Sports in brief

Upcoming events Hockey: The hockey team will compete in the Division I State Championships at the Curtis Menard Sports Center in Wasilla, starting with a… Continue reading

Homer’s Ethan Pitzman (26) and Matey Reutov (67) battle with Soldotna’s Dylan Dahlgren (left) for the puck during the second period of the Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020 final of the ASAA/First National Cup Division II State Hockey Championships at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Patty Ice Arena in Fairbanks, Alaska. (Photo by Danny Martin/News-Miner)

Homer wins first hockey state championship in school history

The Homer Mariner hockey team made school history last weekend when they secured the program’s first ever state championship win during the ASAA/First National Cup… Continue reading

Homer’s Ethan Pitzman (26) and Matey Reutov (67) battle with Soldotna’s Dylan Dahlgren (left) for the puck during the second period of the Saturday, Feb. 8, 2020 final of the ASAA/First National Cup Division II State Hockey Championships at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Patty Ice Arena in Fairbanks, Alaska. (Photo by Danny Martin/News-Miner)
White Sands National Monument in New Mexico could almost be mistaken for a snowy hillside. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Out of the Office: El Paso or bust

It was minus 22 when we left for the Anchorage airport earlier this month. It was a sunny, beautiful drive north. The kind of bitter-cold… Continue reading

White Sands National Monument in New Mexico could almost be mistaken for a snowy hillside. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Skiers take off at the start of this year’s Ski for Women on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020 at the Lookout Trails on Ohlson Mountain Road near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Wind couldn’t stop annual Ski for Women

Skiers young and old braved some hefty winds on Sunday for the annual Ski for Women at the Lookout Trails up on Ohlson Mountain Road.… Continue reading

Skiers take off at the start of this year’s Ski for Women on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020 at the Lookout Trails on Ohlson Mountain Road near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
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                                Martha Story and David Story cruise down a hill in the Fat Freddie’s Bike Race and Ramble on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, in the Caribou Hills near Freddie’s Roadhouse.

Freddie’s Roadhouse closes doors

Freddie’s became more and more of a gateway to the Caribou Hills as the years went on.

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                                Martha Story and David Story cruise down a hill in the Fat Freddie’s Bike Race and Ramble on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019, in the Caribou Hills near Freddie’s Roadhouse.

Daigle, Harris sweep titles at Homer ski invite

Homer’s Autumn Daigle and Soldotna’s Jack Harris skied to success this weekend at the annual Homer Invite at the Lookout Mountain Trails on Ohlson Mountain… Continue reading

Mariners victorious in last home game of the season

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

Sports briefs

Upcoming events Cross-country skiing: Homer’s Nordic ski team will host the Homer Invitational this Friday and Saturday at the Lookout Mountain Trails on Ohlson Mountain… Continue reading

Palmer’s Zoe Copp, Grace Christian’s Anna McLaughlin and Homer’s Autumn Daigle lead the pack at the start of the Kenai Klassic on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, at Kenai Golf Course in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Homer’s Daigle notches Kenai Klassic win

Skiers at Friday’s Kenai Klassic at the Kenai Golf Course were able to handle the subzero cold. They had no answer for Homer’s Autumn Daigle… Continue reading

Palmer’s Zoe Copp, Grace Christian’s Anna McLaughlin and Homer’s Autumn Daigle lead the pack at the start of the Kenai Klassic on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, at Kenai Golf Course in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Nikiski JV girls, Ninilchik boys notch victories

The Nikiski junior varsity and Ninilchik split nonconference basketball games Tuesday in Ninilchik. Nikiski JV took the girls game 40-28. The Bulldogs led 12-8 after… Continue reading

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                                Mosaic of burned and unburned rocky tundra in the Mystery Hills off of the Skyline Trail on Sept. 12, 2019.

Refuge Notebook: Wildfire in Kenai Mountains tundra

Late last summer, as I waited in a line of traffic on the Sterling Highway to get through the Swan Lake Fire, smoke rose from… Continue reading

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                                Mosaic of burned and unburned rocky tundra in the Mystery Hills off of the Skyline Trail on Sept. 12, 2019.
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                                Bear Lake. Seward, Alaska.

Tangled Up in Blue: A Bear Lake Loop

All summer long, you can find rowers, kayakers and more on Bear Lake just outside of Seward. Somewhere hidden on the west side, there’s a… Continue reading

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                                Bear Lake. Seward, Alaska.

Sports briefs

Upcoming events Cross-country skiing: Homer’s ski team is scheduled to compete next in the Kardinal Klassic at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24 at Kenai Central… Continue reading

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 third and fourth races in… 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 7-0 Railbelt Conference victory over… Continue reading

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                                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, who figured out how to… Continue reading

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                                A migrating dark-eyed junco in fall.

Hoops roundup: Peninsula Conference action

The Nikolaevsk and Ninilchik basketball teams split Peninsula Conference games Wednesday in Nikolaevsk. The Nikolaevsk girls topped Ninilchik 48-20, with Elizabeth Fefelov leading the way… Continue reading

Stars top Mariners on Homer senior night

Senior night nerves appeared to get the better of the Homer hockey team last week when facing the Soldotna Stars again this season. The Stars… Continue reading

Homer’s Alden Ross takes the puck down the ice under pressure from Colony High School’s Kaden Ketchum during a Friday, Jan. 10, 2020 hockey game at Kevin Bell Arena in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Homer hockey splits weekend games against Colony, Houston

Homer’s hockey team split the second two games of its three-game weekend hosting teams from the Mat-Su Valley. The Mariners lost to Colony High School… Continue reading

Homer’s Alden Ross takes the puck down the ice under pressure from Colony High School’s Kaden Ketchum during a Friday, Jan. 10, 2020 hockey game at Kevin Bell Arena in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Homer’s Hannah Hatfield passes the ball to teammate Kelli Bishop after a scramble on the floor for the ball during a Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020 basketball game against Seward in the Alice Witte Gymnasium in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Girls basketball defeats Seahawks, boys fall short

The Lady Mariners basketball team claimed a victory over the Seward Seahawks on Saturday in Southcentral Conference action at Homer High School. After a close… Continue reading

Homer’s Hannah Hatfield passes the ball to teammate Kelli Bishop after a scramble on the floor for the ball during a Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020 basketball game against Seward in the Alice Witte Gymnasium in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)