Range (shown in red) of the northern flying squirrel in Alaska. (Source: Alaska Fish and Game)

Refuge Notebook: Myth or mystery — flying squirrels on the Kenai

The northern flying squirrel (Glaucomys sabrinus) is somewhat of an enigma to the Kenai Peninsula. While it has an established home in the Interior and… Continue reading

Range (shown in red) of the northern flying squirrel in Alaska. (Source: Alaska Fish and Game)
Eileen Sorensen taunts her dog, Hana, with fresh caught and cooked blue claw crabs in New Jersey. (Photo courtesy Kat Sorensen)

Tangled Up in Blue: Good Grief

They say that grief washes over you in waves, but I just jumped in.

Eileen Sorensen taunts her dog, Hana, with fresh caught and cooked blue claw crabs in New Jersey. (Photo courtesy Kat Sorensen)
Participants in the 2019 Spit Run 10k to the Bay take off from the starting line at Homer High School on Saturday, June 29, 2019 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News file)

Homer Spit Runs scheduled for June 26

The Homer Spit Runs will include a half marathon, 10k race and untimed 10k.

Participants in the 2019 Spit Run 10k to the Bay take off from the starting line at Homer High School on Saturday, June 29, 2019 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News file)
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Rain sets up Sunday doubleheader for Oilers

The Alaska Baseball League game between the Peninsula Oilers and Mat-Su Miners scheduled for Saturday night at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai was canceled… Continue reading

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Soldotna’s Megan Youngren competes in the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, in Atlanta. (Photo courtesy of Alexandra Sizemore)

Soldotna’s Youngren wins Mayor’s Marathon

Soldotna’s Megan Youngren won the Anchorage Mayor’s Marathon on Saturday on her 30th birthday. Youngren finished in 3 hours, 7 minutes and 43 seconds to… Continue reading

Soldotna’s Megan Youngren competes in the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020, in Atlanta. (Photo courtesy of Alexandra Sizemore)
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South sweeps Twins

The American Legion Twins fell to 1-2 in the league and 2-4 overall after getting swept by South on Saturday in Anchorage. South is now… Continue reading

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Refuge Notebook: Myth or mystery — flying squirrels on the Kenai

The northern flying squirrel (Glaucomys sabrinus) is somewhat of an enigma to the Kenai Peninsula. While it has an established home in the Interior and… Continue reading

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Reeling ‘Em In: Local fishing ‘like a hot streak in Vegas’

Sport fishing marred by those who don’t grasp the concept of ‘sport’

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Kachemak Bay State Park trails report

Advisory: Trails in Kachemak Bay State Park are rough, with steep grades in places, and in some cases only marked routes. It is advisable to… Continue reading

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A Dytiscidae larva (water tiger) spotted in a pond adjacent to the pipeline corridor within the Kenai Wildlife Refuge in June 2020 (USFWS/Matt Bowser)

Refuge Notebook: The little-known predator of the seasonal pond

Not to be confused with the more noticeable surface whirligig beetles that swim in a circle, predaceous diving beetles will most often be under the water tension.

A Dytiscidae larva (water tiger) spotted in a pond adjacent to the pipeline corridor within the Kenai Wildlife Refuge in June 2020 (USFWS/Matt Bowser)
Homer News reporter Sarah Knapp (kneeling) is pictured with the Friends of Kachemak Bay State Park volunteer group who cleared South Eldred Trail during National Trails Day on June 5. The group was able to clear half a mile of the trail. Pictured left to right are Kristine Moerlein, Amy Holman, Kathy Sarns, Lyn Maslow, Ruth Dickerson and Kris Holderied. (Photo by Michael Singer)

Out of the Office: Finding Home in Alaska

“The story is it’s dark, it’s cold, it’s unfriendly and there are wild animals that’ll eat you.” That is the story of Alaska, or so… Continue reading

Homer News reporter Sarah Knapp (kneeling) is pictured with the Friends of Kachemak Bay State Park volunteer group who cleared South Eldred Trail during National Trails Day on June 5. The group was able to clear half a mile of the trail. Pictured left to right are Kristine Moerlein, Amy Holman, Kathy Sarns, Lyn Maslow, Ruth Dickerson and Kris Holderied. (Photo by Michael Singer)
Anglers try their luck at the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon on Saturday, May 29, 2021, on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. The floating pen is for hatchery fish to imprint on the lagoon before being released into Kachemak Bay. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News0

