The top three fish of this year’s Winter King Salmon Tournament hang on a wall before a closing ceremony announcing the winners on March 24, 2018 on the Spit in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Winter King Tourney set for this weekend

The annual Winter King Salmon Tournament is back and bringing more than 1,000 fishermen and women down to Homer’s harbor this weekend. Now in its… Continue reading

The top three fish of this year’s Winter King Salmon Tournament hang on a wall before a closing ceremony announcing the winners on March 24, 2018 on the Spit in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
A participant in the annual Homer Epic completes the race through the Caribou Hills on foot Saturday, March 16, 2019 near Homer, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Chuck Lindsay)

Homer Epic draws dozens of runners, bikers and skiers

The Homer Epic 50- and 100-kilometer races were held Saturday near Homer. They started in McNeil Canyon, went into the Caribou Hills and returned to… Continue reading

A participant in the annual Homer Epic completes the race through the Caribou Hills on foot Saturday, March 16, 2019 near Homer, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Chuck Lindsay)
Participants in the 42 kilometer portion of the Kachemak Nordic Ski Marathon take off from the starting line Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the Lookout Mountain Trails near Homer, Alaska. The 42k race actually had to be shortened to 38k when a portion of the trail was lost in the bad weather. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Skiers brave whiteout conditions for annual marathon

There were two different versions of Homer last Saturday: one was rainy, cloudy and relatively warm for March — the other cold, windswept and with… Continue reading

Participants in the 42 kilometer portion of the Kachemak Nordic Ski Marathon take off from the starting line Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the Lookout Mountain Trails near Homer, Alaska. The 42k race actually had to be shortened to 38k when a portion of the trail was lost in the bad weather. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Birders line the bike path on the Homer Spit while looking for shorebirds in Mud Bay in Ma 2018, for the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Birding: the universal outdoors activity

Like many imported Alaskans, I have a long list of outdoor activities I acquired after moving here in 1979: skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, dog mushing,… Continue reading

Birders line the bike path on the Homer Spit while looking for shorebirds in Mud Bay in Ma 2018, for the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

ACS sweeps Southcentral titles

The Anchorage Christian Schools girls basketball team kept their undefeated season alive with a 67-52 victory over Nikiski on Saturday in the championship game of… Continue reading

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                                Old Timers Race winner Herff Keith makes his way to the track.

Ice Racing report: Ice racing turns to water racing

It was an extremely wet day of ice racing for the Kenai Peninsula Ice Race Association on Sunday, but a lot of fun was had… Continue reading

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                                Old Timers Race winner Herff Keith makes his way to the track.
Cook Inlet Academy’s Addie Nelson drives on Nikolaevsk’s Justina Fefelov on Friday, March 1, 2019, in the Peninsula Conference finals at Cook Inlet Academy. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Nikolaevsk girls, boys focus on 1st day at state

The Nikolaevsk girls are making a seventh trip to the state basketball tournament in eight years, while the Nikolaevsk boys are making a sixth straight… Continue reading

Cook Inlet Academy’s Addie Nelson drives on Nikolaevsk’s Justina Fefelov on Friday, March 1, 2019, in the Peninsula Conference finals at Cook Inlet Academy. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

CIA girls stifle Nikolaevsk for Peninsula Conference title

The adage of defense winning championships has been proven time and time again. Rarely is it proven as drastically as it was in Cook Inlet… Continue reading

Nikolaevsk coach Steve Klaich celebrates with his team after winning his first Peninsula Conference title in his 30th season at the helm Friday at Cook Inlet Academy in Soldotna. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Nikolaevsk boys top Ninilchik for 1st Conference crown

The first season Nikolaevsk Warriors head coach Steve Klaich started trying to win the Peninsula Conference championship — 1989-90 — Ronald Reagan and then George… Continue reading

Nikolaevsk coach Steve Klaich celebrates with his team after winning his first Peninsula Conference title in his 30th season at the helm Friday at Cook Inlet Academy in Soldotna. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race defending champion Joar Ulsom, of Norway, talks to fans before the ceremonial start of this year’s race Saturday, March 2, 2019, in Anchorage, Alaska. Ulsom and 51 other mushers will officially start the race Sunday, March 3, 2019, in Willow, Alaska. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen

Norwegian maintains Iditarod lead

ANCHORAGE (AP) — Norwegian musher Joar Ulsom retook the lead in the world’s most famous sled dog race, but he missed out on a pair… Continue reading

Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race defending champion Joar Ulsom, of Norway, talks to fans before the ceremonial start of this year’s race Saturday, March 2, 2019, in Anchorage, Alaska. Ulsom and 51 other mushers will officially start the race Sunday, March 3, 2019, in Willow, Alaska. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen
The author (right) with a pair of friends at Grewingk Glacier in August 2018 near Homer, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Megan Pacer)

