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.
<span class="neFMT neFMT_PhotoCredit">AP file Photo/Mark Thiessen</span>
                                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

In this December 2016 photo, cannabis plants grow in a standard cultivation space inside Croy’s Enterprises near Soldotna, Alaska. (Peninsula Clarion file photo)

Manufacturing license for new Homer pot shop gets OK from council

A new cannabis operation in Homer is another step closer to having all the licensing it needs in order to open. 420 on Main, if… Continue reading

In this December 2016 photo, cannabis plants grow in a standard cultivation space inside Croy’s Enterprises near Soldotna, Alaska. (Peninsula Clarion file photo)

Alaska nets $28M at oil, gas lease sale

ANCHORAGE (AP) — Alaska netted $28.1 million from its oil and gas lease sales in the North Slope and Beaufort Sea. The state received bids… Continue reading

Groups protest plans for possible lease sale in Beaufort

ANCHORAGE — Federal regulators are preparing an environmental review for a possible offshore lease sale in Alaska’s Beaufort Sea and environmental groups are calling foul.… Continue reading

From left to right, new managers and upcoming owners Brittnay and Kyle Akee and Billy and Mamie Walker pose in the restaurant of the Anchor River Inn on Nov. 10, 2018 in Anchor Point, Alaska. (Photo by Delcenia Cosman)

Anchor Point landmark stays in business under new management

If you’ve driven through Anchor Point at any time within the past few weeks, you may have noticed a change on the Anchor River Inn’s… Continue reading

From left to right, new managers and upcoming owners Brittnay and Kyle Akee and Billy and Mamie Walker pose in the restaurant of the Anchor River Inn on Nov. 10, 2018 in Anchor Point, Alaska. (Photo by Delcenia Cosman)
Patrick Mede, co-owner with his wife, Monica, of Ulmer’s Drug & Hardware, speaks about the importance of shopping local at the monthly luncheon of the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, at the Best Western Bidarka Inn, Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Chamber of Commerce discusses small town shopping

At its monthly luncheon on Tuesday, the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center featured talks by owners of two of Homer’s largest, locally owned… Continue reading

Patrick Mede, co-owner with his wife, Monica, of Ulmer’s Drug & Hardware, speaks about the importance of shopping local at the monthly luncheon of the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, at the Best Western Bidarka Inn, Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Green Elephant Gardens gardener Scott Jones cares for a marijuana plant on Green Elephant’s first day of operation in June 2017. (Alex McCarthy | Juneau Empire file)
Green Elephant Gardens gardener Scott Jones cares for a marijuana plant on Green Elephant’s first day of operation in June 2017. (Alex McCarthy | Juneau Empire file)
Hotel workers strike for a wage increase in front of a Marriott hotel Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, in San Francisco. Alaska’s minimum wage is set to rise to $9.89 per hour on Jan. 1. (Ben Margot | The Associated Press)

Alaska’s minimum wage to rise Jan. 1

Inflation increased, so the wage will rise.

Hotel workers strike for a wage increase in front of a Marriott hotel Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, in San Francisco. Alaska’s minimum wage is set to rise to $9.89 per hour on Jan. 1. (Ben Margot | The Associated Press)
The Holland America Line ship Amsterdam sits at port in Juneau on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. The Amsterdam is one of nine ships that have received Notice of Violations for air opacity issued by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Alaska negotiating settlements with cruise companies over air, water violations

Closed-door meetings decide how much cruises will pay for summer violations.

The Holland America Line ship Amsterdam sits at port in Juneau on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. The Amsterdam is one of nine ships that have received Notice of Violations for air opacity issued by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
The staff and partners in the Homer Bookstore pose for a photo in the store’s cafe in Homer, Alaska, on Oct. 29, 2018. From left to right are Sue Post, partner; Jennifer Norton, staff; Jennifer Stroyeck, partner; Nancy Vait, staff; Sara Reinert, staff; and Lee Post, partner. The sculpture on the table is of bookstore matriarch Joy Post, mother of Sue and Lee Post, and was sculpted by artist Barbara Jo Auburn House. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

40 years and counting for The Homer Bookstore

“…(T)his store is showing positive growth, and with these three terrific owners and their experience I think they have a bright future. People, if they… Continue reading

The staff and partners in the Homer Bookstore pose for a photo in the store’s cafe in Homer, Alaska, on Oct. 29, 2018. From left to right are Sue Post, partner; Jennifer Norton, staff; Jennifer Stroyeck, partner; Nancy Vait, staff; Sara Reinert, staff; and Lee Post, partner. The sculpture on the table is of bookstore matriarch Joy Post, mother of Sue and Lee Post, and was sculpted by artist Barbara Jo Auburn House. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
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                                Single-use plastic bags litter the side of Lake Street on Sept. 25, in Homer.

Soldotna bag ban to take effect Thursday

The city of Soldotna is working to make sure shoppers aren’t left empty-handed come Thursday, when a ban on single-use plastic bags takes effect throughout… Continue reading

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                                Single-use plastic bags litter the side of Lake Street on Sept. 25, in Homer.