Megan Pacer

A sign advertising the annual Homer Documentary Film Festival hangs on the side of the Homer Theatre Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Annual Homer Documentary Film Festival returns this week

Hold onto your popcorn, it’s time to talk docs. The Homer Documentary Film Festival is coming to a theater near you — well, the only… Continue reading

 

Homer area residents listen to the Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018 Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting at Homer City Hall in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Residents talk Kachemak Selo school at assembly

While no major action was taken at Tuesday’s Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting, held in Homer, community members still had a lot to say. Assembly… Continue reading

 

Sports in brief

Upcoming events Volleyball: The Lady Mariners will host Seward High School at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. They play Joe Redington next Friday at 6:30 p.m., also… 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)

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)
Homer’s Sienna Carey rushes to pass two Soldotna High School cross-country runners at the finish line of the girls 5K race Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 during the Homer Invitational held on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Sports in brief

Upcoming events Volleyball: The Lady Mariners play Kenai Central High School tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Homer High School. Next Tuesday, they’ll take on Soldotna… Continue reading

Homer’s Sienna Carey rushes to pass two Soldotna High School cross-country runners at the finish line of the girls 5K race Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 during the Homer Invitational held on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Ken Castner III answers a question at a city council and mayoral candidate forum Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018 at Alice’s Champagne Palace in Homer, Alaska. Castner is running for Homer mayor. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

David Lewis, Ken Caster III debate at mayoral forum

The two candidates vying to become Homer’s new mayor fielded questions about their platforms and views Tuesday during a forum hosted at Alice’s Champagne Palace… Continue reading

Ken Castner III answers a question at a city council and mayoral candidate forum Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018 at Alice’s Champagne Palace in Homer, Alaska. Castner is running for Homer mayor. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Area residents listen to Lydia Olympic, who worked with The Wilderness Society as a tribal advocate, as she gives a short speech Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018 at the Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice rally and march at WKFL Park in Homer, Alaska. The local event, which ended in a march down to Mariner Park, was part of a larger movement of rallies held nationally on Sept. 8. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Area residents listen to Lydia Olympic, who worked with The Wilderness Society as a tribal advocate, as she gives a short speech Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018 at the Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice rally and march at WKFL Park in Homer, Alaska. The local event, which ended in a march down to Mariner Park, was part of a larger movement of rallies held nationally on Sept. 8. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Larry Yazzi performs a dance for a small crowd Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018 in the Homer High School Mariner Theatre in Homer, Alaska. Yazzi’s group, the Native Pride Dancers, traveled from Minnesota to performs in several schools and venues on the Kenai Peninsula. Their visit was made possible by the by the Native Youth Community Project. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Larry Yazzi performs a dance for a small crowd Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018 in the Homer High School Mariner Theatre in Homer, Alaska. Yazzi’s group, the Native Pride Dancers, traveled from Minnesota to performs in several schools and venues on the Kenai Peninsula. Their visit was made possible by the by the Native Youth Community Project. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Alonzo Lang helps his 5-year-old daughter, Payton, create a violin out of cardboard during a craft night at Paul Bank Elementary School on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018 at the school in Homer, Alaska. The project is part of the school’s Preludes Violin Program, which teaches first and second grade students musicianship and the host of skills that come with it. Students start out with the cardboard violins before graduating to the real instruments later in the year. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Paul Banks students get started on another year of Preludes Violin Program

While most students are busy this time of year breaking in their crayons and calculators, some at Paul Banks Elementary School are gearing up to… Continue reading

Alonzo Lang helps his 5-year-old daughter, Payton, create a violin out of cardboard during a craft night at Paul Bank Elementary School on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018 at the school in Homer, Alaska. The project is part of the school’s Preludes Violin Program, which teaches first and second grade students musicianship and the host of skills that come with it. Students start out with the cardboard violins before graduating to the real instruments later in the year. (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

