Runners participate in boys varsity race at the Ted McKenney XC Invitational on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021, at Tsalteshi Trails just outside of Soldotna, Alaska. The trails recently reported incidents of vandalism and theft. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Vandalism and theft reported at Tsalteshi Trails

One trail user reported stolen skis recently and multiple signs have been defaced.

Runners participate in boys varsity race at the Ted McKenney XC Invitational on Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021, at Tsalteshi Trails just outside of Soldotna, Alaska. The trails recently reported incidents of vandalism and theft. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
The logo for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is displayed inside the George A. Navarre Borough Admin Building on Thursday, July 22, 2021 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Montessori school goes to universal indoor masking

As of Tuesday, eight KPBSD schools were operating with universal indoor masking for staff and students.

The logo for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is displayed inside the George A. Navarre Borough Admin Building on Thursday, July 22, 2021 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
At left Bonita Banks, RN, Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) nurse at Homer Medical Center, and at right, Annie Garay, RN, Community Health Educator, pose for a photo at South Peninsula Hospital on Sept. 27, 2021, at Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Derotha Ferraro/South Peninsula Hospital)

New hospital community health educator starts

Garay, a Homer raised nurse, came home to ride out COVID-19, wound up doing pandemic nursing.

At left Bonita Banks, RN, Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) nurse at Homer Medical Center, and at right, Annie Garay, RN, Community Health Educator, pose for a photo at South Peninsula Hospital on Sept. 27, 2021, at Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Derotha Ferraro/South Peninsula Hospital)
Commercial fishing and other boats are moored in the Homer Harbor in this file photo. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Seawatch: Crabbers look at cuts to quotas

Tanner, opilio crab quotas cut on top of cancellation of fall king crab fishery.

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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Judge sides with psychiatrists who alleged wrongful firing

Two psychiatrists said they were wrongfully fired when Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy took office.

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The doors of the Alaska Senate chambers were shut Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, a week into the Alaska State Legislature's fourth special session of the year. Gov. Mike Dunleavy called lawmakers to session to resolve the state's longterm fiscal issues, but the same divisions that have kept lawmakers from finding resolution before are still in place. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
The doors of the Alaska Senate chambers were shut Friday, Oct. 8, 2021, a week into the Alaska State Legislature's fourth special session of the year. Gov. Mike Dunleavy called lawmakers to session to resolve the state's longterm fiscal issues, but the same divisions that have kept lawmakers from finding resolution before are still in place. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
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This map from the U.S. Cencsus Bureau highlighting Alaska's indigenous populations. A ballot initiative to have the State of Alaska formally recognize the state's already federally recognized tribes took a step forward Monday, when it was certified by the Division of Elections. (Courtesy image/ Wikicommons)
This map from the U.S. Cencsus Bureau highlighting Alaska's indigenous populations. A ballot initiative to have the State of Alaska formally recognize the state's already federally recognized tribes took a step forward Monday, when it was certified by the Division of Elections. (Courtesy image/ Wikicommons)
This screenshot shows the proposed House Districts for the southern Kenai Peninsula. The shaded pink area is District 5 and the shaded purple area is District 6. The Fritz Creek and Fox River areas currently in District 31 (the area now called District 5) would go into the Kodiak Island and Prince Willaim Sound District 6. The Fritz Creek and Fox River area starts at the Fritz Creek General Store near Mile 8 East End Road and includes the north side of East End Road. At East End Road and McNeil Canyon, all of East End Road to the end of the road is in the new district, including the villages of Razdolna, Voznesenka and Kachemak Selo. (Screen Capture/Alaska Redistricting Board/Google Maps)

Redistricting draft puts Fritz Creek into new district

Draft proposals carve out Fritz Creek, Fox River and put in Kodiak-Prince William Sound district.

This screenshot shows the proposed House Districts for the southern Kenai Peninsula. The shaded pink area is District 5 and the shaded purple area is District 6. The Fritz Creek and Fox River areas currently in District 31 (the area now called District 5) would go into the Kodiak Island and Prince Willaim Sound District 6. The Fritz Creek and Fox River area starts at the Fritz Creek General Store near Mile 8 East End Road and includes the north side of East End Road. At East End Road and McNeil Canyon, all of East End Road to the end of the road is in the new district, including the villages of Razdolna, Voznesenka and Kachemak Selo. (Screen Capture/Alaska Redistricting Board/Google Maps)
The Homer Election Canvass Board counted the final Homer City Council election ballots Friday, Oct. 8. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)

Election results certified in municipal elections

Aderhold, Erickson, Davis win Homer City Council; Tupper wins Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, District 9; Daugharty wins Kenai Peninsula Borough Board of Education, District 8.

