A rainbow can be seen next to rising smoke from the Swan Lake Fire in this photo released Thursday, Sept. 5. (Courtesy Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management)

Northern Rockies Type 2 Team takes over Swan Lake Fire

The fire experienced another day of little activity Monday.

A rainbow can be seen next to rising smoke from the Swan Lake Fire in this photo released Thursday, Sept. 5. (Courtesy Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management)
A screenshot taken on Sept. 3, 2019, from a video on the AK Diamond J Ranch website shows the ranch east of Homer, Alaska.

State Fire Marshal closes Homer area wedding venue buildings

The Alaska State Fire Marshal’s office last week closed two buildings at a Homer area wedding venue. In a press release issued on Aug. 29,… Continue reading

A screenshot taken on Sept. 3, 2019, from a video on the AK Diamond J Ranch website shows the ranch east of Homer, Alaska.

Oregon man arrested in 1978 death of Alaska teen

ANCHORAGE — A 62-year-old Oregon man is under arrest in connection with the 1978 rape and death of a teenage Anchorage girl, Alaska State Troopers… Continue reading

Clarified alcohol regs could curb fundraisers, community events in local breweries

The proposed regulations wouldn’t allow the Brewery to Bathroom 0.5K Relay for Life benefit run.

A sign advertising the annual Homer Documentary Film Festival hangs on the side of the Homer Theatre Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Homer Documentary Film Festival on deck

Film and documentary buffs in the Homer area should dust off their best sitting pants and polish their biggest popcorn bowls: the Homer Documentary Film… Continue reading

A sign advertising the annual Homer Documentary Film Festival hangs on the side of the Homer Theatre Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Soldotna, Alaska, resident Richard Link and his prize-winning Armenian cucumber are seen here in this August 2019 photo. The 14-pound, 37 3/8-inch cucumber took home grand prize at the 2019 Alaska State Fair in Palmer, Alaska. (Courtesy Ludy Link)

Going the distance

Cucumber makes it past the Swan Lake Fire to break the Alaska State Fair record

Soldotna, Alaska, resident Richard Link and his prize-winning Armenian cucumber are seen here in this August 2019 photo. The 14-pound, 37 3/8-inch cucumber took home grand prize at the 2019 Alaska State Fair in Palmer, Alaska. (Courtesy Ludy Link)

Homer Farmers Market: It’s amazing at the Market in food and photos

The rain has returned. It’s starting to feel as if the summer is ending. It’s this time of the year that I start getting questions… Continue reading

Jack and Ben Engebretsen, sons of Bay Weld general manager Erik Engebretsen, draw the winning ticket for the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center Bay Well skiff contest as chamber board secretary Kari Dendurent, center, and chamber executive director Debbie Speakman, with daughter Alice, watch. The drawing was held on Sept. 2, 2019, at Grace Ridge Brewery in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)

Indian, Alaska, man wins Bay Weld skiff in chamber raffle

An Indian, Alaska, man won a Bay Weld skiff in the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center’s raffle of the 24th skiff built by… Continue reading

  • Sep 4, 2019
  • Staff report Homer News
Jack and Ben Engebretsen, sons of Bay Weld general manager Erik Engebretsen, draw the winning ticket for the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center Bay Well skiff contest as chamber board secretary Kari Dendurent, center, and chamber executive director Debbie Speakman, with daughter Alice, watch. The drawing was held on Sept. 2, 2019, at Grace Ridge Brewery in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)
An abandoned Yamaha ATV sits on the Diamond Creek beach on Oct. 9, 2011, near Homer, Alaska. CoastWalk volunteers document beach trash such as this — and try to collect it. (Homer News file photo)

CoastWalk kicks off with reception Thursday

Everybody loves Kachemak Bay, right? There may be no better event that shares and shows that love than the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies’ annual… Continue reading

  • Sep 4, 2019
  • By Lori Evans For the Homer News
  • Local News
An abandoned Yamaha ATV sits on the Diamond Creek beach on Oct. 9, 2011, near Homer, Alaska. CoastWalk volunteers document beach trash such as this — and try to collect it. (Homer News file photo)
A map of the Swan Lake Fire as of Sept. 3, 2019. (Courtesy Great Basin Incident Management Team)

