Highway workers and spectators look at a car A car belonging to Homer resident Tom Sulczynski stuck on a section of an off-ramp that collapsed during an earthquake Friday morning, Nov. 30, 2018 in Anchorage, Alaska. The driver was not injured attempting to exit Minnesota Drive at International Airport Road. Back-to-back earthquakes measuring 7.0 and 5.8 rocked buildings and buckled roads Friday morning in Anchorage, prompting people to run from their offices or seek shelter under office desks, while a tsunami warning had some seeking higher ground. (Dan Joling | Associated Press)

7.0 quake shakes peninsula, brief tsunami warning for Homer

UPDATE: Homer residents got a rough wake up call Friday morning in the form of a 7 magnitude earthquake that rattled the Kenai Peninsula, Anchorage,… Continue reading

Highway workers and spectators look at a car A car belonging to Homer resident Tom Sulczynski stuck on a section of an off-ramp that collapsed during an earthquake Friday morning, Nov. 30, 2018 in Anchorage, Alaska. The driver was not injured attempting to exit Minnesota Drive at International Airport Road. Back-to-back earthquakes measuring 7.0 and 5.8 rocked buildings and buckled roads Friday morning in Anchorage, prompting people to run from their offices or seek shelter under office desks, while a tsunami warning had some seeking higher ground. (Dan Joling | Associated Press)

7.0 magnitude earthquake rocks buildings in Kenai and Anchorage

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 7.0 magnitude earthquake rocked buildings Friday morning in Anchorage and Kenai. It caused lamp posts and trees to sway, prompting… Continue reading

News in brief

Homer Chamber of Commerce tree lighting Homer Mayor Ken Castner will appear at a Homer Chamber of Commerce Holiday Tree Lighting when the event is… Continue reading

Borough votes to lease Anchor Point parcels to Hilcorp

At last week’s Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting, the assembly voted to lease parcels in the Anchor Point area to Hilcorp for oil and gas… Continue reading

From left to right: Homer City Council members Rachel Lord, Caroline Venuti, Heath Smith, former Mayor Bryan Zak, council members Tom Stroozas and Shelly Erickson, Homer Mayor Ken Castner and City Manager Katie Koester celebrate an official recognition of Zak and his time serving the city during the council’s Monday, Nov. 26, 2018 meeting at Homer City Hall in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Council talks 2019 budget

It’s budgeting season at the city of Homer once again, and Homer City Council members devoted much of their time at a meeting Monday fleshing… Continue reading

From left to right: Homer City Council members Rachel Lord, Caroline Venuti, Heath Smith, former Mayor Bryan Zak, council members Tom Stroozas and Shelly Erickson, Homer Mayor Ken Castner and City Manager Katie Koester celebrate an official recognition of Zak and his time serving the city during the council’s Monday, Nov. 26, 2018 meeting at Homer City Hall in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
In a photo taken on Nov. 16, 2018, Aaron Carpenter holds a mammoth tooth he found on the beach north of Diamond Creek on Oct. 27, 2018, near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Three new finds add to ancient Homer bone collection; citizen science pieces together peninsula’s past

There was a time when scientists thought the southern Kenai Peninsula’s distant past, as in tens of thousands of years ago, could be described in… Continue reading

In a photo taken on Nov. 16, 2018, Aaron Carpenter holds a mammoth tooth he found on the beach north of Diamond Creek on Oct. 27, 2018, near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Borough chief of staff, John Quick, offered position in Dunleavy administration

Alaska Gov.-elect Mike Dunleavy has offered Kenai Peninsula Borough’s Mayor’s Office chief of staff, John Quick, the position of commissioner for the Department of Administration.… Continue reading

Keith Hamilton of Alaska Christian College gives public testimony for the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly in support of the assembly appealing the superior court’s decision regarding the borough’s invocation policy Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Borough chooses to not appeal court decision, updates invocation policy

Tuesday night, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted not to appeal a Superior Court decision that cited the borough’s invocation policy as unconstitutional. The assembly… Continue reading

Keith Hamilton of Alaska Christian College gives public testimony for the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly in support of the assembly appealing the superior court’s decision regarding the borough’s invocation policy Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Ingredients sit in one of the many boxes filled with food by the Kachemak Bay Lion’s Club for their annual Thanksgiving baskets Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018 at the Homer United Methodist Church in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Ingredients sit in one of the many boxes filled with food by the Kachemak Bay Lion’s Club for their annual Thanksgiving baskets Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018 at the Homer United Methodist Church in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
A group of Alaska SeaLife Center Volunteers and members of the Wildlife Rescue Team release a male harbor seal into the wild on Bishop’s Beach in Homer, Alaska on Nov. 8, 2018. (Photo courtesy Alaska SeaLife Center)

