The Kenai Peninsula Borough building, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Superior Court finds borough invocation policy violates Constitution

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to include more background information and quotes from sources including Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce. The Alaska Superior Court… Continue reading

 

A sandhill crane colt attempts to fly at Beluga Slough last Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. The young crane injured one wing and could only fly in short hops. David Lewis said he saw the colt hit a guardrail by the slough in late September. Its parents delayed their migration but eventually left on Oct. 6. On Monday, Oct. 8, volunteers with Kachemak Crane Watch rescued the injured colt and took it to Bird TLC in Anchorage, a bird rehabilitation center. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Sandhill crane colt found in Homer, euthanized

Volunteers with Kachemak Crane Watch on Monday morning rescued an injured sandhill crane colt from Beluga Slough. After being taken to the Bird Treatment and… Continue reading

 

Council approves funding for Karen Hornaday Park improvements

Karen Hornaday Park will get some needed adjustments, but not everything the Parks, Art, Recreation and Culture Advisory Commission originally wanted. The Homer City Council… Continue reading

 

Women veterans visiting from Fairbanks joined their hosts, Homer Emblem Club 350, for breakfast at Duncan House. From left: Kathy VanSandt-Barger, Homer; Jessica McCargish, Fairbanks; Sierra Nelson, Fairbanks; Kaley Maben, Fairbanks; Cynthia Nelson, Fairbanks; Deidra Neeley, Fairbanks; Sherry Parish, Homer; Monserrat Guzman, Fairbanks; Peggy Parsons, Homer; Fran VanSandt, Homer; Shari Daugherty, Homer. (Photo by McKibben Jackinsky)

Homer welcomes visiting women vets

When Homer Elks 2127 invited members of the Wounded Warrior Project (individuals with service-related injuries) to Homer earlier this year, Homer Emblem Club 350 President… Continue reading

Women veterans visiting from Fairbanks joined their hosts, Homer Emblem Club 350, for breakfast at Duncan House. From left: Kathy VanSandt-Barger, Homer; Jessica McCargish, Fairbanks; Sierra Nelson, Fairbanks; Kaley Maben, Fairbanks; Cynthia Nelson, Fairbanks; Deidra Neeley, Fairbanks; Sherry Parish, Homer; Monserrat Guzman, Fairbanks; Peggy Parsons, Homer; Fran VanSandt, Homer; Shari Daugherty, Homer. (Photo by McKibben Jackinsky)
Troopers and others stand near the spot where a black SUV crashed into the front of the Anchor Point Post Office on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018 in Anchor Point, Alaska. In this photo, the vehicle has been moved out of the building, leaving behind a large hole in the front of the post office. (Photo by Yvonne Prucha)

Motorist drives into Anchor Point Post Office

The Anchor Point Post Office got an unanticipated remodel when a motorist drove through the front of the building Friday afternoon. An employee and someone… Continue reading

Troopers and others stand near the spot where a black SUV crashed into the front of the Anchor Point Post Office on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018 in Anchor Point, Alaska. In this photo, the vehicle has been moved out of the building, leaving behind a large hole in the front of the post office. (Photo by Yvonne Prucha)
The latest version of the Barb’s Video sign was painted by Dan Coe, as seen in this photo taken Sept. 22, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Barb’s Video to close its doors this month

Editor’s note: The origin of Barb’s Video was incorrect in an earlier version of this story. It has been corrected to note that Barb Jacobs… Continue reading

The latest version of the Barb’s Video sign was painted by Dan Coe, as seen in this photo taken Sept. 22, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Light the Night marchers bring addiction and recovery into the light

A few dozen residents and their children worked to shine a little brighter light on substance abuse Saturday at Homer’s first Light the Night march.… Continue reading

Leslie Rohr and Kathy Gensel lead a meeting on homelessness in the community on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, near Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Community gathers to combat growing area homelessness

On Thursday afternoon, Sept. 27, community members from around the central peninsula gathered to discuss issues on homelessness in the area. Concerned community member Kathy… Continue reading

Leslie Rohr and Kathy Gensel lead a meeting on homelessness in the community on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, near Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Dr. Paul Raymond’s proposed 20,000-square-foot medical building would go on this empty lot between Homer Medical Clinic and South Peninsula Hospital, as seen on Sept. 25, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. The Homer Advisory Planning Commission at its Sept. 19 meeting approved a Conditional Use Permit for the building. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Planning commission approves new medical center

Editor’s note: This article has been changed to note that South Peninsula Hospital only encouraged its employees to speak out on Dr. Paul Raymond’s planned… Continue reading

