McKibben Jackinsky

Sailboat secures past to present with Homer to Bristol Bay trip

Standing tall among the thousands of visitors at last weekend’s Salmonfest was a 29-foot long wooden vessel with a 9-foot beam, a 25-foot mast, and… Continue reading

 

Homer’s Delilah Harris scores a run for the Tsunamis during Saturday’s games against Kenai-Soldotna’s Ak Riptide on June 29, 2019, at Jack Gist Field in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by McKibben Jackinsky)

Tsunami and AK Riptide battle at Jack Gist Park

In their first time playing on home ground, Homer’s Tsunami softball team swept into Jack Gist Park on Saturday in the team’s first USA Softball… Continue reading

 

Fritz Creek artist receives Rasmuson award — again

In 2016, artist Desiree Hagen of Fritz Creek received a grant from the Rasmuson Foundation for a project that used paper- and natural dye-making as… Continue reading

 

Undaunted by the rugged course, athletes young and old participate in the 2019 Clam Scramble, a 5K fun run held Saturday, June 15, 2019 in Ninilchik, Alaska. Kylee Verkulien, 157, leads this group of runners through the cold and fast-moving water at the mouth of Deep Creek. (Photo by McKibben Jackinsky)

Clam Scramble draws more than 130 runners, walkers

A lot can happen between the start and finish of a 5K run — and did for more than 130 runners and walkers at the… Continue reading

Undaunted by the rugged course, athletes young and old participate in the 2019 Clam Scramble, a 5K fun run held Saturday, June 15, 2019 in Ninilchik, Alaska. Kylee Verkulien, 157, leads this group of runners through the cold and fast-moving water at the mouth of Deep Creek. (Photo by McKibben Jackinsky)
Runners in the 2018 Clam Scramble leave the starting line on the south side of Deep Creek and encounter their first obstacle: driftwood logs organizers of the 5K fun run laid across the course. The 2018 5K Clam Scramble was held June 16, 2018, in Ninilchik, Alaska. The fun run is held during low tide on Ninilchik beach. (Photo by Sabrina Ferguson)

Ninilchik 5K scramble honors clamming tradition

An unprecedented die-off of razor clams in 2010 led to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game shutting down the harvesting of razor clams that… Continue reading

Runners in the 2018 Clam Scramble leave the starting line on the south side of Deep Creek and encounter their first obstacle: driftwood logs organizers of the 5K fun run laid across the course. The 2018 5K Clam Scramble was held June 16, 2018, in Ninilchik, Alaska. The fun run is held during low tide on Ninilchik beach. (Photo by Sabrina Ferguson)

SPH’s 100th baby turns 60, hospital’s family-focus hasn’t changed

It isn’t just the first baby born in a new year that local businesses, community members and South Peninsula Hospital welcome with gifts. Born June… Continue reading

Runners and walkers participate in the Blue Line Run in Homer, Alaska, on March 30, 2019. They moved along the blue line, or the line marking the top of the 50-foot high inundation zone in the event of a tsunami. (Photo provided)

Scientists update Homer on new tsunami zones

There was some good news and some bad news when city officials, employees and emergency responders met at Homer City Hall on May 8 with… Continue reading

Runners and walkers participate in the Blue Line Run in Homer, Alaska, on March 30, 2019. They moved along the blue line, or the line marking the top of the 50-foot high inundation zone in the event of a tsunami. (Photo provided)
Senior Brianna Hetrick, left, and foreign exchange student Claudia Fernandez, right, were honored prior to the Mariners’ softball game against Kenai at the Jack Gist field on Saturday. (Photo by McKIbben Jackinsky )

Homer clips Kenai’s wings, heads to regions

Less than a week after claiming a 19-0 softball victory over the Kenai Central Kardinals in Kenai on May 14, the Homer Mariners racked up… Continue reading

Senior Brianna Hetrick, left, and foreign exchange student Claudia Fernandez, right, were honored prior to the Mariners’ softball game against Kenai at the Jack Gist field on Saturday. (Photo by McKIbben Jackinsky )
In March, Bear Creek Winery and Lodging founders Bill and Dorothy Fry, left, officially signed the business over to their son-in-law and daughter Louis and Jasmine Maurer, shown here with their two daughters, Maggie, 4, and Aurora, six months. They posed for a photo on April 17, 2019, at the winery in Kachemak City, Alaska. (Photo by McKibben Jackinsky)

Bear Creek passes on ownership to next generation

Fifteen years ago, Bill and Dorothy Fry were piecing together a back-up plan for their lives. The result of that forward thinking and hard work,… Continue reading

In March, Bear Creek Winery and Lodging founders Bill and Dorothy Fry, left, officially signed the business over to their son-in-law and daughter Louis and Jasmine Maurer, shown here with their two daughters, Maggie, 4, and Aurora, six months. They posed for a photo on April 17, 2019, at the winery in Kachemak City, Alaska. (Photo by McKibben Jackinsky)
Homer-area residents pose in front of the “Still Fighting for Alaska” banner Homer artivist Mavis Muller made after the March 24, 1989, grounding of the Exxon Valdez, during a gathering on Sunday, March 24, 2019 on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. A tear in the tanker’s hull allowed millions of gallons of Alaska crude to spill into Prince William Sound, fouling more than a thousand miles of Alaska’s coastline. (Photo by McKibben Jackinsky)

