Reeling ‘Em In: Snagamania starts at Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon

To kick things off, I’d like to sincerely wish all of you a very safe and pleasurable Fourth of July celebration. It’s cool to be… Continue reading

Homer’s Delilah Harris scores a run for the Tsunamis during Saturday’s games against Kenai-Soldotna’s Ak Riptide on June 29, 2019, at Jack Gist Field in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by McKibben Jackinsky)

Tsunami and AK Riptide battle at Jack Gist Park

In their first time playing on home ground, Homer’s Tsunami softball team swept into Jack Gist Park on Saturday in the team’s first USA Softball… Continue reading

Homer’s Delilah Harris scores a run for the Tsunamis during Saturday’s games against Kenai-Soldotna’s Ak Riptide on June 29, 2019, at Jack Gist Field in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by McKibben Jackinsky)
Soldotna’s Kent Petersen crosses the finish line of the Spit Run 10k to the Bay on Saturday, June 29, 2019 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Homer, Anchorage runners dominate this year’s Spit Run

Smoke drifting over from the Swan Lake Fire near Sterling obscured the normally picturesque view of Kachemak Bay that local runners have come to expect,… Continue reading

Soldotna’s Kent Petersen crosses the finish line of the Spit Run 10k to the Bay on Saturday, June 29, 2019 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Reeling ‘Em In: Not even dinosaur-killing virus can stop Nick from his report

This column may be a bit shorter than usual because I’m sitting here at the computer with the Grim Reaper drooling over my right shoulder… 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

  • Jun 26, 2019
  • Staff report Homer News
  • Outdoors
The Kenai Mountains across Kachemak Bay rise behind the Mariner Park Campground on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska, as seen on June 15, 2019. The city campground offers both tent and motorhome camping. Although the facilities are minimal, the beachfront view is amazing. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Out of the Office: A love for camping becomes the glue of a lifelong bond

It was by a happy accident that while camping I met the woman who eventually became my wife. Jenny and I met in one of… Continue reading

The Kenai Mountains across Kachemak Bay rise behind the Mariner Park Campground on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska, as seen on June 15, 2019. The city campground offers both tent and motorhome camping. Although the facilities are minimal, the beachfront view is amazing. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Reeling ‘Em In: Bobber snaggers have skills of bread mold

I received an interesting batch of emails after last week’s report and most of them centered on the king return at the Nick Dudiak Fishing… 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

  • Jun 19, 2019
  • Staff report Homer News
  • Outdoors
Undaunted by the rugged course, athletes young and old participate in the 2019 Clam Scramble, a 5K fun run held Saturday, June 15, 2019 in Ninilchik, Alaska. Kylee Verkulien, 157, leads this group of runners through the cold and fast-moving water at the mouth of Deep Creek. (Photo by McKibben Jackinsky)

Clam Scramble draws more than 130 runners, walkers

A lot can happen between the start and finish of a 5K run — and did for more than 130 runners and walkers at the… Continue reading

Undaunted by the rugged course, athletes young and old participate in the 2019 Clam Scramble, a 5K fun run held Saturday, June 15, 2019 in Ninilchik, Alaska. Kylee Verkulien, 157, leads this group of runners through the cold and fast-moving water at the mouth of Deep Creek. (Photo by McKibben Jackinsky)
Runners in the 2018 Clam Scramble leave the starting line on the south side of Deep Creek and encounter their first obstacle: driftwood logs organizers of the 5K fun run laid across the course. The 2018 5K Clam Scramble was held June 16, 2018, in Ninilchik, Alaska. The fun run is held during low tide on Ninilchik beach. (Photo by Sabrina Ferguson)

Ninilchik 5K scramble honors clamming tradition

An unprecedented die-off of razor clams in 2010 led to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game shutting down the harvesting of razor clams that… Continue reading

Runners in the 2018 Clam Scramble leave the starting line on the south side of Deep Creek and encounter their first obstacle: driftwood logs organizers of the 5K fun run laid across the course. The 2018 5K Clam Scramble was held June 16, 2018, in Ninilchik, Alaska. The fun run is held during low tide on Ninilchik beach. (Photo by Sabrina Ferguson)

Reeling ’Em In: Blackmouths getting bigger at Fishin’ Hole

Last week I wrote that the blackmouths being caught at the Spit’s fishing lagoon were fairly small tipping the scales at around 5 to 9… 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

  • Jun 12, 2019
  • Staff report Homer News
  • Outdoors

Homer athletes place in annual Tri-The-Kenai

Construction on Gas Well and Kalifornsky Beach roads is finished, so let the bikers reign again! Most cyclists competing in Sunday’s Tri-The-Kenai Triathlon were happy… Continue reading

Reeling ‘Em In: Chinooks starting to hit at Fishin’ Hole

Last week I reported that the Fishing Hole’s chinook run had been about as productive as surface trolling from a ferry in high seas off… Continue reading

Out of the Office: In Pursuit of a Green Thumb

This spring, I decided to get serious about gardening. By gardening, I mean finding the most hearty, resilient plants I could and sticking them in… Continue reading

Homer’s season ends at DII state softball

The mood in the Homer Mariners dugout was somber Saturday morning after a 9-1 loss to Ketchikan ended the Mariners’ season at the Division II… Continue reading

Soldotna’s Brittany Taylor competes in the girls’ 400 meters during the first day of the ASAA/First National Bank State Track and Field Championships Friday, May 24, 2019, at Palmer High School.

Homer girls nab fourth at state track

The Kenai Central girls won the Division II state track title Saturday at Palmer High School. “We finished first at regions, and we knew after… Continue reading

Soldotna’s Brittany Taylor competes in the girls’ 400 meters during the first day of the ASAA/First National Bank State Track and Field Championships Friday, May 24, 2019, at Palmer High School.

Fishing still good despite wacky weather

The weather was a bit schizoid over the Memorial Day weekend with Mother Nature experiencing sneezing wind fits trailed by intervals of sluggish air allowing… Continue reading

Kachemak Bay State Park trails report

General Information and Announcements Please contact Kachemak Bay State Park to report problems or to file complaints or compliments at 907-235-7024 or 907-262-5581. Email: eric.clarke@alaska.gov… Continue reading

Southcentral baseball: SoHi, Kenai, Homer see seasons end

The Homer, Kenai Central and Soldotna baseball teams came up short of a state berth at the Southcentral Conference tournament Thursday, Friday and Saturday at… Continue reading