Dr. Paul Raymond’s proposed 20,000-square-foot medical building would go on this empty lot between Homer Medical Clinic and South Peninsula Hospital, as seen on Sept. 25, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. The Homer Advisory Planning Commission at its Sept. 19 meeting approved a Conditional Use Permit for the building. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

DNR releases draft plan for Kachemak Bay state parks

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to note that the comment period has been extended to Nov. 16. The comment period has been extended… Continue reading

Single-use plastic bags litter the side of Lake Street on Sept. 25, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

City takes another stab at banning single-use plastic bags

The merits and dangers of single-use, disposable plastic bags are once again up for debate in Homer. Homer City Council member Caroline Venuti sponsored an… Continue reading

Single-use plastic bags litter the side of Lake Street on Sept. 25, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Five of the six Homer City Council members (from left to right: Donna Aderhold, Shelly Erickson, Caroline Venuti, Heath Smith and Rachel Lord) smile at the grand opening for the extended Greatland Street on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

City celebrates Greatland Street grand opening

Motorists now have another option for getting from Pioneer Avenue to the Sterling Highway, and city representatives are pretty excited about it. A handful of… Continue reading

Five of the six Homer City Council members (from left to right: Donna Aderhold, Shelly Erickson, Caroline Venuti, Heath Smith and Rachel Lord) smile at the grand opening for the extended Greatland Street on Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Homer area residents listen to the Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018 Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting at Homer City Hall in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Residents talk Kachemak Selo school at assembly

While no major action was taken at Tuesday’s Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting, held in Homer, community members still had a lot to say. Assembly… Continue reading

Homer area residents listen to the Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018 Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting at Homer City Hall 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

Anchor River Bridge to be closed for repairs

The Anchor River Bridge, or Bridge No. 910, will be closed starting next Monday for repairs to the bridge abutment. In a press release, the… Continue reading

In this Thursday, May 18, 2017 file photo, packs of cigarettes are offered for sale at a convenience store in Helena, Mont. Tobacco companies have made claims about cigarettes since the 1950s, all later proven false. In some cases the introduction of these products, such as filtered and cigarettes, propped up cigarette sales and kept millions of Americans smoking. Although the adult smoking rate has fallen to an all-time low of 15 percent in 2017, smoking remains the nation’s leading preventable cause of death and illness, responsible for about one in five U.S. deaths. (AP Photo/Bobby Caina Calvan)

Kenai Peninsula Borough assembly unanimously votes down cigarette tax

A cigarette and tobacco products tax was voted down unanimously by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly last Tuesday, but residents may see it on the… Continue reading

In this Thursday, May 18, 2017 file photo, packs of cigarettes are offered for sale at a convenience store in Helena, Mont. Tobacco companies have made claims about cigarettes since the 1950s, all later proven false. In some cases the introduction of these products, such as filtered and cigarettes, propped up cigarette sales and kept millions of Americans smoking. Although the adult smoking rate has fallen to an all-time low of 15 percent in 2017, smoking remains the nation’s leading preventable cause of death and illness, responsible for about one in five U.S. deaths. (AP Photo/Bobby Caina Calvan)
Area residents listen to Lydia Olympic, who worked with The Wilderness Society as a tribal advocate, as she gives a short speech Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018 at the Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice rally and march at WKFL Park in Homer, Alaska. The local event, which ended in a march down to Mariner Park, was part of a larger movement of rallies held nationally on Sept. 8. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Area residents listen to Lydia Olympic, who worked with The Wilderness Society as a tribal advocate, as she gives a short speech Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018 at the Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice rally and march at WKFL Park in Homer, Alaska. The local event, which ended in a march down to Mariner Park, was part of a larger movement of rallies held nationally on Sept. 8. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

HPD Officer Stading dies after illness

Homer Police Officer Edward Stading died Sept. 3, 2018, after an illness, according to his a web page set up by family members. Stading was… Continue reading

Several wooden boats rest on display Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018 at the Kachemak Bay Wooden Boat Festival on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Several wooden boats rest on display Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018 at the Kachemak Bay Wooden Boat Festival on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Jenya Anichenko waves as her daughter Tatiana Rogers rows a boat during the Kachemak Bay Wooden Boat Society Festival on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, at the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon campground. (File photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Kachemak Bay Wooden Boat Festival is this weekend

The Kachemak Bay Wooden Boat Society holds its 26th annual festival from Thursday to Sunday in Homer. The highlight of the festival will be the… Continue reading

Jenya Anichenko waves as her daughter Tatiana Rogers rows a boat during the Kachemak Bay Wooden Boat Society Festival on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, at the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon campground. (File photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)