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Homer High School Thursday — AP Chemistry and Psychology Exams, KBC at 8 a.m. and noon Thursday — Girls Soccer v. Kenai, Turf, JV at… Continue reading

Car at East End shop hit with racist vandalism

Alaska State Troopers do not have any more information in a second case of racist graffiti to happen in an East End Road neighborhood over… Continue reading

Peninsula journalists win at Alaska Press Club awards

At the Alaska Press Club awards banquet held Saturday, April 27 in Anchorage, the Homer News took home several awards at this year’s Alaska Press… Continue reading

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Alaska marijuana regulators to consider changes to onsite pot use

The board would need to get public comment on proposed changes to the rules.

  • May 1, 2019
  • By BECKY BOHRER Associated Press
  • Cannabis
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In March, Bear Creek Winery and Lodging founders Bill and Dorothy Fry, left, officially signed the business over to their son-in-law and daughter Louis and Jasmine Maurer, shown here with their two daughters, Maggie, 4, and Aurora, six months. They posed for a photo on April 17, 2019, at the winery in Kachemak City, Alaska. (Photo by McKibben Jackinsky)

Bear Creek passes on ownership to next generation

Fifteen years ago, Bill and Dorothy Fry were piecing together a back-up plan for their lives. The result of that forward thinking and hard work,… Continue reading

In March, Bear Creek Winery and Lodging founders Bill and Dorothy Fry, left, officially signed the business over to their son-in-law and daughter Louis and Jasmine Maurer, shown here with their two daughters, Maggie, 4, and Aurora, six months. They posed for a photo on April 17, 2019, at the winery in Kachemak City, Alaska. (Photo by McKibben Jackinsky)
House Republicans huddle for a decision on the opening day of the 31st Session of the Alaska Legislature on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

House Republicans announce support for K-12 funding

“This is a commitment to support the full base amount through this entire budget process.”

House Republicans huddle for a decision on the opening day of the 31st Session of the Alaska Legislature on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
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Kenai to look at onsite marijuana consumption

The ordinance permits the activity through a conditional use permit process.

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An aerial view of a brush fire in Ninilchik on Saturday. (Photo by Tim Whitesell/Division of Forestry)

Peninsula heads into fire season

Ninilchik fire is 12th to occur in region since the start of fire season

An aerial view of a brush fire in Ninilchik on Saturday. (Photo by Tim Whitesell/Division of Forestry)
Homer City Manager Katie Koester, left, watches Homer Mayor Ken Castner sign a $4.1 million bond to fund construction of the new Homer Police Station at Homer City Hall on April 24, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)

City officials sign new $4.1 million bond for Homer police station

City of Homer officials last week signed bond documents to complete financing for the new Homer Police Station. It comes in at $900,000 less than… Continue reading

Homer City Manager Katie Koester, left, watches Homer Mayor Ken Castner sign a $4.1 million bond to fund construction of the new Homer Police Station at Homer City Hall on April 24, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)

Plans for mens’ residential addiction treatment center move forward

Editor’s note: The story has been changed to clarify that the Homer Advisory Planning Commission voted to approve a conditional use permit for Set Free… Continue reading

The covered porch at the end of the Windjammer Suites building at 320 W. Pioneer Ave. is shown in a photograph taken April 23, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. In 2014 the Homer Advisory Planning Commission granted a conditional use permit for the porch to be in a 20-foot setback, a decision citizen activist Frank Griswold attempted to appeal before the Homer Board of Adjustment. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Alaska Supreme Court finds local resident has standing in zoning case

A Homer citizen activist has prevailed in an Alaska Supreme Court case asserting he has standing to appeal a 2014 Homer Advisory Planning Commission decision.… Continue reading

The covered porch at the end of the Windjammer Suites building at 320 W. Pioneer Ave. is shown in a photograph taken April 23, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. In 2014 the Homer Advisory Planning Commission granted a conditional use permit for the porch to be in a 20-foot setback, a decision citizen activist Frank Griswold attempted to appeal before the Homer Board of Adjustment. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
From left, the Caring for the Kenai finalists Akilena Veach and Lindy Guernsey (second place), Austin Cline (first place), and Anna DeVolld (third place) pose for a photo at Kenai Central High School in Alaska on Thursday, April 18, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Homer High student wins Caring for the Kenai contest for turning plastic into 3D printer filament

What do butterflies, video games and a parody of “Ice, Ice, Baby” by Vanilla Ice have in common? They were all part of the presentations… Continue reading

From left, the Caring for the Kenai finalists Akilena Veach and Lindy Guernsey (second place), Austin Cline (first place), and Anna DeVolld (third place) pose for a photo at Kenai Central High School in Alaska on Thursday, April 18, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Seawatch: Togiak sac-roe herring wrapping up

Togiak sac roe herring may be wrapping up as the fish are getting smaller and some buyers may start balking. The quota is 29,930 tons,… Continue reading

State revises contract for Alaska psychiatric hospital

State eyes bids for long-term operation.

Major issues unresolved in legislative session’s final weeks

Gov. Dunleavy is facing resistance to pieces of his agenda.

A construction worker directs traffic near the intersection of the Kenai Spur Highway and Beaver Loop Road on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in Kenai, Alaska. Construction work on multiple roads will continue through the summer. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Construction season gets underway

Road projects slated for Sterling Highway, K-Beach and Kenai Spur

A construction worker directs traffic near the intersection of the Kenai Spur Highway and Beaver Loop Road on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in Kenai, Alaska. Construction work on multiple roads will continue through the summer. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)
Part of country-western singer Zac Brown’s log home is visible from Dorothy Drive overlooking Kachemak Bay in Homer, Alaska in this photo taken on July 9, 2018. A pedestrian easement to the right in this photo runs between Brown’s property and his neighbor. Brown and other neighbors at the end of the rural road have petitioned to vacate a north-south section line easement that crosses Dorothy Drive and also runs south to a neighboring subdivision. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Dorothy Drive neighbors seek to vacate section line easement

The Alaska Department of Natural Resources has issued a preliminary decision to vacate a section line that goes through the Dorothy Drive neighborhood below East… Continue reading

Part of country-western singer Zac Brown’s log home is visible from Dorothy Drive overlooking Kachemak Bay in Homer, Alaska in this photo taken on July 9, 2018. A pedestrian easement to the right in this photo runs between Brown’s property and his neighbor. Brown and other neighbors at the end of the rural road have petitioned to vacate a north-south section line easement that crosses Dorothy Drive and also runs south to a neighboring subdivision. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
An Alaska SeaLife Center animal care specialist feeds a rescued sea otter pup. The female pup was admitted April 9, after the newborn was floating alone in Kachemak Bay. (Photo courtesy Alaska SeaLife Center)
An Alaska SeaLife Center animal care specialist feeds a rescued sea otter pup. The female pup was admitted April 9, after the newborn was floating alone in Kachemak Bay. (Photo courtesy Alaska SeaLife Center)

Court of Appeals upholds sexual assault conviction; remands to court issue of sentencing

The Alaska Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of a Fairbanks man who sexually assaulted a Homer woman in August 2011, but sent back… Continue reading