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Prep football: Nikiski tops Eielson; Homer falls to Eagle River

The visiting Nikiski football team held off Eielson for a 28-27 victory in Denali Conference play Friday. The two programs have played in some engaging… Continue reading

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Reeling ‘Em In: Study techniques of the winner, not the whiner

I often get asked if it’s tough to write a fishing column while living in a community where more than half the population professes to… Continue reading

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Fleetwood wins KBay Mountain Classic

Anne Fleetwood led 31 runners to the finish line of the Grace Ridge Race - KBay Mountain Classic on Saturday in Kachemak Bay State Park… Continue reading

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Reeling ‘Em In: Know your fish and avoid encounters with the wildlife troopers

Fish and game handbook has pictures to help identify species.

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Some tanks were breached with explosives and the fuel set on fire, a method of eliminating fuel that was not very successful.

Refuge Notebook: A long-awaited cleanup gets underway on the Aleutians

In the Aleutian Islands, the war brought thousands of soldiers and enormous quantities of equipment and supplies to a remote area.

Some tanks were breached with explosives and the fuel set on fire, a method of eliminating fuel that was not very successful.
A banner supporting Olympic swimmer Lydia Jacoby hangs outside of First National Bank Alaska in her hometown of Seward on Saturday, July 24, 2021. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)

Tangled Up In Blue: Go Lydia!

All of Seward was watching with tempered excitement the night of her gold medal swim.

A banner supporting Olympic swimmer Lydia Jacoby hangs outside of First National Bank Alaska in her hometown of Seward on Saturday, July 24, 2021. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)

Sports briefs

Upcoming events Homer Medical Center is offering free sports physicals from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 14 for high school students who… Continue reading

  • Aug 12, 2021
Olympic gold medalist Lydia Jacoby waves to the crowd in Seward during her celebratory parade on Thursday, August 5, 2021. (Camille Botello / Peninsula Clarion)

‘So thankful for you all’

Olympic gold medalist Lydia Jacoby returns as Seward’s hometown hero

Olympic gold medalist Lydia Jacoby waves to the crowd in Seward during her celebratory parade on Thursday, August 5, 2021. (Camille Botello / Peninsula Clarion)
Olympic gold medalist Lydia Jacoby waves to the crowd in Seward during her celebratory parade on Thursday, August 5, 2021. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Jacoby taking time for herself

After medaling in Tokyo, Olympic champion Lydia Jacoby is enjoying the last of summer before senior year.

Olympic gold medalist Lydia Jacoby waves to the crowd in Seward during her celebratory parade on Thursday, August 5, 2021. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Lydia Jacoby, of United States, swims in a mixed 4x100-meter medley relay final at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 31, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Jacoby and Team USA finish 5th in mixed medley

Jacoby finished 0.14 seconds under Monday’s gold medal time of 1:04.95.

Lydia Jacoby, of United States, swims in a mixed 4x100-meter medley relay final at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 31, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
The United States’ women’s 4x100-meter medley relay team, Regan Smith, Lydia Jacoby, Torri Huske and Abbey Weitzeil, celebrates at the podium after winning the silver medal at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Jacoby earns silver in women’s medley relay

Jacoby also took home a gold medal for Team USA in the women’s 100-meter breaststroke at the Tokyo Games on Monday.

The United States’ women’s 4x100-meter medley relay team, Regan Smith, Lydia Jacoby, Torri Huske and Abbey Weitzeil, celebrates at the podium after winning the silver medal at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
Sixteen people participated in the 2021 Jakolof Bay 10 Miler race Saturday, July 31. (Photo provided by Tania Spurkland)

Seldovia hosts Jakolof Bay 10-Miler

The Seldovia Arts Council hosted the Jakolof Bay 10-Miler race Saturday, July 31.

Sixteen people participated in the 2021 Jakolof Bay 10 Miler race Saturday, July 31. (Photo provided by Tania Spurkland)
The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge’s July 3 discovery hike was at the Vista Trail. (Photo by Camille Botello)

Wishing y’all well

I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be “well” lately. Like, what does that actually mean? Is it realistic for someone to… Continue reading

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge’s July 3 discovery hike was at the Vista Trail. (Photo by Camille Botello)
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First view of Lower Fuller Lake and the lower point of Round Mountain. Photo from standing on the bridge.

Refuge Notebook: The joy of unexpected rewards on Fuller Lakes Trail

With summer traffic in full force, it took what seemed like an eternity to make it from Fred Meyer back to the Kenai National Wildlife… Continue reading

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First view of Lower Fuller Lake and the lower point of Round Mountain. Photo from standing on the bridge.
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Reeling ‘Em In: Homer needs a Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon Olympiad

A myrida of events could be created out of fishing hole fun.

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A banner supporting Olympic swimmer Lydia Jacoby hangs outside of First National Bank Alaska in her hometown of Seward on Saturday, July 24, 2021. (Camille Botello / Peninsula Clarion)

Jacoby strikes gold

Seward swimmer passes world record holder, Olympic record holder in final 50 to win 100 breaststroke

A banner supporting Olympic swimmer Lydia Jacoby hangs outside of First National Bank Alaska in her hometown of Seward on Saturday, July 24, 2021. (Camille Botello / Peninsula Clarion)
Biologist Daneil Rapp reaches way into a burrow to investigate its contents. (Photo by Sarah Youngren/USFWS)

Refuge Notebook: The life of a biologist

It’s summer in Alaska when the daylight hours are long and nearly countless wildlife are reproducing. Nearly countless, but not entirely. A crew of biologists… Continue reading

Biologist Daneil Rapp reaches way into a burrow to investigate its contents. (Photo by Sarah Youngren/USFWS)
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Reeling ‘Em In: Silvers starting to appear

Silver salmon herald the autumnal equinox — but not just yet.

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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

  • Jul 21, 2021
  • By Eric Clarke Special to the Homer News
  • Outdoors
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Camille Botello reaches the Skyline summit near Cooper Landing, Alaska with dirty ankles on June 27, 2021. (Camille Botello / Peninsula Clarion)

Out of the Office: The view from Skyline

In some ways, the isolation of the pandemic has proved even more harsh for me. I’ve spent the majority of it — actually, this week… Continue reading

Camille Botello reaches the Skyline summit near Cooper Landing, Alaska with dirty ankles on June 27, 2021. (Camille Botello / Peninsula Clarion)