Rehabilitated seal released at Bishop’s Beach

The Alaska SeaLife Center released a male harbor seal named Hubbard back into the wild from Bishop’s Beach in Homer on Thursday, Nov. 8. The… Continue reading

A group of Alaska SeaLife Center Volunteers and members of the Wildlife Rescue Team release a male harbor seal into the wild on Bishop’s Beach in Homer, Alaska on Nov. 8, 2018. (Photo courtesy Alaska SeaLife Center)
Members of Girl Scout Troops 280, 226, 134, 258 and 33, front, pose last Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, after a mock Homer City Council meeting in the Cowles Council Chambers at Homer City Hall, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Homer area Girl Scouts participate in a mock city council meeting

As part of work toward a merit badge in citizenship, the Girl Scouts acted out roles as city manager, mayor, council members, and clerk during… Continue reading

Members of Girl Scout Troops 280, 226, 134, 258 and 33, front, pose last Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, after a mock Homer City Council meeting in the Cowles Council Chambers at Homer City Hall, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly stands in silence while Assembly President Wayne Ogle offers an invocation before the meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, in Soldotna, AK. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

KPB Assembly to consider invocation issue

At its Nov. 20 meeting, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will consider two questions for its invocation policy: • Should the assembly authorize the borough… Continue reading

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly stands in silence while Assembly President Wayne Ogle offers an invocation before the meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, in Soldotna, AK. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Photos: Veterans Day

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                                Sarah Vance smiles at a GOP victory party Tuesday at Land’s End.

Election: Vance defeats Seaton, Dunleavy poised to be governor

Alaskans spoke Tuesday night, and they said they wanted Republican Mike Dunleavy for their next governor. Voters in Alaska House District 31 also chose political… Continue reading

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                                Sarah Vance smiles at a GOP victory party Tuesday at Land’s End.
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                                Homer City Manager Katie Koester.

Homer city manager’s contract renewed

Homer City Manager Katie Koester recently got the stamp of approval to continue her work for another four years. Her next contract was signed by… Continue reading

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                                Homer City Manager Katie Koester.
Veterans from several area outfits participate in a Veterans Day celebration Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 in front of the Islands and Oceans Center in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Veterans Day celebration is Sunday; day marks 100th anniversary of end of WWI

On the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, Veterans Day ceremonies start at 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Homer Emblem… Continue reading

Veterans from several area outfits participate in a Veterans Day celebration Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 in front of the Islands and Oceans Center in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Laurie Daniel, left, and Alaska State Parks specialist Eric Clarke, right, discuss the Diamond Creek trails portion of the Kachemak Bay State Park and State Wilderness Park draft management plan at an open house on the plan on Oct. 29, 2018, at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Citizens raise concern about Kachemak Bay state parks draft management plan

With the public comment period ending in a week for the draft of the Kachemak Bay State Park and Wilderness Park Management Plan, Homer residents… Continue reading

Laurie Daniel, left, and Alaska State Parks specialist Eric Clarke, right, discuss the Diamond Creek trails portion of the Kachemak Bay State Park and State Wilderness Park draft management plan at an open house on the plan on Oct. 29, 2018, at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Homer residents cast their votes in the 2018 midterm election Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 at Homer City Hall in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Election result updates

The following are preliminary results for the 2018 midterm election, as reported by the Alaska Division of Elections. 11:15 p.m. Update: Governor/Lt. Governor (D) Begich/Call:… Continue reading

Homer residents cast their votes in the 2018 midterm election Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018 at Homer City Hall in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly stands in silence while Assembly President Wayne Ogle offers an invocation before the meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, in Soldotna, AK. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly continues invocations

Editor’s note: This story has been corrected to note that Assembly member Willy Dunne will make the invocation at the Dec. 4 meeting. Last Tuesday’s… Continue reading

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly stands in silence while Assembly President Wayne Ogle offers an invocation before the meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, in Soldotna, AK. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
A house at the base of the Homer Spit at Lighthouse Village got the full Halloween treatment on Oct. 29, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Photos: Spooky Spit

By Michael Armstrong Homer News… Continue reading

A house at the base of the Homer Spit at Lighthouse Village got the full Halloween treatment on Oct. 29, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)