A pair of tents sits at the Infinity Pools above the Tutka Backdoor Trail across Kachemak Bay from Homer, Alaska, on July 9, 2019. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Out of the Office: Taking our time on Tutka Backdoor Trail

Twenty-one miles and 6,000 feet of climb? In four days?” The scene was the lobby of the Kenai Visitor and Cultural Center in mid-April, immediately… Continue reading

 

Reeling ‘Em In: Silvers won’t get relief from sun until later in the month

It looks as though the weather forecast bodes well for sun worshipers and vendors hawking SPF 100 body-goop that claims to prevent the human hide… Continue reading

 

Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion 
                                Chugiak’s Tyler Huffer stiff-arms Soldotna’s Hudson Metcalf during a scrimmage Saturday, Aug. 10, at Justin Maile Field in Soldotna.

Simmering scrimmages: Prep football teams get ready for opening weekend

The Kenai Peninsula’s prep football programs scrimmaged Saturday in temperatures in the 70s to get ready for next weekend’s season openers. Soldotna hosted Chugiak in… Continue reading

 

Homer area sports and recreation

Upcoming events: Football: The first varsity football game of the season will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 17 at Homer High School. The… Continue reading

Homer area sports and recreation

Upcoming events: Football: The first varsity football game of the season will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 17 at Homer High School. The… Continue reading

Reeling ‘Em In: How to introduce a youngster to Alaska fishing — and get skunked, too

Have you ever experienced a quintessential week of angling where you were able to introduce a young visitor to such a cool Alaska adventure? Most… Continue reading

Machine members take title in city softball tournament

The Homer Softball Association held its year end city tournament this past weekend. The Machine, sponsored by Prodigy Medical and Dutch Boy, won the championship… Continue reading

Kachemak Bay State Park trails report

General announcements Please contact park staff to report problems, or to file complaints or compliments at 907-235-7024 or 907-262-5581. Email: eric.clarke@alaska.gov and jason.okuly@alaska.gov Advisory: Trails… Continue reading

  • Aug 7, 2019
  • Staff report Homer News
  • Outdoors

Homer area sports and recreation

Upcoming events: Football: The first varsity football game of the season will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 17 at Homer High School. The… Continue reading

Nate Rochon cleans our fish after dip netting in the Kasilof River, on June 25, 2019, in Kasilof, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Out of the Office: Dipping into dipnetting

The net needed to be assembled. The two pieces, one very long rod, connected to a shorter rod with a large square net, is awkward… Continue reading

Nate Rochon cleans our fish after dip netting in the Kasilof River, on June 25, 2019, in Kasilof, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Kachemak Bay State Park trails report

General announcements Please contact park staff to report problems, or to file complaints or compliments at 907-235-7024 or 907-262-5581. Email: eric.clarke@alaska.gov and jason.okuly@alaska.gov Advisory: Trails… Continue reading

  • Jul 31, 2019
  • Staff report Homer News
  • Outdoors
Visitors inspect various growing produce at one of five expansive gardens featured in this year’s Garden Tour on Sunday, July 28, 2019 in and around Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Gardens burst with color on annual tour

A healthy dumping of rain last Saturday made for bright and brilliant flowers on Sunday as locals and visitors alike strolled through a selection of… Continue reading

Visitors inspect various growing produce at one of five expansive gardens featured in this year’s Garden Tour on Sunday, July 28, 2019 in and around Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Reeling ‘Em In: Finicky silvers have specific bait requirements, doncha know

Update: This came in too late for the Homer News prime time edition of the paper but in time for a web heads-up. A Youth-Only… Continue reading

In lieu of a photo of a deformed fingernail, the author shows off some funky fingernails and daydreams of a day soon when she can get a manicure without explaining what happened to her thumbnail. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)

Tangled up in Blue: Thumbs up

I accidentally ripped my fingernail out just as I was about to meet a large group of people. They all extended their hands toward me,… Continue reading

In lieu of a photo of a deformed fingernail, the author shows off some funky fingernails and daydreams of a day soon when she can get a manicure without explaining what happened to her thumbnail. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)

Homer wrestlers shine at national tourney

McKenzie Cook earns first place national wrestling title

Justin Zank, former head coach of the Heat of the Bay Cougars, pictured here on Sept. 1, 2017 at McNeil Canyon Elementary School in Fritz Creek, Alaska, is the new head coach for the Homer High School football team. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Former Head of the Bay football coach will lead the Mariners

The Homer High School football team has a new leader starting this season, but it’s a face many in the community will recognize. Justin Zank… Continue reading

Justin Zank, former head coach of the Heat of the Bay Cougars, pictured here on Sept. 1, 2017 at McNeil Canyon Elementary School in Fritz Creek, Alaska, is the new head coach for the Homer High School football team. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Gardeners’ Weekend to feature keynote speaker, five garden tour

The 13th annual Gardener’s Weekend sponsored by the Homer Garden Club and scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday, will feature five diverse and exemplary gardens… Continue reading

  • Jul 24, 2019
  • By Jessica Shepherd For the Homer News
  • Outdoors

Reeling ‘Em In: Try Nick’s smart tips for catching silvers at The Fishin’ Hole

I received an unusual amount of mail last week bemoaning the fact that even more silvers are rolling into the Nick Dudiak Lagoon, but they… Continue reading

Members of the Tsunami youth softball team pose for a photo on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2019 after a round robin tournament last weekend at Jack Gist Park in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Monica Anderson)

Homer youth softball performs well in weekend tourney

The newly formed Homer Tsunami youth softball team is forging ahead into a season of play against other similar youth teams in the state. Last… Continue reading

Members of the Tsunami youth softball team pose for a photo on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2019 after a round robin tournament last weekend at Jack Gist Park in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Monica Anderson)
John Hakla from Eagle River heads back into the water while dipnetting on the North Kenai Beach on Wednesday, July 17, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Tightlines: Fishing forecast

More than 225,000 late-run sockeye have gone through the weir as of July 15, doubling last year’s run — which was at just above 100,000… Continue reading

John Hakla from Eagle River heads back into the water while dipnetting on the North Kenai Beach on Wednesday, July 17, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)