The beauty and expansiveness of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge seen from an unmanned aircraft in the upper Kenai River and Skilak Lake. (Photo by Mark Laker, USFWS)

Wildlife Refuge to open its doors for summer

The refuge has been closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic for over a year.

The beauty and expansiveness of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge seen from an unmanned aircraft in the upper Kenai River and Skilak Lake. (Photo by Mark Laker, USFWS)
The Homer City Council met May 10 to discuss new city ordinances and the upcoming fiscal year budget. Screenshot taken from meeting.

Homer City Council introduces budget, election ordinances

Homer City Council introduced ordinances regarding the election process and FY 2022-23 budget Monday

The Homer City Council met May 10 to discuss new city ordinances and the upcoming fiscal year budget. Screenshot taken from meeting.
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Alaska alert level is now at 7.99 cases per 100,000 people

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink, others visit for meet-and-greet on Thursday.

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The Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center hosted a grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 21 for the Plantman store located on Pioneer Avenue. The “Plant Man” and owner, Darren Williams, said he is thankful for the opportunity to expand his store and for the support shown by the Homer community. “I just want to thank Homer and the Wildberry products for hosting us here,” Williams said. “It’s been a great experience doing business in Homer. I just really appreciate the community of Homer.” Plantman now has an outdoor and indoor space for customers to purchase and learn how to care for plants. For more information, visit plantmanak.com. Pictured left to right: Brad Anderson, Homer Chamber of Commerce executive director; Tom Soderholm, Homer Chamber of Commerce president; Williams; Christina Cooper, Plantman manager; Andrea Vargas; and Jan Knutson, Homer Visitor Center director. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)

Plantman holds grand opening

New Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center member honored with ceremony.

The Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center hosted a grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 21 for the Plantman store located on Pioneer Avenue. The “Plant Man” and owner, Darren Williams, said he is thankful for the opportunity to expand his store and for the support shown by the Homer community. “I just want to thank Homer and the Wildberry products for hosting us here,” Williams said. “It’s been a great experience doing business in Homer. I just really appreciate the community of Homer.” Plantman now has an outdoor and indoor space for customers to purchase and learn how to care for plants. For more information, visit plantmanak.com. Pictured left to right: Brad Anderson, Homer Chamber of Commerce executive director; Tom Soderholm, Homer Chamber of Commerce president; Williams; Christina Cooper, Plantman manager; Andrea Vargas; and Jan Knutson, Homer Visitor Center director. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)
Eileen Faulkner delivers the Memorial Day address on Monday, May 25, 2020, at the Hickerson Memorial Cemetery on Diamond Ridge near Homer, Alaska. Standing next to her are color guards from the Homer and Ninilchik American Legions and the Anchor Point Veterans of Foreign War (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Memorial Day services will be held in Homer, Anchor Point, Ninilchik May 31

The American Legion Posts 16 and 19 and Veterans of Foreign Wars will host memorial services May 31

Eileen Faulkner delivers the Memorial Day address on Monday, May 25, 2020, at the Hickerson Memorial Cemetery on Diamond Ridge near Homer, Alaska. Standing next to her are color guards from the Homer and Ninilchik American Legions and the Anchor Point Veterans of Foreign War (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
South Peninsula Hospital registered nurse Anne Garay gives Jessica Entsminger her second COVID-19 vaccine on Friday, May 7, 2021, at a pop-up vaccination clinic at the Boathouse Pavillion on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. About 25 people received vaccines in the first 3.5 hours of the 4-hour clinic. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/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

South Peninsula Hospital registered nurse Anne Garay gives Jessica Entsminger her second COVID-19 vaccine on Friday, May 7, 2021, at a pop-up vaccination clinic at the Boathouse Pavillion on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. About 25 people received vaccines in the first 3.5 hours of the 4-hour clinic. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Margarida Kondak, right, hands a visitor a mask before she walks in at the Homer Farmers Market entrance on Saturday, May 30, 2020 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Farmers market reopens with new director, more booths

Changes include new market director, relaxation of COVID-19 safety policies and return of craft and hot-foot vendors.