The Homer Election Canvass Board counted the final Homer City Council election ballots Friday, Oct. 8. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)
Firefighters from multiple agencies prepare to enter a structure with a fire burning inside it as part of a live fire exercise Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019 at the Homer Volunteer Fire Department���s fire training facility on Freight Dock Road in Homer, Alaska. Student volunteers from Anchor Point Emergency Services, Homer Volunteer Fire Department, Ninilchik Emergency Services, and Central Emergency Services attended the drill as part of a joint Firefighter I class they are attending hosted by Anchor Point Fire and HVFD. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

HVFD offers firefighter training course

The Homer Volunteer Fire Department is recruiting new volunteers for the 2021 Firefighter I Class, which begins Oct. 18. No prior experience or certifications are… Continue reading

Firefighters from multiple agencies prepare to enter a structure with a fire burning inside it as part of a live fire exercise Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019 at the Homer Volunteer Fire Department���s fire training facility on Freight Dock Road in Homer, Alaska. Student volunteers from Anchor Point Emergency Services, Homer Volunteer Fire Department, Ninilchik Emergency Services, and Central Emergency Services attended the drill as part of a joint Firefighter I class they are attending hosted by Anchor Point Fire and HVFD. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Colette Ireland, Thunder, Kathy Sarns, Donna Rae Faulkner and Don McNamara pose for a photo after rescuing Thunder and Allie from the ravine. (Photos by Elise Nacht Boyer and Janet Fink)

‘The Thunder Blunder’: Two lost dogs bring community together in their search

13-year-old Malamute found after missing seven days

Colette Ireland, Thunder, Kathy Sarns, Donna Rae Faulkner and Don McNamara pose for a photo after rescuing Thunder and Allie from the ravine. (Photos by Elise Nacht Boyer and Janet Fink)
A portable sign on the Sterling Highway advertises a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinaton booster clinic to be held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. A flu clinic also will be held at the same time at the high school. Appointments are encouraged for the Pfizer clinic. Visit www.sphosp.org for information. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

COVID-19 booster clinic is Friday

Flu, COVID-19 booster clinic will be held Friday.

A portable sign on the Sterling Highway advertises a Pfizer COVID-19 vaccinaton booster clinic to be held 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. A flu clinic also will be held at the same time at the high school. Appointments are encouraged for the Pfizer clinic. Visit www.sphosp.org for information. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Homer Elks Lodge President David Spell, left, and Homer Elks Lodge Grant Coordinator Tom Stroozas, far right, present a $2,500 check to Kachemak City Council member Bill Fry, center, to help with construction of the Kachemak City Playground Project. (Photo provided)

Homer Elks Lodge gives grant to Kachemak City playground project

Grant will help rebuild Kachemak City playground facility.

Homer Elks Lodge President David Spell, left, and Homer Elks Lodge Grant Coordinator Tom Stroozas, far right, present a $2,500 check to Kachemak City Council member Bill Fry, center, to help with construction of the Kachemak City Playground Project. (Photo provided)
Countess Nona Safra, far right, poses with the other Alaska State Fair Royalty. (Photo provided)

‘Countess’ Safra receives First Lady’s volunteer award

Homer senior honored at Alaska State Fair and then by First Lady.

Countess Nona Safra, far right, poses with the other Alaska State Fair Royalty. (Photo provided)
The Homer Election Cancass Board counted the final Homer City Council election ballots Friday, Oct. 8. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)

Election results finalized: Erickson, Aderhold, Davis win seats

The Homer Election Canvass Board counted the absentee, questioned and special needs votes Friday.

The Homer Election Cancass Board counted the final Homer City Council election ballots Friday, Oct. 8. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)
James Varsos, also known as “Hobo Jim,” poses for a photo during the August, 2016, Funny River Festival in Funny River, Alaska, in August 2016. (Peninsula Clarion file)

Hobo Jim, beloved Alaska balladeer, dies after battle with cancer

Just over two weeks ago Varsos went public with his terminal cancer diagnosis.

James Varsos, also known as “Hobo Jim,” poses for a photo during the August, 2016, Funny River Festival in Funny River, Alaska, in August 2016. (Peninsula Clarion file)
The jack-up rig Randolph Yost, left, awaits loading on the heavy-lift vessel Falcon on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, in Kachemak Bay near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Jack-up rig Randolph Yost returns to Kachemak Bay

Destination is unknown for jack-up rig.

The jack-up rig Randolph Yost, left, awaits loading on the heavy-lift vessel Falcon on Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, in Kachemak Bay near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Office Max at the Nugget Mall in the Mendenhall Valley advertised Permanent Fund dividend sales on Thursday, July 2, 2020. This year's PFD will be  $1,114, the Alaska Department of Revenue announced. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

Revenue Department announces 2021 PFD amount

It’s a little more filling than last year.

Office Max at the Nugget Mall in the Mendenhall Valley advertised Permanent Fund dividend sales on Thursday, July 2, 2020. This year's PFD will be  $1,114, the Alaska Department of Revenue announced. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
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Anchorage FBI office launches hate crime reporting program

The program was launched across various digital, print and radio advertisements, as well as on public transportation in Anchorage, Fairbanks and Juneau.

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