Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, prepares to open a floor session of the Alaska Senate on April 27, 2018. (Daniel McDonald/Alaska Senate Majority)

Micciche files bill addressing ‘Schneider Loopholes’

Monday, Sen. Peter Micciche (R-Soldotna) filed SB 12 in an effort to eliminate “Schneider Loopholes” in state criminal code, a press release said. The early… Continue reading

Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, prepares to open a floor session of the Alaska Senate on April 27, 2018. (Daniel McDonald/Alaska Senate Majority)

Alaska court upholds Republican recount win in House race

The result of the House District 1 race in Fairbanks was challenged.

In this Jan. 8, 2018 photo, a couple walks along the Airport Dike Trail as the evening light shines on Mt. McGinnis, left, and Stroller White Mountain. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Warmer temperatures could cost Alaska up to $700 million

The effects of climate change could be costly.

In this Jan. 8, 2018 photo, a couple walks along the Airport Dike Trail as the evening light shines on Mt. McGinnis, left, and Stroller White Mountain. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
An aerial drone photo shows the extent of the explosion of a house that blew up on Dec. 27, 2018, near Mile 166 Sterling Highway in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Travis Ogden/Kachemak Emergency Services)

House explosion still under investigation; probably gas related

A natural gas explosion most likely caused a two-story log home near Mile 166 Sterling Highway to be completely destroyed on the evening of Dec.… Continue reading

An aerial drone photo shows the extent of the explosion of a house that blew up on Dec. 27, 2018, near Mile 166 Sterling Highway in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Travis Ogden/Kachemak Emergency Services)

Sea Watch: ADF&G releases sockeye run projections

Upper Cook Inlet commercial salmon fishermen may see an improvement in their catch this summer with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game forecasting a… Continue reading

Homer area school announcements

General: Nominations for exceptional teachers are now open. Nominate your favorite teacher at BPTeachers.com by Feb. 1, 2019. McNeil Canyon Elementary On Wednesday, Jan.9, After-School… Continue reading

Rep.-elect Sarah Vance, R-Homer, speaks at a meeting on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, at the Homer Legislative Information Office in Homer, Alaska. Ardith Mumma, right, listens. As she headed to Juneau for the next session of the Alaska Legislature, Vance held meetings in Homer, Anchor Point, Ninilchik and Kasilof last weekend. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Ms. Vance goes to Juneau

Right before Rep.-elect Sarah Vance headed to Juneau on Monday to be sworn in Jan. 15 as District 31 Representative, she held meetings last week… Continue reading

Rep.-elect Sarah Vance, R-Homer, speaks at a meeting on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, at the Homer Legislative Information Office in Homer, Alaska. Ardith Mumma, right, listens. As she headed to Juneau for the next session of the Alaska Legislature, Vance held meetings in Homer, Anchor Point, Ninilchik and Kasilof last weekend. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Students sit on the front steps of the Alaska Capitol on April 6, 2018. (James Brooks photo | Juneau Empire)

State minimum wage rose 5 cents on Jan. 1

Starting Jan. 1, 2019, Alaska’s minimum wage will be raised by 5 cents, from $9.84 to $9.89. The 5 cent raise is to adjust the… Continue reading

Students sit on the front steps of the Alaska Capitol on April 6, 2018. (James Brooks photo | Juneau Empire)
A sign is posted outside the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center that lets residents know that due to the partial government shutdown, refuge employees and visitor services are unavailable and that visitors should enter the refuge at their own risk, on Thursday, in Soldotna. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Shutdown continues; some local agencies affected

A partial government shutdown that could extend through early 2019 has shuttered several federal operations on the Kenai Peninsula, and left other government employees working… Continue reading

A sign is posted outside the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Visitors Center that lets residents know that due to the partial government shutdown, refuge employees and visitor services are unavailable and that visitors should enter the refuge at their own risk, on Thursday, in Soldotna. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
In this Nov. 6, 2018, file photo, Alaska Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Dunleavy enters a campaign party as polls close on election day in Anchorage, Alaska. Alaska’s new governor is heading into his first legislative session, where he’ll try to implement campaign promises on some politically thorny issues. (AP Photo/Michael Dinneen, file)

Dunleavy’s promises on dividend, crime will be watched

JUNEAU — Mike Dunleavy is heading into his first legislative session as Alaska’s governor, faced with trying to implement campaign promises involving politically thorny issues.… Continue reading

