Megan Pacer

Local resident Betty George, 84, prepares for a ride on a helicopter on Feb. 6, 2019 at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska. (Photo courtesy South Peninsula Hospital)

Local woman crosses helicopter ride off her bucket list

After 84 years, a local woman was able to cross a major item off her bucket list with the help of staff from South Peninsula… Continue reading

Local resident Betty George, 84, prepares for a ride on a helicopter on Feb. 6, 2019 at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska. (Photo courtesy South Peninsula Hospital)
Daniel Perry answers questions from students after a concert Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 at Paul Banks Elementary School in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Local musicians play to support youth ensemble programs

Big musicians came together to lend a hand to their little counterparts last weekend by putting on a chamber music concert. The public was treated… Continue reading

Daniel Perry answers questions from students after a concert Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 at Paul Banks Elementary School in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

City mulls funding for faith-based program that could bring addiction treatment center to Homer

The city of Homer is taking a step back after initial steps to help fund a nonprofit that wants to set up a residential treatment… Continue reading

Members of the Krewe of Gambrinus march down Pioneer Avenue on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 during the Winter Carnival Parade in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Photos: Winter Carnival Parade

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Members of the Krewe of Gambrinus march down Pioneer Avenue on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 during the Winter Carnival Parade in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
A group of teachers gather outside the entrance to West Homer Elementary and Big Fireweed Academy wearing “red for ed” Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019 in Homer, Alaska. Teachers around the Kenai Peninsula demonstrated this week to bring awareness to the contract negotiation situation with the school district. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Teachers, unions getting frustrated by contract negotiations

Teachers and representatives from the unions that represent them are speaking up about their frustrations with the current contract negotiations with the Kenai Peninsula Borough… Continue reading

A group of teachers gather outside the entrance to West Homer Elementary and Big Fireweed Academy wearing “red for ed” Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019 in Homer, Alaska. Teachers around the Kenai Peninsula demonstrated this week to bring awareness to the contract negotiation situation with the school district. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Chief Warrant Officer Michael Kozloski, center, his wife, Brienne, and their four children in an undated photo. (Photo by Brienne Kozloski and used with permission)

Community rallies for family of dead Coast Guardsman

Correction: The story has been corrected to add that the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center is the main sponsor of a barbecue fundraiser… Continue reading

Chief Warrant Officer Michael Kozloski, center, his wife, Brienne, and their four children in an undated photo. (Photo by Brienne Kozloski and used with permission)
One of several beer label submissions sits on display Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 at a First Friday event at Grace Ridge Brewery in Homer, Alaska. The Brackish Brown ale, bottled with the winning label, was available at the event. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Kachemak Bay Research Reserve unveils winning beer label

Who says science and suds don’t mix? In celebrating its upcoming 20th anniversary, the Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve decided to put a little… Continue reading

One of several beer label submissions sits on display Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 at a First Friday event at Grace Ridge Brewery in Homer, Alaska. The Brackish Brown ale, bottled with the winning label, was available at the event. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Homer’s Autumn Daigle skis to the finish line of the varsity girls’ classic race just ahead of Kenai’s Maria Salzetti on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 at the Lookout Mountain Trails near Homer, Alaska. Daigle took first place. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Homer girls win ski invite at Lookout Mountain Trails

The Homer’s girs skiers swept both events at their own invitational meet over the weekend, while Soldotna scored the team win for the boys. The… Continue reading

Homer’s Autumn Daigle skis to the finish line of the varsity girls’ classic race just ahead of Kenai’s Maria Salzetti on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019 at the Lookout Mountain Trails near Homer, Alaska. Daigle took first place. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Skiers young and old take off at the start of the annual Ski for Women, which benefits South Peninsula Haven House, on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019 at the Lookout Mountain Trails near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Ski for Women puts fun above fast

There are no points for speed, only for creativity. This, perhaps not surprisingly, is the mantra of Homer’s Ski for Women. While events that take… Continue reading

Skiers young and old take off at the start of the annual Ski for Women, which benefits South Peninsula Haven House, on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019 at the Lookout Mountain Trails near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
The Homer Education and Recreation Complex at the corner of the Sterling Highway and Pioneer Avenue. (Homer News file photo)

City seeks letters of interest from possible HERC tenants

The Homer Education and Recreation Complex could soon have a new caretaker, and the city wants to know who’s up for the job. The Homer… Continue reading

The Homer Education and Recreation Complex at the corner of the Sterling Highway and Pioneer Avenue. (Homer News file photo)
Homer Volunteer Fire Department emergency medical technicians treat a U.S. Coast Guard crew member injured when a crane tipped over at the Pioneer Dock on the Homer Spit on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. The man was later pronounced dead. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News.)

