A section of the Diamond Creek beach has built up, with plants growing where 10 years ago there had been bare mud, as seen here on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020, near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Out of the Office: Annual CoastWalk beach trek reveals changes, transformation

Volunteers in annual Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies program clean up, monitor beaches

 

A long, white strip of soft, white feathers running down the back gives the downy woodpecker its name. (Photo by Colin Canterbury/USFWS.

Refuge Notebook: The smallest woodpecker

On a recent sortie looking for grouse in the spruce forest of the northern Kenai Peninsula, I heard what sounded to me like a squeaky… Continue reading

 

Alaska State Parks logo. (Image courtesy Alaska State Parks)

Kachemak Bay State Park trails report

Remember to be bear aware

 

A row of footballs iat the Homer-Seward game at Homer, Alaska, on Aug. 29, 2020. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Fall sports playoffs, state championships canceled

ASAA wants schools to stay in geographic regions

A row of footballs iat the Homer-Seward game at Homer, Alaska, on Aug. 29, 2020. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Seamus McDonough competes in the boys' Division II state cross country meet Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020 in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Catriona Reynolds)

Sports in brief

Upcoming events Football: The playoff football game scheduled at Redington Jr./Sr. High School has been canceled. All state championships have been canceled for fall sports… Continue reading

Seamus McDonough competes in the boys' Division II state cross country meet Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020 in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Catriona Reynolds)
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Andrew Berg outside his ҈omesteadӠcabin, which stood originally on Tustumena Lake and now stands at the headquarters of Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

Refuge Notebook: If these walls could talk

Big game guide Berg led remarkable life

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Andrew Berg outside his ҈omesteadӠcabin, which stood originally on Tustumena Lake and now stands at the headquarters of Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.
Alaska State Parks logo. (Image courtesy Alaska State Parks)

Kachemak Bay State Park trails report

Remember to be bear aware

Alaska State Parks logo. (Image courtesy Alaska State Parks)
The author hikes up a ridge on the way to Lost Lake on Aug. 28, 2020 near Seward, Alaska. (Photo by Lauren Jerew)

Out of the Office: Out of your bubble

People say that Alaska is their backyard, their playground — that they know this or that mountain like that back of their own hand. In… Continue reading

The author hikes up a ridge on the way to Lost Lake on Aug. 28, 2020 near Seward, Alaska. (Photo by Lauren Jerew)
Homer’s Sly Gaona (No. 8) and Nestor Kalugin (No. 48) tackle Soldotna’s Austin Escott during a Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020 football game at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Soldotna football tops Homer on homecoming

The Homer football team fell to the Soldotna Stars 61-14 on homecoming night. The Stars had been scheduled to play Kenai last weekend, but the… Continue reading

Homer’s Sly Gaona (No. 8) and Nestor Kalugin (No. 48) tackle Soldotna’s Austin Escott during a Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020 football game at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Kenai Central’s Jayna Boonstra runs to victory at the Region III/Southern Division meet Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, at Tsalteshi Trails near Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai Central’s Jayna Boonstra runs to victory at the Region III/Southern Division meet Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, at Tsalteshi Trails near Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Homer's Gracie Gummer and Kenai's Erin Koziczkowski meet across the net during a Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020 volleyball game in the Alice Witte Gymnasium in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Kenai netters defeat Homer

The Homer volleyball team fell to the visiting Kardinals on Tuesday night while Kenai continued their winning streak this season. The Mariners won the first… Continue reading

Homer's Gracie Gummer and Kenai's Erin Koziczkowski meet across the net during a Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020 volleyball game in the Alice Witte Gymnasium in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Homer’s Madison Story swims the breaststroke leg of the girls 200 yard medley relay Friday, Oct. 2, 2020 during a dual meet against Seward High School at the Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Homer’s Madison Story swims the breaststroke leg of the girls 200 yard medley relay Friday, Oct. 2, 2020 during a dual meet against Seward High School at the Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Homer’s Buckelew wins Kenai River Marathon

Parks, Wilson take half marathon

Soldotna’s Jordan Strausbaugh runs to victory in the Kenai Peninsula Borough cross-country meet Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, at Tsalteshi Trails just outside of Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai, SoHi runners split up borough honors

Championships require overcoming adversity

Soldotna’s Jordan Strausbaugh runs to victory in the Kenai Peninsula Borough cross-country meet Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, at Tsalteshi Trails just outside of Soldotna, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Volleyballs in the Alice Witte Gymnasium in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Sports in brief

Upcoming events Game and event schedules are subject to change. Homer sporting events are live streamed to the school’s YouTube page for those who cannot… Continue reading

Volleyballs in the Alice Witte Gymnasium in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
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                                Snowshoe hare pellet counts.

Refuge Notebook: Snowshoe hare population is on rise

Hare cycle is key to boreal forest

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                                Snowshoe hare pellet counts.
Soldotna’s Sarah Rice digs the ball during a Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020 volleyball game against Homer High School in the Alice Witte Gymnasium in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Volleyball roundup: Homer falls to Kenai, tops SoiHi

The Kenai Central volleyball team avenged a loss to Homer in the Class 3A state championship match last season by sweeping the Mariners last Friday,… Continue reading

Soldotna’s Sarah Rice digs the ball during a Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020 volleyball game against Homer High School in the Alice Witte Gymnasium in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Homer football defeats Kenai on senior night

Another strong performance from sophomore quarterback Carter Tennison helped propel the Homer football team to victory over the Kenai Kardinals on Saturday, the Mariners’ senior… Continue reading

Kenai boys sweep Frank D. Invite

Boonstra, Pfeiffenberger take individual titles

Volleyballs in the Alice Witte Gymnasium in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Sports in brief

Upcoming events Game and event schedules are subject to change. Homer sporting events are live streamed to the school’s YouTube page for those who cannot… Continue reading

Volleyballs in the Alice Witte Gymnasium in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)