Megan Pacer

Independence Day parade organized after official event gets canceled

The continued spread of COVID-19 across Alaska prompted many official organizations and municipalities to cancel their Independence Day events this year, including the Homer Chamber… Continue reading

 

The Betty J. Glick Assembly Chambers in Soldotna, Alaska. (Peninsula Clarion file photo)

Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly overrides mayoral veto of hybrid election system ordinance

Members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough assembly voted to override a mayoral veto at their Tuesday meeting. The veto would have negated an ordinance the… Continue reading

 

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9 new COVID-19 cases on the Kenai Peninsula

The central Kenai Peninsula saw growth in the number of new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, while the southern peninsula has stopped experiencing spikes in cases… Continue reading

 

Ninilchik Rodeo returns to its roots over July Fourth weekend

The annual Ninilchik Rodeo, held every July Fourth weekend, celebrated 60 years this past weekend under blue skies and soaring temperatures at the Kenai Peninsula… Continue reading

A young volunteer chases three piglets named Mary Hamkins, Petunia and Sir Oinks-a-lot through a race during the pig races at the Kenai Peninsula Fair on Friday, Aug. 16, 2019 at the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds in Ninilchik, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Kenai Peninsula Fair canceled this year

Cotton candy, carnival rides and racing pigs will have to wait for another summer, according to the board of directors for the Kenai Peninsula Fair.… Continue reading

A young volunteer chases three piglets named Mary Hamkins, Petunia and Sir Oinks-a-lot through a race during the pig races at the Kenai Peninsula Fair on Friday, Aug. 16, 2019 at the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds in Ninilchik, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Peonies cover a table, ready to receive people at a field to vase dinner tour hosted by Certified American Grown Flowers on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at Scenic Place Peonies in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Homer Peony Celebration begins this week

With many large or indoor events canceled this year due to the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, Homer has still found a way to celebrate one… Continue reading

Peonies cover a table, ready to receive people at a field to vase dinner tour hosted by Certified American Grown Flowers on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at Scenic Place Peonies in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Members of the Homer City Council interview candidate Rob Dumouchel for the job of city manager on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 via Zoom in Homer, Alaska. Top row from left to right: Council member Joey Evensen, Mayor Ken Castner, Council member Heath Smith. Middle row from left to right: Council members Donna Aderhold, Rachel Lord and Storm Hansen-Cavasos. Bottom row from left to right: Candidate Rob Dumouchel and Council member Caroline Venuti.

Council offers city manager job to California candidate

The Homer City Council voted last week to offer the job of city manager to their last candidate standing: Rob Dumouchel, a government employee from… Continue reading

Members of the Homer City Council interview candidate Rob Dumouchel for the job of city manager on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 via Zoom in Homer, Alaska. Top row from left to right: Council member Joey Evensen, Mayor Ken Castner, Council member Heath Smith. Middle row from left to right: Council members Donna Aderhold, Rachel Lord and Storm Hansen-Cavasos. Bottom row from left to right: Candidate Rob Dumouchel and Council member Caroline Venuti.
Barbara Howard (top left), Matt Clarke (top right), Kate Finn (center left), Andrea Browning (center right) and Aaron Weisser (bottom left) listen to Homer city manager candidate Rob Dumouchel (bottom right) speak during an interview with the City Manager Hiring Committee on Monday, June 29, 2020 via Zoom in Homer, Alaska. (Screenshot by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Hiring committee recommends candidate for city manager

After hearing what he had to say, members of the City Manager Hiring Committee voted unanimously to recommend to the Homer City Council hiring the… Continue reading

Barbara Howard (top left), Matt Clarke (top right), Kate Finn (center left), Andrea Browning (center right) and Aaron Weisser (bottom left) listen to Homer city manager candidate Rob Dumouchel (bottom right) speak during an interview with the City Manager Hiring Committee on Monday, June 29, 2020 via Zoom in Homer, Alaska. (Screenshot by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Homer City Hall. (Homer News file photo)

Relief grants for small Homer businesses now available

Using a portion of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding it has received, the City of Homer is extending a hand… Continue reading

Homer City Hall. (Homer News file photo)
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Hospital staff, Friendship Terrace clear of COVID-19 as statewide case count grows

Setting a new record for the largest single-day increase in new cases of COVID-19 for Alaska residents, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services… Continue reading

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Borough gathers feedback on plan for combined fire, emergency medical service area

Residents of Ninilchik and Anchor Point have a few more chances left to weigh in before the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly votes on an ordinance… Continue reading

Homer Flex School principal named Region III Principal of the Year

If a day goes by at Homer Flex School in which the focus never lands on Principal Chris Brown, he considers that a good day.… Continue reading

Homer celebrates its first ever Juneteenth

Residents of Homer and the surrounding area experienced their first ever celebration of Juneteenth last Friday, complete with food, faith, song, meditation and, in the… Continue reading

A member of the Homer Senior Citizens Center float marches in the July Fourth parade on Thursday, July 4, 2019 on Pioneer Avenue in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

No July Fourth parade in Homer this year

The Homer Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center has canceled the annual July Fourth parade in Homer, citing concerns over the lingering threat of the… Continue reading

A member of the Homer Senior Citizens Center float marches in the July Fourth parade on Thursday, July 4, 2019 on Pioneer Avenue in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
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)
Anglers stand by a rack of halibut on the Irish as the North Country Charters boat returned to Homer in July 2017. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News file photo)

Halibut regulations updated for charters

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has provided clarification on recent revisions to regulations for halibut charter fishermen. In part of his response to the… Continue reading

Anglers stand by a rack of halibut on the Irish as the North Country Charters boat returned to Homer in July 2017. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News file photo)
This image advertises the upcoming Juneteenth celebration at WKFL Park on Friday in Homer, Alaska. (Image courtesy Sierra Moskios)

Juneteenth celebration to be held in Homer

Following a week of protests in Wisdom, Knowledge, Faith and Love Park and the beginning of weekly educational gatherings centered around racial justice, a group… Continue reading

This image advertises the upcoming Juneteenth celebration at WKFL Park on Friday in Homer, Alaska. (Image courtesy Sierra Moskios)
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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

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Homer City Hall. (Homer News file photo)

Council selects city manager candidate for second interview

The Homer City Council is pursuing a second interview with an interim director of the development services in Eureka, California as the search for a… Continue reading

Homer City Hall. (Homer News file photo)
The Friendship Terrace assisting level center, as seen on Thursday, June 11, 2020, in Homer, Alaska. A part of the Homer Senior Citizens Senior Center, Friendship Terrace reported two staff members tested positive for COVID-19 on June 10, and that a resident tested positive on Friday. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Resident in Homer assisted living home tests positive for COVID-19

Total number of COVID-19 cases in Homer up to 29

The Friendship Terrace assisting level center, as seen on Thursday, June 11, 2020, in Homer, Alaska. A part of the Homer Senior Citizens Senior Center, Friendship Terrace reported two staff members tested positive for COVID-19 on June 10, and that a resident tested positive on Friday. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)