Megan Pacer

From left: DHSS Commissioner Adam Crum, Gov. Mike Dunleavy, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink participate in a press conference on the COVID-19 pandemic on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. (Photo courtesy Office of Gov. Mike Dunleavy)

State talks containment, treatment for COVID-19

Total number of COVID-19 cases rises to 59

From left: DHSS Commissioner Adam Crum, Gov. Mike Dunleavy, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Anne Zink participate in a press conference on the COVID-19 pandemic on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. (Photo courtesy Office of Gov. Mike Dunleavy)
An aerial photo taken in 2014 shows the current South Peninsula Hospital campus. (Photo submitted)

South Peninsula Hospital has tested 25 people for COVID-19

No cases yet, but hospital is preparing for coronavirus patients

An aerial photo taken in 2014 shows the current South Peninsula Hospital campus. (Photo submitted)
The Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. (Homer News file photo)

Homer announces first case of COVID-19

The person reported symptoms in Anchorage after traveling and remains in isolation in Anchorage.

The Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. (Homer News file photo)
Brenna McCarron, a Homer High School graduate stuck in Peru after the country closed its borders to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus, stands at Machu Picchu, Peru. She is one of about 19 Alaskans stranded in the country. (Photo courtesy Brenna McCarron)

Playing the waiting game in Peru

Homer High grad one of 19 Alaskans stranded when Peru closed its borders due to coronavirus

Brenna McCarron, a Homer High School graduate stuck in Peru after the country closed its borders to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus, stands at Machu Picchu, Peru. She is one of about 19 Alaskans stranded in the country. (Photo courtesy Brenna McCarron)

SBA offers loans for struggling businesses in wake of COVID-19

Business owners encouraged to take peninsula-wide survey

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2 COVID-19 cases reported on central peninsula

The cases were reported in Soldotna, Sterling.

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Members of the Ninilchik community wait to hear a presentation by Kenai Peninsula Borough staff during a public hearing Monday, March 9, 2020 at the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds in Ninilchik, Alaska. The public hearing was to gather input on whether people in Ninilchik would want to pursue an official borough service area for fire and EMS services. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Borough gathers input on fire, emergency services area for Ninilchik

This question came up for the small fishing community again after a recent kerfuffle.

Members of the Ninilchik community wait to hear a presentation by Kenai Peninsula Borough staff during a public hearing Monday, March 9, 2020 at the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds in Ninilchik, Alaska. The public hearing was to gather input on whether people in Ninilchik would want to pursue an official borough service area for fire and EMS services. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
The author and a friend ski the hayfield loop on Feb. 24, 2020 at the Lookout Mountain Trails near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Out of the Office: Back to basics

What do column writing and cross-country skiing have in common? Sometimes, they’re like pulling teeth. There are some days when the words just don’t seem… Continue reading

The author and a friend ski the hayfield loop on Feb. 24, 2020 at the Lookout Mountain Trails near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
The Homer Courthouse. (Homer News file photo)

Homer man accused of attempted murder and assault

The man allegedly attacked a family member following an argument.

The Homer Courthouse. (Homer News file photo)
Ninilchik Fire Chief David Bear moves the fire truck out of the new Ninilchik Emergency Services building on Aug. 9, 2014, to make room for visitors to the open house of the new NES building. (Homer News file photo)

Public hearing on emergency services area for Ninilchik on deck

The borough is hosting the public hearing at 6 p.m. Monday at the Kenai Peninsula Fair Grounds.

Ninilchik Fire Chief David Bear moves the fire truck out of the new Ninilchik Emergency Services building on Aug. 9, 2014, to make room for visitors to the open house of the new NES building. (Homer News file photo)

Homer girls cagers defeat Kenai

The host Homer girls basketball team topped Southcentral Region foe Kenai Central on Wednesday in the Alice Witte Gymnasium. The Lady Mariners defeated the Kards… Continue reading

Ninilchik Fire Chief David Bear moves the fire truck out of the new Ninilchik Emergency Services building on Aug. 9, 2014, to make room for visitors to the open house of the new NES building. (Homer News file photo)

Ninilchik Emergency Services chief, assistant chief reinstated

Former board has resigned and been replaced, and department is back to normal staffing

