In this Sept. 6 file photo, Democratic nominee for governor of Alaska Mark Begich, right, speaks as Gov. Bill Walker listens during a chamber of commerce gubernatorial candidate forum on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, in Juneau, Alaska, On Friday, Oct. 19, Walker announced he was dropping his bid for re-election, though his name remains on the ballot. He threw his support behind Begich, who will face Republican Mike Dunleavy in November. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer, File)

Walker’s support for Begich is ‘narrow’

When he gave a speech announcing his withdrawal from the election, Gov. Bill Walker told his audience that they should support Democratic candidate Mark Begich.… Continue reading

In this Sept. 6 file photo, Democratic nominee for governor of Alaska Mark Begich, right, speaks as Gov. Bill Walker listens during a chamber of commerce gubernatorial candidate forum on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, in Juneau, Alaska, On Friday, Oct. 19, Walker announced he was dropping his bid for re-election, though his name remains on the ballot. He threw his support behind Begich, who will face Republican Mike Dunleavy in November. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer, File)
Sen. Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage, speaks to his amendment to the state’s operating budget to inflation-proof the Alaska Permanent Fund in the Senate at the Capitol on Thursday, April 12, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire file)

Democratic Anchorage senator declaims pro-Dunleavy ads

A Democratic senator from Anchorage is asking a campaign backing Republican governor candidate Mike Dunleavy to stop using his voice and picture in pro-Dunleavy ads.… Continue reading

Sen. Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage, speaks to his amendment to the state’s operating budget to inflation-proof the Alaska Permanent Fund in the Senate at the Capitol on Thursday, April 12, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire file)
A house at the base of the Homer Spit at Lighthouse Village got the full Halloween treatment on Oct. 29, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Photos: Spooky Spit

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A house at the base of the Homer Spit at Lighthouse Village got the full Halloween treatment on Oct. 29, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Seawatch: 2018 season was ‘year of the salmon’

The political fallout from Lt. Gov. Byron Mallot’s abrupt resignation and Governor Bill Walker subsequently suspending his reelection campaign led to the cancellation of the… Continue reading

Area residents mingle and talk while waiting for a candidate forum to start Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 at the Homer Public Library in Homer, Alaska. The two candidates for the Alaska House of Representatives District 31 seat, Rep. Paul Seaton and Sarah Vance, responded to questions from the audience. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Sarah Vance, Paul Seaton face off at candidate forum

As the November General Election draws nearer next Tuesday, Nov. 6, local candidates are ramping up their public appearances and campaign spending. Alaska House of… Continue reading

Area residents mingle and talk while waiting for a candidate forum to start Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 at the Homer Public Library in Homer, Alaska. The two candidates for the Alaska House of Representatives District 31 seat, Rep. Paul Seaton and Sarah Vance, responded to questions from the audience. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Homer area school announcements

Homer High School Today – Parent teacher conferences from 8:30-11 a.m., noon to 3 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. No school. Also, wrestling meet v. Grace… Continue reading

Homer Middle named National Blue Ribbon School

One local school was recently held out as a national example with two other Alaska schools as the recipient of the National Blue Ribbon School… Continue reading

Dr. Reid Brewer holds a Pacific giant octopus while doing field research in 2009. Brewer was named Campus Director of Kachemak Bay Campus, Kenai Peninsula College, on Oct. 19. (Photo provided)

Brewer named new KBC director

After a national search and three finalists, Dr. Reid Brewer, 46, of Sitka, has been selected and approved to become the next Kenai Peninsula College… Continue reading

Dr. Reid Brewer holds a Pacific giant octopus while doing field research in 2009. Brewer was named Campus Director of Kachemak Bay Campus, Kenai Peninsula College, on Oct. 19. (Photo provided)
Homer City Council member Caroline Venuti compares a thicker plastic shopping bag, left, with a thinner, single-use plastic shopping bag, right, during an ordinance on a proposal to ban single-use plastic bags in Homer. The council approved an ordinance putting the question to the voters at the October 2019 city election. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Council puts bag ban question to voters

A proposition on whether or not to prohibit retailers from giving out single-use plastic bags will once again be on the ballot. The bag-ban vote… Continue reading

Homer City Council member Caroline Venuti compares a thicker plastic shopping bag, left, with a thinner, single-use plastic shopping bag, right, during an ordinance on a proposal to ban single-use plastic bags in Homer. The council approved an ordinance putting the question to the voters at the October 2019 city election. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Republican Mike Dunleavy, left, and Democrat Mark Begich, right, are the two leading candidates in the race to replace incumbent independent Gov. Bill Walker. (Composite image)

After Walker quits, governor race now ‘down to the wire’

Mike Dunleavy still leads the race to become Alaska’s next governor, latest poll shows.

