The firefighter uniforms for Gary Thomas, a former volunteer firefighter who was killed in a water heater explosion this month, hang on an antique fire truck in the Homer Mariner Theatre during a memorial for Thomas on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020 at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Remembering a piece of the community pie

Homer area residents come together to celebrate life of volunteer Gary Thomas

Women’s March on Homer draws hundreds to the streets

The Women’s March on Homer continues to draw large numbers of men, women and children to participate in its fourth… Continue reading

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

After much public testimony and discussion, the Homer City Council at its last meeting passed a second resolution concerning the… Continue reading

Volunteers staff the kitchen and buffet line at the Jan. 24, 2018, Project Homeless Connect at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. The annual event gathers service providers, nonprofits and volunteers to support members of the homeless community and those in need. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

Project Homeless Connect comes to Homer for first time

An annual event held around the state to help those experiencing homelessness or near homelessness is making its debut on… Continue reading

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Inspiring Girls Expeditions is holding two tuition-free expeditions for 16- and 17-year-old girls in Alaska this summer. (Courtesy Photo | Joan Travers)

Program introduces girls to science expeditions in wilderness

Expeditions in Alaska will explore a glacier and the intertidal zone.

Homer area school announcements

Homer High School Today — Kenai Peninsula Native Youth Leadership Meeting at 3 p.m. Basketball v. Cook Inlet Academy. Girls… Continue reading

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Former Homer News publisher found dead after explosion

A Homer resident and former editor and publisher of the Homer News is dead after an explosion at a home… Continue reading

Low and Lower plays to support youth music groups

Students from Fireweed Academy and Paul Bank Elementary School were treated to a visit from a cello and bass duo Continue reading...

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Seawatch: BOF cuts Mainland fishery

Kodiak seiners were stunned by decisions from the Alaska Board of Fisheries in their meeting last week to restrict the Continue reading...

Photo by Jamie Lyons 
                                A migrating dark-eyed junco in fall.

Refuge notebook: Wintering sparrows find their way to Kenai

A recent study published in the journal Nature Climate Change highlighted some work by Dr. Kyle Horton and his colleagues, Continue reading...

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Best Bets

“No drama.” In emails, text messages or even old-fashioned face-to-face conversations, that’s what people have been saying to the Betster. Continue reading...

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Homer skiers compete at Besh Cup Races

Two members of the Homer cross-country ski team represented this past weekend when the Kachemak Nordic Ski Club hosted the… Continue reading


Homer hockey tops Kenai

When the Homer hockey team got to work, Kenai Central had a hard time stopping the Mariners. Homer notched a… Continue reading



Pet of the Week: Franklin

Pet of the week Franklin is an 8-year-old male cat. This big guy is quite the character. He’s handsome, independent… Continue reading

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Cops and Courts

Information about fire, police and troopers is taken from public records consisting of logbooks and press releases. Anchor Point Fire… Continue reading

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Gary Thomas

April 11, 1951 - Jan. 14, 2020 Gary Thomas, 68, Homer’s public-spirited master of ceremonies, died in a sudden and Continue reading...

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