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State reports 353 new COVID-19 cases, 2 new deaths

Cases on Kenai Peninsula continue downward trend

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Graphic by Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion

High-risk KPBSD schools to resume on-site learning Monday

The shift comes a week earlier than anticipated

Graphic by Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion
Fireworks explode above the Homer Spit on Dec. 31, 2020 as part of the third annual crowdfunded fireworks in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Out with a bang: 3rd annual crowdfunded fireworks bid farewell to 2020

Whoever said the world ends with a whimper and not a bang never met Aaron Weisser. (It was T.S. Eliot, by the way) Weisser, a… Continue reading

Fireworks explode above the Homer Spit on Dec. 31, 2020 as part of the third annual crowdfunded fireworks in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Victoria and Robert Walker hold their daughter, Eleanor, Homer's New Year baby. (Photo courtesy Derotha Ferraro/South Peninsula Hospital)

Homer welcomes first baby of 2021

In a year stifled and disrupted by a global pandemic, a lot of things change or get canceled. There are some events that can’t be… Continue reading

Victoria and Robert Walker hold their daughter, Eleanor, Homer's New Year baby. (Photo courtesy Derotha Ferraro/South Peninsula Hospital)
Western Emergency Services logo. (Courtesy image)

Borough seeks to fill vacancy on Western Emergency Services board

The new board governing the Western Emergency Service Area has a seat vacancy the Kenai Peninsula Borough is seeking to fill. Seat E, the at-large… Continue reading

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Family practice physician Christina Tuomi, D.O., (right) gets Homer’s first dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine from Emergency Department nurse Steve Hughes (left) on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020 at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska. Tuomi has been the hospital’s medical lead throughout the pandemic. (Photo courtesy Derotha Ferraro/South Peninsula Hospital)

Almost 2,900 seniors on southern Kenai Peninsula can start getting vaccine soon

State opens up vaccine opportunity early for Alaskans 65 and older.

Family practice physician Christina Tuomi, D.O., (right) gets Homer’s first dose of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine from Emergency Department nurse Steve Hughes (left) on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020 at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska. Tuomi has been the hospital’s medical lead throughout the pandemic. (Photo courtesy Derotha Ferraro/South Peninsula Hospital)
The statue of Brother Asaiah Bates that stands at Cosmic Kitchen is seen wearing a mask on Monday, April 6, 2020 in Homer, Alaska. The state of Alaska is currently advising people to wear protective cloth coverings when they have to go out in public for essentials. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

The year in review

To paraphrase Charles Dickens, it was the worst of times, it was the worst of times. Those who endured what many called “the flaming Dumpster… Continue reading

The statue of Brother Asaiah Bates that stands at Cosmic Kitchen is seen wearing a mask on Monday, April 6, 2020 in Homer, Alaska. The state of Alaska is currently advising people to wear protective cloth coverings when they have to go out in public for essentials. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
Tim Quinn looks for birds in Kachemak Bay during the Christmas Bird Count on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Jim Herbert)

Annual Christmas Bird Counts log four new species, falls one short of record

Despit COVID-19 restrictions, birders show up for annual December tradition to count birds in Homer.

  • Dec 30, 2020
  • By Dave Erikson For the Homer News
  • Local News
Tim Quinn looks for birds in Kachemak Bay during the Christmas Bird Count on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Jim Herbert)
Bailey Epperheimer and Judah Johnston pose with Epperheimer’s pigs, Maui and Chancho, at the Kenai Peninsula Fair on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019 at the fairgrounds in Ninilchik, Alaska. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Branching out: 4-H Ag Expo to relocate to Soldotna

The Kenai Peninsula Agricultural Expo is moving to Soldotna starting next year through at least 2022

Bailey Epperheimer and Judah Johnston pose with Epperheimer’s pigs, Maui and Chancho, at the Kenai Peninsula Fair on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019 at the fairgrounds in Ninilchik, Alaska. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Commercial fishing and other boats are moored in the Homer Harbor in this file photo. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Seawatch: Fishing endured tough year

Looking back at 2020, commercial fishing suffered economic losses from pandemic, other factors.

Commercial fishing and other boats are moored in the Homer Harbor in this file photo. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
(Courtesy photo / Alaska Department of Corrections)

State reports 5th inmate COVID-19 death

The department did not identify the man.

(Courtesy photo / Alaska Department of Corrections)
Rep. Jennifer Johnston, R-Anchorage, gets her temperature taken as she enters the Alaska State Capitol on Monday, May 18, 2020. New policies will require all staff and legislators to wear masks in chambers. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

Legislative Council sets mask policy for upcoming session

Only one representative out of twelve legislators voted against the mask policy.

Rep. Jennifer Johnston, R-Anchorage, gets her temperature taken as she enters the Alaska State Capitol on Monday, May 18, 2020. New policies will require all staff and legislators to wear masks in chambers. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
Family practice physician Christina Tuomi, D.O., (right) gets Homer's first dose of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine from Emergency Department nurse Steve Hughes (left) on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020 at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska. Tuomi has been the hospital's medical lead throughout the pandemic. (Photo courtesy Derotha Ferraro/South Peninsula Hospital)

Vaccine rollout continues throughout state, on peninsula

12,202 total COVID-19 vaccinations had been given in Alaska as of Sunday

Family practice physician Christina Tuomi, D.O., (right) gets Homer's first dose of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine from Emergency Department nurse Steve Hughes (left) on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020 at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska. Tuomi has been the hospital's medical lead throughout the pandemic. (Photo courtesy Derotha Ferraro/South Peninsula Hospital)
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Homer High School.

School announcements

School district risk level update and upcoming events

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Homer High School.
Curtis Jackson, second from right, poses on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, with SVT Health & Wellness Center health care workers in Jakolof Bay, Alaska, after making a trip across Kachemak Bay from Homer to deliver the medical team and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. From left to right are nurse Candice Kreger, family nurse practitioner Kourtney Holder, Jackson, and family nurse practitioner Julie Drude. The health care workers then went by road to Seldovia. (Photo by Janel Harris courtesy of Mako’s Water Taxi)

‘Capt. Balto’ drives boat in rough seas to deliver vaccine, medical workers

In the spirit of the 1925 Nome Serum Run, Capt. Curtis Jackson helps deliver medical team, vaccine to remote Alaska village.

Curtis Jackson, second from right, poses on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, with SVT Health & Wellness Center health care workers in Jakolof Bay, Alaska, after making a trip across Kachemak Bay from Homer to deliver the medical team and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. From left to right are nurse Candice Kreger, family nurse practitioner Kourtney Holder, Jackson, and family nurse practitioner Julie Drude. The health care workers then went by road to Seldovia. (Photo by Janel Harris courtesy of Mako’s Water Taxi)
Commercial fishing and other boats are moored in the Homer Harbor in this file photo. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Seawatch: Cod season in federal waters is back

After no season this year, cod season returns in federal waters for 2021.

Commercial fishing and other boats are moored in the Homer Harbor in this file photo. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
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COVID-19 cases dropping on southern Kenai Peninsula

Cases dropped from 92 to 74 in 14-day average reports.

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The new sign for Homer Marine is waiting to be installed on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, at the store in the Northern Enterprises Boatyard in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Homer Marine brick-and-mortar store postponed grand opening because of pandemic

Located in the heart of Northern Enterprises Boatyard, Homer Marine is go-to place for boat repairs, building.

The new sign for Homer Marine is waiting to be installed on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, at the store in the Northern Enterprises Boatyard in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
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Homer High School.

School announcements

School district risk level update and upcoming events

Homer News file photo
Homer High School.