Republican Mike Dunleavy, left, and Democrat Mark Begich, right, are the two leading candidates in the race to replace incumbent independent Gov. Bill Walker. (Composite image)
Republican governor candidate Mike Dunleavy, left, and Democratic governor candidate Mark Begich, right, faced each other in their first head-to-head debate just 90 minutes after incumbent independent Gov. Bill Walker announced he was suspending his campaign. (Composite image)

Begich, Dunleavy meet in first head-to-head debate

Begich praised Walker’s decision. Dunleavy didn’t say the incumbent’s name.

Republican governor candidate Mike Dunleavy, left, and Democratic governor candidate Mark Begich, right, faced each other in their first head-to-head debate just 90 minutes after incumbent independent Gov. Bill Walker announced he was suspending his campaign. (Composite image)

Following the money in District 31 representative race

Thirty-day reports released earlier in October by District 31 Representative candidates Paul Seaton and Sarah Vance show where each candidate gets major financial support and… Continue reading

Angela Rodell, executive director of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation, speaks in July 2018. An APFC spokeswoman said the corporation has declined an invitation to a Saudi investment conference. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Angela Rodell, executive director of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation, speaks in July 2018. An APFC spokeswoman said the corporation has declined an invitation to a Saudi investment conference. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Seawatch: 2018 season was ‘year of the salmon’

It has been the year of the salmon, between booms and busts, trade wars with China, battles over hatcheries, ballot initiatives and more. Catch-wise, Bristol… Continue reading

The Kenai Peninsula Borough building, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Borough welcome sign is getting refurbished

Something is missing on the drive to and from Anchorage. The Kenai Peninsula Borough’s welcome sign, which normally sits at Milepost 75 on the Seward… Continue reading

The Kenai Peninsula Borough building, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Eli Darien, is one of the first graduates of the Kenaitze Indian Tribe’s Henu’ Community Wellness Court program, on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Kenai, AK. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Henu’ Community Wellness Court honors first graduates

The Kenaitze Indian Tribe Henu’ Community Wellness Court celebrated the program’s first graduates Friday afternoon at the Tyotkas Elder Center. The Henu’ Community Wellness Court… Continue reading

Eli Darien, is one of the first graduates of the Kenaitze Indian Tribe’s Henu’ Community Wellness Court program, on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Kenai, AK. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Democratic nominee for governor in Alaska, Mark Begich, speaks during a chamber of commerce gubernatorial candidate forum on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, in Juneau, Alaska, as Gov. Bill Walker, left, looks on. The forum featured the three major candidates in the race, including Republican nominee Mike Dunleavy, who is not pictured. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

A discussion with gubernatorial candidate Mark Begich

The Kenai Peninsula’s economy has long been dependent on oil and gas. What will you do to boost the economy on the Kenai Peninsula beyond… Continue reading

Democratic nominee for governor in Alaska, Mark Begich, speaks during a chamber of commerce gubernatorial candidate forum on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, in Juneau, Alaska, as Gov. Bill Walker, left, looks on. The forum featured the three major candidates in the race, including Republican nominee Mike Dunleavy, who is not pictured. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)
Former state Senate Mike Dunleavy, left, Gov. Bill Walker, center, and former U.S. Senator Mark Begich shake hands after a debate at a Juneau Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Centennial Hall on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Alaska Gov. Bill Walker abandons election

Incumbent independent throws support behind Democratic candidate Mark Begich.

Former state Senate Mike Dunleavy, left, Gov. Bill Walker, center, and former U.S. Senator Mark Begich shake hands after a debate at a Juneau Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Centennial Hall on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Students from Fireweed Academy listen to a presentation during an Oct. 8, 2018 field trip to the Homer Courthouse in Homer, Alaska. There, the learned more about the law, law enforcement and the inner workings of the court. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Fireweed students get a look at local court system

Fireweed Academy students headed back to their classrooms with a lot more knowledge of their local court system after a field trip to the Homer… Continue reading

Students from Fireweed Academy listen to a presentation during an Oct. 8, 2018 field trip to the Homer Courthouse in Homer, Alaska. There, the learned more about the law, law enforcement and the inner workings of the court. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Movie lovers wait outside of Barb’s Video and DVD before it opens Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. Saturday was the first day of a sale of the Barb’s merchandise. The business will officially close on Oct. 31. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Photos: Film frenzy

By Megan Pacer Homer News… Continue reading

Movie lovers wait outside of Barb’s Video and DVD before it opens Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. Saturday was the first day of a sale of the Barb’s merchandise. The business will officially close on Oct. 31. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)