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
  • State 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 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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Homer High School.

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Homer High School.
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)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

State: 1 new death and 177 new COVID-19 cases

Peninsula remains at intermediate alert level

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
City of Homer Recreation Manager Mike Illg, who is in the planning section of Homer's Unified Command Mass Vaccination PODs, stands on the upper level of Homer High School overlooking the Commons during a vaccine clinic on Friday, March 5, 2021 in Homer, Alaska. Providing more than 500 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to local residents, it was the Unified Command's largest mass clinic to date. (Photo courtesy Derotha Ferraro/South Peninsula Hospital)

Vaccination efforts increasing locally

Johnson and Johnson vaccine makes it way here; CDC updates recommendations

City of Homer Recreation Manager Mike Illg, who is in the planning section of Homer's Unified Command Mass Vaccination PODs, stands on the upper level of Homer High School overlooking the Commons during a vaccine clinic on Friday, March 5, 2021 in Homer, Alaska. Providing more than 500 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to local residents, it was the Unified Command's largest mass clinic to date. (Photo courtesy Derotha Ferraro/South Peninsula Hospital)
Kenya Pace looks for beluga whales on March 3, 2021, along the Kenai River near Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Teresa Becher)

Beluga whale monitoring efforts looking for winter sightings in Kenai, Kasilof rivers and in lower Cook Inlet

About 10 beluga whales sighted south of Ninilchik

  • Mar 10, 2021
  • By Teresa Becher For the Homer News
  • Outdoors
Kenya Pace looks for beluga whales on March 3, 2021, along the Kenai River near Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Teresa Becher)
Commercial fishing and other boats are moored in the Homer Harbor in this file photo. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Seawatch: Should state waters be expanded?

Gross proposes extending state waters to 12 miles

Commercial fishing and other boats are moored in the Homer Harbor in this file photo. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
The Department of Health and Social Services, its headquarters seen here in Juneau on Monday, March 8, 2021, could be split into two departments by an executive order from the governor. However, some lawmakers have raised concern about the legality of the order, saying it could lead to costly litigation. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)

Lawmakers question whether proposed department split is legal

Governor maintains executive order is within his powers, others are less sure.

The Department of Health and Social Services, its headquarters seen here in Juneau on Monday, March 8, 2021, could be split into two departments by an executive order from the governor. However, some lawmakers have raised concern about the legality of the order, saying it could lead to costly litigation. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
A screenshot of the Kenai Peninsula Borough GIS Parcel Viewer shows the different layers available, including aerial imagery. (Screenshot)

Borough to do aerial survey of peninsula

The last time the borough conducted a general capture of imagery was in 2012 and 2013 for the western Kenai Peninsula.

A screenshot of the Kenai Peninsula Borough GIS Parcel Viewer shows the different layers available, including aerial imagery. (Screenshot)
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Homer High School.

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Homer High School.
Joseph Lee, of Idaho, backed by Ivan Zarate, of Arizona, and Abiud Zarate, of Baja California, Mexico, arrange fish so their heads can be chopped off by a guillotine-style machine Tuesday, July 14, 2020, at Pacific Star Seafoods in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai, assembly urge US Commerce Secretary to veto EEZ closure

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council voted to reccomend the closure last December.

Joseph Lee, of Idaho, backed by Ivan Zarate, of Arizona, and Abiud Zarate, of Baja California, Mexico, arrange fish so their heads can be chopped off by a guillotine-style machine Tuesday, July 14, 2020, at Pacific Star Seafoods in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Homer City Hall. (Homer News file photo)

Council talks next budget cycle

Members also mull possible property tax exemption for nonprofit

Homer City Hall. (Homer News file photo)
Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News 
The Homer Spit and Kachemak Bay, seen here in December 2020 in Homer, Alaska.

Kachemak Bay Science Conference starts next week

The chance to be immersed in the species, ecosystems and science of Kachemak Bay is back again in the form of the Kachemak Bay Science… Continue reading

Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News 
The Homer Spit and Kachemak Bay, seen here in December 2020 in Homer, Alaska.
Gov. Mike Dunleavy addresses Alaskans during a remote press conference on Tuesday, March 9, 2021. Dunleavy announced that the COVID-19 vaccine is now available to all Alaskans who want it. (Screenshot)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy addresses Alaskans during a remote press conference on Tuesday, March 9, 2021. Dunleavy announced that the COVID-19 vaccine is now available to all Alaskans who want it. (Screenshot)