An aerial photo of the 102-acre Loon Lake Fire footprint taken at approximately 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 15, 2021. Swan Lake is in the background to the right. (Kale Casey/Alaska DNR-Division of Forestry)

Burn ban issued for Kenai Peninsula

High-fire danger prompts burn ban this week,

An aerial photo of the 102-acre Loon Lake Fire footprint taken at approximately 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 15, 2021. Swan Lake is in the background to the right. (Kale Casey/Alaska DNR-Division of Forestry)
The Alaska Grown logo.

Homer Farmers Market: Don’t forget Wednesday market

Food Hub also is an option for locally grown food.

The Alaska Grown logo.
Krista Schooley (left) testifies before the Kenai Peninsula Borough Board of Education on Monday, June 7, 2021 in Kenai, Alaska. (Screenshot)

A ‘groundswell’: Conservative coalition seeks to expand influence on school policy

The vision of KPCCC is to “restructure and build the foundation of the 7 Mountains of Influence in our society through conservative action.”

Krista Schooley (left) testifies before the Kenai Peninsula Borough Board of Education on Monday, June 7, 2021 in Kenai, Alaska. (Screenshot)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

‘A lot of work to do’: Officials hope for summer bounce in vaccinations

Zink said just six months ago she didn’t think the state would have as much vaccine stock as it does now.

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
The Homer City Council met June 14 to discuss current legislation and concerns. Screenshot from meeting held via Zoom.

Council opposes election ordinance

The Homer City Council voted in opposition of Ordinance 21-29 to change the election process.

The Homer City Council met June 14 to discuss current legislation and concerns. Screenshot from meeting held via Zoom.
University officials are hoping that increased collaboration between the University of Alaska's three schools of education will result in more Alaskans becoming teachers. The Univerity of Alaska Southeast, seen here in this October 2020 file photo, offers teacher training and retention programs. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire file)

Help wanted: Alaskans to teach Alaska’s students

New consortium and marketing campaign aims to retain and recruit teachers

University officials are hoping that increased collaboration between the University of Alaska's three schools of education will result in more Alaskans becoming teachers. The Univerity of Alaska Southeast, seen here in this October 2020 file photo, offers teacher training and retention programs. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire file)
A group of six women tackled the work needing to be done during National Trails Day at South Eldred trail including cutting up fallen trees, re-establishing the trail tread, clearing overgrown plants and ensuring the trail markings were in sight and up-to-date. Pictured left to right are Kristine Moerlein, Amy Holman, Kathy Sarns, Lyn Maslow, Ruth Dickerson and Kris Holderied. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)

Volunteers help clear KBSP trails in honor of National Trails Day

Almost 40 volunteers helped clean up Kachemak Bay State Park in honor of National Trails Day

A group of six women tackled the work needing to be done during National Trails Day at South Eldred trail including cutting up fallen trees, re-establishing the trail tread, clearing overgrown plants and ensuring the trail markings were in sight and up-to-date. Pictured left to right are Kristine Moerlein, Amy Holman, Kathy Sarns, Lyn Maslow, Ruth Dickerson and Kris Holderied. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)
From left to right: Sens. Jesse Kiehl, D-Juneau; Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak; Mia Costello, R-Anchorage, and Bert Stedman, R-Sitka, speak on the floor of the Alaska Senate on Monday, May 24, 2021, the first day of one of two special sessions called by Gov. Mike Dunleavy. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)

Sen. Stevens promises government will not shut down over budget

Sticking point is size of permanent fund dividend.

From left to right: Sens. Jesse Kiehl, D-Juneau; Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak; Mia Costello, R-Anchorage, and Bert Stedman, R-Sitka, speak on the floor of the Alaska Senate on Monday, May 24, 2021, the first day of one of two special sessions called by Gov. Mike Dunleavy. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
The Alaska Grown logo.

Homer Farmers Market: See what inspires you

From fresh vegetables to knife sharpening, there’s lots to inspire at the the Homer Farmers Market

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Workers respond to a fishing boat, the F/V Redoubt, that ran aground on the wooden grid on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, in the Homer Harbor in Homer, Alaska. The boat heeled over as the tide went out. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Boat runs aground on edge of harbor grid

Fishing vessel hit edge of grid as tide went out, causing boat to heel over.

Workers respond to a fishing boat, the F/V Redoubt, that ran aground on the wooden grid on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, in the Homer Harbor in Homer, Alaska. The boat heeled over as the tide went out. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
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Members of the Seward City Council take part in a work session on Monday, June 7, in Seward.