Margarida Kondak, right, hands a visitor a mask before she walks in at the Homer Farmers Market entrance on Saturday, May 30, 2020 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
A row of skiffs and small boats are moored on Friday, May 21, 2021, at the Homer Harbor in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

USCG National Safe Boating Week reinforces new engine cut-off switch laws

The U.S. Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary hosts National Safe Boating Week

A row of skiffs and small boats are moored on Friday, May 21, 2021, at the Homer Harbor in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
South Peninsula Hospital registered nurse Anne Garay gives Jessica Entsminger her second COVID-19 vaccine on Friday, May 7, 2021, at a pop-up vaccination clinic at the Boathouse Pavillion on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. About 25 people received vaccines in the first 3.5 hours of the 4-hour clinic. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/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

South Peninsula Hospital registered nurse Anne Garay gives Jessica Entsminger her second COVID-19 vaccine on Friday, May 7, 2021, at a pop-up vaccination clinic at the Boathouse Pavillion on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. About 25 people received vaccines in the first 3.5 hours of the 4-hour clinic. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Homer News editor Michael Armstrong, left, and former reporter Megan Pacer, right, hold Alaska Press Club awards the Homer News received at the Alaska Press Club Awards banquet on April 27, 2019, in Anchorage, Alaska. Armstrong and Pacer also won awards for the 2020 contest year. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Awards were presented in virtural ceremony last Saturday

The Homer News, and its sister publications the Peninsula Clarion and Juneau Empire, won a batch of awards, including second-place, Best Weekly, for the Homer… Continue reading

Homer News editor Michael Armstrong, left, and former reporter Megan Pacer, right, hold Alaska Press Club awards the Homer News received at the Alaska Press Club Awards banquet on April 27, 2019, in Anchorage, Alaska. Armstrong and Pacer also won awards for the 2020 contest year. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Future so bright sunglasses are advised. Homer High School seniors participate in a parade through town in celebration of their graduation on May 18. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News) (Front page centerpiece photo)

Homer High, Homer Flex High School graduate 91 seniors

After a year of Zoom classes and hybrid learning, face masks, social distancing, quarantining and COVID-19 mitigation plans, both Homer High School and Homer Flex… Continue reading

Future so bright sunglasses are advised. Homer High School seniors participate in a parade through town in celebration of their graduation on May 18. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News) (Front page centerpiece photo)
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A DNR map of navigable and non-navigable waters are seen on the Kenai Peninsula.

State unveils maps in effort to ‘unlock’ Alaska waters

The maps are part of an initiative to assert control of state lands.

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A DNR map of navigable and non-navigable waters are seen on the Kenai Peninsula.
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
The Homer High School yearbook staff received a Jostens' national award for the 2021 yearbook. The yearbook "Our Story 202One" was credited for its inclusivity and creativity. Pictured is the yearbook staff with the yearbook. Back row left to right: Kamdyn Doughty, Katelyn Engebretsen, Madison Story, Paige Jones, Hannah Hatfield and Tristyn Romeril. Bottom row: Mya Houglum, Suzanne Bishop and Mariah McGuire. Photo submitted by Suzanne Bishop.

Homer High yearbook staff earns national Jostens’ award for inclusivity

The Homer High School yearbook staff received a national award by Jostens for their 2021 yearbook.

The Homer High School yearbook staff received a Jostens' national award for the 2021 yearbook. The yearbook "Our Story 202One" was credited for its inclusivity and creativity. Pictured is the yearbook staff with the yearbook. Back row left to right: Kamdyn Doughty, Katelyn Engebretsen, Madison Story, Paige Jones, Hannah Hatfield and Tristyn Romeril. Bottom row: Mya Houglum, Suzanne Bishop and Mariah McGuire. Photo submitted by Suzanne Bishop.
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COVID-19 resources not affected by malware attack

A malware attack against the Department of Health and Social Services website shut down the dhss.alaska.gov website on Monday, May 17, DHSS announced in a… Continue reading

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The sign in front of the Homer Electric Association building in Kenai, Alaska as seen on April 1, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Homer Electric to do cable maintenance this summer

HEA workers plan to inject the cables with silicone to fill any cracks caused by insulation deterioration.

The sign in front of the Homer Electric Association building in Kenai, Alaska as seen on April 1, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai Peninsula Borough Administration and Assembly meet for a joint work session with the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021.

KPBSD recruiting new staff at most schools

The district is looking to hire more than 50 new staff members for schools across the borough.

Kenai Peninsula Borough Administration and Assembly meet for a joint work session with the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021.
Second Star, a single-family second home rented out for weddings and special events, is seen here in February 2014 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News file)

Fire marshal closes, then allows luxury Homer rental mansion to re-open

Homer architect works out resolution after angry brides contact governor’s office.

Second Star, a single-family second home rented out for weddings and special events, is seen here in February 2014 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News file)
Mariners’ Haylee Owen up to bat against the Kenai Kardinals during the home softball game May 4, 2021, at Jack Gist Park. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)

Mariners quarantined, canceled Kodiak game

Player was asymptomatic and tested positive in routine screening, coach said.

Mariners’ Haylee Owen up to bat against the Kenai Kardinals during the home softball game May 4, 2021, at Jack Gist Park. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)