The new Ramp 2 restrooms on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska, as seen on Feb. 8, 2019. The restrooms opened on Feb. 2. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer New

New Ramp 2 restrooms open

Well in advance of the summer tourist season, the city of Homer last week opened its latest new restrooms on the Homer Spit. Built on… Continue reading

 

Jeff Hayden poses at the Homer News on Feb. 12, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. Hayden has been named publisher of the Kenai Peninsula Clarion and the Homer News. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Hayden named publisher of Homer News, Clarion

Sound Publishing Inc. has appointed Jeff Hayden publisher of the Homer News and the Kenai Peninsula Clarion. Hayden started his new position on Monday, Feb.… Continue reading

 

The Alaska State Capitol. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

No-bid contract for psychiatric institute raises questions

A previous report advised against privatizing the institute.

The Alaska State Capitol. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Marijuana industry testifies against governor’s control board nominee

“There’s this undercurrent of trying to push back the marijuana industry.”

Mayor Charlie Pierce speaks at a Kenai Peninsula Borough meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce casts doubt on LNG project

Pierce said that the mayor’s office is still looking through all the impacts to the Kenai Peninsula

Mayor Charlie Pierce speaks at a Kenai Peninsula Borough meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
One of several beer label submissions sits on display Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 at a First Friday event at Grace Ridge Brewery in Homer, Alaska. The Brackish Brown ale, bottled with the winning label, was available at the event. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Kachemak Bay Research Reserve unveils winning beer label

Who says science and suds don’t mix? In celebrating its upcoming 20th anniversary, the Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve decided to put a little… Continue reading

One of several beer label submissions sits on display Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 at a First Friday event at Grace Ridge Brewery in Homer, Alaska. The Brackish Brown ale, bottled with the winning label, was available at the event. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

US Senator questions Facebook over policies surrounding ivory sales

He worked with Alaska Native artists to resolve an issue with Etsy last year.

SPH welcomes new orthopedic staff

South Peninsula Hospital Orthopedics and the office of Dr. Brent Adcox welcome Dharti Patel, Physician Assistant, to its care team. Patel moved to Homer this… Continue reading

Carpenters with Steiner’s North Star Construction on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019 work on an addition at Land’s End Resort on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Construction starts on Land’s End addition

Construction has started on a $3 million, 17,500-square-foot addition at Land’s End Resort at the end of the Homer Spit. When finished, the new wing… Continue reading

Carpenters with Steiner’s North Star Construction on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019 work on an addition at Land’s End Resort on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Land’s End Chart Room reopens with new menu

Land’s End Resort’s Chart Room Restaurant reopens on Wednesday, Jan. 16, the Homer Spit hotel announced in a press release on Tuesday. Executive chef Chris… Continue reading

Students sit on the front steps of the Alaska Capitol on April 6, 2018. (James Brooks photo | Juneau Empire)

State minimum wage rose 5 cents on Jan. 1

Starting Jan. 1, 2019, Alaska’s minimum wage will be raised by 5 cents, from $9.84 to $9.89. The 5 cent raise is to adjust the… Continue reading

Students sit on the front steps of the Alaska Capitol on April 6, 2018. (James Brooks photo | Juneau Empire)
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                                The open sign for Uncle Herb’s, Homer’s first marijuana retail store, lights up on opening day, Thursday, May 24 on Ocean Drive in Homer.

Control board approves rules for onsite marijuana use

JUNEAU — Alaska regulators last Thursday approved rules for onsite consumption of marijuana at specially designated shops, a significant step for the cannabis industry in… Continue reading

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                                The open sign for Uncle Herb’s, Homer’s first marijuana retail store, lights up on opening day, Thursday, May 24 on Ocean Drive in Homer.

Skinny Owlz: Bringing a bright, warm style to Homer and beyond

Chelsey Arno expresses herself as “a self-taught seamstress.” She’s always been interested in fashion, but for clothing that is cute and functional with Alaska features.… Continue reading

  • Dec 19, 2018
  • By Emilie Springer Special to the Homer News
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In this file photo, Rep. Cathy Munoz, R-Juneau, greets Airlift Northwest pilots Randy Aspeluind, left, and Tyler Cousins during a bill signing by Gov. Sean Parnell at the air ambulance company’s hangar at the Juneau International Airport on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Former Rep. Muñoz back in state government

Cathy Muñoz was in Legislature from 2008-2016.

In this file photo, Rep. Cathy Munoz, R-Juneau, greets Airlift Northwest pilots Randy Aspeluind, left, and Tyler Cousins during a bill signing by Gov. Sean Parnell at the air ambulance company’s hangar at the Juneau International Airport on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Hays receives CRS Realtor designation

The Residential Real Estate Council has awarded Brenda Hays of Wavefront Realty its Certified Residential Specialist designation, according to a press release from Hays. To… Continue reading

A plastic bag is discarded at the side of C Street in Midtown on August 15, 2018. (Marc Lester / ADN)

Habits change month after plastic bag ban

A month after banning single-use plastic bags in Soldotna, consumers and retailers throughout the community have adjusted to the change. “In my personal interactions with… Continue reading

A plastic bag is discarded at the side of C Street in Midtown on August 15, 2018. (Marc Lester / ADN)
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                                Robert Monteith, General Manager of the Juneau Empire.

Empire, CCW get new general manager

His first journalism job was in Alaska.

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                                Robert Monteith, General Manager of the Juneau Empire.
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                                In this Feb. 20, 2015 file photo, Alaska Cannabis Club CEO Charlo Greene prepares to roll a joint at the medical marijuana dispensary in Anchorage.

Alaska credit union to serve marijuana businesses

ANCHORAGE — A credit union will launch a pilot program to begin serving marijuana businesses in Alaska, giving the cash-reliant industry a financial option after… Continue reading

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                                In this Feb. 20, 2015 file photo, Alaska Cannabis Club CEO Charlo Greene prepares to roll a joint at the medical marijuana dispensary in Anchorage.

Alaska Marine Highway System takes step to replace old ferry

KODIAK (AP) — The Alaska Marine Highway System has taken the first step in the process of finding a shipyard to build a ferry to… Continue reading