Jack and Ben Engebretsen, sons of Bay Weld general manager Erik Engebretsen, draw the winning ticket for the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center Bay Well skiff contest as chamber board secretary Kari Dendurent, center, and chamber executive director Debbie Speakman, with daughter Alice, watch. The drawing was held on Sept. 2, 2019, at Grace Ridge Brewery in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)

Indian, Alaska, man wins Bay Weld skiff in chamber raffle

An Indian, Alaska, man won a Bay Weld skiff in the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center’s raffle of the 24th skiff built by… Continue reading

  • Sep 4, 2019
  • Staff report Homer News
Jack and Ben Engebretsen, sons of Bay Weld general manager Erik Engebretsen, draw the winning ticket for the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center Bay Well skiff contest as chamber board secretary Kari Dendurent, center, and chamber executive director Debbie Speakman, with daughter Alice, watch. The drawing was held on Sept. 2, 2019, at Grace Ridge Brewery in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)
An abandoned Yamaha ATV sits on the Diamond Creek beach on Oct. 9, 2011, near Homer, Alaska. CoastWalk volunteers document beach trash such as this — and try to collect it. (Homer News file photo)

CoastWalk kicks off with reception Thursday

Everybody loves Kachemak Bay, right? There may be no better event that shares and shows that love than the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies’ annual… Continue reading

  • Sep 4, 2019
  • By Lori Evans For the Homer News
  • Local News
An abandoned Yamaha ATV sits on the Diamond Creek beach on Oct. 9, 2011, near Homer, Alaska. CoastWalk volunteers document beach trash such as this — and try to collect it. (Homer News file photo)
A map of the Swan Lake Fire as of Sept. 3, 2019. (Courtesy Great Basin Incident Management Team)

Burn ban lifted for Kenai Peninsula

Normal highway operations have resumed without pilot cars

A map of the Swan Lake Fire as of Sept. 3, 2019. (Courtesy Great Basin Incident Management Team)

Students get hands on experience in natural resources class

People know exactly how to get to Homer High School’s football field and the Alice Witte Gymnasium. The Commons is often used for community events.… Continue reading

Homer area school announcements

Homer High School Friday — Football vs Houston on the turf field. JV at 3 p.m. and varsity at 6 p.m. Saturday — Homer Swim… Continue reading

Vance talks budget, communication at legislative update

House Rep. Sarah Vance (R-Homer) told constituents she won’t budge on her campaign promises of fighting against a state income tax and pushing for a… Continue reading

A single-use plastic bag hangs on a driftwood branch at Mariner Park on the Homer Spit on Oct. 5,2018, in Homer, Alaska. It appeared someone had reused the bag to collect dog poop but then left the bag on the beach. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Plastic bag ban proposition is back before city voters

Homer City Council member Caroline Venuti saw plastic bags floating in the ocean and hanging in the trees. A lifelong Alaskan and a teacher, Venuti… Continue reading

  • Sep 4, 2019
  • By Lori Evans For the Homer News
A single-use plastic bag hangs on a driftwood branch at Mariner Park on the Homer Spit on Oct. 5,2018, in Homer, Alaska. It appeared someone had reused the bag to collect dog poop but then left the bag on the beach. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Firefighters unload supplies from a helicopter at the Caribou Lake Fire on Monday, Aug 26, 2019, northeast of Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Sarah Saarloos/Alaska Division of Forestry)

Caribou Lake fire is now 85% contained

According to the latest update from the Alaska Wildland Fire Information website, the Caribou Lake Fire reached 85% containment as of Saturday. This week, firefighters… Continue reading

Firefighters unload supplies from a helicopter at the Caribou Lake Fire on Monday, Aug 26, 2019, northeast of Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Sarah Saarloos/Alaska Division of Forestry)
An image representing the Death Cafe, an international movement to hold groups and discussions about death. A local woman has started a Death Cafe in Homer at the Stowaway Cafe. (Image courtesy Lynsey Stow of Stowaway Cafe)

Death Cafe comes to Homer

Woman hopes to provide a space to normalize death and dying

An image representing the Death Cafe, an international movement to hold groups and discussions about death. A local woman has started a Death Cafe in Homer at the Stowaway Cafe. (Image courtesy Lynsey Stow of Stowaway Cafe)
Traffic is backed up along the Sterling Highway after the proximity of the Swan Lake Fire caused a road closure on Aug. 19, 2019. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Swan Lake Fire delays deliveries across peninsula

The Swan Lake Fire has been growing for over a week now, causing delays and closures on the Sterling Highway between Cooper Landing and Sterling.… Continue reading

Traffic is backed up along the Sterling Highway after the proximity of the Swan Lake Fire caused a road closure on Aug. 19, 2019. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Workers with Chumley’s General Contractors lay and weld pipe near Mile 166 Sterling Highway several miles north of Diamond Ridge Road during construction of the Anchor Point-Homer natural gas trunk line in April 2013, near Homer, Alaska. (Homer News file photo)

Tariff dispute with Enstar over gas line extension resolved

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to correct two typos and to add clarifying details about how the Enstar Natural Gas line extension was… Continue reading

Workers with Chumley’s General Contractors lay and weld pipe near Mile 166 Sterling Highway several miles north of Diamond Ridge Road during construction of the Anchor Point-Homer natural gas trunk line in April 2013, near Homer, Alaska. (Homer News file photo)

BP sheds Alaska assets, sells to Hilcorp Alaska for $5.6B

BP is selling all of its assets in the state.

