Megan Pacer

Attendees at this year’s Industry Outlook Forum take part in an electronic game on their phones designed to survey business owners about their level of disaster preparedness on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019 at Christian Community Church in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Industry Outlook Forum highlights economic opportunities large and small

Industries both giant and small were given a spotlight at this year’s Industry Outlook Forum, put on by the Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District and… Continue reading

Attendees at this year’s Industry Outlook Forum take part in an electronic game on their phones designed to survey business owners about their level of disaster preparedness on Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019 at Christian Community Church in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Homer High School Athletic Director Chis Perk, right in blue, is inducted into the Alaska Wrestling Hall of Fame on Dec. 15, 2018 at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Alaska Schools Activity Association)

Homer athletics director, coach, joins Alaska Wrestling Hall of Fame

When Homer wrestling coach and high school athletic director Chris Perk found out last month he was about to be inducted into the Alaska Wrestling… Continue reading

Homer High School Athletic Director Chis Perk, right in blue, is inducted into the Alaska Wrestling Hall of Fame on Dec. 15, 2018 at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Alaska Schools Activity Association)
An aerial photo taken in 2014 shows the current South Peninsula Hospital campus. (Homer News file photo)

After complaints, state board finds Homer physical therapist didn’t violate regulations

Two complaints made against a physical therapist at South Peninsula Hospital to the state’s licensing board for therapists have been reviewed and closed. An unidentified… Continue reading

An aerial photo taken in 2014 shows the current South Peninsula Hospital campus. (Homer News file photo)
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                                Al Poindexter addresses the crowd at a presentation of Homestead Kids: Tales from the North Fork on Thursday, Dec. 13 at the Alaska Islands and Oceans Center in Homer.

Homestead kids tell their tales

Four local children from homestead families — now grown with extensive families of their own — regaled the community with stories and anecdotes from their… Continue reading

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                                Al Poindexter addresses the crowd at a presentation of Homestead Kids: Tales from the North Fork on Thursday, Dec. 13 at the Alaska Islands and Oceans Center in Homer.
From left to right: Public Works Director Carey Meyer, Water and Sewer Superintendent Todd Cook, City Manager Katie Koester, Richard Klopp, lead water distribution and wastewater collection operator, and Mayor Ken Castner celebrate Klopp being named Wastewater Operator of the Year award by the Alaska Rural Water Association during the Monday, Nov. 26, 2018 Homer City Council meeting at Homer City Hall in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

City worker named wastewater operator of the year

Homer’s lead water distribution and wastewater collection operator has earned a top honor for his work with the city. Richard Klopp was named Wastewater Operator… Continue reading

From left to right: Public Works Director Carey Meyer, Water and Sewer Superintendent Todd Cook, City Manager Katie Koester, Richard Klopp, lead water distribution and wastewater collection operator, and Mayor Ken Castner celebrate Klopp being named Wastewater Operator of the Year award by the Alaska Rural Water Association during the Monday, Nov. 26, 2018 Homer City Council meeting at Homer City Hall in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
A car belonging to Homer resident Tom Sulczynski is trapped on a collapsed section of the offramp of Minnesota Drive in Anchorage, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. Sulczynski and passenger Bekah Taylor escaped the car without injury. Back-to-back earthquakes measuring 7.0 and 5.8 rocked buildings and buckled roads Friday morning in Anchorage, prompting people to run from their offices or seek shelter under office desks, while a tsunami warning had some seeking higher ground. (AP Photo/Dan Joling)

Homer residents abandon vehicle in quake chasm

Homer residents got a rough wake up call Friday morning in the form of a 7.0 magnitude earthquake that rattled the Kenai Peninsula, Anchorage, and… Continue reading

A car belonging to Homer resident Tom Sulczynski is trapped on a collapsed section of the offramp of Minnesota Drive in Anchorage, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. Sulczynski and passenger Bekah Taylor escaped the car without injury. Back-to-back earthquakes measuring 7.0 and 5.8 rocked buildings and buckled roads Friday morning in Anchorage, prompting people to run from their offices or seek shelter under office desks, while a tsunami warning had some seeking higher ground. (AP Photo/Dan Joling)
In this December 2016 photo, cannabis plants grow in a standard cultivation space inside Croy’s Enterprises near Soldotna, Alaska. (Peninsula Clarion file photo)