Homer High School’s colors are blue and gold, but the school’s Mariner Theatre was a sea of red Monday night as teachers and staff protested… 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)
One of the two buildings used to teach elementary school children in Kachemak Selo sits on the outer edge of the village Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018 in the village at the head of Kachemak Bay. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Borough reps answer community questions ahead of bond vote for Kachemak Selo

It’s a problem that’s been slowly growing for decades. It’s a problem that’s not going to be cheap to solve. And it’s a problem the… Continue reading

One of the two buildings used to teach elementary school children in Kachemak Selo sits on the outer edge of the village Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018 in the village at the head of Kachemak Bay. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Sarah Vance, who is running for a seat in the Alaska House of Representatives, rides in the back of a truck during this year’s Independence Day parade Wednesday, July 4, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. Several political figures and candidates had floats in this year’s parade. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Vance wins GOP primary for District 31 representative

In official election results released on Tuesday, Homer resident and District 31 Alaska House of Representatives candidate Sarah Vance has won the Republican Party nomination.… Continue reading

Sarah Vance, who is running for a seat in the Alaska House of Representatives, rides in the back of a truck during this year’s Independence Day parade Wednesday, July 4, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. Several political figures and candidates had floats in this year’s parade. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Sean Campbell reaches the finish line of the Homer Mariner Triathlon on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018 at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. He completed the running leg of the race for his team, Gutzler’s Return. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Breidinger, Spinelli win Homer Mariner Triathlon

Homer’s roads were overtaken once again last Saturday by the iron men and women of the Kenai Peninsula during the annual Homer Mariner Triathlon. The… Continue reading

Sean Campbell reaches the finish line of the Homer Mariner Triathlon on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018 at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. He completed the running leg of the race for his team, Gutzler’s Return. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Several wooden boats rest on display Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018 at the Kachemak Bay Wooden Boat Festival on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Several wooden boats rest on display Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018 at the Kachemak Bay Wooden Boat Festival on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Sports in brief

Upcoming events Volleyball: The Lady Mariners will play against Grace Christian School on Friday and Anchorage Christian School on Saturday. Both are away games. Cross-country:… Continue reading

Mariners lose to Monroe in close game

The football players of Monroe Catholic High School eked out a slim win over Homer High School in their bout Saturday on the Homer field.… Continue reading

Area residents wait in a line that snakes around Karen Hornaday Park for some grilled salmon during a barbecue for Wild Alaska Salmon Day, held Friday, Aug. 10, 2018 at the park in Homer, Alaska. (File Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Council kicks park safety measure back to commission for further review

A proposal to improve safety and access at Karen Hornaday Park is being kicked back for review to the Parks, Art, Recreation and Culture Advisory… Continue reading

Area residents wait in a line that snakes around Karen Hornaday Park for some grilled salmon during a barbecue for Wild Alaska Salmon Day, held Friday, Aug. 10, 2018 at the park in Homer, Alaska. (File Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Homer Middle School teacher benefits from virtual coaching

Once burnt out to the point of switching professions, middle school teacher Darcy Mueller is starting off this year more refreshed than ever after having… Continue reading

Swimmers from Homer, Kenai and Soldotna take off into the water during one of many events at the Homer Quad, held Friday, Aug. 24, 2018 at the Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center in Homer, Alaska. The Homer girls tied for second with Kenai. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Sports in brief

Upcoming events Volleyball: The Lady Mariners will compete in the Houston Tourney on Friday and Saturday. Cross-country: The cross-country team will travel to Seward for… Continue reading

Swimmers from Homer, Kenai and Soldotna take off into the water during one of many events at the Homer Quad, held Friday, Aug. 24, 2018 at the Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center in Homer, Alaska. The Homer girls tied for second with Kenai. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Sarah Vance’s lead grows in GOP primary after initial absentee ballot count

Homer resident and District 31 Alaska House of Representatives candidate Sarah Vance continues to lead the GOP primary race now that a preliminary count of… Continue reading