Kachemak Bay State Park trails report

General announcements Please report problems, file complaints, or compliments at 907-235-7024 or 907-262-5581. Email: eric.clarke@alaska.gov and jason.okuly@alaska.gov Advisory: Trails in Kachemak Bay State Park are… Continue reading

Fall sports announcements

Below is a list of practice times and contact information for fall sports in the 2018-19 Mariner season. The first step for parents is to… Continue reading

Kids let loose with their parents in annual Mud Games

When Homer gets hot, Homerites get muddy. Families turned out by the dozens on Sunday to escape the heat and sun by frolicking in a… Continue reading

Kachemak Bay State Park Trails report

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

Nick Varney.

Reeling ‘em in: Spiny dogfish are deserving of contempt

I received some inquiries about my recent social slights concerning those sweet little spiny dogfish (small sharks) that are pulverizing the bait presentations of some… Continue reading

Nick Varney.

Chariots of Fur 5K enters third year, benefits Homer Animal Friends

Dogs, and their humans, of all shapes and sizes took to the sand last Saturday for the third annual Chariots of Fur 5K at Mariner… Continue reading

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                                Bevilyn Wright, right, of Dalhart, Texas, stands next to her 194-pound halibut with Capt. Jared Berg, left.

194-pound halibut leads derby

A 194-pound halibut caught by Bevilyn Wright of Dalhart, Texas, leads the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby. Wright caught the barn door while fishing with Capt.… Continue reading

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                                Bevilyn Wright, right, of Dalhart, Texas, stands next to her 194-pound halibut with Capt. Jared Berg, left.

Kachemak Bay State Park trails report

Overall conditions: Majority of trails are very brushy in sub-alpine and trail locations can be hard to follow in alpine areas. Look for chainsaw cuts… Continue reading

A novice competitor prepares to throw a braemar stone during the Kachemak Bay Scottish Highland Games on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at Karen Hornaday Park in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Annual highland games a show of strength and culture

Locals and sassenachs alike descended upon Homer last weekend for the Eighth Annual Kachemak Bay Scottish HighlandGames, and the kilted competitors did not disappoint.

A novice competitor prepares to throw a braemar stone during the Kachemak Bay Scottish Highland Games on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at Karen Hornaday Park in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
From left to right: Leah Evans Cloud, Jonah Cloud, Jeff Dean, Brad Thornburgh and Ranja Dean chat outside the Deans’ home down East End Road before a tour on Friday, July 6, 2018 near Homer, Alaska. The Deans open their farm and art studios to interested visitors. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Local artists open home, farm to tourists

Down the road a piece, nestled in the woods just off East End Road, is a homemaker’s paradise — Jeff and Ranja Dean’s home, farm and art studio.

From left to right: Leah Evans Cloud, Jonah Cloud, Jeff Dean, Brad Thornburgh and Ranja Dean chat outside the Deans’ home down East End Road before a tour on Friday, July 6, 2018 near Homer, Alaska. The Deans open their farm and art studios to interested visitors. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Reeling ‘Em In: Salmonid 101: How to tell silvers from reds

I received a report last week that a couple of silvers had been caught outside the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon along with awandering sockeye and a pink.

Kachemak Bay State Park Trails Report

General announcements Please report problems, file complaints or compliments at 907-235-7024 or 907-262-5581. Email: eric.clarke@alaska.gov and jason.okuly@alaska.gov. Advisory: Trails in Kachemak Bay State Park are… Continue reading

Butt ugly lingcod make bad pets but great eating

It’s been a few years but last weekend I was asked again what I thought of lingcod and if they are worth the effort. Answer.… Continue reading

Sophie George prepares to mount her bicycle for a trip from Alaska to Argentina with her husband, Chris Haag, on Monday, July 2, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. The pair set off from a yurt they rented on Hidden Way. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Utah couple takes off on two-year cycling tour from Homer to Argentina

