The Holland America Line ship Amsterdam sits at port in Juneau on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. The Amsterdam is one of eight ships that have received Notice of Violations for air opacity issued by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Air violations issued to eight cruise ships

It’s the highest number of violations handed out in all but four years.


Q & A with Candidates for Homer City Council

1. What do you see as the top-3 core services provided by the city of Homer?  Donna Aderhold: Public safety (police, fire, and EMS), public… Continue reading


Diverse field of six candidates runs for two council positions

In this year’s Homer City Council race, the buzzword might be “diversity.” Several candidates cited the desire for a more balanced council as why they’re… Continue reading


High-level talks on Air Force One will continue

I  was not quite a teenager when I had my first interaction with the federal government. In 1963, I was awarded the janitorial contract for… Continue reading

Alaska’s potential for increasing agricultural potential immense; hard work, clear vision needed

If you’ve visited a local farmers market recently, you’ll appreciate the bounty of delicious, healthy food that Alaska can produce when cultivated by knowledgeable, dedicated… Continue reading

White House praises state for expanding Medicaid

ANCHORAGE — The White House on Tuesday praised the decision by Alaska Gov. Bill Walker to expand Medicaid to thousands of residents over the wishes… Continue reading

Local peonies grace Obama hotel suite

Though President Barack Obama’s three-day visit to Alaska this week didn’t bring him to the lower Kenai Peninsula, he got a scent of Homer when… Continue reading

Jewell: Denali name change is final

Late Sunday, U.S. Rep. John Boehner, an Ohio Republican and Speaker of the House, said he was “deeply disappointed” that President Obama allowed U.S. Department… Continue reading

The Arts in Brief

Body movement class set to start Sept. 16 An Insightful Body Movement class starts Sept. 16 at the Homer Council on the Arts for people… Continue reading

The Arts in Brief

Body movement class set to start Sept. 16 An Insightful Body Movement class starts Sept. 16 at the Homer Council on the Arts for people… Continue reading

Homer Fire Report

Aug. 10-16 Firefighters and emergency medical technicians went to 18 medical calls and four fire calls. Firefighters also responded to multiple carbon monoxide alarms over… Continue reading

Nanwalek students get their new iPads

Nanwalek School’s 80 students finally received their iPads on Tuesday. The long-awaited celebration was not a quiet one.  Staff and students clustered into the village… Continue reading

Alaska utilities, leaders welcome exemption from emissions rule

Alaska utilities will not have to comply with new federal standards requiring cleaner power production. The state is currently exempted from the Environmental Protection Agency’s… Continue reading

Woodard Creek connects us

Anyone who’s experienced the quiet, shimmering magic of a rippling creek knows what piece of mind it can bring.  We forget about the turmoil of… Continue reading

Farmers, state agencies keep eye on local flocks

Alaska flocks have not yet been stricken by the largest avian influenza outbreak to hit the poultry industry in history. The risk, however, is still… Continue reading

It’s not just the out-of-towners who can’t read or follow sport fishing regs

Back in late June this column reported on a plethora of angling misconducts Alaska Wildlife Troopers had to deal with because of clueless dipsticks.  … Continue reading

Borough offers pilot project to recycle e-waste Saturday

If you live in the Homer-area, pull out any old electronics you forgot to recycle back in April. The Kenai Peninsula Borough Solid Waste Department… Continue reading

ATV vandals damage wetland on KHLT property

Publicly accessible land in and around Homer is arguably one of the town’s most precious commodities. Both citizens and visitors in Homer use the land… Continue reading

Murkowski: Arctic issues important on global scale

For Sen. Lisa Murkowski, there aren’t many topics hotter than the Arctic these days, especially as the U.S. steps into the chairmanship role of the… Continue reading

Permanent Fund Corp. chief executive resigns

ANCHORAGE — The head of the Alaska Permanent Fund Corp. has resigned because of undisclosed health concerns. The departure of chief executive Mike Burns was… Continue reading