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  • By BECKY BOHRER Associated Press
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In this Nov. 6, 2018, file photo, Alaska Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Dunleavy enters a campaign party as polls close on election day in Anchorage, Alaska. Alaska’s new governor is heading into his first legislative session, where he’ll try to implement campaign promises on some politically thorny issues. (AP Photo/Michael Dinneen, file)
Caroline Venuti (left) and Rachel Lord (center) are sworn in as Homer City Council members by City Clerk Melissa Jacobsen (right) on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017 at the Cowles Council Chambers in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Homer City Clerk installed as first vice-president of state clerk organization

The Alaska Association of Municipal Clerks (AAMC) Executive Board last month installed Homer City Clerk Melissa Jacobsen as its first vice president, the AAMC announced… Continue reading

Caroline Venuti (left) and Rachel Lord (center) are sworn in as Homer City Council members by City Clerk Melissa Jacobsen (right) on Monday, Oct. 9, 2017 at the Cowles Council Chambers in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
The cover of the April 3, 1992 Homer News, the last issue before the price increased from 50 cents to 75 cents. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Homer News cover price, subscription rates increase

Effective with the first issue of 2019 on Jan. 3, the newsstand price of the Homer News will increase from 75 cents to $1. The… Continue reading

  • Jan 2, 2019
  • By Staff Report Homer News
  • Local
The cover of the April 3, 1992 Homer News, the last issue before the price increased from 50 cents to 75 cents. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Keith Hamilton of Alaska Christian College gives public testimony for the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly in support of the assembly appealing the superior court’s decision regarding the borough’s invocation policy, in Soldotna, Alaska, on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai Assembly’s prayer list broadens after policy change

ANCHORAGE — The list of people signed up to deliver invocations to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly includes Christian pastors, atheists and a member of… Continue reading

Keith Hamilton of Alaska Christian College gives public testimony for the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly in support of the assembly appealing the superior court’s decision regarding the borough’s invocation policy, in Soldotna, Alaska, on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
A powerline above Island View Court arcs at about 9 a.m. Dec. 29, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. The downed line caused a power outage in the area near Mountainview Drive. (Photo by Don Reed)

Outages hit lower Kenai Peninsula

Homer Electric Association crews responded to numerous power outages on the lower Kenai Peninsula between Dec. 29 and Jan. 1. According to reports on HEA’s… Continue reading

A powerline above Island View Court arcs at about 9 a.m. Dec. 29, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. The downed line caused a power outage in the area near Mountainview Drive. (Photo by Don Reed)

Sea Watch: Fed shutdown affects fisheries

While federal fisheries are expected to open on time despite the on-going partial shutdown of the government, there will be effects on fisheries in Alaska.… Continue reading

Republican Party candidate for District 31 representative Sarah Vance waits for results to come in at an election night party at Land’s End Resort on Nov. 6, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Vance holds constituent meetings this week

Rep.-elect Sarah Vance, R-Homer, will visit with District 31 residents at these times and places: • Thursday, Jan. 3, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Homer… Continue reading

Republican Party candidate for District 31 representative Sarah Vance waits for results to come in at an election night party at Land’s End Resort on Nov. 6, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Fireworks explode in the sky above Mariner Park on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Fireworks explode in the sky above Mariner Park on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Homer area school announcements

General: Classes will resume on Monday, Jan. 7. Nominations for exceptional teachers are now open. Nominate your favorite teacher at BPTeachers.com by Feb. 1, 2019.… Continue reading

Homestead kids tell their tales

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to add information. Four local children from homestead families – now grown with extensive families of their own… Continue reading

The 180-foot USCGC Ironwood, the first Coast Guard vessel to be homeported in Homer, was decommissioned in Kodiak on Oct. 6, 2000, and now serves as a training vessel for the Job Corps’ Tongue Point Seamanship Academy in Astoria, Oregon. (Photo courtesy of Daily Astorian).

Coast Guard, Homer celebrate 50-year continual partnership

Editor’s note: The story has been corrected to state that this is the U.S. Coast Guard’s golden, or 50th, anniversary in Homer. If you look… Continue reading

The 180-foot USCGC Ironwood, the first Coast Guard vessel to be homeported in Homer, was decommissioned in Kodiak on Oct. 6, 2000, and now serves as a training vessel for the Job Corps’ Tongue Point Seamanship Academy in Astoria, Oregon. (Photo courtesy of Daily Astorian).