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Fishing charters ask for modified regulations during COVID-19 pandemic

Fishing charters are currently allowed to operate at 50% capacity with people from different households.

 

Alaskan Cannabis Outfitters, a new cannabis retail store, is located right at Mile 168 Sterling Highway just before the road turns toward Baycrest Hill. The store opened on 4/20 — April 20, 2020 — in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Homer area’s newest pot shop opens on 4/20

“The stars aligning for it to happen on 4/20 was the cherry on top.”

 

The Homer News offices at 3482 Landings Street, as seen on March 17, 2020, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Homer News, Peninsula Clarion and Juneau Empire win awards

A Facebook live announcement was held and the results released on April 18.

 

Commercial fishing boats are rafted together in May 2016 in the harbor in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Fishermen trying to salvage season amid COVID-19 pandemic

Facing an uncertain future as the COVID-19 pandemic wears on, Alaska’s commercial fishing industry is looking ahead to the upcoming season with determination to salvage… Continue reading

Commercial fishing boats are rafted together in May 2016 in the harbor in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Looking at the meaning of well-being

By James McCusker The arrival of the new year is a time for making resolutions. Some will involve small things, like giving up morning munchies,… Continue reading

  • Dec 29, 2019

Kenai works to attract new business

Kenai is open for business. Several entrepreneurs have chosen to set up shop in Kenai, like the new Brothers’ Cafe, Puffin Chiropractor, and Magical Gardens.… Continue reading

Shop Talk: Fresh365 provides fresh greens

Fresh365, a hydroponic farm atop Whistle Hill in Soldotna, is looking to innovate how farmers and restaurateurs do business on the Kenai Peninsula. Owned by… Continue reading

East Rip, a new marijuana retailer, is photographed on Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, in Kenai, Alaska. The new business is situated in a busy, central part of Kenai. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

East Rip: The peninsula’s newest cannabis shop opens in Kenai

East Rip is the peninsula’s newest recreational marijuana retailer, and the first cannabis business located in Kenai’s compact commercial center. Ryan Tunseth has been working… Continue reading

East Rip, a new marijuana retailer, is photographed on Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, in Kenai, Alaska. The new business is situated in a busy, central part of Kenai. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Customers pick out plants during the Central Peninsula Garden Club’s annual plant sale at Peninsula Grace Brethren Church on Kalifornsky Beach Road on Saturday, June 9, 2018 in Soldotna, Alaska. The annual plant sale is always popular — this year, volunteers said that there was a massive crowd gathered even before the sale opened at 10 a.m., nearly clearing out the tables in less than two hours. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)

Shop Talk: Central Peninsula Garden Club begins new year of monthly programs

Since 2007, the Central Peninsula Garden Club has been educating and connecting gardeners in the area. Renae Wall has been serving as the nonprofit’s president… Continue reading

Customers pick out plants during the Central Peninsula Garden Club’s annual plant sale at Peninsula Grace Brethren Church on Kalifornsky Beach Road on Saturday, June 9, 2018 in Soldotna, Alaska. The annual plant sale is always popular — this year, volunteers said that there was a massive crowd gathered even before the sale opened at 10 a.m., nearly clearing out the tables in less than two hours. (Photo by Elizabeth Earl/Peninsula Clarion)
Kacey Cooper plays with some of the smaller dogs staying at her kennel on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, in Kasilof, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Shop Talk: Cooper’s Wounded Bear Farm and Kennels

Kacey Cooper has always worked with dogs, so opening her own dog kennel was a natural fit. “For my first job I would go around… Continue reading

Kacey Cooper plays with some of the smaller dogs staying at her kennel on Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, in Kasilof, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Pamela Parker, co-owner of Everything Bagels, started the bagel shop with her husband, Matt Parker, and friends, Brooke and John Campbell, in 2016 on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Everything Bagels: Bringing a big city favorite to a small town