Ninilchik Fire Chief David Bear moves the fire truck out of the new Ninilchik Emergency Services building on Aug. 9, 2014, to make room for visitors to the open house of the new NES building. (Homer News file photo)
Ninilchik Fire Chief David Bear moves the fire truck out of the new Ninilchik Emergency Services building on Aug. 9, 2014, to make room for visitors to the open house of the new NES building. (Homer News file photo)

Ninilchik fire chief let go during restructure

The board of directors for Ninilchik Emergency Services has terminated the volunteer fire department’s chief while it restructures the program. Volunteer members of the department… Continue reading

Ninilchik Fire Chief David Bear moves the fire truck out of the new Ninilchik Emergency Services building on Aug. 9, 2014, to make room for visitors to the open house of the new NES building. (Homer News file photo)
Homer’s Haylee Owen tries to maintain control of the puck under pressure from Tri-Valley School’s Will Tomeo during a Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020 hockey game at Kevin Bell Arena in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Homer hockey defeats Tri-Valley

The MarinerS hockey team skated to an easy victory over the Tri-Valley Vikings in nonconference action Thursday night at the Kevin Bell Arena. Homer won… Continue reading

Homer’s Haylee Owen tries to maintain control of the puck under pressure from Tri-Valley School’s Will Tomeo during a Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020 hockey game at Kevin Bell Arena in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Members of the community give public testimony about a Homer City Council resolution dealing with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s proposal to repeal the ban on personal watercraft in critical habitat areas of Kachemak Bay during the Monday, Jan. 13, 2020 council meeting at Homer City Hall in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Council weighs in on proposed jet ski ban repeal, again

The council originally passed a resolution asking Fish and Game to extend its comment period.

Members of the community give public testimony about a Homer City Council resolution dealing with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s proposal to repeal the ban on personal watercraft in critical habitat areas of Kachemak Bay during the Monday, Jan. 13, 2020 council meeting at Homer City Hall in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
A sign for Set Free Alaska hangs in the faith-based addiction treatment nonprofit’s new outpatient servies location on Ocean Drive on Monday, Jan. 16, 2020 in Homer, Alaska. The organization held an open house to celebrate the outpatient services building opening. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Outpatient addiction treatment services open in Homer

Run by faith-based Mat-Su organization, services have been long time coming

A sign for Set Free Alaska hangs in the faith-based addiction treatment nonprofit’s new outpatient servies location on Ocean Drive on Monday, Jan. 16, 2020 in Homer, Alaska. The organization held an open house to celebrate the outpatient services building opening. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Photo courtesy Telluride Mountainfilm
                                This image from one of the 2018 Telluride Mountainfilm festival short films shows a woman riding a mountain bike. A condensed version of the film festival will be shown in Homer at 7 p.m. this Friday and Saturday at Homer Mariner Theatre at Homer High School.

Telluride Mountainfilm festival comes on tour to Homer

The festival will also come to Soldotna next week.

Photo courtesy Telluride Mountainfilm
                                This image from one of the 2018 Telluride Mountainfilm festival short films shows a woman riding a mountain bike. A condensed version of the film festival will be shown in Homer at 7 p.m. this Friday and Saturday at Homer Mariner Theatre at Homer High School.
Gary Thomas in a January 2002 photo after he was promoted to Homer News editor and publisher. (Homer News file photo)

Former Homer News publisher found dead after explosion

Thomas worked at the Homer News from the late 1990s until 2005.

Gary Thomas in a January 2002 photo after he was promoted to Homer News editor and publisher. (Homer News file photo)
Sun reflects off snow covering the mountains across Resurrection Bay from the Tonsina Point area on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019 near Lowell Point, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Out of the Office: Best laid plans

I’ve always been a planner. At age 4, you could find me bossing my father around a meticulously planned tea party — the water (you… Continue reading

Sun reflects off snow covering the mountains across Resurrection Bay from the Tonsina Point area on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019 near Lowell Point, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Terry Allen rides his jet ski at Auke Lake near Juneau on Monday, Aug. 19, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Fish and Game proposes repeal of ban on personal watercraft in areas of Kachemak Bay

There is a 30-day public comment period open until 5 p.m. on Jan. 6, 2020.

Terry Allen rides his jet ski at Auke Lake near Juneau on Monday, Aug. 19, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)