This 2020 electron microscope made available by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention image shows the spherical coronavirus particles from the first U.S. case of COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-C.S. Goldsmith, A. Tamin/ CDC via AP

3 new COVID-19 cases on peninsula

One resident and two workers employed by a seafood processor in the borough tested positive.

This 2020 electron microscope made available by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention image shows the spherical coronavirus particles from the first U.S. case of COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-C.S. Goldsmith, A. Tamin/ CDC via AP

No new COVID-19 cases reported for Alaska

No new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Alaska on Sunday, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services announced in its May 24 update.… Continue reading

Nome gets third COVID-19 case; four new cases reported statewide

Rural Alaska gained two more positive cases of COVID-19, according to today’s announcement by Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. One case was reported… Continue reading

Road signs near Mile 172 Sterling Highway on Friday, May 22, 2020, in Homer, Alaska, greet visitors with messages about how to find information on the COVID-19 pandemic. Trafic was heavy on Friday morning at the start of the Memorial Day weekend and the first day of the phases three and reopening in Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Douglas gets first positive COVID-19 case; Nome gets second case

At the start of the Memorial Day weekend and the first day of Alaska’s Phases three and four of the plan to reopen the state,… Continue reading

Road signs near Mile 172 Sterling Highway on Friday, May 22, 2020, in Homer, Alaska, greet visitors with messages about how to find information on the COVID-19 pandemic. Trafic was heavy on Friday morning at the start of the Memorial Day weekend and the first day of the phases three and reopening in Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks during a Friday, March 27, 2020 press conference in the Atwood Building in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Office of the Governor)

Governor’s team expands on new guidelines, PFD

With Alaska’s businesses and most other public entities set to reopen at full capacity on Friday, Gov. Mike Dunleavy and his administration are launching a… Continue reading

Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks during a Friday, March 27, 2020 press conference in the Atwood Building in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Office of the Governor)

They’re done: Homer High School graduates walk outdoor stage

Balloons everywhere, the creaking of gymnasium bleachers or auditorium seats, and the unmistakable first notes of Pomp and Circumstance — the usual trappings of a… Continue reading

Lemon Creek Correctional Center had its first confirmed case of the coronavirus on April 10, 2020. There are now 11 staff members and 5 of their family members with confirmed cases. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)

Union president voices correctional officers’ concerns amid rising cumulative case count

Testing procedures, flow of information and testing, and lack of hazard pay are all worries.

Lemon Creek Correctional Center had its first confirmed case of the coronavirus on April 10, 2020. There are now 11 staff members and 5 of their family members with confirmed cases. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)
Michelle Wilson and Sean Hogan, pictured at their restaurant, Cosmic Kitchen in this undated photo, have announced they have sold the restaurant after 17 years of operating in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Anna Buenting)

Cosmic Kitchen sold after 17 years, will close next month

A cuisine staple in the Cosmic Hamlet by the Sea is changing hands next month — Cosmic Kitchen has been sold, its owners announced last… Continue reading

Michelle Wilson and Sean Hogan, pictured at their restaurant, Cosmic Kitchen in this undated photo, have announced they have sold the restaurant after 17 years of operating in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Anna Buenting)

Homer Farmers Market: Try Alaska Food Hub while waiting for market to open

This has been quite the year so far, eh? Normally this would be when I would be telling everyone about how the long winter is… Continue reading

Nikolaevsk School graduates 8 in drive-in ceremony

In years past, friends and family of Nikolaevsk School graduates could show their support and appreciation in person at small, intimate commencement ceremonies. This year… Continue reading

A graduation balloon sits atop a vehicle during an alternative graduation ceremony for Homer Flex School on Monday, May 18, 2020 at the Homer Harbor in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Homer Flex graduation heads outside

Celebrating the graduates of Homer Flex School has never been traditional — they’re not traditional students. This year was made even more unique by the… Continue reading

A graduation balloon sits atop a vehicle during an alternative graduation ceremony for Homer Flex School on Monday, May 18, 2020 at the Homer Harbor in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Change in DHSS database sows residency confusion

Count for Homer cases dropped to five

Two F-22 Raptors fly over Beluga Lake on Friday, May 15, 2020 as part of a statewide flyover event put on by the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard. Four of the aircraft flew over Homer, Alaska and other parts of the state as a way to show support for health care workers and other COVID-19 front line workers. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Statewide flyovers conducted to thank health care workers

In a show of support for health care workers and others on the front lines of the novel coronavirus pandemic, myriad aircraft from the U.S.… Continue reading

Two F-22 Raptors fly over Beluga Lake on Friday, May 15, 2020 as part of a statewide flyover event put on by the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard. Four of the aircraft flew over Homer, Alaska and other parts of the state as a way to show support for health care workers and other COVID-19 front line workers. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Salmon can be seen in the waters of Bear Lake, near Seward, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Kenny Regan)

State provides additional guidelines for setnetters

As commercial fishing season ramps up in Alaska amid the global novel coronavirus pandemic, the state has provided more clarification on a specific type of… Continue reading

Salmon can be seen in the waters of Bear Lake, near Seward, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Kenny Regan)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks at a press conference on May 11, 2020, in the Atwood Building in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Austin McDaniel courtesy Office of the Governor)

PFD checks to go out starting July 1

To help Alaskans get through the economic challenges of the COVID-19, Permanent Fund Dividend payments will go out early starting on July 1, Gov. Mike… Continue reading

Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks at a press conference on May 11, 2020, in the Atwood Building in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Austin McDaniel courtesy Office of the Governor)

Governor announces major reopening of Alaska

With no new cases of COVID-19 reported on Tuesday, Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced that night that Alaska will move into phase three of the state’s… Continue reading

(Courtesy/CDC)

Alaska has three new COVID-19 cases

Count for Homer cases dropped to five

(Courtesy/CDC)
Signs on May 7, 2020, along the Sterling Highway by St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church in Homer, Alaska, and put up by the South Kenai Peninsula Resiliency Coalition offer encouragement during the COVID-19 pandemic. The signs read “Physical distancing can be hard. Everyday connections are so important. How can you make someone smile today?” (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Sixth Homer resident tests positive

A sixth Homer resident has tested positive for COVID-19, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services reported on Sunday. That is the second Homer… Continue reading

Signs on May 7, 2020, along the Sterling Highway by St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church in Homer, Alaska, and put up by the South Kenai Peninsula Resiliency Coalition offer encouragement during the COVID-19 pandemic. The signs read “Physical distancing can be hard. Everyday connections are so important. How can you make someone smile today?” (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)