What started as a way to pass time has flourished into Pamela and Matt Parker’s full-time gig. When the two moved to the peninsula over… Continue reading

Pamela Parker, co-owner of Everything Bagels, started the bagel shop with her husband, Matt Parker, and friends, Brooke and John Campbell, in 2016 on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Laurie and Brian Olson at their farm on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, near Soldotna, Alaska. The couple was recently named Farm Family of the Year by the Alaska State Fair. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Shop Talk: Alaska Berries

Alaska Berries is exactly what it sounds like. Owners Laurie and Brian Olson cultivate a large variety of berries, from saskatoons to haskaps and everything… Continue reading

Laurie and Brian Olson at their farm on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, near Soldotna, Alaska. The couple was recently named Farm Family of the Year by the Alaska State Fair. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Dale Bagley on top of the roof of his business, Redoubt Realty, where he installed 48 solar panels earlier this summer on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018 near Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Solar power growing on peninsula

Stephen Trimble wants everyone to know that the business of solar power is growing. His company, Arctic Solar Ventures Corporation, has been installing more and… Continue reading

Dale Bagley on top of the roof of his business, Redoubt Realty, where he installed 48 solar panels earlier this summer on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018 near Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Dr. Jennifer Reed and Dr. Adam Hawkins with their rottweiler, Tank, who is training to be Reed’s service dog. (Photo courtesy of Puffin Chiropractic)

Shop Talk: Puffin Chiropractic

Jennifer Reed said she was never coming to Alaska. A Texas native, Reed couldn’t see herself quitting her job and moving 4,000 miles away from… Continue reading

Dr. Jennifer Reed and Dr. Adam Hawkins with their rottweiler, Tank, who is training to be Reed’s service dog. (Photo courtesy of Puffin Chiropractic)
Diane Hooper opened TipsyGypsy Coffee Shop earlier this summer to pursue her passion for food and people on Friday, Aug. 3, 2018 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Phot by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Shop Talk: TipsyGypsy Coffe Shop

After selling Veronica’s Cafe about three years ago, Diane Hooper still found she had a passion for food and people, prompting her to open TipsyGypsy… Continue reading

Diane Hooper opened TipsyGypsy Coffee Shop earlier this summer to pursue her passion for food and people on Friday, Aug. 3, 2018 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Phot by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Alaska Sea Glass now offers etching services on their glass pendants on Friday, July 27, 2018, in Nikiski, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

From broken glass to bling: Alaska Sea Glass

A desire to recycle more glass on the peninsula has become a long-lasting business for a Nikiski family. In spring 2012, former Nikiski High School… Continue reading

Alaska Sea Glass now offers etching services on their glass pendants on Friday, July 27, 2018, in Nikiski, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Deanna O’Connor plays with Chloe, an alpine goat, at her home in Nikiski, Alaska on Tuesday, July 3, 2018. O’Connor milks her 11 goats twice a day, and uses the milk to make homemade ice cream, cheese and soap. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

From surplus to soap: Peninsula goat farmers get crafty with products

Goat hobby herds are becoming more and more popular on the Kenai Peninsula. While some farmers sell their excess milk through herdshare programs — in… Continue reading

Deanna O’Connor plays with Chloe, an alpine goat, at her home in Nikiski, Alaska on Tuesday, July 3, 2018. O’Connor milks her 11 goats twice a day, and uses the milk to make homemade ice cream, cheese and soap. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Shop Talk: Heather and Heather Screen Printing

One of Heather Lawson’s signature phrases is “it’s all good.” So when she was traveling in Oregon and found a shirt with her favorite line,… Continue reading

Shop Talk: Reading Corner

When Aurora Kleinschmidt first opened the Reading Corner nearly four years ago, she said it was all a labor of love. The used bookstore works… Continue reading

Inlet rebound comes at cost to state during price plunge

The turnaround in Cook Inlet oil and gas production in recent years is one of the big success stories for Alaska. It has come at… Continue reading