Burn ban lifted for Kenai Peninsula

Normal highway operations have resumed without pilot cars

A map of the Swan Lake Fire as of Sept. 3, 2019. (Courtesy Great Basin Incident Management Team)

Students get hands on experience in natural resources class

People know exactly how to get to Homer High School’s football field and the Alice Witte Gymnasium. The Commons is often used for community events.… Continue reading

Homer area school announcements

Homer High School Friday — Football vs Houston on the turf field. JV at 3 p.m. and varsity at 6 p.m. Saturday — Homer Swim… Continue reading

Vance talks budget, communication at legislative update

House Rep. Sarah Vance (R-Homer) told constituents she won’t budge on her campaign promises of fighting against a state income tax and pushing for a… Continue reading

A single-use plastic bag hangs on a driftwood branch at Mariner Park on the Homer Spit on Oct. 5,2018, in Homer, Alaska. It appeared someone had reused the bag to collect dog poop but then left the bag on the beach. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Plastic bag ban proposition is back before city voters

Homer City Council member Caroline Venuti saw plastic bags floating in the ocean and hanging in the trees. A lifelong Alaskan and a teacher, Venuti… Continue reading

  • Sep 4, 2019
  • By Lori Evans For the Homer News
A single-use plastic bag hangs on a driftwood branch at Mariner Park on the Homer Spit on Oct. 5,2018, in Homer, Alaska. It appeared someone had reused the bag to collect dog poop but then left the bag on the beach. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Firefighters unload supplies from a helicopter at the Caribou Lake Fire on Monday, Aug 26, 2019, northeast of Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Sarah Saarloos/Alaska Division of Forestry)

Caribou Lake fire is now 85% contained

According to the latest update from the Alaska Wildland Fire Information website, the Caribou Lake Fire reached 85% containment as of Saturday. This week, firefighters… Continue reading

Firefighters unload supplies from a helicopter at the Caribou Lake Fire on Monday, Aug 26, 2019, northeast of Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Sarah Saarloos/Alaska Division of Forestry)
An image representing the Death Cafe, an international movement to hold groups and discussions about death. A local woman has started a Death Cafe in Homer at the Stowaway Cafe. (Image courtesy Lynsey Stow of Stowaway Cafe)

Death Cafe comes to Homer

Woman hopes to provide a space to normalize death and dying

An image representing the Death Cafe, an international movement to hold groups and discussions about death. A local woman has started a Death Cafe in Homer at the Stowaway Cafe. (Image courtesy Lynsey Stow of Stowaway Cafe)
Traffic is backed up along the Sterling Highway after the proximity of the Swan Lake Fire caused a road closure on Aug. 19, 2019. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Swan Lake Fire delays deliveries across peninsula

The Swan Lake Fire has been growing for over a week now, causing delays and closures on the Sterling Highway between Cooper Landing and Sterling.… Continue reading

Traffic is backed up along the Sterling Highway after the proximity of the Swan Lake Fire caused a road closure on Aug. 19, 2019. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Workers with Chumley’s General Contractors lay and weld pipe near Mile 166 Sterling Highway several miles north of Diamond Ridge Road during construction of the Anchor Point-Homer natural gas trunk line in April 2013, near Homer, Alaska. (Homer News file photo)

Tariff dispute with Enstar over gas line extension resolved

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to correct two typos and to add clarifying details about how the Enstar Natural Gas line extension was… Continue reading

Workers with Chumley’s General Contractors lay and weld pipe near Mile 166 Sterling Highway several miles north of Diamond Ridge Road during construction of the Anchor Point-Homer natural gas trunk line in April 2013, near Homer, Alaska. (Homer News file photo)

BP sheds Alaska assets, sells to Hilcorp Alaska for $5.6B

BP is selling all of its assets in the state.

  • Aug 28, 2019
  • By Becky Boher Associated Press
  • State News