Manufacturing license for new Homer pot shop gets OK from council

A new cannabis operation in Homer is another step closer to having all the licensing it needs in order to open. 420 on Main, if… Continue reading

In this December 2016 photo, cannabis plants grow in a standard cultivation space inside Croy’s Enterprises near Soldotna, Alaska. (Peninsula Clarion file photo)

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

Superior Court finds borough’s invocation policy unconstitutional

The Alaska Superior Court has ruled against the Kenai Peninsula Borough in a fight over its controversial invocation policy, finding that the policy violates the… Continue reading

Troopers and others stand near the spot where a black SUV crashed into the front of the Anchor Point Post Office on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018 in Anchor Point, Alaska. In this photo, the vehicle has been moved out of the building, leaving behind a large hole in the front of the post office. (Photo by Yvonne Prucha)

Motorist drives into Anchor Point Post Office

The Anchor Point Post Office got an unanticipated remodel when a motorist drove through the front of the building Friday afternoon. An employee and someone… Continue reading

Troopers and others stand near the spot where a black SUV crashed into the front of the Anchor Point Post Office on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018 in Anchor Point, Alaska. In this photo, the vehicle has been moved out of the building, leaving behind a large hole in the front of the post office. (Photo by Yvonne Prucha)
Children prepare glow sticks to walks with before a Light the Night march Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018 at WKFL Park in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Light the Night marchers bring addiction and recovery into the light

A few dozen residents and their children worked to shine a little brighter light on substance abuse Saturday at Homer’s first Light the Night march.… Continue reading

Children prepare glow sticks to walks with before a Light the Night march Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018 at WKFL Park in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Teachers, support staff and community members, many of them wearing red, prepare to listen to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education’s Monday, Sept. 10, 2018 meeting at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. The board holds one meeting each year in Homer, and another in Seward. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

School board fields questions, accusations about health care plan

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct information about how the school district’s health care committee sets rates for health insurance plans. The… Continue reading

Teachers, support staff and community members, many of them wearing red, prepare to listen to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education’s Monday, Sept. 10, 2018 meeting at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. The board holds one meeting each year in Homer, and another in Seward. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

People from across the Peninsula celebrated three days of fish, love and music over the weekend at the eighth-annual Salmonfest in Ninilchik. Hosted at the… Continue reading

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                                Stu Schmutzler dances at the River Stage during Rabbit Creek Ramblers’ set at the 2017 Salmonfest in Ninilchik, Alaska on Friday, Aug. 4, 2017.

Get ready for fish, love and music

The organizers of Salmonfest are ready to bring the people of Alaska another three days of “fish, love and music” next month, with a cause… Continue reading

<span class="neFMT neFMT_PhotoCredit">Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion</span>
                                Stu Schmutzler dances at the River Stage during Rabbit Creek Ramblers’ set at the 2017 Salmonfest in Ninilchik, Alaska on Friday, Aug. 4, 2017.
Colorful blooms peek out of the green foliage in a section of the Pratt Museum’s garden Thursday, July 12, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

The Pratt’s new gardener wants you to rediscover the many uses of plants

Yarrow Hinnant has long known the many health and subsistence benefits native plants can provide. As the Pratt Museum’s new official gardener, he’s excited to… Continue reading

Colorful blooms peek out of the green foliage in a section of the Pratt Museum’s garden Thursday, July 12, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Few lower peninsula residents comment on hospital service area boundary move

Two proposals that would alter the boundaries of the South Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area are poised to make it onto the ballot this October.… Continue reading

Homer asks voters to approve sales tax boost to pay for new police station

The city of Homer is again asking residents to approve funding for a new police station — one the Homer Police Department says is badly… Continue reading

Homer girls beat Kenai for first time in years; boys suffer loss

Without scoring a goal, the members of Homer High School’s girls soccer team managed to beat Peninsula Conference adversary Kenai Central High School for the… Continue reading

1 dead in fatal Kenai Spur wreck

One man is dead after a fatal car accident on the Kenai Spur Highway on Monday evening. Kenai resident Michael Thomas Grisham, 50, was driving… Continue reading

Council introduces ordinance that would allow marijuana sales on Homer Spit

Retail marijuana stores making their way to the Homer Spit is once again on the table at City Hall. In a tie vote broken by… Continue reading