In this July 30, 2019, file photo, University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen speaks at a meeting in Anchorage, Alaska. Johnsen, the embattled University of Alaska president, has resigned, the university announced Monday, June 22, 2020. The change in leadership was a mutual decision made after Johnsen consulted with the Board of Regents, according to a statement. His biography was immediately removed from the university’s web page. (AP Photo/Dan Joling, File)

Embattled Johnsen resigns as University of Alaska president

ANCHORAGE — Jim Johnsen, the embattled University of Alaska president whose term has been marked by no-confidence votes from the faculty amid deep budget cuts,… Continue reading

In this July 30, 2019, file photo, University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen speaks at a meeting in Anchorage, Alaska. Johnsen, the embattled University of Alaska president, has resigned, the university announced Monday, June 22, 2020. The change in leadership was a mutual decision made after Johnsen consulted with the Board of Regents, according to a statement. His biography was immediately removed from the university’s web page. (AP Photo/Dan Joling, File)
Dr. Anne Zink, Alaska’s chief medical officer, addresses reporters during a Wendesday, March 25, 2020 press conference in the Atwood Building in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Office of the Governor)

Dr. Anne Zink talks testing, travel screening with Homer council

As cases of illness caused by the novel coronavirus continue to climb in Alaska, members of the Homer City Council again got to hear from… Continue reading

Dr. Anne Zink, Alaska’s chief medical officer, addresses reporters during a Wendesday, March 25, 2020 press conference in the Atwood Building in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Office of the Governor)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy the CDC)

COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Homer, elsewhere

Homer’s tally of COVID-19 cases continues to grow along with that of other cities and towns, as the state announced 20 new cases of the… Continue reading

COVID-19. (Image courtesy the CDC)
University of Alaska regents cut 39 programs across the system
University of Alaska regents cut 39 programs across the system
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Funds for mortgage, rent relief available

These funds were allocated by the governor and approved by the Legislature as part of the CARES Act.

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COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
Staff from South Peninsula Hospital and Homer Public Health board the M/V Tustumena to test 35 crew members and six passengers Monday, June 8, 2020 at the Homer Ferry Terminal in Homer, Alaska. The six passengers who boarded the state ferry out of Homer were quarantined along with several crew members after a member of the crew tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday when the ship was docked in Dutch Harbor. The Tustumena docked in Homer shortly after 7 p.m. Monday and all 41 people were tested on board and only allowed to disembark if they had safe, private transportation to their final destination to quarantine. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Tustumena returns to Homer carrying COVID-19 positive crew member

6 passengers, remaining crew will all be tested and asked to quarantine

Staff from South Peninsula Hospital and Homer Public Health board the M/V Tustumena to test 35 crew members and six passengers Monday, June 8, 2020 at the Homer Ferry Terminal in Homer, Alaska. The six passengers who boarded the state ferry out of Homer were quarantined along with several crew members after a member of the crew tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday when the ship was docked in Dutch Harbor. The Tustumena docked in Homer shortly after 7 p.m. Monday and all 41 people were tested on board and only allowed to disembark if they had safe, private transportation to their final destination to quarantine. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)

State announces 11th death associated with COVID-19

DHSS updates the way cases are recorded for the Kenai Peninsula

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
The state ferry M/V Tustumena pulls into the Homer Harbor on Monday, June 8, 2020 in Homer, Alaska. It carried 41 people — six quarantined passengers and 35 crew members, one of whom tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday when the ship was docked in Dutch Harbor. Six additional employees who were aboard the ship have now also tested positive and will quarantine on the boat. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

6 more Tustumena crew test positive for COVID-19

The 7 total employees will quarantine on the ship; all 6 passengers tested negative

The state ferry M/V Tustumena pulls into the Homer Harbor on Monday, June 8, 2020 in Homer, Alaska. It carried 41 people — six quarantined passengers and 35 crew members, one of whom tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday when the ship was docked in Dutch Harbor. Six additional employees who were aboard the ship have now also tested positive and will quarantine on the boat. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
The M/V Tustumena comes into Homer after spending the day in Seldovia in 2010. (Homer News file photo)
The M/V Tustumena comes into Homer after spending the day in Seldovia in 2010. (Homer News file photo)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy the CDC)

Homer still has most COVID-19 cases on peninsula as statewide count continues to grow

Homer’s tally of COVID-19 cases grew to 17, the state announced Friday, as daily case increases continue. There have been no new deaths from the… Continue reading

COVID-19. (Image courtesy the CDC)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks during a Friday, March 27, 2020 press conference in the Atwood Building in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Office of the Governor)

Revised travel mandates to begin Friday

Those arriving from outside the state must self-quarantine, but revisions allow for exceptions.

Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks during a Friday, March 27, 2020 press conference in the Atwood Building in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Office of the Governor)
Nikiski Fire Station #2, seen here on July 15, 2019 in Nikiski, Alaska. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Homer leads peninsula cities in number of COVID-19 cases

Borough announces three Nikiski Fire personnel have tested positive, 11 crew members quarantined

Nikiski Fire Station #2, seen here on July 15, 2019 in Nikiski, Alaska. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
Seafood companies plan to merge parts of their operations

Seafood companies plan to merge parts of their operations

Comapny shares plans to merge parts of their operations.

Seafood companies plan to merge parts of their operations
University of Alaska president says difficult changes are coming
University of Alaska president says difficult changes are coming
Registered Nurse Cathy Davis (left) and Chief Nursing Officer Dawn Johnson (right) work at a table to get COVID-19 tests ready for the public Friday, May 29, 2020 at the Boat House Pavilion on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. South Peninsula Hospital is now offering free COVID-19 testing for asymptomatic people with no appointments necessary at the Boat House Pavilion through June 6. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

1 new COVID-19 case in Homer as hospital offers free testing on the Spit

Additional COVID-19 cases announced in Soldotna and in a nonresident visitor to the peninsula

Registered Nurse Cathy Davis (left) and Chief Nursing Officer Dawn Johnson (right) work at a table to get COVID-19 tests ready for the public Friday, May 29, 2020 at the Boat House Pavilion on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. South Peninsula Hospital is now offering free COVID-19 testing for asymptomatic people with no appointments necessary at the Boat House Pavilion through June 6. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy the CDC)

7 new cases of COVID-19 on Kenai Peninsula

5 of the new cases are on the southern peninsula, and Nikiski has its first case

COVID-19. (Image courtesy the CDC)
COVID-19. (Image courtesy the CDC)

1 new COVID-19 case announced in Bethel area

One new case of COVID-19 was announced Wednesday, bringing the state’s total number of confirmed cases to 412. The new case is in the Bethel… Continue reading

COVID-19. (Image courtesy the CDC)
Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks during a Friday, March 27, 2020 press conference in the Atwood Building in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Office of the Governor)

Governor’s team expands on new guidelines, PFD

With Alaska’s businesses and most other public entities set to reopen at full capacity on Friday, Gov. Mike Dunleavy and his administration are launching a… Continue reading

Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks during a Friday, March 27, 2020 press conference in the Atwood Building in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Office of the Governor)
Lemon Creek Correctional Center had its first confirmed case of the coronavirus on April 10, 2020. There are now 11 staff members and 5 of their family members with confirmed cases. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)

Union president voices correctional officers’ concerns amid rising cumulative case count

Testing procedures, flow of information and testing, and lack of hazard pay are all worries.

Lemon Creek Correctional Center had its first confirmed case of the coronavirus on April 10, 2020. There are now 11 staff members and 5 of their family members with confirmed cases. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)
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