Megan Pacer

Homer’s Daisy Kettle battles for the ball with Palmer’s Avery Hill in a Friday, May 24, 2019 game during the Division II state soccer championship tournament at West Anchorage High School in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

State girls soccer: SoHi 2nd, Homer 4th, Kenai 5th

After making it further than they ever have before, the Soldotna girls soccer team finished second at the Division II state soccer championships in a… Continue reading

Homer’s Daisy Kettle battles for the ball with Palmer’s Avery Hill in a Friday, May 24, 2019 game during the Division II state soccer championship tournament at West Anchorage High School in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Isabella Koch helps Garrett Koch perfect the finishing touches before they walk in their graduation ceremony Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at Ninilchik School in Ninilchik, Alaska. They are two of four total Ninilchik graduates this year. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Four Ninilchik graduates reflect on time in small school

‘I liked how it was small and you got one-on-one contact with the teachers’

Isabella Koch helps Garrett Koch perfect the finishing touches before they walk in their graduation ceremony Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at Ninilchik School in Ninilchik, Alaska. They are two of four total Ninilchik graduates this year. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Dave’s Auto Repair, shown here on Friday, April 26, 2019 just outside Homer, Alaska, was targeted with racist vandalism. Owner Dave Johnson discovered the vandalism Friday morning. (Photo courtesy Dave Johnson)

Dave’s Auto Repair targeted with racist vandalism

The racist messages were carved into the glass windows on a white Ford Bronco.

Dave’s Auto Repair, shown here on Friday, April 26, 2019 just outside Homer, Alaska, was targeted with racist vandalism. Owner Dave Johnson discovered the vandalism Friday morning. (Photo courtesy Dave Johnson)
Community members participate in an exploratory meeting Monday, April 15, 2019 to discuss the possibility of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District consolidating Homer High School and Homer Middle School, held at the high school in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Community members participate in an exploratory meeting Monday, April 15, 2019 to discuss the possibility of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District consolidating Homer High School and Homer Middle School, held at the high school in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Protesters stand in the Homer High School Commons at the end of a rally held by Cook Inletkeeper at the same time as a April 11, 2019 public hearing hosted by the Army Corps of Engineers to take comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Pebble Mine, held at the high school in Homer, Alaska. The protesters marched from their rally outside the school into the commons with the intention of marching into the hearing. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Homer community weighs in on Draft EIS for Pebble Mine

Dozens of people filed into the stands in the Alice Witte Gymnasium to give their comments

Protesters stand in the Homer High School Commons at the end of a rally held by Cook Inletkeeper at the same time as a April 11, 2019 public hearing hosted by the Army Corps of Engineers to take comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Pebble Mine, held at the high school in Homer, Alaska. The protesters marched from their rally outside the school into the commons with the intention of marching into the hearing. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
The words “Trump 2020” are spray painted onto a wall at Wasabi’s Bistro, shown here Thursday, March 21, 2019 just outside of Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Community rallies around Wasabi’s Bistro after racist vandalism

When Wasabi’s Bistro just outside of Homer was vandalized with a racist message sometime between last Wednesday night and Thursday morning, some in the Homer… Continue reading

The words “Trump 2020” are spray painted onto a wall at Wasabi’s Bistro, shown here Thursday, March 21, 2019 just outside of Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Racist messages are spray painted onto a wall at Wasabi’s Bistro, shown here Thursday, March 21, 2019 just outside of Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Wasabi’s Bistro vandalized with racist message

Editor’s note: There are descriptions of racism in this article that may be disturbing to some. Wasabi’s Bistro just outside of Homer was vandalized with… Continue reading

Racist messages are spray painted onto a wall at Wasabi’s Bistro, shown here Thursday, March 21, 2019 just outside of Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News
                                Mike Heatwole, vice president of public affairs for the Pebble Limited Partnership, speaks to a crowd of people Tuesday, March 19 during a community meeting at Land’s End Resort in Homer.

Peninsula residents question Pebble Partnership in community meeting

Pebble representatives touted the redesigned project

Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News
                                Mike Heatwole, vice president of public affairs for the Pebble Limited Partnership, speaks to a crowd of people Tuesday, March 19 during a community meeting at Land’s End Resort in Homer.
Mandy Dixon, owner of La Baleine, speaks during a cooking demo during the Alaska Food Festival on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Land’s End Resort in Homer, Alaska. She and her mother, Kirseten, who owns Tutka Bay Lodge, spoke about their travels to other countries and how that inspires their cooking in Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Alaskans talk all things food at conference

Several local Homer businesses and food advocates were highlighted throughout the conference.

Mandy Dixon, owner of La Baleine, speaks during a cooking demo during the Alaska Food Festival on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at Land’s End Resort in Homer, Alaska. She and her mother, Kirseten, who owns Tutka Bay Lodge, spoke about their travels to other countries and how that inspires their cooking in Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Homer council won’t help fund treatment project

The residential treatment center could still happen if organization raises funds on its own

Anchor Point man killed in crash near Moose Pass

An Anchor Point man died this week when his truck crashed near Moose Pass. Alaska State Troopers report that Marc Roderick, 46, died on Wednesday.… Continue reading

Legality of city giving money to faith-based addiction treatment program questioned

After lengthy debate, the Homer City Council seems to have settled on an agreement for how to help fund construction of a residential treatment center… Continue reading

The author with a pair of friends this past summer at Grewingk Glacier. (Photo provided by Megan Pacer)

Out of the Office: Hold my beer while I wade in glacial melt

Last week, the members of my team and I came in absolute dead last at trivia night. I normally wouldn’t share this with so broad… Continue reading

The author with a pair of friends this past summer at Grewingk Glacier. (Photo provided by Megan Pacer)
The Fritz Creek General Store, shown here on Feb. 26, 2019 is located on East End Road near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Fritz Creek General Store told resident cat violates code

Alaska Department of Environmental Control food safety program received complaint

The Fritz Creek General Store, shown here on Feb. 26, 2019 is located on East End Road near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Homer’s Rylee Doughty tries to block Tessa Binder from Grace Christian School during a Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 game in Homer, Alaska. Grace is one of three private school teams in Region 3A basketball. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Homer girls basketball among teams to protest playing private Anchorage school

Several high school girls basketball programs in the Southcentral Conference are protesting games that were scheduled against a private school in Anchorage, saying the disparity… Continue reading

Homer’s Rylee Doughty tries to block Tessa Binder from Grace Christian School during a Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 game in Homer, Alaska. Grace is one of three private school teams in Region 3A basketball. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Homer mulls funding for faith-based addiction treatment center

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

A group of teachers gather outside the entrance to West Homer Elementary and Big Fireweed Academy wearing “red for ed” Wednesday, in Homer. 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

District educators and classified staff have been without a renewed contract since July 1.

A group of teachers gather outside the entrance to West Homer Elementary and Big Fireweed Academy wearing “red for ed” Wednesday, in Homer. 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)
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)
Musher Dave Turner celebrates just after winning this year’s Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019 at Freddies Roadhouse finish line near Ninilchik, Alaska. (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

Musher Dave Turner celebrates just after winning this year’s Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019 at Freddies Roadhouse finish line near Ninilchik, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)