Nancy Lord, left, and Donna Aderhold, right, wave signs on Pioneer Avenue on election day in Homer. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Homer gets a new mayor, same assembly member in municipal election

In unofficial election results for the lower Kenai Peninsula elections, Ken Castner is the apparent winner for Homer Mayor, defeating three-term former city council member… Continue reading

Nancy Lord, left, and Donna Aderhold, right, wave signs on Pioneer Avenue on election day in Homer. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Nancy Lord, left, and Donna Aderhold, right, wave signs on Pioneer Avenue on election day, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. Lord campaigned for her husband, Ken Castner, the apparent winner in the city of Homer mayoral race. Aderhold was the top vote-getter for the race for two Homer City Council seats. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Homer gets a new mayor, same assembly member in municipal election

In unofficial election results for the lower Kenai Peninsula elections, Ken Castner is the apparent winner for Homer Mayor, defeating three-term former city council member… Continue reading

Nancy Lord, left, and Donna Aderhold, right, wave signs on Pioneer Avenue on election day, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. Lord campaigned for her husband, Ken Castner, the apparent winner in the city of Homer mayoral race. Aderhold was the top vote-getter for the race for two Homer City Council seats. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Kenai Borough Assembly member Willy Dunne, left, and Troy Jones, right, listen to a question at a forum on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, for the District 9 assembly race at the Best Western Inn, Homer, Alaska. Jones is challenging Dunne for the seat. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Dunne, Jones speak at election-eve assembly candidate forum

Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly candidates Willy Dunne and Troy Jones met at noon Monday at the Best Western Bidarka Inn in the only election forum… Continue reading

Kenai Borough Assembly member Willy Dunne, left, and Troy Jones, right, listen to a question at a forum on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, for the District 9 assembly race at the Best Western Inn, Homer, Alaska. Jones is challenging Dunne for the seat. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
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                                Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member Willy Dunne, pictured here, is running for re-election in October for a second term.

Willy Dunne seeks second Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly term

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to clarify that Willy Dunne’s opinion piece he sought to run in local newspapers was about an ordinance… Continue reading

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                                Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member Willy Dunne, pictured here, is running for re-election in October for a second term.
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                                An aerial photo taken in 2014 shows the current South Peninsula Hospital campus.

Props 2, 3 change boundaries of Kenai hospital service areas

Two propositions on the Oct. 2 Kenai Peninsula Borough ballot will be considered separately by voters in the Central Peninsula Hospital Service Area and the… Continue reading

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                                An aerial photo taken in 2014 shows the current South Peninsula Hospital campus.

Aderhold, Smith look forward to next terms on city council

Donna Aderhold and Heath Smith are gearing up to continue their work on the Homer City Council after the Oct. 2 borough-wide election. While there… Continue reading

One of the two buildings used to teach elementary school children in Kachemak Selo sits on the outer edge of the village Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018 in the village at the head of Kachemak Bay near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Prop 1 asks for a new school for Kachemak Selo

Voters will decide on Tuesday whether about 50 students in a remote Kenai Peninsula village will get what public officials have said is a much-needed… Continue reading

One of the two buildings used to teach elementary school children in Kachemak Selo sits on the outer edge of the village Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018 in the village at the head of Kachemak Bay near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Troy Jones hopes to gain seat on borough assembly

A longtime business owner from a homesteading family is looking to snag a spot on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly. Troy Jones, owner of East… Continue reading

David Lewis, a former member of the Homer City Council, makes his final remarks during his last meeting as a council member Monday, Oct. 9, 2017 in Cowles Council Chambers in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Lewis takes second try at Homer mayor

Veteran Homer City Council member David Lewis will take another run for Homer City Mayor this election. In 2016, Lewis, then a council member, lost… Continue reading

David Lewis, a former member of the Homer City Council, makes his final remarks during his last meeting as a council member Monday, Oct. 9, 2017 in Cowles Council Chambers in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Borough elections 2018: What you need to know

In between the August primary election and the November general election, Homer and borough residents have the opportunity to elect new leadership on Oct. 2.… Continue reading

Ken Castner III answers a question at a city council and mayoral candidate forum Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018 at Alice’s Champagne Palace in Homer, Alaska. Castner is running for Homer mayor. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Castner running for mayor to promote unity

Although Ken Castner has served on numerous city commissions, committees and task forces, his run for Homer Mayor marks the first time he’s actually been… Continue reading

