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

Borough welcome sign is getting refurbished

Something is missing on the drive to and from Anchorage. The Kenai Peninsula Borough’s welcome sign, which normally sits at Milepost 75 on the Seward… Continue reading

The Kenai Peninsula Borough building, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Eli Darien, is one of the first graduates of the Kenaitze Indian Tribe’s Henu’ Community Wellness Court program, on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Kenai, AK. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Henu’ Community Wellness Court honors first graduates

The Kenaitze Indian Tribe Henu’ Community Wellness Court celebrated the program’s first graduates Friday afternoon at the Tyotkas Elder Center. The Henu’ Community Wellness Court… Continue reading

Eli Darien, is one of the first graduates of the Kenaitze Indian Tribe’s Henu’ Community Wellness Court program, on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Kenai, AK. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Movie lovers wait outside of Barb’s Video and DVD before it opens Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. Saturday was the first day of a sale of the Barb’s merchandise. The business will officially close on Oct. 31. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Photos: Film frenzy

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Movie lovers wait outside of Barb’s Video and DVD before it opens Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. Saturday was the first day of a sale of the Barb’s merchandise. The business will officially close on Oct. 31. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Jessica Entsminger’s dog, Leah, stands guard in front of the tent where they live on East Hill Road. (Photo courtesy Jessica Entsminger)

Short-term rental boom exacerbating the summer labor shortage

Jessica Entsminger is back to living in a tent. She had a brief stay in a small dry cabin out East End Road where she… Continue reading

Jessica Entsminger’s dog, Leah, stands guard in front of the tent where they live on East Hill Road. (Photo courtesy Jessica Entsminger)
Daisy Lee Anderson Bitter accepts the 2018 Land at Heart Award from the Kachemak Heritage Land Trust on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018 during the Open Spaces and Wild Places Gala at Wasabi’s Bistro in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Conservation advocate Daisy Lee Andersen Bitter wins Land at Heart Award

Editor’s note: The story has been updated to correct the spelling in the headline of Daisy Lee Andersen Bitter’s maiden name and to also note… Continue reading

Daisy Lee Anderson Bitter accepts the 2018 Land at Heart Award from the Kachemak Heritage Land Trust on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018 during the Open Spaces and Wild Places Gala at Wasabi’s Bistro in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
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

Editor’s note: The article has been updated to make it clear that Sierra Nelson is a Purple Heart recipient. She also hooked a salmon shark.… 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)
The Kenai Peninsula Borough building, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Soldotna, AK. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

State of emergency due to rain, flooding in Seward area

Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce declared a state of emergency Tuesday due to flooding events in the borough, a press release from community and… Continue reading

The Kenai Peninsula Borough building, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Soldotna, AK. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
A BUMPS bus waits for passengers in the Walmart parking lot Monday in Kenai. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Community gathers to increase public transportation opportunities

The Kenai Peninsula is nearly the size of West Virginia with small towns and unincorporated communities sprinkled throughout. Without a car or other means of… Continue reading

A BUMPS bus waits for passengers in the Walmart parking lot Monday in Kenai. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Sarah Vance. (Photo by Hannah Vance)

Q & A with Sarah Vance

This week, the Homer News starts its coverage of the District 31 House of Representatives election between incumbent and nonpartisan Rep. Paul Seaton and Republican… Continue reading

Sarah Vance. (Photo by Hannah Vance)
Storm tides have almost totally buried a Ford F-150 pickup truck on the beach south of Diamond Creek in this photo taken on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, near Homer, Alaska. The truck was abandoned on the beach in October 2011 and had then been on its tires. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Ford F-150: good beach truck, needs work, you haul

Storms, pounding surf and high tides over the past seven years have flattened and buried a red Ford F-150 truck on the beach about 2… Continue reading

Storm tides have almost totally buried a Ford F-150 pickup truck on the beach south of Diamond Creek in this photo taken on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, near Homer, Alaska. The truck was abandoned on the beach in October 2011 and had then been on its tires. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
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

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

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)

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

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)

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)