Members of the Homer Animal Friends participate in a Poop Patrol event on April 13, 2019 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Janelle Spurkland)

Homer Animal Friends to switch store location

The Homer Animal Friends, a local volunteer group dedicated to promoting the welfare of animals in the community, is moving its storefront from Main Street… Continue reading

Members of the Homer Animal Friends participate in a Poop Patrol event on April 13, 2019 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Janelle Spurkland)
Visitors walk toward the site of the Storyknife Writers Retreat in Homer, Alaska, last Saturday, May 4, 2019, at groundbreaking ceremonies for the main house and cabins that will house visiting women writers. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Ground broken for Storyknife Writers Retreat

Under sunny skies and in a crisp westerly breeze, supporters of the Storyknife Writers Retreat last Saturday attended groundbreaking ceremonies for a main house and… Continue reading

Visitors walk toward the site of the Storyknife Writers Retreat in Homer, Alaska, last Saturday, May 4, 2019, at groundbreaking ceremonies for the main house and cabins that will house visiting women writers. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Corps extends comment period for Pebble draft environmental impact statement

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Alaska District is extending the public comment period an additional 30 days for the Pebble Limited Partnership draft environmental… Continue reading

Racist graffiti on Ford turns out to be 10-years-old

While someone did scratch racist graffiti in a late 1990s Ford Bronco now owned by a Homer couple, that vandalism turned out to have happened… Continue reading

Car at East End shop hit with racist vandalism

Alaska State Troopers do not have any more information in a second case of racist graffiti to happen in an East End Road neighborhood over… Continue reading

An aerial view of a brush fire in Ninilchik on Saturday. (Photo by Tim Whitesell/Division of Forestry)

Peninsula heads into fire season

Ninilchik fire is 12th to occur in region since the start of fire season

An aerial view of a brush fire in Ninilchik on Saturday. (Photo by Tim Whitesell/Division of Forestry)
Homer City Manager Katie Koester, left, watches Homer Mayor Ken Castner sign a $4.1 million bond to fund construction of the new Homer Police Station at Homer City Hall on April 24, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)

City officials sign new $4.1 million bond for Homer police station

City of Homer officials last week signed bond documents to complete financing for the new Homer Police Station. It comes in at $900,000 less than… Continue reading

Homer City Manager Katie Koester, left, watches Homer Mayor Ken Castner sign a $4.1 million bond to fund construction of the new Homer Police Station at Homer City Hall on April 24, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)

Plans for mens’ residential addiction treatment center move forward

Editor’s note: The story has been changed to clarify that the Homer Advisory Planning Commission voted to approve a conditional use permit for Set Free… Continue reading

The covered porch at the end of the Windjammer Suites building at 320 W. Pioneer Ave. is shown in a photograph taken April 23, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. In 2014 the Homer Advisory Planning Commission granted a conditional use permit for the porch to be in a 20-foot setback, a decision citizen activist Frank Griswold attempted to appeal before the Homer Board of Adjustment. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Alaska Supreme Court finds local resident has standing in zoning case

A Homer citizen activist has prevailed in an Alaska Supreme Court case asserting he has standing to appeal a 2014 Homer Advisory Planning Commission decision.… Continue reading

The covered porch at the end of the Windjammer Suites building at 320 W. Pioneer Ave. is shown in a photograph taken April 23, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. In 2014 the Homer Advisory Planning Commission granted a conditional use permit for the porch to be in a 20-foot setback, a decision citizen activist Frank Griswold attempted to appeal before the Homer Board of Adjustment. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
From left, the Caring for the Kenai finalists Akilena Veach and Lindy Guernsey (second place), Austin Cline (first place), and Anna DeVolld (third place) pose for a photo at Kenai Central High School in Alaska on Thursday, April 18, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Homer High student wins Caring for the Kenai contest for turning plastic into 3D printer filament

What do butterflies, video games and a parody of “Ice, Ice, Baby” by Vanilla Ice have in common? They were all part of the presentations… Continue reading