Mavis Muller: spinning art into action

“Artist activist” was how the late author and wilderness defender Edward Abbey once described Mavis Muller. It’s a fitting title for Muller, who believes that… Continue reading

Homer-area residents pose in front of the “Still Fighting for Alaska” banner Homer artivist Mavis Muller made after the March 24, 1989, grounding of the Exxon Valdez, during a gathering on Sunday, March 24, 2019 on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. A tear in the tanker’s hull allowed millions of gallons of Alaska crude to spill into Prince William Sound, fouling more than a thousand miles of Alaska’s coastline. (Photo by McKibben Jackinsky)
The 180-foot USCGC Ironwood, the first Coast Guard vessel to be homeported in Homer, was decommissioned in Kodiak on Oct. 6, 2000, and now serves as a training vessel for the Job Corps’ Tongue Point Seamanship Academy in Astoria, Oregon. (Photo courtesy of Daily Astorian).

Coast Guard, Homer celebrate 50-year continual partnership

Editor’s note: The story has been corrected to state that this is the U.S. Coast Guard’s golden, or 50th, anniversary in Homer. If you look… Continue reading

The 180-foot USCGC Ironwood, the first Coast Guard vessel to be homeported in Homer, was decommissioned in Kodiak on Oct. 6, 2000, and now serves as a training vessel for the Job Corps’ Tongue Point Seamanship Academy in Astoria, Oregon. (Photo courtesy of Daily Astorian).
In a photo taken on Nov. 16, 2018, Aaron Carpenter holds a mammoth tooth he found on the beach north of Diamond Creek on Oct. 27, 2018, near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Three new finds add to ancient Homer bone collection; citizen science pieces together peninsula’s past

There was a time when scientists thought the southern Kenai Peninsula’s distant past, as in tens of thousands of years ago, could be described in… Continue reading

In a photo taken on Nov. 16, 2018, Aaron Carpenter holds a mammoth tooth he found on the beach north of Diamond Creek on Oct. 27, 2018, near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
The staff and partners in the Homer Bookstore pose for a photo in the store’s cafe in Homer, Alaska, on Oct. 29, 2018. From left to right are Sue Post, partner; Jennifer Norton, staff; Jennifer Stroyeck, partner; Nancy Vait, staff; Sara Reinert, staff; and Lee Post, partner. The sculpture on the table is of bookstore matriarch Joy Post, mother of Sue and Lee Post, and was sculpted by artist Barbara Jo Auburn House. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

40 years and counting for The Homer Bookstore

“…(T)his store is showing positive growth, and with these three terrific owners and their experience I think they have a bright future. People, if they… Continue reading

The staff and partners in the Homer Bookstore pose for a photo in the store’s cafe in Homer, Alaska, on Oct. 29, 2018. From left to right are Sue Post, partner; Jennifer Norton, staff; Jennifer Stroyeck, partner; Nancy Vait, staff; Sara Reinert, staff; and Lee Post, partner. The sculpture on the table is of bookstore matriarch Joy Post, mother of Sue and Lee Post, and was sculpted by artist Barbara Jo Auburn House. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Women veterans visiting from Fairbanks joined their hosts, Homer Emblem Club 350, for breakfast at Duncan House. From left: Kathy VanSandt-Barger, Homer; Jessica McCargish, Fairbanks; Sierra Nelson, Fairbanks; Kaley Maben, Fairbanks; Cynthia Nelson, Fairbanks; Deidra Neeley, Fairbanks; Sherry Parish, Homer; Monserrat Guzman, Fairbanks; Peggy Parsons, Homer; Fran VanSandt, Homer; Shari Daugherty, Homer. (Photo by McKibben Jackinsky)

Homer welcomes visiting women vets

Editor’s note: The article has been updated to make it clear that Sierra Nelson is a Purple Heart recipient. She also hooked a salmon shark.… Continue reading

Women veterans visiting from Fairbanks joined their hosts, Homer Emblem Club 350, for breakfast at Duncan House. From left: Kathy VanSandt-Barger, Homer; Jessica McCargish, Fairbanks; Sierra Nelson, Fairbanks; Kaley Maben, Fairbanks; Cynthia Nelson, Fairbanks; Deidra Neeley, Fairbanks; Sherry Parish, Homer; Monserrat Guzman, Fairbanks; Peggy Parsons, Homer; Fran VanSandt, Homer; Shari Daugherty, Homer. (Photo by McKibben Jackinsky)
Dr. Paul Eneboe poses for a photo in his pottery shop in August 2018 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by McKibben Jackinsky)

Homer doctor celebrates 50 years caring for community

Editor’s note: McKibben Jackinsky is a former Homer News reporter who currently writes as a freelancer for the paper. This article was commissioned from Jackinsky… Continue reading

Dr. Paul Eneboe poses for a photo in his pottery shop in August 2018 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by McKibben Jackinsky)
It was a humble beginning 40 years ago for Kate Mitchell and the Homer, Alaska, business that was to become NOMAR. (Photo provided)

NOMAR celebrates 40 years

From a school bus to a dirt-floored Quonset hut to a base of operations in the center of Homer and 16 year-round employees, NOMAR and… Continue reading

It was a humble beginning 40 years ago for Kate Mitchell and the Homer, Alaska, business that was to become NOMAR. (Photo provided)

Air ambulances save lives

Like many Alaskans, Milli Martin thrives on physical activity. She hikes, skis, horseback rides, picks berries and gardens. When Martin needs more than that, she… Continue reading