Meilani Schijvens, owner of Rain Coast Data, shared the 2021 Business Climate Survey results with members of the Greater Juneau Chamber of Commerce Thursday. The data show that the pandemic-related tourism restrictions battered communities in Southeast Alaska. (Dana Zigmund/Juneau Empire)

Business climate survey shows pandemic’s outsize local impact

Southeast Alaska one of the country’s hardest-hit areas

Meilani Schijvens, owner of Rain Coast Data, shared the 2021 Business Climate Survey results with members of the Greater Juneau Chamber of Commerce Thursday. The data show that the pandemic-related tourism restrictions battered communities in Southeast Alaska. (Dana Zigmund/Juneau Empire)
The old Homer Halibut Derby Shack is refreshed and updated to open  as the new Spit Visitor Information Center, as seen here on Friday, June 25, 2021, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Christina Whiting)

New Spit visitor center opens

Ribbon cutting is today for new Spit Visitor Information Center.

The old Homer Halibut Derby Shack is refreshed and updated to open  as the new Spit Visitor Information Center, as seen here on Friday, June 25, 2021, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Christina Whiting)
Sherry Stead, left, and Don Stead, right, pose on Sunday, June 6, 2021, at the groundbreaking of the new building for Grace Ridge Brewery at 870 Smoky Bay Way. Jay-Brant Contractors has started construction of the brewery, tasting room and beer garden to be completed by next fall. (Photo courtesy of Grace Ridge Brewery)
Sherry Stead, left, and Don Stead, right, pose on Sunday, June 6, 2021, at the groundbreaking of the new building for Grace Ridge Brewery at 870 Smoky Bay Way. Jay-Brant Contractors has started construction of the brewery, tasting room and beer garden to be completed by next fall. (Photo courtesy of Grace Ridge Brewery)
A boat is lifted out of the water at Northern Enterprises Boat Yard on Kachemak Drive. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)

Northern Enterprise Boat Yard expands business

Northern Enterprises Boat Yard, Inc., the largest privately owned dry dock marina in Alaska, is expanding its docks and boat-lifting capabilities in an effort to… Continue reading

A boat is lifted out of the water at Northern Enterprises Boat Yard on Kachemak Drive. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)
Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News 
Ana Rosa Polit stands in front of Espresso Waves, her new coffee drive-through. Espresso Waves is located in front of the Ocean Shores RV Park.

Polit runs on coffee and the American dream

Ana Rosa Polit opened Espresso Waves on May 1

Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News 
Ana Rosa Polit stands in front of Espresso Waves, her new coffee drive-through. Espresso Waves is located in front of the Ocean Shores RV Park.
The Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center hosted a grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 21 for the Plantman store located on Pioneer Avenue. The “Plant Man” and owner, Darren Williams, said he is thankful for the opportunity to expand his store and for the support shown by the Homer community. “I just want to thank Homer and the Wildberry products for hosting us here,” Williams said. “It’s been a great experience doing business in Homer. I just really appreciate the community of Homer.” Plantman now has an outdoor and indoor space for customers to purchase and learn how to care for plants. For more information, visit plantmanak.com. Pictured left to right: Brad Anderson, Homer Chamber of Commerce executive director; Tom Soderholm, Homer Chamber of Commerce president; Williams; Christina Cooper, Plantman manager; Andrea Vargas; and Jan Knutson, Homer Visitor Center director. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)

Plantman holds grand opening

New Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center member honored with ceremony.

The Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center hosted a grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 21 for the Plantman store located on Pioneer Avenue. The “Plant Man” and owner, Darren Williams, said he is thankful for the opportunity to expand his store and for the support shown by the Homer community. “I just want to thank Homer and the Wildberry products for hosting us here,” Williams said. “It’s been a great experience doing business in Homer. I just really appreciate the community of Homer.” Plantman now has an outdoor and indoor space for customers to purchase and learn how to care for plants. For more information, visit plantmanak.com. Pictured left to right: Brad Anderson, Homer Chamber of Commerce executive director; Tom Soderholm, Homer Chamber of Commerce president; Williams; Christina Cooper, Plantman manager; Andrea Vargas; and Jan Knutson, Homer Visitor Center director. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)
Homer News editor Michael Armstrong, left, and former reporter Megan Pacer, right, hold Alaska Press Club awards the Homer News received at the Alaska Press Club Awards banquet on April 27, 2019, in Anchorage, Alaska. Armstrong and Pacer also won awards for the 2020 contest year. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Awards were presented in virtural ceremony last Saturday

