Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks during a press conference to announce more than $400 million in line-item vetoes to the Legislature-approve budget, Friday, June 28, 2019. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks during a press conference to announce more than $400 million in line-item vetoes to the Legislature-approve budget, Friday, June 28, 2019. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire)
A member of the U.S. Coast Guard tosses candy to children and families lining Pioneer Avenue during the annual Independence Day parade Wednesday, July 4, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. Coast Guard participants were representing the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hickory, also called the “Bull of the North.” (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

July Fourth events on deck

This year’s July Fourth celebration in Homer will turn an eye to the local growers that contribute to economy and food options. The theme of… Continue reading

A member of the U.S. Coast Guard tosses candy to children and families lining Pioneer Avenue during the annual Independence Day parade Wednesday, July 4, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. Coast Guard participants were representing the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hickory, also called the “Bull of the North.” (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Homer Farmers Market: ‘Food nerd’ enjoys two worlds of farming

I missed the farmers market this weekend. It just so happens that a large conference on food systems and food security was happening in Anchorage… Continue reading

Furlough notices sent to University of Aalaska staff members

Furlough notices were being sent Monday to about 2,500 University of Alaska staff, part of the fallout of Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s veto of $130 million… Continue reading

  • Jul 3, 2019
  • By BECKY BOHRER Associated Press
  • State News

‘Everything is on the table’

Facing $135M budget cut, university contemplates drastic action

Farmers concerned about heat, lack of rain

As lower Kenai Peninsula temperatures have soared recently, local farmers and gardeners have concerns about how June’s lack of rain and steady warm temperatures will… Continue reading

  • Jul 3, 2019
  • By Sydney Leto For to the Homer News
  • Local News
The New Old Time Chautauqua Fighting Instruments of Karma Marching Chamber Band Orchestra marches on the Homer Spit on July 2, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. The group visited Homer as part of a week-long tour partially funded by the Rasmuson Foundation’s Harper Arts Touring Fund, administed by the Alaska State Council on the Arts — an example of state-foundation cooperation in arts funding. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Elimination of arts council would affect local, state programs

In the list of 182 line-item vetoes released last Friday by Gov. Mike Dunleavy, one didn’t make his press office’s“items of interest” tally. Buried in… Continue reading

The New Old Time Chautauqua Fighting Instruments of Karma Marching Chamber Band Orchestra marches on the Homer Spit on July 2, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. The group visited Homer as part of a week-long tour partially funded by the Rasmuson Foundation’s Harper Arts Touring Fund, administed by the Alaska State Council on the Arts — an example of state-foundation cooperation in arts funding. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Kat Moore walks through the assembled crowd while she plays her set at the Seldovia Boardwalk Hotel on Friday, June 21, 2019 as part of a round of street performances during the Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival in Seldovia, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Photos: Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival

Emily Anderson performs in front of Thyme on the Boardwalk on Friday, June 21, 2019 as part of a round of street performances during the… Continue reading

Kat Moore walks through the assembled crowd while she plays her set at the Seldovia Boardwalk Hotel on Friday, June 21, 2019 as part of a round of street performances during the Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival in Seldovia, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Homer News to change print format July 4

Effective with the July 4 issue, the Homer News will cease being published in a tabloid format and begun publication as a broadsheet newspaper. Started… Continue reading

Homer Farmers Market: The Market is all about the food

The excitement is about the food. The bustle of the Farmers Market seems like some kind of carnival, but it’s not about games or rides.… Continue reading

Faces of Homer Pride

Homer’s second Pride Walk and festivities on Saturday drew hundreds of unique Homer area residents to the streets to celebrate diversity and the LGBTQ+ community.… Continue reading

Amy George, who used to run a bed and breakfast out of her home, started offering “glamping” experiences last year. She has two luxury tents that can sleep up to four people, as seen on June 12, 2018, near Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

New borough software seeks compliance with Airbnb, VRBO and other booking sites

A quick search on airbnb.com shows hundreds of home, cabins and even yurts for rent

Amy George, who used to run a bed and breakfast out of her home, started offering “glamping” experiences last year. She has two luxury tents that can sleep up to four people, as seen on June 12, 2018, near Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai Peninsula Borough Planning Commission Chairman Blair Martin, Vice Chairman Robert Ruffner and Parliamentarian Rick Foster facilitate discussions on Emmitt Trimble’s Beachcomber LLC gravel pit permit application on Monday, June 24, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Controversial Beachcomber gravel pit permit approved

‘If ever a gravel pit should be denied, it would have been this one’

Kenai Peninsula Borough Planning Commission Chairman Blair Martin, Vice Chairman Robert Ruffner and Parliamentarian Rick Foster facilitate discussions on Emmitt Trimble’s Beachcomber LLC gravel pit permit application on Monday, June 24, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Visitor guides await travelers at the Kenai Municipal Airport, Thursday, June 20, 2019, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Borough defunds tourism marketing council

Pierce vetoed the $100,000 in funding for the Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council

Visitor guides await travelers at the Kenai Municipal Airport, Thursday, June 20, 2019, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
This map and aerial photo prepared by the Alaska Department of Natural Resources shows the Dorothy Drive area and the section line property owners seek to vacate. The large home in the center of the map is owned by country-western singer Zac Brown. (Image courtesy Alaska DNR)

DNR commissioner rescinds Dorothy Drive easement closure

After granting a request on June 6 to reconsider a one-year, temporary closure of a section line easement in the lower Dorothy Drive area near… Continue reading

This map and aerial photo prepared by the Alaska Department of Natural Resources shows the Dorothy Drive area and the section line property owners seek to vacate. The large home in the center of the map is owned by country-western singer Zac Brown. (Image courtesy Alaska DNR)
A map of the Swan Lake Fire as of Tuesday, June 25, 2019. (Photo courtesy of Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management)

Crews work to keep fire from highway

Firefighters to hold second community meeting to address Swan Lake Fire

A map of the Swan Lake Fire as of Tuesday, June 25, 2019. (Photo courtesy of Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management)

Open house discusses Homer road, airport projects

Alaska has two seasons, sourdoughs like to say: winter and road construction. Homer citizens got an update on the current season with a “6 in… Continue reading

Pride, Homer style

Hundreds hit the streets to celebrate LGBTQ in Homer

City talks vegetation removal, legal counsel

Among other things, the City of Homer is considering how to go about soliciting new legal services, something which was discussed at the most recent… Continue reading

Deadline for comments on Pebble draft environmental impact statement approaching

The deadline to submit comments on the draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the proposed Pebble Mine project is Monday, July 1. The draft EIS… Continue reading