Reeling ‘Em In:

We get all kinds of email questions about the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon or, as Piscatorial Pursuits calls it, “the poor man’s charter boat.” Seriously… Continue reading

Anglers try their luck at the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon on Saturday, May 29, 2021, on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. The floating pen is for hatchery fish to imprint on the lagoon before being released into Kachemak Bay. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News0
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North Pole eliminates Homer at state softball

The Homer softball team was eliminated from the Division II state softball tournament at Cartee Fields in Anchorage with a 21-20 loss to North Pole… Continue reading

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Soldotna third baseman Atticus Gibson gets the tag before Palmer’s Dylan Garrettson slides into third during Palmer’s 7-1 win over the Stars in the Division II state semifinals Friday, June 4, 2021, at Wasilla High School in Wasilla, Alaska. (Photo by Jeremiah Bartz/Frontiersman)

SoHi baseball takes 5th, Homer nabs 6th at state

By CAMILLE BOTELLO and JEFF HELMINIAK Peninsula Clarion The Soldotna baseball team lost the third-place game, 4-3, against the North Pole Patriots in extra innings… Continue reading

Soldotna third baseman Atticus Gibson gets the tag before Palmer’s Dylan Garrettson slides into third during Palmer’s 7-1 win over the Stars in the Division II state semifinals Friday, June 4, 2021, at Wasilla High School in Wasilla, Alaska. (Photo by Jeremiah Bartz/Frontiersman)
A young bear grazes on roadside horsetails off Skilak Lake Road. (Colin Canterbury/USFWS)

Refuge Notebook: Lots to spot this spring on Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

Fluffs of shiny black fur, russet red velvety noses, bright yellow mouths open wide. Spring babies will be making an appearance on the Kenai National… Continue reading

A young bear grazes on roadside horsetails off Skilak Lake Road. (Colin Canterbury/USFWS)
Anglers fish for king salmon on Saturday, May 29, 2021, at the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Reeling ‘Em In: Homer Spit looking like its own self again

Chinook fishing looks good in the fishing hole — but watch out for those seals.

Anglers fish for king salmon on Saturday, May 29, 2021, at the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
The Homer Mariner softball team celebrates after winning the Northern Lights Conference in an 18-17 win over Kodiak. At far left, back, is Coach Bill Bell, and at far right is Assistant coach Mary Hana Bowe. (Photo courtesy Homer Mariner Softball team)

Homer softball takes 4th straight NLC crown

The Homer softball team defeated Kodiak 18-17 on Saturday for the Northern Lights Conference championship. The Mariners win the tournament for the fourth-straight time. Homer… Continue reading

The Homer Mariner softball team celebrates after winning the Northern Lights Conference in an 18-17 win over Kodiak. At far left, back, is Coach Bill Bell, and at far right is Assistant coach Mary Hana Bowe. (Photo courtesy Homer Mariner Softball team)
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First-annual Homer Halibut Tournament scheduled Sept. 24-25

The Homer Chamber of Commerce is hosting the first annual Homer Halibut Tournament Sept. 24-25

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Soldotna’s Sean Babitt wrestles to a Division I state title at 189 pounds against Wasilla’s Colton Lindquist on Saturday, May 22, 2021, at Bartlett High School in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Tim Rockey/Frontiersman)

Peninsula claims 6 state wrestling titles

The Homer girls had two champions, while the Homer boys and Soldotna girls had a champion each at Chugiak High School last Saturday in the… Continue reading

Soldotna’s Sean Babitt wrestles to a Division I state title at 189 pounds against Wasilla’s Colton Lindquist on Saturday, May 22, 2021, at Bartlett High School in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Tim Rockey/Frontiersman)
Ranger Nick Longobardi recording GoPro footage for Facebook content to bring sights from the refuge into your homes. (Photo by MJ Hendren/USFWS)

Refuge Notebook: Adaptation as consistency?

This year has been one for the books. Many of us had to change and adapt the way we function in our everyday lives. The… Continue reading

Ranger Nick Longobardi recording GoPro footage for Facebook content to bring sights from the refuge into your homes. (Photo by MJ Hendren/USFWS)