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)
Nick Varney

Reeling ‘Em In: Silvers starting to appear

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

Nick Varney
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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)
Volunteer campground hosts meet with Refuge Rangers at Hidden Lake Campground. (Photo by Berkley Bedell/USFWS)

Refuge Notebook: How campers make good neighbors

There’s just something about dinner roasted over an open fire (maybe a s’more or two for dessert), birds singing and kids playing games that don’t… Continue reading

Volunteer campground hosts meet with Refuge Rangers at Hidden Lake Campground. (Photo by Berkley Bedell/USFWS)
Anglers clean the day's catch on Sunday, July 18, 2021, at the fish cleaning tables in the Seldovia harbor in Seldovia, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Anglers clean the day's catch on Sunday, July 18, 2021, at the fish cleaning tables in the Seldovia harbor in Seldovia, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
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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 14, 2021
  • By Eric Clarke Special to the Homer News
  • Outdoors
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A fisher holds a reel on the Kenai River near Soldotna on June 30, 2021. (Photo by Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai and Kasilof kings limited to catch and release

Kings are passing through the Kenai River at a lower rate than needed to attain the escapement goal.

A fisher holds a reel on the Kenai River near Soldotna on June 30, 2021. (Photo by Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Hannah Lafleur, 32, of Seward defends her title in the women's Mount Marathon Race in Seward, Alaska, on Wednesday, July 7, 2021. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Lafleur, Norris rack up more MMR crowns

The 3.1-mile scramble up and scream down the mountain of about 3,000 feet returned to Seward after a pandemic-forced pause in 2020.

Hannah Lafleur, 32, of Seward defends her title in the women's Mount Marathon Race in Seward, Alaska, on Wednesday, July 7, 2021. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
A telephoto lens helps capture this photo of a black bear on the Kenai Peninsula while keeping a safe distance. (Photo by C. Canterbury/Kenai National Wildlife Refuge)

Being aware in bear country

I recently got a call from a friend that is a typical call we receive when living in places like the Kenai Peninsula. Our friends… Continue reading

A telephoto lens helps capture this photo of a black bear on the Kenai Peninsula while keeping a safe distance. (Photo by C. Canterbury/Kenai National Wildlife Refuge)
Nick Varney

Reeling ‘Em In: Snooty silvers slipping into the Fishin’ Hole

First run of silvers can be downright insolent, but be patient.

Nick Varney
Lisa Stengel of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, weighs a halibut on Monday, July 12, 2021, at Coal Point Seafoods in Homer, Alaska, that she caught with a pole spear while free diving in Kachemak Bay. If verified, the 71.4-pound halibut would be the International Underwater Spearfishing Association world record for a Pacific halibut caught be a woman using a pole spear. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Florida woman sets record for halibut caught with a pole spear

Stengel speared big halibut while free diving in Kachemak Bay.

Lisa Stengel of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, weighs a halibut on Monday, July 12, 2021, at Coal Point Seafoods in Homer, Alaska, that she caught with a pole spear while free diving in Kachemak Bay. If verified, the 71.4-pound halibut would be the International Underwater Spearfishing Association world record for a Pacific halibut caught be a woman using a pole spear. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Kayakers paddle across Kenai Lake on Saturday, June 12, 2021, near Seward, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Out of the Office: Camping goals: turn off the demands of work

‘Stand and stare’ a good motto for becoming a power camper.

Kayakers paddle across Kenai Lake on Saturday, June 12, 2021, near Seward, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
After a few days, the chick is getting stronger and showing promise for a potential successful release. (Photo by Marianne Clark)

Refuge Notebook: Do our feathered friends need help?

For many, summer in Alaska is signified by lupine in full bloom and the bugs coming out in force. The abundance of insects is also… Continue reading

After a few days, the chick is getting stronger and showing promise for a potential successful release. (Photo by Marianne Clark)

Seldovia hosts Salmon Shuffle 5K

More than 150 runners participated in the Seldovia Salmon Shuffle 5K.

Athletes competed in the caber toss at the 2021 Kachemak Bay Highland Games on Saturday, July 3. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)

Traditional Scottish athletics return with Highland Games

This year, athletes participated in the caber toss, sheaf toss, braemar and open stone competitions, weight over bar, heavy- and light-weight distance throws.

Athletes competed in the caber toss at the 2021 Kachemak Bay Highland Games on Saturday, July 3. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)
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Reeling ‘Em In: Desperately seeking silvers on the 4th

I had received numerous emails enquiring if I had heard the rumor that silvers had been spotted off Pogi.

Nick Varney
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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 7, 2021
  • By Eric Clarke Special to the Homer News
  • Outdoors
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Fishermen gathered in droves to the Nick Dudiak Fishing Hole on Friday, June 25, when snagging opened. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)

Reeling ‘Em In:

Things were upscale, breezy and cool at the spit’s fishing hole last Friday until a noon signal heralded that snagging was actually legal until 23:59… Continue reading

Fishermen gathered in droves to the Nick Dudiak Fishing Hole on Friday, June 25, when snagging opened. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)