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

Tangled Up in Blue: Heart’s Invisible Furies

I came up with a handful of good, meaningful New Year’s resolutions but by Jan. 2, I had failed most of them. My resolutions usually… Continue reading

Mariners best Palmer hockey team

Hungry to avenge their dramatic loss in overtime to Palmer in last year’s state championship game, members of the Homer hockey team were skating with… Continue reading

Anglers return in their boats to the Homer Harbor from Kachemak Bay at the end of the Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament held Saturday, March 23, 2019 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Eagle River woman is first to win Winter King Salmon Tournament

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to note that in 1999 a woman won the Homer Elks Winter King Tournament. Eagle River resident Shayna… Continue reading

Anglers return in their boats to the Homer Harbor from Kachemak Bay at the end of the Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament held Saturday, March 23, 2019 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Ninilchik, CIA split conference hoops games

It may be a cold night in January, but the Ninilchik boys and Cook Inlet Academy girls know that conference games count just the same.… Continue reading

Sports briefs

Upcoming events The Homer girls and boys basketball teams are hosting Meet the Mariners this weekend at Homer High School. Head out to watch the… Continue reading

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                                Permanent and seasonal staff from the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge who helped estimate the Kenai brown bear population in 2010.

Refuge Notebook: Tales of a wildlife biologist

In 1975, as a freshman in Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin, I was required to take a weekly no-credit orientation seminar during my… Continue reading

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                                Permanent and seasonal staff from the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge who helped estimate the Kenai brown bear population in 2010.

Out of the Office: From Florida to Alaska — A wild 40 years

Like true superheroes, every Alaskan has an origin story. The really cool origin story might involve being born a sixth-generation Alaskan from a sourdough ancestor… Continue reading

Mariner alums reunite in hockey game

In a game that had the spirit of a friendly evening of pond hockey, about 20 former Homer High School students came together last Friday… Continue reading

Peninsula skiers compete at Besh Cup

The first weekend of Besh Cup racing was held Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 21-22, at Kincaid Park in Anchorage. Besh Cup racing is used to… Continue reading

Sports briefs

Upcoming events Cross-country skiing: Homer’s ski team will compete in the Government Peak Nordic Ski Invitational on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 10-11 at the Government… Continue reading

State wrestling: Homer takes 3rd in DII meet; SoHi duo earns girls titles

The Homer wrestling team finished third in the team race to lead all peninsula schools in the Division II state wrestling championships this past weekend… Continue reading

Refuge Notebook: The Refuge Notebook passes millennium milestone

“Welcome to Refuge Notebook. This is day one, page one of a new weekly column devoted to life and happenings on the Kenai National Wildlife… Continue reading

Members of the Defenders, an under 12 boys/girls team with the Soccer Association of Homer, celebrate winning second place at the 2019 Alaska Youth Soccer Futsal State Cup in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Breanna Hill)

Homer youth perform well at Soccer Futsal State Cup

The Soccer Association of Homer recently sent several teams to the 2019 Alaska Youth Soccer Futsal State Cup, according to Breanna Hill, one of the… Continue reading

Members of the Defenders, an under 12 boys/girls team with the Soccer Association of Homer, celebrate winning second place at the 2019 Alaska Youth Soccer Futsal State Cup in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Breanna Hill)

Sports in brief

Upcoming events Wrestling: The Homer wrestling team will compete in the State Championships this weekend at the Alaska Airlines Center in Anchorage. Wrestling begins at… Continue reading

Homer’s Edson Knapp works to turn Seward’s Lucas Brockman during a consolation match at 171 pounds on the first day of the Kachemak Conference Championships Friday, Dec. 13, 2019, at Redington Jr/Sr High School. (Photo by Tim Rockey/Frontiersman)

Homer defends Kachemak Conference title for 5th year

The Homer wrestling dynasty rolled on Saturday with a fifth straight Kachemak Conference team championship at host Joe Redington Jr/Sr High School. The Homer girls… Continue reading

Homer’s Edson Knapp works to turn Seward’s Lucas Brockman during a consolation match at 171 pounds on the first day of the Kachemak Conference Championships Friday, Dec. 13, 2019, at Redington Jr/Sr High School. (Photo by Tim Rockey/Frontiersman)
A bridge stretches across a fork of Tonsina Creek along the Tonsina Creek Trail on Dec. 8, 2019 near Lowell Point, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Out of the Office: Best laid plans

I’ve always been a planner. At age 4, you could find me bossing my father around a meticulously planned tea party — the water (you… Continue reading

A bridge stretches across a fork of Tonsina Creek along the Tonsina Creek Trail on Dec. 8, 2019 near Lowell Point, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Sports in brief

Upcoming events Wrestling: The wrestling team heads to the Kachemak Conference Wrestling Tournament this Friday and Saturday at Redington Sr. Jr./Sr. High School. Hockey: The… Continue reading

Mariners skate over Juneau-Douglas

The Homer hockey team skated over fellow Railbelt Conference team Juneau-Douglas over the weekend, winning 8-0 Friday and 7-0 Saturday at the Kevin Bell Arena.… Continue reading

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Out of the Office: What Makes an Alaskan?

Here’s a philosophical question for the readers out there —what qualifies someone as being “Alaskan”? Is it strictly a matter of time spent living here,… Continue reading

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                                The author in his natural state — a newsroom.