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)
Anglers fish on July 15, 2019, at the mouth of the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon in Homer, Alaska. Rain fell over the weekend after a weeks-long stretch of sunny weather. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Reeling ‘Em In: Learn the difference between kings and silvers

Although I haven’t seen much to get riled up about the return of the silvers to the Nick Dudiak Lagoon yet, I have noticed more… Continue reading

Anglers fish on July 15, 2019, at the mouth of the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon in Homer, Alaska. Rain fell over the weekend after a weeks-long stretch of sunny weather. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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 17, 2019
  • Staff report Homer News
  • Outdoors

North Dakota man takes lead in Jackpot Halibut Derby

Homer’s 2019 Jackpot Halibut Derby has a new leader as of last Friday. Jason Schuler of Wahpeton, North Dakota caught a 224.2-pound halibut on July… Continue reading

Kat Sorensen runs along a crossover trail on the descent on July 4, 2019, during the 92nd Mount Marathon Race in Seward, Alaska. (Photo courtesy of Kat Sorensen)

Tangled up in Blue: A few Irish steps

In their extravagant dresses and tightly wound curls, my cousins would dance their weekends away. Irish stepdancing is marked by intricate footwork coupled with a… Continue reading

Kat Sorensen runs along a crossover trail on the descent on July 4, 2019, during the 92nd Mount Marathon Race in Seward, Alaska. (Photo courtesy of Kat Sorensen)

Out of the Office: The waves, or places I belong

On my days off I drive. I drive to mountains and rivers and through flats — pacing the highway with wheels looking for a groove… Continue reading

Kachemak Bay Highland Games draw large crowds to Homer

“Give the people what they want.” “The people want Scotch.” Similar exchanges could be heard all over Karen Hornaday Park on Saturday, along with the… 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

  • Jul 10, 2019
  • Staff report Homer News
  • Outdoors
Nick Varney

Reeling ‘Em In: Mud Bay offers chance at halibut fishing — without the puking

Yesterday, I ran across some very cool couples from down San Antonio way who were travelling around the state chasing spectacular vistas and fish. They… Continue reading

Nick Varney

Wyoming man leads Jackpot Halibut Derby

Homer’s 2019 Jackpot Halibut Derby is off to a strong start with a new leader, according to the Homer Chamber of Commerce. The longest running… Continue reading