Salmonfest: Rusted Root defies genre

Since 1990, Pittsburgh, Pa., band Rusted Root has been shaking up the music scene like a magnitude-9 earthquake in a rickety log cabin. Though they’ve performed concerts in Anchorage and elsewhere in Alaska, for the first time ever Rusted Root performs at Salmonfest, the three-day festival of fish, fun and music held Friday-Sunday at the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds, Ninilchik.

PSP alert issued for bay

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services has issued a parylitic shellfish poisoning alert for Kachemak Bay. Potentially toxic algae has been found in increased numbers in the bay, and health officials suspect at least one person has become ill. Clams, mussels, cockles and other shellfish harvested in Kachemak Bay may not be safe to eat. Commercially grown oysters are tested weekly and if are available for sale have tested safe for consumption.

Learning from the tourists: halibut fishing is a heck of a lot of fun

Every summer we jaded Homerites sometimes scoff at the sport halibut fishermen who head out almost daily (except Wednesdays) on charter boats. “Pukers,” we might call them, because of course none of us get seasick. Alaskans will drive 80 miles or motor across Kachemak Bay and try our luck dipnetting should-to-shoulder for salmon, but go out on an all-day charter boat halibut fishing trip? That’s so touristy.

Short search ensues after truck found fallen off Baycrest Hill; driver had crashed days earlier

Homer Police continue investigating an incident in which a Homer man crashed his truck off Baycrest Hill over the weekend, but whose failure to report the crash prompted a search Monday morning after an Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities worker found a bent guardrail and the truck down a ravine.

First responders find truck off Baycrest Overlook; driver not hurt

Members of the Homer Volunteer Fire Department and Kachemak Emergency Services spent about three hours searching for a possible victim of a car accident on Monday after responding to the Baycrest Overlook on the Sterling Highway for a truck that had crashed through the guard rail and fallen over the edge. Friends of the driver, Thayr Watson, 38, later came by the scene and reported Watson had crashed his truck a few days earlier and walked away from the crash.

Grace Ridge Last Saturday guided hike offered

Join Alaska State Parks on their monthly Last Saturday guided hike, Saturday, July 29. Taz Tally, photographer and author of “50 Hikes on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula,” will guide a hike along the popular Grace Ridge trail. This 9-mile trail climbs to 3,100 feet with spectacular views of the surrounding peaks. Considered moderate to difficult, this will be a great opportunity to learn about the area, while hiking at an easy pace, with a stop for lunch on the top. Open to all ages, there’s a limit of 15 participants, with a discounted water taxi rate available. The boat leaves the harbor at 8:30 a.m. and returns at 4:30 p.m. Hikers must pre-register by contacting Christina Whiting at kbayvolunteer@gmail.com or435-7969.

Couple completes first fat bike journey from Point Hope to Utqiagvik

In the past 10 years since fat bikes have become popular for riding on beaches and snow in Alaska, people have regularly ridden them from Anchor Point to Homer or into the snowy backcountry of the Caribou Hills. On Saturday, Homer couple Kim McNett and Bjørn Olson finished taking their fat bikes where no one has ever ridden before, about 450 miles in a 24-day trip from Point Hope to Utqiagvik, much of it on Arctic beaches.


Correction: In a July 17, 2017, story, “Ethics complaint could be denied,” the Homer News incorrectly described Anchorage attorney Stacey Stone’s involvement with publicizing the complaint. In emails to the Homer News, Stone wrote that she had no contact with KBBI reporter Aaron Bolton and did not send the complaint to him.

Comments sought for winter ferry schedule

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities proposed Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) schedule for fall, winter and spring 2017-2018 is now available for public review. Scheduled service is similar to last year’s service, and is designed to meet community service needs while staying within available funding and maintaining vessel regulatory and safety standards.