Job losses appear to be slowing across state

Alaska’s unemployment rate improved slightly in June, but detailed statistics show job losses continuing. According to figures from the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce… Continue reading

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                                This May 15, 2017 photo shows a drift gillnet reel on the back of a commercial fishing vessel docked in the Homer small boat harbor in Homer.

Federal council names 5 commercial fishermen to committee

A committee of five fishermen, four of whom live on the Kenai Peninsula, will help provide advice to the council that will write a new… Continue reading

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                                This May 15, 2017 photo shows a drift gillnet reel on the back of a commercial fishing vessel docked in the Homer small boat harbor in Homer.

Farmers Market: Everything’s coming in at the Market

It’s all coming in. We now have cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli at the Homer Farmers Market regularly. Carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini. Potatoes have started coming… Continue reading

Borough denies Anchor Point gravel, approves two others

With the Kenai Peninsula Borough postponing efforts to rewrite its rules on the contentious subject of gravel pits, the Planning Commission approved two gravel pit… Continue reading

Sales tax initiative won’t go to ballot this year

Kenai Peninsula voters won’t have to decide on a half-percent increase in the sales tax this October, though they still may in 2019. A citizen… Continue reading

Cannabis ad complicates delivery of small Alaska newspaper

JUNEAU — A small Alaska newspaper is scrambling to distribute papers after the U.S. Postal Service raised questions about a marijuana ad. Jenny-Marie Stryker is… Continue reading

New physician and medical director joins SPH medical staff

South Peninsula Hospital is getting ready to welcome a new medical director into its midst. Dr. Christopher Landess will join the medical staff as its… Continue reading

Fish board denies emergency petition on hatchery permit

The Board of Fisheries declined to take up an emergency petition related to hatchery pink salmon production in Prince William Sound, though members agreed the… Continue reading

Farmers Market: Market produce inspires local chefs

A meal can be quick, rushed and solo. Think of that experience of a hurried grab at a protein bar or microwaved leftovers eaten while… Continue reading

Borough mayor’s vetoes on school, tourism funding stand

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and the Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council will have to live with less money than the assembly originally approved… Continue reading

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                                Emissions from cruise ships cloud up the Gastineau Channel on July 5.

As blue haze rises, so do cruise ship complaints

Complaints over cruise ship emissions are rising, according to the Department of Environmental Conservation, partly due to excessive blue haze from cruise ship exhaust stacks.… Continue reading

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                                Emissions from cruise ships cloud up the Gastineau Channel on July 5.

Chef at market is unsung jewel

Most of us know that all parts of Swiss chard are edible, but many recipes direct you to cut off the thick stalks. Most beet… Continue reading

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                                Inmate Alan Newby pets Hailey, a boxer mix being rehabilitated through the prison’s Shelter Pet Obedience Training (SPOT) program, on June 28 at the Wildwood Correctional Complex in Kenai, Alaska. The program pairs up inmates and abandoned dogs, who later go up for adoption.

Prisoners get a new leash on life: Inmates and dogs forge friendships through SPOT program

They may be in prison, but some of Wildwood Correctional Complex inmates aren’t exactly doing hard time. For the approximately 85 dogs that have been… Continue reading

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                                Inmate Alan Newby pets Hailey, a boxer mix being rehabilitated through the prison’s Shelter Pet Obedience Training (SPOT) program, on June 28 at the Wildwood Correctional Complex in Kenai, Alaska. The program pairs up inmates and abandoned dogs, who later go up for adoption.
The sign for the Ocean Shores RV Park on the Sterling Highway, Homer, Alaska, as seen on June 29, 2018. The longtime campground formerly known as Ocean View RV Park reopened last month under its new owner, Michael Warburton, who also owns Ocean Shores Motel next door. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Longtime RV park reopens under new owner

After a few year’s hiatus, one of Homer’s first recreational vehicle campgrounds has come back to life. With a new name, but some familiar faces,… Continue reading

The sign for the Ocean Shores RV Park on the Sterling Highway, Homer, Alaska, as seen on June 29, 2018. The longtime campground formerly known as Ocean View RV Park reopened last month under its new owner, Michael Warburton, who also owns Ocean Shores Motel next door. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Governor calls for halt of Pebble mine review

JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska Gov. Bill Walker has asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to suspend its environmental review of a proposed copper-and-gold mine… Continue reading

Cool temps don’t faze farmers

Basking in the sun last Saturday at the Homer Farmers Market, you would think we had never seen it before. Everyone was smiling and chatting… Continue reading

In this June 28, 2018, photo, Democrat Mark Begich, a candidate for governor in Alaska and a former U.S. senator, poses outside a downtown office building in Juneau, Alaska. Begich is seeking to ease concerns some have about his entry into the race, saying he would not be running if he did not think he could win. The race is shaping up to be a three-way, general election contest between Begich, independent Gov. Bill Walker and the eventual Republican nominee. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

Ex-US senator’s entry causes angst in Alaska governor’s race

JUNEAU — Mark Begich is a star in Alaska Democratic politics, a former U.S. senator and mayor of the state’s largest city, but his campaign… Continue reading

In this June 28, 2018, photo, Democrat Mark Begich, a candidate for governor in Alaska and a former U.S. senator, poses outside a downtown office building in Juneau, Alaska. Begich is seeking to ease concerns some have about his entry into the race, saying he would not be running if he did not think he could win. The race is shaping up to be a three-way, general election contest between Begich, independent Gov. Bill Walker and the eventual Republican nominee. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)
The sign for the Ocean Shores RV Park on the Sterling Highway, Homer, Alaska, as seen on June 29, 2018. The longtime campground formerly known as Ocean View RV Park reopened last month under its new owner, Michael Warburton, who also owns Ocean Shores Motel next door. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Longtime RV park reopens under new owner

After a few year’s hiatus, one of Homer’s first recreational vehicle campgrounds has come back to life. With a new name, but some familiar faces,… Continue reading

The sign for the Ocean Shores RV Park on the Sterling Highway, Homer, Alaska, as seen on June 29, 2018. The longtime campground formerly known as Ocean View RV Park reopened last month under its new owner, Michael Warburton, who also owns Ocean Shores Motel next door. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Governor calls for halt of Pebble mine review

JUNEAU, Alaska — Alaska Gov. Bill Walker has asked the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to suspend its environmental review of a proposed copper-and-gold mine… Continue reading

Cool temps don’t faze farmers

Basking in the sun last Saturday at the Homer Farmers Market, you would think we had never seen it before. Everyone was smiling and chatting… Continue reading