Paul Banks Elementary School principal honored with statewide recognition

Between advocating for his students to the local Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Directors and kissing pigs during school assemblies, Eric Pederson doesn’t… Continue reading

Public Health nurse receives prestigious fellowship

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, nurses with the Alaska Division of Public Health have found a place to shine during the fight against… Continue reading

Registered Nurse Cathy Davis (left) and Chief Nursing Officer Dawn Johnson (right) work at a table to get COVID-19 tests ready for the public Friday, May 29, 2020 at the Boat House Pavilion on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Expanding testing available on southern peninsula

Health care organizations on the southern Kenai Peninsula are taking part in the efforts to expand testing capabilities in Alaska. South Peninsula Hospital announced last… Continue reading

Registered Nurse Cathy Davis (left) and Chief Nursing Officer Dawn Johnson (right) work at a table to get COVID-19 tests ready for the public Friday, May 29, 2020 at the Boat House Pavilion on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
The Alaska Grown logo.

Homer Farmers Market: Market opens — with changes

The first Homer Farmers Market is coming up this weekend. This is the big one that farmers work toward, planting specifically so that they will… Continue reading

The Alaska Grown logo.
A graph by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services created on its Coronavirus Datahub on Sunday, May 31, 2020, shows the number of positive COVID-19 cases acquired by day since the first cases were recorded in March. The increase of 27 cases on May 31 marks the largest single jump in one day in Alaska. (Graphic courtesy of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services)

Alaska sees biggest jump in COVID-19 cases yet

With 27 new cases, Alaska on Sunday saw its biggest increase in positive cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic in March. According… Continue reading

A graph by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services created on its Coronavirus Datahub on Sunday, May 31, 2020, shows the number of positive COVID-19 cases acquired by day since the first cases were recorded in March. The increase of 27 cases on May 31 marks the largest single jump in one day in Alaska. (Graphic courtesy of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services)

Two new COVID-19 cases for Kenai Peninsula

The Kenai Peninsula Borough has two new positive cases of COVID-19, according to Saturday’s update from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. That… Continue reading

Registered Nurse Cathy Davis (left) and Chief Nursing Officer Dawn Johnson (right) work at a table to get COVID-19 tests ready for the public Friday, May 29, 2020 at the Boat House Pavilion on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. South Peninsula Hospital is now offering free COVID-19 testing for asymptomatic people with no appointments necessary at the Boat House Pavilion through June 6. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

1 new COVID-19 case in Homer as hospital offers free testing on the Spit

Additional COVID-19 cases announced in Soldotna and in a nonresident visitor to the peninsula

Registered Nurse Cathy Davis (left) and Chief Nursing Officer Dawn Johnson (right) work at a table to get COVID-19 tests ready for the public Friday, May 29, 2020 at the Boat House Pavilion on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. South Peninsula Hospital is now offering free COVID-19 testing for asymptomatic people with no appointments necessary at the Boat House Pavilion through June 6. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

COVID-19 impacting local fitness centers

In the small town of Homer, Alaska residents are finding ways to stay active while fitness facilities begin to reopen On March 23, Mary Jo… Continue reading

COVID-19. (Image courtesy the CDC)

7 new cases of COVID-19 on Kenai Peninsula

5 of the new cases are on the southern peninsula, and Nikiski has its first case

COVID-19. (Image courtesy the CDC)

Kelly Cooper kicks off campaign in “Rally on the Bay”

Correction: This story has been corrected to note that Rep. Sarah Vance, R-Alaska, faces no opposition for the Republican Party nomination for House District 31.… Continue reading

A member of the Gannet Glacier Type 2 Initial Attack Crew uses a drip torch during a burnout operation at the Swan Lake Fire on June 18, 2019. (Photo courtesy Alaska Division of Forestry)

Burn ban lifted — except on the Kenai

Ban will stay in effect on the peninsula due to recreational traffic associated with fishing season.

A member of the Gannet Glacier Type 2 Initial Attack Crew uses a drip torch during a burnout operation at the Swan Lake Fire on June 18, 2019. (Photo courtesy Alaska Division of Forestry)
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1 new COVID-19 case announced in Bethel area

One new case of COVID-19 was announced Wednesday, bringing the state’s total number of confirmed cases to 412. The new case is in the Bethel… Continue reading

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Graduate Virginia Orth walks back to her car with her parents, April and David Orth, after receiving her diploma during the Connections Homeschool Class of 2020 graduation at Soldotna Elementary School in Soldotna, Alaska on May 21, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Making one last connection

Connections home-school students celebrate graduation together, at a distance

Graduate Virginia Orth walks back to her car with her parents, April and David Orth, after receiving her diploma during the Connections Homeschool Class of 2020 graduation at Soldotna Elementary School in Soldotna, Alaska on May 21, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Homer City Hall. (Homer News file photo)

Council approves ordinance clarifying powers to close city-owned spaces; search for city manager continues

The search for a new permanent city manager for Homer continues, with telephonic interviews scheduled for six candidates in early June. During the last Homer… Continue reading

Homer City Hall. (Homer News file photo)

Homer Flex Phoenix award winners

Homer Flex School has announced the most recent winners of the Flex Phoenix Award. The award is given to the student who best represents the… Continue reading

Signs on Saturday, March 28, 2020, at the main entrance to South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska, warn visitors not to enter until they have been met by hospital staff. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

South Peninsula Hospital restarts most of it services

Precautions and COVID-19 screening are in place

Signs on Saturday, March 28, 2020, at the main entrance to South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska, warn visitors not to enter until they have been met by hospital staff. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
A sign on Friday, May 22, 2020, at the Homer Theatre in Homer, Alaska, advertises its reopening next month on June 5. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Homer businesses reopen cautiously under most recent plan phases

When Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced the third and fourth phases of his administration’s plan to reopen Alaska’s economy in the wake of the ongoing global… Continue reading

A sign on Friday, May 22, 2020, at the Homer Theatre in Homer, Alaska, advertises its reopening next month on June 5. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Memorial Day observance honors war — and pandemic — heroes

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Memorial Day observances in Homer took on a more somber tone. Though Anchorage and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson canceled… Continue reading

Ninilchik grads leave school in style

Restrictions placed on the economy and social movements due to the novel coronavirus pandemic has changed and interrupted a lot of things, but it couldn’t… Continue reading

Salmonfest music festival canceled for 2020

For the first time in its relatively short history, Salmonfest will not proceed with three days of fish, love and music this year. Organizers announced… Continue reading