Community members enjoy a free ice skating party hosted by Rotary Club of Homer-Kachemak Bay, McDonalds and the City of Homer on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 at Ben Walters Park and Beluga Lake in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Local groups celebrate new park equipment with winter time bash

To celebrate an upcoming project, three local entities hosted a free ice skating party last week on the temperamental Beluga Lake. The weather and the… Continue reading

 

A king salmon during the 67th annual Golden North Salmon Derby at the Don D. Statter Memorial Boat Harbor in August 2013. (Michael Penn/Juneau Empire)

Fish & Game puts restrictions on early run kings

If projections are realized, this year’s run would rank as the fourth lowest across 34 years.

 

Local resident Betty George, 84, prepares for a ride on a helicopter on Feb. 6, 2019 at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska. (Photo courtesy South Peninsula Hospital)

Local woman crosses helicopter ride off her bucket list

After 84 years, a local woman was able to cross a major item off her bucket list with the help of staff from South Peninsula… Continue reading

Local resident Betty George, 84, prepares for a ride on a helicopter on Feb. 6, 2019 at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska. (Photo courtesy South Peninsula Hospital)

City mulls funding for faith-based program that could bring addiction treatment center to Homer

The city of Homer is taking a step back after initial steps to help fund a nonprofit that wants to set up a residential treatment… 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

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)
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)
Teachers and support staff from across the Kenai Peninsula fill the Betty J. Glick Borough Assembly Chambers during the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Education Board meeting in Soldotna, Alaska on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Educators call for action

District staff rally at school board meeting, talk of a strike

Teachers and support staff from across the Kenai Peninsula fill the Betty J. Glick Borough Assembly Chambers during the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Education Board meeting in Soldotna, Alaska on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Adm. Matthew T. Bell Jr., 17th District Commander, U.S. Coast Guard, speaks at a memorial service for Chief Warrant Officer Michael Kozloski on Friday morning, Feb. 8, 2019, at the Seafarer’s Memorial on the Homer Spit, Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Homer remembers Coast Guard member Michael Kozloski

On a sunny, calm day with fair seas on Kachemak Bay, about 150 people attended a memorial service for Chief Warrant Officer Michael Kozloski last… Continue reading

Adm. Matthew T. Bell Jr., 17th District Commander, U.S. Coast Guard, speaks at a memorial service for Chief Warrant Officer Michael Kozloski on Friday morning, Feb. 8, 2019, at the Seafarer’s Memorial on the Homer Spit, Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Members of the Krewe of Gambrinus march down Pioneer Avenue on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 during the Winter Carnival Parade in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Members of the Krewe of Gambrinus march down Pioneer Avenue on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 during the Winter Carnival Parade in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Chief Warrant Officer Michael Kozloski, center, his wife, Brienne, and their four children in an undated photo. (Photo by Brienne Kozloski and used with permission)

Community rallies for family of dead Coast Guardsman

Correction: The story has been corrected to add that the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center is the main sponsor of a barbecue fundraiser… Continue reading

Chief Warrant Officer Michael Kozloski, center, his wife, Brienne, and their four children in an undated photo. (Photo by Brienne Kozloski and used with permission)
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)
The Homer Education and Recreation Complex at the corner of the Sterling Highway and Pioneer Avenue. (Homer News file photo)

City seeks letters of interest from possible HERC tenants

The Homer Education and Recreation Complex could soon have a new caretaker, and the city wants to know who’s up for the job. The Homer… Continue reading

The Homer Education and Recreation Complex at the corner of the Sterling Highway and Pioneer Avenue. (Homer News file photo)
Homer Volunteer Fire Department emergency medical technicians treat a U.S. Coast Guard crew member injured when a crane tipped over at the Pioneer Dock on the Homer Spit on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. The man was later pronounced dead. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News.)

Coast Guard releases name of crane accident victim

A crew member of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hickory died in an industrial accident on the Homer Spit on Thursday. The man was fatally… Continue reading

Homer Volunteer Fire Department emergency medical technicians treat a U.S. Coast Guard crew member injured when a crane tipped over at the Pioneer Dock on the Homer Spit on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. The man was later pronounced dead. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News.)
Homer Volunteer Fire Department emergency medical technicians treat a person injured when a crane tipped over at the Pioneer Dock on the Homer Spit at about 1:55 p.m. Jan. 31, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News.)

Hickory crew member killed in crane rollover on Homer Spit

Update: The U.S. Coast Guard on Thursday evening announced that the victim has died. A crew member of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hickory has… Continue reading

Homer Volunteer Fire Department emergency medical technicians treat a person injured when a crane tipped over at the Pioneer Dock on the Homer Spit at about 1:55 p.m. Jan. 31, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News.)

Anchor Point to Homer trunk line surcharge balloons

The lower Kenai Peninsula’s deal to help pay for a natural gas distribution line from Anchor Point to Homer could cost gas users more than… Continue reading

Members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly hold a religious invocation during the Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, assembly meeting in Soldotna, Alaska. The invocation was held only hours after the Alaska Superior Court ruled the ritual violated the Alaska Constitution. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Borough gets ACLU bill of $80,000

The Kenai Peninsula Borough will pay $80,000 in attorney’s fees to the American Civil Liberties Union-Alaska as a result of the borough’s failed attempt to… Continue reading

Members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly hold a religious invocation during the Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, assembly meeting in Soldotna, Alaska. The invocation was held only hours after the Alaska Superior Court ruled the ritual violated the Alaska Constitution. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
The former location of Anchor Point Seafoods sits ablaze Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019 on North Fork Road in Anchor Point, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Anchor Point Emergency Services)

Former site of Anchor Point Seafoods burns down

The former location of Anchor Point Seafoods went up in flames Saturday night, requiring a response from three separate fire departments. Anchor Point Emergency Services… Continue reading

The former location of Anchor Point Seafoods sits ablaze Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019 on North Fork Road in Anchor Point, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Anchor Point Emergency Services)
Travis Beals’ dog team approaches the finish line of this year’s Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019 at Freddie’s Roadhouse near Ninilchik, Alaska. Beals and his team came in fourth, finishing just four minutes behind third place winner Nic Petit. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Dave Turner claims first T200 win

After chasing other top mushers for three years, Dave Turner has finally proven himself a winner by snagging first place in the Tustumena 200 Sled… Continue reading

Travis Beals’ dog team approaches the finish line of this year’s Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019 at Freddie’s Roadhouse near Ninilchik, Alaska. Beals and his team came in fourth, finishing just four minutes behind third place winner Nic Petit. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Musher Cim Smyth and his team pull in to the McNeil Canyon Elementary School checkpoint of this year’s Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019 near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Ready, set, mush: Tustumena 200 mushers take off in Ninilchik

Twenty mushing teams took off Saturday with hopes of taking home the win in the Tustumena 200. The Tustumena 200 is a qualifying race for… Continue reading

Musher Cim Smyth and his team pull in to the McNeil Canyon Elementary School checkpoint of this year’s Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019 near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)