The Swan Lake Fire can be seen from the East Fork Moose River bridge on Thursday, June 27, 2019. (Photo courtesy Robert Kuiper)

Out of the Office: Burnt out

The first time I reported on the Swan Lake Fire, I didn’t even mention it by name. On June 6 – 84 days ago as… Continue reading

The Swan Lake Fire can be seen from the East Fork Moose River bridge on Thursday, June 27, 2019. (Photo courtesy Robert Kuiper)

Reeling ‘Em In: Labor Day tourism was slow, but fishing was smokin’ hot

Over the Labor Day weekend, the Homer Spit looked as though the holiday had been over for a month. The lack of RVs, tents and… Continue reading

Mariner volleyball takes second at Homer Jamboree

Homer team off to strong start under direction of former assistant coach

Homer area sports and recreation

Upcoming events: Football: The Mariner football team will play an away game against Nikiski at 7 p.m. on Friday. Cross-country running: The cross-country running team… Continue reading

Reeling ‘Em In: Alas, poor Thrasher — it’s time for Nick’s revered fishing rod to retire

As the summer teeters on the border’s edge of August and September, I have come to the solemn conclusion that I must retire my favorite… Continue reading

Forrest, Swisher, Rose win at Kenai Peninsula Open

Beau Forrest and Halycon Swisher finally got the big prize for which they were looking Sunday at the Kenai Peninsula Open at Birch Ridge Golf… Continue reading

In April, a sunrise was often paired with rain in Seward, Alaska. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)

Tangled Up in Blue: All this rain

When I asked Peter what I should write my column about this week, he suggested I talk about swimming in lakes. It was intuitive, since… Continue reading

In April, a sunrise was often paired with rain in Seward, Alaska. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)

Reeling ‘Em In: Smoky days didn’t stop Nick from catching some righteous cohos

Last week was a bit wild with the fire flare ups, road closures and hanging smoke. Until the winds finally showed up, the inside of… Continue reading

Kenai Central High School senior Zach Burnett breaks away from the Homer defense to make a 62-yard run and touchdown for the Kardinals during a Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019 football game at the Mariner field in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Homer football falls to Kenai in season opener

The Kenai Central football team has once again established itself as one of the teams to beat on the Kenai Peninsula, though the Kards are… Continue reading

Kenai Central High School senior Zach Burnett breaks away from the Homer defense to make a 62-yard run and touchdown for the Kardinals during a Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019 football game at the Mariner field in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Stars take 3 of 4 team titles at Nikiski Class Races

The smoke was mildly annoying. The hills were anything but. The cross-country season on the Kenai Peninsula kicked off Monday with the Nikiski Class Races… Continue reading

Homer area sports and recreation

Upcoming events: Football: The Mariner football team will travel for an away game at 7 p.m. this Friday against Redington Jr./Sr. High School near Wasilla.… Continue reading

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

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)

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

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.

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