  • Aug 28, 2019
  • By Becky Boher Associated Press
  • State News
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                                Alaska marijuana grower Dane Wyrick poses for photos at his Danish Gardens cultivation and retail location in Anchorage, Alaska, Monday, Aug. 26, 2019. Wyrick said the future of his business is hazy, in part because of the tax the state of Alaska places on cultivators, which bear the burden of the taxation in the market.

Alaska’s licensed marijuana growers cite tax concerns

Alaska marijuana grower Leif Abel considers his business successful but still feels like he’s living “paycheck to paycheck” much of the time. A greenhouse expansion… Continue reading

  • Aug 28, 2019
  • By Becky Bohrer Associated Press
  • Business
AP Photo/Mark Thiessen 
                                Alaska marijuana grower Dane Wyrick poses for photos at his Danish Gardens cultivation and retail location in Anchorage, Alaska, Monday, Aug. 26, 2019. Wyrick said the future of his business is hazy, in part because of the tax the state of Alaska places on cultivators, which bear the burden of the taxation in the market.

Homer Farmers Market: Surprises await at Market

Every week the Homer Farmers Market has some sort of surprise available, but at this time of the year the surprises are everywhere. OK, so… Continue reading

AP Photo | Andrew Harnik 
                                Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner gives a thumbs up outside the Supreme Court in June 2018 in Washington. From left are, Liberty Justice Center’s Director of Litigation Jacob Huebert, plaintiff Mark Janus, Rauner, and Liberty Justice Center founder and chairman John Tillman. The Supreme Court ruled that government workers can’t be forced to contribute to labor unions that represent them in collective bargaining, dealing a serious financial blow to organized labor.

‘We’re going to fight them all the way’: Alaska union plans to fight legal ruling over dues

The attorney general is calling for stricter rules for union dues.

AP Photo | Andrew Harnik 
                                Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner gives a thumbs up outside the Supreme Court in June 2018 in Washington. From left are, Liberty Justice Center’s Director of Litigation Jacob Huebert, plaintiff Mark Janus, Rauner, and Liberty Justice Center founder and chairman John Tillman. The Supreme Court ruled that government workers can’t be forced to contribute to labor unions that represent them in collective bargaining, dealing a serious financial blow to organized labor.
Photo courtesy Alaska SeaLife Center 
                                Veterinary Technician Sarah McMillen returns with the sea otter pup in Homer, Alaska, pilot, Duke Marolfs, plane.

Rescued sea otter pup gets airlift from Homer

The Homer Vet Clinic cared for the pup overnight before she was transported by air to Seward.

Photo courtesy Alaska SeaLife Center 
                                Veterinary Technician Sarah McMillen returns with the sea otter pup in Homer, Alaska, pilot, Duke Marolfs, plane.
Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion
                                From left, Mike, Laura and Robin Haight stand with their horse at the Soldotna Rodeo Grounds in Soldotna on Tuesday. The family has been keeping its two horses at the rodeo grounds since last week. The family had to leave them in Soldotna while they drove up to Palmer for the Alaska State Fair.

Cooper Landing remains in “SET” status

The Swan Lake Fire has grown by about 8,000 acres since Monday

Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion
                                From left, Mike, Laura and Robin Haight stand with their horse at the Soldotna Rodeo Grounds in Soldotna on Tuesday. The family has been keeping its two horses at the rodeo grounds since last week. The family had to leave them in Soldotna while they drove up to Palmer for the Alaska State Fair.
Local Anchor Point residents view the presentation and chat with Carrie Connaker from Solstice Alaska Consulting, Inc., at the open house for the Anchor River Bridge replacement project on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019 at the Anchor Point Senior Center in Anchor Point, Alaska. (Photo by Delcenia Cosman)

Anchor River Bridge replacement is on the horizon

Residents learn about proposed project at open house

Local Anchor Point residents view the presentation and chat with Carrie Connaker from Solstice Alaska Consulting, Inc., at the open house for the Anchor River Bridge replacement project on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019 at the Anchor Point Senior Center in Anchor Point, Alaska. (Photo by Delcenia Cosman)

Hilcorp holds Homer meeting on seismic testing; questions and comments get heated

A public meeting last Friday night on Hilcorp Alaska LLC’s plan to start seismic testing in lower Cook Inlet moved from information to indignation as… Continue reading

New South Peninsula Hospital CEO starts work

South Peninsula Hospital’s new CEO, Ryan Smith, had his first official day of work on Monday. The former SPH chief financial officer and former CEO… Continue reading