Coast Guard releases name of crane accident victim

A crew member of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hickory died in an industrial accident on the Homer Spit on Thursday. The man was fatally… Continue reading

Homer Volunteer Fire Department emergency medical technicians treat a U.S. Coast Guard crew member injured when a crane tipped over at the Pioneer Dock on the Homer Spit on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. The man was later pronounced dead. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News.)
The former location of Anchor Point Seafoods sits ablaze Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019 on North Fork Road in Anchor Point, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Anchor Point Emergency Services)

Former site of Anchor Point Seafoods burns down

The former location of Anchor Point Seafoods went up in flames Saturday night, requiring a response from three separate fire departments. Anchor Point Emergency Services… Continue reading

The former location of Anchor Point Seafoods sits ablaze Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019 on North Fork Road in Anchor Point, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Anchor Point Emergency Services)

Homer seniors have victorious last weekend of home hockey

It would have been hard for Homer seniors on the hockey team to have a better last weekend of games played on their home ice.… Continue reading

Travis Beals’ dog team approaches the finish line of this year’s Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019 at Freddie’s Roadhouse near Ninilchik, Alaska. Beals and his team came in fourth, finishing just four minutes behind third place winner Nic Petit. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Dave Turner claims first T200 win

After chasing other top mushers for three years, Dave Turner has finally proven himself a winner by snagging first place in the Tustumena 200 Sled… Continue reading

Travis Beals’ dog team approaches the finish line of this year’s Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019 at Freddie’s Roadhouse near Ninilchik, Alaska. Beals and his team came in fourth, finishing just four minutes behind third place winner Nic Petit. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Musher Cim Smyth and his team pull in to the McNeil Canyon Elementary School checkpoint of this year’s Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019 near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Ready, set, mush: Tustumena 200 mushers take off in Ninilchik

Twenty mushing teams took off Saturday with hopes of taking home the win in the Tustumena 200. The Tustumena 200 is a qualifying race for… Continue reading

Musher Cim Smyth and his team pull in to the McNeil Canyon Elementary School checkpoint of this year’s Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019 near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Participants in the 2019 Women’s March on Homer gather at WKFL Park following the march Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Women, men and children march on Homer for third time

The title of the Women’s March on Homer can be misleading. In the third local iteration of the national march movement started in 2016, myriad… Continue reading

Participants in the 2019 Women’s March on Homer gather at WKFL Park following the march Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Deputy City Planner Julie Engebretsen explains elements of the Homer Education and Recreation Complex and plans for dealing with the devolving buildings during a Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019 community meeting at City Hall in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

City answers HERC questions

The city of Homer is looking for public input as it pushes on in its quest to solve the problem of the Homer Education and… Continue reading

Deputy City Planner Julie Engebretsen explains elements of the Homer Education and Recreation Complex and plans for dealing with the devolving buildings during a Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019 community meeting at City Hall in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Snow caps a mountain range as seen on a flight from Anchorage to Seattle, Washington, on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2018. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Out of the Office: What are men to rocks and mountains?

I’ve met a lot of addicts since moving to Alaska. Not the kind you think, though. My friends are constantly searching for their next fix… Continue reading

Snow caps a mountain range as seen on a flight from Anchorage to Seattle, Washington, on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2018. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
A curling stone is swept across the ice during a Learn to Curl clinic Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 at Kevin Bell Ice Arena in Homer, Alaska. The clinic was a fundraiser for the Homer Curling Club. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Former Olympic curler helps supports Homer club

A year after the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games, when the U.S. men’s curling team scored an unexpected victory over Sweden to earn a gold… Continue reading

A curling stone is swept across the ice during a Learn to Curl clinic Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 at Kevin Bell Ice Arena in Homer, Alaska. The clinic was a fundraiser for the Homer Curling Club. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Homer Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Debbie Speakman unveils the winning photo that will grace the cover of the chamber’s next visitor guide at a Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 annual chamber meeting at the Best Western in Homer, Alaska. Russel Campbell of Wandering Nomad Photography took the photo. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Chamber to refocus efforts on Halibut Jackpot Derby

Though the Homer Chamber of Commerce’s finances are currently healthy, the organization is going to reassess the handling of its annual Jackpot Halibut Derby, which… Continue reading

Homer Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Debbie Speakman unveils the winning photo that will grace the cover of the chamber’s next visitor guide at a Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019 annual chamber meeting at the Best Western in Homer, Alaska. Russel Campbell of Wandering Nomad Photography took the photo. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)