Birders line the bike path on the Homer Spit while looking for shorebirds in Mud Bay on Friday morning, May 11, 2018, for the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival. (Photo by MIchael Armstrong / Homer News)

27th annual shorebird festival starts tourist season

Join avian enthusiasts and novices alike in celebrating the 27th annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival, running May 9-12 this weekend. The festival, sponsored by the… Continue reading

Birders line the bike path on the Homer Spit while looking for shorebirds in Mud Bay on Friday morning, May 11, 2018, for the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival. (Photo by MIchael Armstrong / Homer News)
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District administration, members from the Kenai Peninsula Education Association and the Kenai Peninsula Education Support Association meet at a collective bargaining session to continue contract negotiations for employees who have been without contracts for a year, on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Employee associations reject school district contract proposals

The rising cost of health care has been a key sticking point in the negotiations.

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District administration, members from the Kenai Peninsula Education Association and the Kenai Peninsula Education Support Association meet at a collective bargaining session to continue contract negotiations for employees who have been without contracts for a year, on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

HEA announces winner of board elections; McKittrick elected for lower Kenai Peninsula

Homer Electric Association members elected three directors at the cooperative’s 69th Annual Meeting of the Members in Kenai on May 2, HEA announced in a… Continue reading

Members of the Homer Masonic Lodge turned out last Saturday, May 4, 2019, to honor World War II veteran Clem Tillion after his return on a Last Frontier Honor Flight. They also showed appreciation for his many years of Masonic service. In the photo standing behnd Tillion are, left to right, are Grady Svoboda, Tom Stroozas, Dave Spell and Greg Martin. Tillion took part in the Last Frontier Honor Flight, a trip that takes Alaska veterans to Washington, D.C. to see the sites and take in the memorials built in their honor . “It’s nice that they remember,” said Clem Tillion, a World War II veteran and former state lawmaker. Tillion remembers the war as well as anyone. As part of the Marine Corps in World War II, his journey took him to the Pacific Theater in Samoa, Guadalcanal, and elsewhere looking for unexploded ordnances. “Freedoms are won by somebody that goes out and fights for it. You don’t have anything without it,” said Tillion. “I don’t think I’m anything spectacular. I just went in, did it, and came out alive.” Tillion made the trip with mostly Korea and Vietnam veterans, 23 total on the flight. He was one of four World War II veterans on the trip. (Photo provided)

Veterans honored

Members of the Homer Masonic Lodge turned out last Saturday, May 4, 2019, to honor World War II veteran Clem Tillion after his return on… Continue reading

Members of the Homer Masonic Lodge turned out last Saturday, May 4, 2019, to honor World War II veteran Clem Tillion after his return on a Last Frontier Honor Flight. They also showed appreciation for his many years of Masonic service. In the photo standing behnd Tillion are, left to right, are Grady Svoboda, Tom Stroozas, Dave Spell and Greg Martin. Tillion took part in the Last Frontier Honor Flight, a trip that takes Alaska veterans to Washington, D.C. to see the sites and take in the memorials built in their honor . “It’s nice that they remember,” said Clem Tillion, a World War II veteran and former state lawmaker. Tillion remembers the war as well as anyone. As part of the Marine Corps in World War II, his journey took him to the Pacific Theater in Samoa, Guadalcanal, and elsewhere looking for unexploded ordnances. “Freedoms are won by somebody that goes out and fights for it. You don’t have anything without it,” said Tillion. “I don’t think I’m anything spectacular. I just went in, did it, and came out alive.” Tillion made the trip with mostly Korea and Vietnam veterans, 23 total on the flight. He was one of four World War II veterans on the trip. (Photo provided)
Terry Rensel poses in the KBBI studios in this 2016 photo in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)

Rensel leaving KBBI

KBBI Public Radio General Manager Terry Rensel has resigned effective May 24, KBBI Board of Directors President Genie Hambrick said in a press release on… Continue reading

Terry Rensel poses in the KBBI studios in this 2016 photo in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)

Prince William Sound RCAC announces election of board officers

At its May 2-3 annual board meeting in Valdez, the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council elected officers who will serve from May 2019… Continue reading

Mayor Charlie Pierce speaks at a Kenai Peninsula Borough meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Pierce vetoes $2.5 million for schools

The Borough Assembly passed an ordinance April 16 increasing the FY 2019 funds by $2,423,955.

Mayor Charlie Pierce speaks at a Kenai Peninsula Borough meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
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)