robb Arnold, chief purser on the Alaska Marine Highway’s Malaspina ferry, talks about the proposed cuts to the ferry system on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Unions prep to push back against proposed ferry cuts

Hundreds of Marine Highway jobs could be cut.

Robb Arnold, chief purser on the Alaska Marine Highway’s Malaspina ferry, talks about the proposed cuts to the ferry system on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Nikoosh Carlo, left, and Michael LeVine, members of Gov. Bill Walker’s climate change task force, talk about upcoming recommendations on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Dunleavy dissolves climate change action team

The team was supposed to last until 2020.

Nikoosh Carlo, left, and Michael LeVine, members of Gov. Bill Walker’s climate change task force, talk about upcoming recommendations on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Budget bill language would give unprecedented power to governor’s office

Under bill, OMB Director Arduin could override Legislature’s appropriating power.

Juneau Empire reporters Kevin Baird, left, and Mollie Barnes interview Gov. Mike Dunleavy at the Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Empire Exclusive: Read our full conversation with Gov. Mike Dunleavy on the budget

Gov. says businesses will come back to Alaska if budget is balanced.

Juneau Empire reporters Kevin Baird, left, and Mollie Barnes interview Gov. Mike Dunleavy at the Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)