Hope McKenney, KBBI - Homer

Hope McKenney, KBBI - Homer
a COVID vaccine worker

Kenai Peninsula health officials talk COVID, vaccine guidance

COVID-19 rates are down in Alaska, but the virus is still with us. Public health officials are urging people to be up-to-date on their vaccines.
women's self-defense training

‘Ladies’ Fight Club:’ Homer police teach jiu-jitsu, situational awareness for women’s self-defense

Police say such techniques are meant to empower women to feel safe in a state that’s long had high rates of domestic violence and sexual assault.
a running girl

Haven House running program hopes to help Homer girls

South Peninsula Haven House is seeking volunteer coaches and participants for its program Girls on the Run.
a fur seal pup

Alaska SeaLife Center admits first fur seal patient in 6 years

The Alaska SeaLife Center admitted a northern fur seal pup to its rehabilitation facility last week, the Seward center’s first since 2017.
Halibut Cove

Halibut Cove woman indicted on federal charges following floatplane-boat standoff

Marian Tillion Beck was indicted last week on counts of attempted destruction of aircraft and gross negligent operation of a vessel.
Michael Armstrong

Longtime Homer News journalist Michael Armstrong retires after 23 years

Armstrong made his way to Alaska from Florida four decades ago. He started at the Homer News in 1999 as an editorial assistant, rising to reporter in 2003 and editor in 2017.
Coast Guardsmen

Coast Guard, NOAA seize illegally caught fish near Homer

Coast Guard officials say the halibut wasn't documented in the logbook of the vessel it was seized from Wednesday.
music students

‘Fostering a lifelong love of music’: Violin program expands to Anchor Point students

The music education program, run by the nonprofit Homer OPUS and inspired by the El Sistema music program from Venezuela, puts violins in the hands of young people.
Tom Kizzia

Homer author Tom Kizzia named 2022 Historian of the Year

Tom Kizzia came to the Kenai Peninsula nearly five decades ago. He spent three years with the Homer News in the late 1970s before moving to the Anchorage Daily News, where he worked for 25 years.
salmon eggs

Kenai Peninsula students raise salmon in the classroom, from egg to fry

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s annual “Salmon in the Classroom” program teaches Kenai Peninsula students about salmon biology throughout the school year.
a Tlingit rapper

Tlingit hip-hop artist releases new music video featuring Nanwalek students

Arias Hoyle describes his music as Afro-Indigenous hip-hop.
the police station in Homer

Homer schools placed under temporary lockdown Tuesday after TikTok threat

The Anchorage FBI told police Tuesday that a 16-year-old Homer teenager posted on TikTok that he was going to shoot up a school and be the “next serial killer.”
the kenai courthouse

Man indicted in missing Homer woman’s murder

Kirby Calderwood, 32, is charged with nine felony counts including murder, kidnapping and sexual assault in Anesha "Duffy" Murnane's disappearance.
a sea otter in a blanket

Alaska SeaLife Center admits rescued harbor seal and sea otter pups

Staff at the center have rescued an emaciated harbor seal and a 4-month-old sea otter pup in late August and early September, respectively.
A young seal lies on the beach while people gather around to watch.

Cobalt and Admiral – two harbor seal pups rescued in Kasilof – return to Cook Inlet

Both pups were brought to the Alaska SeaLife Center in June in rough shape – emaciated and dehydrated. Cobalt even had rocks in her stomach.
Protesters hold signs saying "When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty"

Hundreds in Homer march for continued access to abortion

Alaskans marched in four cities across the state Saturday to advocate for reproductive rights. The rallies came after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in late June overturning the landmark case Roe v. Wade and ending the constitutional right to an abortion.
A woman wearing orange rubber gloves wraps a seal pup in a towel

Alaska SeaLife Center takes in 2 abandoned harbor seal pups

Vets hope to release them back to the ocean soon.