There was no big send off, no crowd, no big to-do — just some logistical chit chat and long farewell hugs. With that, Sophie George… Continue reading

Sophie George prepares to mount her bicycle for a trip from Alaska to Argentina with her husband, Chris Haag, on Monday, July 2, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. The pair set off from a yurt they rented on Hidden Way. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Torrin Bartlett tosses the caber (a cardboard tube) during the children’s events in the July 3, 2017 Kachemak Bay Scottish Club Games at Karen Hornaday Park as Dave Brann, left, watches. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Highland Games to keep brining culture to Homer

Kilt up, laddies and lasses. The highland games are upon us. Thanks to the efforts of the Kachemak Bay Scottish Club, the annual Kachemak Bay… Continue reading

Torrin Bartlett tosses the caber (a cardboard tube) during the children’s events in the July 3, 2017 Kachemak Bay Scottish Club Games at Karen Hornaday Park as Dave Brann, left, watches. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
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                                Homer’s Janelle Moerlein crosses the Homer Spit Run finish line with Renn Marden on Saturday, June 30 at Land’s End Resort in Homer. Read the results of this year’s Spit Run 10K and Cosmic Hamlet Half Marathon on Page A6.

Hundreds turn out for Homer Spit Run

Mother nature must have known there would be visitors in town over the weekend, because she pulled out all the stops and granted a clear,… Continue reading

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                                Homer’s Janelle Moerlein crosses the Homer Spit Run finish line with Renn Marden on Saturday, June 30 at Land’s End Resort in Homer. Read the results of this year’s Spit Run 10K and Cosmic Hamlet Half Marathon on Page A6.
Bailey Lowney shows a group of women an example of the kind of skates needed for roller derby during an informational meeting Friday, June 29, 2018 at Alice’s Champagne Palace in Homer, Alaska. Lowney, a former derby player, and several other local women are working to form Homer’s first roller derby team. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Roller derby comes to Homer

If women in Homer have been looking for a way to combine a love of comradery, female empowerment and smashing into stuff, they might just… Continue reading

Bailey Lowney shows a group of women an example of the kind of skates needed for roller derby during an informational meeting Friday, June 29, 2018 at Alice’s Champagne Palace in Homer, Alaska. Lowney, a former derby player, and several other local women are working to form Homer’s first roller derby team. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
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                                Homer’s Janelle Moerlein crosses the Homer Spit Run finish line with Renn Marden on Saturday, June 30 at Land’s End Resort in Homer. Read the results of this year’s Spit Run 10K and Cosmic Hamlet Half Marathon on Page A6.

Hundreds turn out for Homer Spit Run

Mother nature must have known there would be visitors in town over the weekend, because she pulled out all the stops and granted a clear,… Continue reading

<span class="neFMT neFMT_PhotoCredit">Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News</span>
                                Homer’s Janelle Moerlein crosses the Homer Spit Run finish line with Renn Marden on Saturday, June 30 at Land’s End Resort in Homer. Read the results of this year’s Spit Run 10K and Cosmic Hamlet Half Marathon on Page A6.
Judy Flora stands among columbine in Homer, Alaska, on June 29, 2018, her penchant for the flowers realized. (Photo by Rosemary Fitzpatrick)

Keep gardens manageable

Now this is a truly beautiful Sunday night. Peaceful, soft breeze, bird song and a garden that will bloom sooner rather than later. Garden parties… Continue reading

  • Jul 5, 2018
  • By Rosemary Fitzpatrick
Judy Flora stands among columbine in Homer, Alaska, on June 29, 2018, her penchant for the flowers realized. (Photo by Rosemary Fitzpatrick)

Kachemak Bay State Park trails report

General announcements Please report problems, file complaints, or complements at 907-235-7024 or 907-262-5581. Email: eric.clarke@alaska.gov and jason.okuly@alaska.gov Advisory: Trails in Kachemak Bay State Park are… Continue reading