From left, the Caring for the Kenai finalists Akilena Veach and Lindy Guernsey (second place), Austin Cline (first place), and Anna DeVolld (third place) pose for a photo at Kenai Central High School in Alaska on Thursday, April 18, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
A construction worker directs traffic near the intersection of the Kenai Spur Highway and Beaver Loop Road on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in Kenai, Alaska. Construction work on multiple roads will continue through the summer. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Construction season gets underway

Road projects slated for Sterling Highway, K-Beach and Kenai Spur

A construction worker directs traffic near the intersection of the Kenai Spur Highway and Beaver Loop Road on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in Kenai, Alaska. Construction work on multiple roads will continue through the summer. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)
Part of country-western singer Zac Brown’s log home is visible from Dorothy Drive overlooking Kachemak Bay in Homer, Alaska in this photo taken on July 9, 2018. A pedestrian easement to the right in this photo runs between Brown’s property and his neighbor. Brown and other neighbors at the end of the rural road have petitioned to vacate a north-south section line easement that crosses Dorothy Drive and also runs south to a neighboring subdivision. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Dorothy Drive neighbors seek to vacate section line easement

The Alaska Department of Natural Resources has issued a preliminary decision to vacate a section line that goes through the Dorothy Drive neighborhood below East… Continue reading

Part of country-western singer Zac Brown’s log home is visible from Dorothy Drive overlooking Kachemak Bay in Homer, Alaska in this photo taken on July 9, 2018. A pedestrian easement to the right in this photo runs between Brown’s property and his neighbor. Brown and other neighbors at the end of the rural road have petitioned to vacate a north-south section line easement that crosses Dorothy Drive and also runs south to a neighboring subdivision. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
An Alaska SeaLife Center animal care specialist feeds a rescued sea otter pup. The female pup was admitted April 9, after the newborn was floating alone in Kachemak Bay. (Photo courtesy Alaska SeaLife Center)
An Alaska SeaLife Center animal care specialist feeds a rescued sea otter pup. The female pup was admitted April 9, after the newborn was floating alone in Kachemak Bay. (Photo courtesy Alaska SeaLife Center)

Court of Appeals upholds sexual assault conviction; remands to court issue of sentencing

The Alaska Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of a Fairbanks man who sexually assaulted a Homer woman in August 2011, but sent back… Continue reading

Council tables discussion of future water extension process

The Homer City Council at its Monday meeting began to discuss, and then tabled, a future process for extending Homer water outside city limits. For… Continue reading

Jon Faulkner in a May 2012 file photo taken in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Faulkner leaves state job

Land’s End Resort owner Jonathan Faulkner has left his job with the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development and has returned to the… Continue reading

Jon Faulkner in a May 2012 file photo taken in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Spruce trees that were placed along the Kenai River for revetment several years ago are seen here in Kenai, Alaska on April 12, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Turning fire hazards into fish habitats

Spruce for Salmon provided black spruce trees to property owners to place along riverbanks

Spruce trees that were placed along the Kenai River for revetment several years ago are seen here in Kenai, Alaska on April 12, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
South Peninsula Hospital CEO Joseph Woodin attends an open house for the expanded and remodeled Homer Medical Clinic on March 30, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News)

Woodin resigns as South Peninsula Hospital CEO

Just over a year as he came onboard as Chief Executive Officer for South Peninsula Hospital, Joe Woodin announced his resignation on Tuesday, April 16.… Continue reading

South Peninsula Hospital CEO Joseph Woodin attends an open house for the expanded and remodeled Homer Medical Clinic on March 30, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News)
Homer Public Library Director Ann Dixon, left, poses for a photo with incoming Library Director David Berry, right, on April 15, 2019, at the library in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)

City of Homer hires new library director

The City of Homer has hired David Berry to be the new Homer Public Library Director, the city announced in a press release last Friday.… Continue reading

Homer Public Library Director Ann Dixon, left, poses for a photo with incoming Library Director David Berry, right, on April 15, 2019, at the library in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)
An aerial photo taken in 2014 shows the current South Peninsula Hospital campus. (Photo provided)

Former SPH nurses allege age discrimination

A group of former South Peninsula Hospital nurses have filed a civil suit alleging age discrimination by hospital managers. In a suit filed on March… Continue reading

An aerial photo taken in 2014 shows the current South Peninsula Hospital campus. (Photo provided)