Ken Castner III answers a question at a city council and mayoral candidate forum Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018 at Alice’s Champagne Palace in Homer, Alaska. Castner is running for Homer mayor. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Ken Castner III answers a question at a city council and mayoral candidate forum Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018 at Alice’s Champagne Palace in Homer, Alaska. Castner is running for Homer mayor. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

David Lewis, Ken Caster III debate at mayoral forum

The two candidates vying to become Homer’s new mayor fielded questions about their platforms and views Tuesday during a forum hosted at Alice’s Champagne Palace… Continue reading

Ken Castner III answers a question at a city council and mayoral candidate forum Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018 at Alice’s Champagne Palace in Homer, Alaska. Castner is running for Homer mayor. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Council write-in campaign falters after eligibility issue

A brief Homer City Council write-in campaign that started last week ended Monday after the candidate, Connor Schmidt, discovered he had not changed his voter… Continue reading

Chamber cancels candidate forums after GOP objects to venue; Seaton to hold own forum instead

A District 31 State Representative candidate event will happen Sept. 25 at Alice’s Champagne Palace — but it will only be for candidate and incumbent… Continue reading

Deb Lowney leads a group of Paul Banks Elementary students along a recently-completed trail at Karen Hornaday Park on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 in Homer, Alaska. The kids volunteered to transplant pine trees from a nearby street to the trails to help diversify the plant life in the park. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Lowney withdraws from council race

Homer City Council candidate Deb Lowney announced Wednesday that she no longer intends to run for one of two open seats on the council and… Continue reading

Deb Lowney leads a group of Paul Banks Elementary students along a recently-completed trail at Karen Hornaday Park on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 in Homer, Alaska. The kids volunteered to transplant pine trees from a nearby street to the trails to help diversify the plant life in the park. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Sarah Vance, who is running for a seat in the Alaska House of Representatives, rides in the back of a truck during this year’s Independence Day parade Wednesday, July 4, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. Several political figures and candidates had floats in this year’s parade. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Vance wins GOP primary for District 31 representative

In official election results released on Tuesday, Homer resident and District 31 Alaska House of Representatives candidate Sarah Vance has won the Republican Party nomination.… Continue reading

Sarah Vance, who is running for a seat in the Alaska House of Representatives, rides in the back of a truck during this year’s Independence Day parade Wednesday, July 4, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. Several political figures and candidates had floats in this year’s parade. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Elections workers hand count ballots after the 2016 statewide primary election. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Dead Alaskans attempt to vote in Anchorage

The Alaska Division of Elections is investigating why seven dead people requested absentee ballots for the close-fought primary election in Anchorage’s House District 15. The… Continue reading

Elections workers hand count ballots after the 2016 statewide primary election. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Sarah Vance’s lead grows in GOP primary after initial absentee ballot count

Homer resident and District 31 Alaska House of Representatives candidate Sarah Vance continues to lead the GOP primary race now that a preliminary count of… Continue reading

Rep. Paul Seaton, NP-Homer, center, is joined by supporters waving signs on primary election day, Aug. 21, 2018, at the corner of Lake Street and Pioneer Avenue in Homer. Seaton ran unapposed as a nonpartisan candidate for the Alaska Democratic Party seat. Also waving signs are supporters of Alyse Galvin, a nonpartisan candidate for the Democratic Party seat for U.S. Congress. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Vance holds slim lead in GOP District 31 race

Sarah Vance holds a slim lead in the Republican Primary for the District 31 Alaska House of Representatives race, according to preliminary Tuesday night election… Continue reading

Rep. Paul Seaton, NP-Homer, center, is joined by supporters waving signs on primary election day, Aug. 21, 2018, at the corner of Lake Street and Pioneer Avenue in Homer. Seaton ran unapposed as a nonpartisan candidate for the Alaska Democratic Party seat. Also waving signs are supporters of Alyse Galvin, a nonpartisan candidate for the Democratic Party seat for U.S. Congress. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Henry “Hank” Kroll, candidate for the Republican Party nomination, District 31 Representative. (Photo provided)

Kroll: Lifelong Alaskan brings sourdough perspective to race

If the mold got broken making a classic Republican Alaska politician like Jay Hammond or Yule Kilcher, picking up the pieces and gluing them together… Continue reading

Henry “Hank” Kroll, candidate for the Republican Party nomination, District 31 Representative. (Photo provided)