The Homer News, and its sister publications the Peninsula Clarion and Juneau Empire, won a batch of awards, including second-place, Best Weekly, for the Homer… Continue reading

Homer News editor Michael Armstrong, left, and former reporter Megan Pacer, right, hold Alaska Press Club awards the Homer News received at the Alaska Press Club Awards banquet on April 27, 2019, in Anchorage, Alaska. Armstrong and Pacer also won awards for the 2020 contest year. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Homer News reporter Sarah Knapp poses for a photo on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, at the newspaper offices in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstong/Homer News)

Knapp started this week at Homer News

Knapps brings Tennessee writing experience to Alaska

Homer News reporter Sarah Knapp poses for a photo on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, at the newspaper offices in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstong/Homer News)
Darren Williams, owner of the Plant Man, plays a drum in his newly expanded space in the Wildberry Building on Pioneer Avenue on Feb. 19, 2021 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Owner Williams seeks to create quiet space along with selling plants.

A plant store, and more. That’s what’s brewing inside the walls of the Wild Berry building on Pioneer Avenue. Darren Williams, owner of Plant Man,… Continue reading

Darren Williams, owner of the Plant Man, plays a drum in his newly expanded space in the Wildberry Building on Pioneer Avenue on Feb. 19, 2021 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Long Term Care staff celebrate receiving the five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Feb. 19, 2021, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska. From left to right are Cathy Myers, Director of Nursing; Bella the dog, Nanet Minke, Certified Nursing Assistant; Nicole McKinney,CNA; Bonnie Betley, Registered Nurse; Susan Hubbard, CNA, Ana Jones, CNA; Leone Morra RN; and Melissa Dunkle CNA, in the front kneeling. (Photo courtesy South Peninsula Hospital)

Hospital’s Long Term Care home gets 5-star rating

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently granted a Five-Star rating in its Care Compare quality program to South Peninsula Hospital’s Long Term Care… Continue reading

Long Term Care staff celebrate receiving the five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Feb. 19, 2021, at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska. From left to right are Cathy Myers, Director of Nursing; Bella the dog, Nanet Minke, Certified Nursing Assistant; Nicole McKinney,CNA; Bonnie Betley, Registered Nurse; Susan Hubbard, CNA, Ana Jones, CNA; Leone Morra RN; and Melissa Dunkle CNA, in the front kneeling. (Photo courtesy South Peninsula Hospital)
Kenai Peninsula Tourism and Marketing Council Executive Director Debbie Speakman presents to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday, March 2 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Trends 2021: Peninsula tourism targeted Alaskans in 2020

It was the year that almost wasn’t for peninsula tourism.

Kenai Peninsula Tourism and Marketing Council Executive Director Debbie Speakman presents to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday, March 2 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Commercial fishing and other boats are moored in the Homer Harbor in this file photo. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Seawatch: IFQ permits go by mail only on request

Pandemic work conditions prevented mass mailings of IFQ permits

Commercial fishing and other boats are moored in the Homer Harbor in this file photo. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Commercial fishing and other boats are moored in the Homer Harbor in this file photo. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Seawatch: International Pacific Halibut Commission studying COVID-19 impacts on fishermen

Three surveys will look at financial impacts before and during the pandemic

Commercial fishing and other boats are moored in the Homer Harbor in this file photo. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Commercial fishing and other boats are moored in the Homer Harbor in this file photo. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Seawatch: Pandemic continues to hurt fishing industry

Pandemic impact in Bristol Bay alone estimated at $30-40 million

Commercial fishing and other boats are moored in the Homer Harbor in this file photo. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Commercial fishing and other boats are moored in the Homer Harbor in this file photo. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Seawatch: Local shellfish growers win Farm Family of the Year

Bates family of Halibut Cove wins mariculture Farm Family of the Year.

Commercial fishing and other boats are moored in the Homer Harbor in this file photo. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Commercial fishing and other boats are moored in the Homer Harbor in this file photo. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Seawatch: Pollock fishermen to delay season

Delay of pollock season will allow roe to ripen, making fish more valuable.

Commercial fishing and other boats are moored in the Homer Harbor in this file photo. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Commercial fishing and other boats are moored in the Homer Harbor in this file photo. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Seawatch: Tribe wins lawsuit in herring roe subsistence claim

Sitka Tribe of Alaska claimed state wasn’t providing “reasonable opportunity” in herring roe harvest.

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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