Out of the Office: Hold my beer

Last week, the members of my team and I came in absolute dead last at trivia night. I normally wouldn’t share this with so broad… Continue reading

The author (right) with a pair of friends at Grewingk Glacier in August 2018 near Homer, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Megan Pacer)
The top ten girl skiers from Homer Middle School pose for a photo at a borough-wide ski meet the weekend of March 2-3, 2019 in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo submitted)

Homer area sports in brief

Upcoming events The 2019 Kachemak Ski Marathon begins at 9 a.m. this Saturday. Bib pick up and registration starts at 9 a.m. at the Lookout… Continue reading

The top ten girl skiers from Homer Middle School pose for a photo at a borough-wide ski meet the weekend of March 2-3, 2019 in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo submitted)
Members of the Homer girls cross-country ski team pose with their first place award for the small schools division for the state skiing championship meet held in Fairbanks, Alaska the weekend of Feb. 22-23, 2019. (Photo courtesy Alison O’Hara)

Homer girls, Salzetti earn small-schools honors at state skiing

Kenai Central senior Maria Salzetti earned first-place honors among small-schools skiers Friday at the state ski meet at Birch Hill in Fairbanks, while the Homer… Continue reading

Members of the Homer girls cross-country ski team pose with their first place award for the small schools division for the state skiing championship meet held in Fairbanks, Alaska the weekend of Feb. 22-23, 2019. (Photo courtesy Alison O’Hara)
Homer’s Rylee Doughty tries to block Tessa Binder from Grace Christian School during a Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 game in Homer, Alaska. Grace is one of three private school teams in Region 3A basketball. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Homer girls basketball among teams to protest playing private Anchorage school

Members of several high school girls basketball programs in the Southcentral Conference are protesting games that were scheduled against a private school in Anchorage, saying… Continue reading

Homer’s Rylee Doughty tries to block Tessa Binder from Grace Christian School during a Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 game in Homer, Alaska. Grace is one of three private school teams in Region 3A basketball. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Homer’s Rylee Doughty tries to block Tessa Binder from Grace Christian School during a Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 game in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Homer area sports in brief

Upcoming events Practice has started for spring sports including track and field, softball, baseball and soccer. Basketball: Both basketball teams will travel to Nikiski for… Continue reading

Homer’s Rylee Doughty tries to block Tessa Binder from Grace Christian School during a Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 game in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
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                                The sign announcing the start of the Alaska Highway in Dawson’s Creek, British Columbia, taken in August 2018.

Out of the Office: What a long, strange trip it’s been

If there’s one lesson I’ve learned this past year, it’s that sometimes you have to change your life, and sometimes your life changes you. Last… Continue reading

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                                The sign announcing the start of the Alaska Highway in Dawson’s Creek, British Columbia, taken in August 2018.

SoHi boys, Homer girls win borough ski meet relays

Saturday’s Kenai Peninsula Borough Nordic ski championships offered a small dose of redemption for the Soldotna boys team and a clutch victory for the Homer… Continue reading

The Homer Husky girls at the starting line during a Friday, Feb. 16, 2019 ski meet near Homer, Alaska. Left to right: Leah Dunn, Lawson Alexson-Walls, Sidney Flora, Hannah Stonorov, Bryce Glidden, Elsa Otis, Alana Houlihan, Eryn Field, Elena Badajos, Frida Renner and Ireland Styvar. Homer High School skier and the sweeper for the race, Katia Holmes, is in the background. (Photo courtesy Mike Gracz)

Homer area sports in brief

Upcoming events Basketball: The boy’s basketball team will play Grace Christian School at 8 p.m. at home on Friday. The girls will play Grace at… Continue reading

The Homer Husky girls at the starting line during a Friday, Feb. 16, 2019 ski meet near Homer, Alaska. Left to right: Leah Dunn, Lawson Alexson-Walls, Sidney Flora, Hannah Stonorov, Bryce Glidden, Elsa Otis, Alana Houlihan, Eryn Field, Elena Badajos, Frida Renner and Ireland Styvar. Homer High School skier and the sweeper for the race, Katia Holmes, is in the background. (Photo courtesy Mike Gracz)
Galena’s Kevin Bergman looks for a way around Homer’s Seth Adkins on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 during the Winter Carnival Basketball Tournament in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Homer area sports in brief

Upcoming events Basketball: The girls’ team will compete in the Grace Hardwood Classic this weekend starting today and continuing Friday and Saturday. The boys will… Continue reading

Galena’s Kevin Bergman looks for a way around Homer’s Seth Adkins on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 during the Winter Carnival Basketball Tournament in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Fat Freddie’s 3: Caribou Hills never fail to tire, inspire

Fat bike racers hard at work in the third annual Fat Freddie’s Bike Race and Ramble. Snowmachiners whirring up and down the trails. Even a… Continue reading