Megan Pacer

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

Sara Pennington, shown here Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018 at the Homer News office on Landings Street in Homer, Alaska, is the new head coach for Homer High School’s volleyball team. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Homer volleyball team under new guidance

Homer High School’s varsity volleyball team has a fresh face for a fresh season. When 21-year-old Sara Pennington started looking to get involved in the… Continue reading

Sara Pennington, shown here Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018 at the Homer News office on Landings Street in Homer, Alaska, is the new head coach for Homer High School’s volleyball team. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Members of the Homer High School football team watch from the sideline during their game against Kenai Central High School on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. The Kardinals beat the Mariners 58-6. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Kenai football rolls over Homer in first home game

Homer high’s football team suffered a loss in the first home game of the season, ending their battle against Kenai Central High School 58-6. Junior… Continue reading

Members of the Homer High School football team watch from the sideline during their game against Kenai Central High School on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. The Kardinals beat the Mariners 58-6. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Daniel Kulikov, left, and Addie Moore, center, swing while Aiden Clark, right, stands near the swings during recess Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2018 on the first day of school at West Homer Elementary in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Photos: Back to school

Hundreds of students from the Southern Kenai Peninsula boarded buses on a foggy Tuesday morning, heading in droves back to their teachers, desks and classmates… Continue reading

Daniel Kulikov, left, and Addie Moore, center, swing while Aiden Clark, right, stands near the swings during recess Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2018 on the first day of school at West Homer Elementary in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Auctioneer Andy Kriner keeps track of bidders during the 4-H JML auction Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018 at the Kenai Peninsula Fair in Ninilchik, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Photos: Fun at the fair

Livestock lovers and fans of deep fried foods flocked once again to the Kenai Peninsula Fair last weekend in Ninilchik. Held at the Kenai Peninsula… Continue reading

Auctioneer Andy Kriner keeps track of bidders during the 4-H JML auction Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018 at the Kenai Peninsula Fair in Ninilchik, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Sara Pennington, the new Homer head volleyball coach, talks to her players during a timeout in one of their games against Kenai Central High School in the Homer Jamboree, held Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018 at the high school in Homer, Alaska. Homer took third in the Jamboree. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Sports in brief

Upcoming events Volleyball: The volleyball team will compete this weekend in the Shana Pritchard Tournament in Nikiski, starting at 2:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.… Continue reading

Sara Pennington, the new Homer head volleyball coach, talks to her players during a timeout in one of their games against Kenai Central High School in the Homer Jamboree, held Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018 at the high school in Homer, Alaska. Homer took third in the Jamboree. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Two file for Homer mayor, three for city council seats

Editor’s note: Mayoral candidate Ken Castner said that in 1977 he did not challenge Homer’s 1-year residency requirement to run for office, but code then… Continue reading

Kachemak Bay Campus Director Carol Swartz, left, speaks June 8, 2018, at the opening of the 2018 Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference at Land’s End Resort in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Kachemak Bay Campus director set to retire

Carol Swartz, director of Kachemak Bay Campus, will retire from the University of Alaska System effective Dec. 31 of this year. Swartz has been at… Continue reading

Kachemak Bay Campus Director Carol Swartz, left, speaks June 8, 2018, at the opening of the 2018 Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference at Land’s End Resort in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Alaska Rep. Paul Seaton (right) grills salmon with the help of his son, Rand, (left) and daughter-in-law, Lauren during a barbecue at Karen Hornaday Park for Alaska Wild Salmon Day on Friday, Aug. 10, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Photos: Alaska Wild Salmon Day

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Alaska Rep. Paul Seaton (right) grills salmon with the help of his son, Rand, (left) and daughter-in-law, Lauren during a barbecue at Karen Hornaday Park for Alaska Wild Salmon Day on Friday, Aug. 10, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Justin Sumption (16) and Dawson Felde (3) come off the field celebrating with their teammates after defeating Ben Eielson High School in a playoff game Oct. 7, 2017 at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. The Mariners went on to lose the ASAA First National Bowl Series Division III Championship game to the Barrow Whalers. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Football: Mariners fall to Kodiak in season opener

After a whirlwind season that ultimately ended in heartbreak for the Mariners, the Homer football team is debuting with an entirely new look and feel,… Continue reading

Justin Sumption (16) and Dawson Felde (3) come off the field celebrating with their teammates after defeating Ben Eielson High School in a playoff game Oct. 7, 2017 at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. The Mariners went on to lose the ASAA First National Bowl Series Division III Championship game to the Barrow Whalers. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
From left to right: Candidates for Alaska governor William Toien, Mead Treadwell and current Governor Bill Walker participate in a forum Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018 held at Alice’s Champagne Palace in Homer, Alaska. They are joined in the race by Democrat Mark Begich and Republican Mike Dunleavy. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Governor candidates vie for Homer votes

Homer area voters got an earful on Tuesday about how the five candidates for governor of Alaska feel about issues both statewide and closer to… Continue reading

From left to right: Candidates for Alaska governor William Toien, Mead Treadwell and current Governor Bill Walker participate in a forum Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018 held at Alice’s Champagne Palace in Homer, Alaska. They are joined in the race by Democrat Mark Begich and Republican Mike Dunleavy. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Homer City Council candidate Sarah Vance speaks at a Homer City Council candidates forum, Sept. 21, 2017, at Kachemak Bay Campus in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by MIchael Armstrong, Homer News)

Sarah Vance makes run at House of Representatives seat

Homer resident Sarah Vance hopes to make the House of Representatives District 31 seat her first official political office. Vance, who grew up in Homer… Continue reading

Homer City Council candidate Sarah Vance speaks at a Homer City Council candidates forum, Sept. 21, 2017, at Kachemak Bay Campus in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by MIchael Armstrong, Homer News)
Paul Seaton, nonpartisan candidate for the Democratic Party nomination, District 31 Representative. (Homer News file photo)

Seaton looks to hold onto his Alaska House seat

Paul Seaton isn’t ready to let go of his position working on Alaska’s law through the House of Representatives, though his path to re-election got… Continue reading

Paul Seaton, nonpartisan candidate for the Democratic Party nomination, District 31 Representative. (Homer News file photo)

Sports in brief

Upcoming events Volleyball: The Homer Jamboree starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday in the Alice Witte Gymnasium. Cross-country: The boys and girls cross-country teams will… Continue reading

Years Ago

20 years ago in the Homer News Tired of moose hunters trespassing on their property, landowners in the Skyline Drive area have organized to let… Continue reading

Aderhold re-files for council seat

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to add that Deb Lowney has filed to run for city council. With Homer’s municipal election coming up… Continue reading

Fishing Hole opens for snagging, purse seine fishing to open for select areas

The Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon will be open to anglers for snagging starting on Saturday. The Alaska Department of Fish and game is opening the… Continue reading

Participants in an aeirial art installation march through the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds, with a king salmon leading the way, at this year’s Salmonfest on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018 in Ninilchik, Alaska. Homer artist Mavis Muller designs the art installation each year, with a message about salmon or water. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Salmonfest continues tradition of highlighting female artists while promoting salmon activism

Continuing a tradition of promoting female musicians, Salmonfest brought thousands of music lovers and a popular Washington national act to the Ocean Stage in Ninilchik… Continue reading

Participants in an aeirial art installation march through the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds, with a king salmon leading the way, at this year’s Salmonfest on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018 in Ninilchik, Alaska. Homer artist Mavis Muller designs the art installation each year, with a message about salmon or water. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)