Seward council member apologizes for antisemitic remark

Sharyl Seese made the comment during a council work session.

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Members of the Seward City Council take part in a work session on Monday, June 7, in Seward.
A graph from the Department of Health and Social Service shows how each census region did in the “Sleeves Up for Summer” campaign, which sought to increase COVID-19 vaccinations by 25% in May 2021. (Photo provided)

State falls short of 25% vaccination goal

East Aluetians Borough only region to increase vaccinations by 25%

A graph from the Department of Health and Social Service shows how each census region did in the “Sleeves Up for Summer” campaign, which sought to increase COVID-19 vaccinations by 25% in May 2021. (Photo provided)
Jenny Martin, left, and Tianah Cavanaugh, center, write on the front of  Etude Studio during Mary Epperson Day on June 6, 2014, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News file photo)

HCOA hosts 2021 Mary Epperson Day June 5

The Homer Council on the Arts will host a community-wide art festival June 5 for Mary Epperson Day

Jenny Martin, left, and Tianah Cavanaugh, center, write on the front of  Etude Studio during Mary Epperson Day on June 6, 2014, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News file photo)
The American Legion Post 16, Homer, American Legion Post 19, Ninilchik, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10221, Anchor Point, color guard stands at attention while Taps is played in honor of all servicemen and women who died in service to the United States of America. The veterans organizations hosted the Memorial Day service at Hickerson Memorial Cemetery May 31. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)

Memorial Day services honor fallen heroes

2021 Memorial Day services honored and remembered the 1 million fallen service members of the U.S.

The American Legion Post 16, Homer, American Legion Post 19, Ninilchik, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10221, Anchor Point, color guard stands at attention while Taps is played in honor of all servicemen and women who died in service to the United States of America. The veterans organizations hosted the Memorial Day service at Hickerson Memorial Cemetery May 31. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)
Alaska Chief Medical Officer Anne Zink, M.D., left, poses for a selfie with Kelly Bolt, right, and Debbie Gardner, center, who work at WIC, at a meet-and-greet on Thursday, May 27, 2021, at the Homer Public Health Center in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)

Dr. Zink visits Homer

Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer holds meet-and-greet, visits pop-up clinic on Spit.

Alaska Chief Medical Officer Anne Zink, M.D., left, poses for a selfie with Kelly Bolt, right, and Debbie Gardner, center, who work at WIC, at a meet-and-greet on Thursday, May 27, 2021, at the Homer Public Health Center in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)
The entrance to the Homer Farmers Market as seen on May 29, 2021.

Homer Farmers Market: Opening with an amazing kick-off

New vendors join familiar booths

The entrance to the Homer Farmers Market as seen on May 29, 2021.
Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News 
Ana Rosa Polit stands in front of Espresso Waves, her new coffee drive-through. Espresso Waves is located in front of the Ocean Shores RV Park.

Polit runs on coffee and the American dream

Ana Rosa Polit opened Espresso Waves on May 1

Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News 
Ana Rosa Polit stands in front of Espresso Waves, her new coffee drive-through. Espresso Waves is located in front of the Ocean Shores RV Park.
Tara Palacios receives her second COVID-19 vaccine during the pop-up clinic on the Spit May 27. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)

Children as young as 12 can soon get Pfizer vaccination at Spit clinic

Pop-up clinic is part of ‘Sleeves Up for Summer’ campaign

Tara Palacios receives her second COVID-19 vaccine during the pop-up clinic on the Spit May 27. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)
Graduation for students in San Francisco Unified School District’s class of 2021 promises to be emotional and memorable. (Shutterstock)

Seniors graduate from lower peninsula schools

New graduates include seniors from Connections Program, Kachemak Selo, Nikolaevsk, Ninilchik, Port Graham and Voznesenka schools

Graduation for students in San Francisco Unified School District’s class of 2021 promises to be emotional and memorable. (Shutterstock)
This microscopic image of mesodinium rubrum, a ciliate form of plankton, was taken on Sunday, May 23, 2021, by Rosie Masui, Kachemak Bay Research Reserve harmful species program coordinator in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Rosie Masui/Kachemak Bay Research Reserve)

Red bloom in bay isn’t harmful

Though plankton turned Kachemak Bay pale red, the bloom isn’t harmful, scientists say.

This microscopic image of mesodinium rubrum, a ciliate form of plankton, was taken on Sunday, May 23, 2021, by Rosie Masui, Kachemak Bay Research Reserve harmful species program coordinator in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Rosie Masui/Kachemak Bay Research Reserve)