Megan Pacer

Homer City Hall. (Homer News file photo)

Council interviews city manager candidates

As the search for a new Homer city manager continues, members of the Homer City Council got to hear from three finalists this week in… Continue reading

Homer City Hall. (Homer News file photo)
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

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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)
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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

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Out of the Office: Trails that wind, hearts that find

As with a lot of things, Alaska has been lucky to be far removed and largely untouched by the disastrous effects of the novel coronavirus.… Continue reading

First day of Homer Farmers Market looks a little different

Homer’s annual Farmers Market inched ahead this summer with a cautious reopening amid the ongoing social distancing caused by the novel coronavirus and COVID-19. Most… Continue reading

People hold signs at a protest on Sunday, May 30, 2020, at WKFL Park in Homer, Alaska, in support of people of color who have been the subject of police violence, including George Floyd, a man who died May 25, 2020, in a police encounter in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Locals organize multiple demonstrations on racial injustice

Three separate events to delve into the discussion of racial injustice in America have been organized in Homer as locals join a movement that has… Continue reading

People hold signs at a protest on Sunday, May 30, 2020, at WKFL Park in Homer, Alaska, in support of people of color who have been the subject of police violence, including George Floyd, a man who died May 25, 2020, in a police encounter in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
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)

Paul Banks Elementary School principal honored with statewide recognition

Between advocating for his students to the local Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Directors and kissing pigs during school assemblies, Eric Pederson doesn’t… Continue reading

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. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Expanding testing available on southern peninsula

Health care organizations on the southern Kenai Peninsula are taking part in the efforts to expand testing capabilities in Alaska. South Peninsula Hospital announced last… Continue reading

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. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
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)
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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

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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

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Homer City Hall. (Homer News file photo)

Council approves ordinance clarifying powers to close city-owned spaces; search for city manager continues

The search for a new permanent city manager for Homer continues, with telephonic interviews scheduled for six candidates in early June. During the last Homer… Continue reading

Homer City Hall. (Homer News file photo)
A sign on Friday, May 22, 2020, at the Homer Theatre in Homer, Alaska, advertises its reopening next month on June 5. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Homer businesses reopen cautiously under most recent plan phases

When Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced the third and fourth phases of his administration’s plan to reopen Alaska’s economy in the wake of the ongoing global… Continue reading

A sign on Friday, May 22, 2020, at the Homer Theatre in Homer, Alaska, advertises its reopening next month on June 5. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Ninilchik grads leave school in style

Restrictions placed on the economy and social movements due to the novel coronavirus pandemic has changed and interrupted a lot of things, but it couldn’t… Continue reading

Salmonfest music festival canceled for 2020

For the first time in its relatively short history, Salmonfest will not proceed with three days of fish, love and music this year. Organizers announced… 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)

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)