Judy Cavanaugh stands with others at a rally against the Pebble Mine in front of Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s Juneau office on Tuesday. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
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Pebble Mine opposition: Wrong mine for the wrong place

Public comment period ends in days.

Judy Cavanaugh stands with others at a rally against the Pebble Mine in front of Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s Juneau office on Tuesday. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
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Lawmakers reject Wasilla as site for special session

Lawmakers considers it their right to determine the location.

  • Jun 26, 2019
  • By MARK THIESSEN Associated Press
  • State News
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Addiction treatment center will be outside city limits

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to reflect that the Set Free Alaska addiction treatment center will be located in the Kenai Peninsula Borough… Continue reading

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Demonstrators hold signs outside the Kenai Peninsula Borough building in protest of an invocation by a member of the Satanic Temple on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 in Soldotna, Alaska. The invocation was the first given by the Satanic Temple since the borough changed its invocation policy following an Alaska Superior Court decision finding the policy unconstitutional and in violation of the state’s constitution’s establishment clause. (Photo courtesy Aud Walaszek)

Satanic Temple invocation prompts protest, walkouts at assembly meeting

The borough lost a lawsuit against plaintiffs represented by the ACLU of Alaska

Demonstrators hold signs outside the Kenai Peninsula Borough building in protest of an invocation by a member of the Satanic Temple on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 in Soldotna, Alaska. The invocation was the first given by the Satanic Temple since the borough changed its invocation policy following an Alaska Superior Court decision finding the policy unconstitutional and in violation of the state’s constitution’s establishment clause. (Photo courtesy Aud Walaszek)

New charter operation is first in town to use Seakeeper boat stabilization

A new charter business in town is making a name for itself in more ways than one by being having the first boat of its… Continue reading

Participant’s in Homer’s first ever Pride March start out from WKFL Park along Pioneer Avenue on Saturday, June 23, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. The march route went all the way to Grace Ridge Brewery. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Homer to celebrate Pride Month with walk, festivities

For the second year, Homer will have its own Pride Month celebration marked by a walk through town this Saturday, June 22. Last year, local… Continue reading

Participant’s in Homer’s first ever Pride March start out from WKFL Park along Pioneer Avenue on Saturday, June 23, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. The march route went all the way to Grace Ridge Brewery. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Rep. Tammie Wilson, R-North Pole, chairs the House Finance Committee with Rep. Neal Foster, D-Nome, right, as they work on House Bill 14 at the Capitol on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 in Juneau, Alaska. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Rep. Tammie Wilson, R-North Pole, chairs the House Finance Committee with Rep. Neal Foster, D-Nome, right, as they work on House Bill 14 at the Capitol on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 in Juneau, Alaska. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Homer Farmers Market: Learn something new at Farmers Market

I learn something new every time I go to the Farmers Market. This time it was at Christina’s booth. She had clusters of cilantro but… Continue reading

Seward, Homer receive federal shipyard grants

The funding is aimed at fostering efficiency and economic growth

Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy walks to the podium at a news conference Friday, June 14, 2019, in Wasilla, Alaska. Dunleavy has called lawmakers into special session July 8 in Wasilla, and his administration gave a tour of the recommended site at Wasilla Middle School to reporters. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Legislators face pressure for dividend decision

Alaska legislators face mounting pressure to decide the annual dividend paid to residents from Alaska’s oil-wealth fund, with Gov. Mike Dunleavy threatening additional special sessions… Continue reading

  • Jun 19, 2019
  • By BECKY BOHRER Associated Press
  • State News
Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy walks to the podium at a news conference Friday, June 14, 2019, in Wasilla, Alaska. Dunleavy has called lawmakers into special session July 8 in Wasilla, and his administration gave a tour of the recommended site at Wasilla Middle School to reporters. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
Flaggers direct traffic while workers install a fiber-optic line on the Homer Bypass to connect the Lake Street intersection traffic light with a new traffic light to be built at Main Street and the Homer Bypass on June 4, 2019 in Homer, Alaska (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

DOT to hold open house on area projects

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities will hold an open house on current and future projects for Homer next week. Held from 4… Continue reading

Flaggers direct traffic while workers install a fiber-optic line on the Homer Bypass to connect the Lake Street intersection traffic light with a new traffic light to be built at Main Street and the Homer Bypass on June 4, 2019 in Homer, Alaska (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
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.

DNR grants reconsideration of Dorothy Drive easement closure

Alaska Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Corri Feige has granted a request for reconsideration of a 1-year, temporary closure of a section line easement in… 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.
University of Alaska Anchorage Chancellor Cathy Sandeen speaks last Friday, June 14, at the opening of the Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference at Land’s End Resort, Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

New UAA chancellor sees university as benefitting many

Eight months into her job as University of Alaska Anchorage Chancellor, Cathy Sandeen has survived not just her first winter in Alaska, but crises that… Continue reading

University of Alaska Anchorage Chancellor Cathy Sandeen speaks last Friday, June 14, at the opening of the Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference at Land’s End Resort, Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Proposed addiction treatment center won’t be in Refuge Chapel building

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated to reflect that resident Frank Griswold gave the City of Homer notice of intent to appeal an Advisory… Continue reading

Residents filled the Kenai Peninsula Borough Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers for a public hearing regarding a controversial gravel pit in Anchor Point at the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, Monday, June 10, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Planning commission postpones vote on Beachcomber gravel pit application

A meeting discussing a controversial gravel pit lasted to nearly midnight Monday, after dozens of Anchor Point residents gave public testimony on the proposed project.… Continue reading

Residents filled the Kenai Peninsula Borough Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers for a public hearing regarding a controversial gravel pit in Anchor Point at the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, Monday, June 10, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Sen. Chris Birch, R-Anchorage, speaks in favor of a resolution to have a combined House/Senate committee to study a Permanent Fund Dividend solution at the Capitol on Monday, June 10, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Sen. Chris Birch, R-Anchorage, speaks in favor of a resolution to have a combined House/Senate committee to study a Permanent Fund Dividend solution at the Capitol on Monday, June 10, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
The ferry Columbia sails through Lynn Canal on April 29, 2019 in Southeast Alaska. (Alex McCarthy | Juneau Empire File)
The ferry Columbia sails through Lynn Canal on April 29, 2019 in Southeast Alaska. (Alex McCarthy | Juneau Empire File)

Homer Farmers Market: Alaska farming has grown in past 5 years

Every time I go to the Farmers Market I am excited to find what’s new. Last week was the first time this season that peas… Continue reading

Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference keynote speaker Diane Ackerman. (Photo provided; Sue Michlovitz)

Writers’ conference gives birth to new careers, friendships — and maybe a real baby

This year’s 18th annual Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference brings together writers and readers of all ages from the Lower 49 states, Alaska and the lower… Continue reading

Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference keynote speaker Diane Ackerman. (Photo provided; Sue Michlovitz)
The Tustumena Lake Fire as seen from the air during the early stages of initial attack on June 6, 2019, near Clam Gulch, Alaska. (Photo by Tim Whitesell/Alaska Division of Forestry)

Swan Lake Fire grows to 2,400 acres

The Swan Lake Fire is about 70% active and spreading

The Tustumena Lake Fire as seen from the air during the early stages of initial attack on June 6, 2019, near Clam Gulch, Alaska. (Photo by Tim Whitesell/Alaska Division of Forestry)