Out of the Office: In the midst of a pandemic, birds are constant

Out of the Office: In the midst of a pandemic, birds are constant

Scattered on my desk I have three journals: my bullet journal, the daily planner that sort of keeps my life in order; my bird journal… Continue reading

Out of the Office: In the midst of a pandemic, birds are constant
Student Julia Merculief in St. Paul, Alaska, explores refuge islands using virtual reality headsets. (Photo by Kendra Bush/USFWS)

Refuge Notebook: Visiting remote refuge wilderness from a classroom desk

As the education specialist for the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, it is my job to bring the wonders of the refuge’s wildlife and awe-inspiring… Continue reading

Student Julia Merculief in St. Paul, Alaska, explores refuge islands using virtual reality headsets. (Photo by Kendra Bush/USFWS)
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Kachemak Bay trails report

The trails report is provided by Park Specialist Eric Clarke. General information and announcements Please contact park staff to report problems or to file complaints… Continue reading

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Lost Lake, Soggy Bottom 100 canceled

Lost Lake, Soggy Bottom 100 canceled

The U.S. Forest Service will not be allowing any recreational permits for the remainder of 2020.

Lost Lake, Soggy Bottom 100 canceled
Fishermen young and old try their luck at the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon on June 4, 2020, on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Reeling ‘Em In: Action picking up at the fishing hole

Well, you can sure tell that the summer season is starting to kick loose on the Spit. A vet buddy called to report that, just… Continue reading

Fishermen young and old try their luck at the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon on June 4, 2020, on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Photo courtesy of Max Kaufman, Alaska Volcano Observatory                                 Sugarloaf Peak on Semisopochnoi Island, in the Eastern Hemisphere.

Refuge Notebook: Aleutian Islands oddities can win bets

Want to win a beer bet? Ask someone the location of the most southerly point in Alaska. The answer isn’t in Southeast, near Ketchikan. Rather,… Continue reading

Photo courtesy of Max Kaufman, Alaska Volcano Observatory                                 Sugarloaf Peak on Semisopochnoi Island, in the Eastern Hemisphere.
Out of the Office: Trails that wind, hearts that find

Out of the Office: Trails that wind, hearts that find

As with a lot of things, Alaska has been lucky to be far removed and largely untouched by the disastrous effects of the novel coronavirus.… Continue reading

Out of the Office: Trails that wind, hearts that find
Reeling ‘Em In: Honkin’ tides present fishing challenges

Reeling ‘Em In: Honkin’ tides present fishing challenges

Double check your gear folks. Honkin’ tides are heading our way and hopefully, fishing action will start firing on all cylinders in the open freshwater… Continue reading

Reeling ‘Em In: Honkin’ tides present fishing challenges
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Kachemak Bay trails report

The trails report is provided by Park Specialist Eric Clarke. General information and announcements Please contact park staff to report problems or to file complaints… Continue reading

  • Jun 3, 2020
  • Staff report Homer News
  • Outdoors
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Jeff Helminiak / Peninsula Clarion                                The women’s field takes to the course Tuesday, July 4, 2017, at the Mount Marathon Race in Seward. Eventual winner Allie Ostrander is to the right of Christy Marvin (1).

Mount Marathon Race canceled for 2020

The 93rd running of the race up and down the 3,022-foot mountain is rescheduled for July 4, 2021.

Jeff Helminiak / Peninsula Clarion                                The women’s field takes to the course Tuesday, July 4, 2017, at the Mount Marathon Race in Seward. Eventual winner Allie Ostrander is to the right of Christy Marvin (1).
Reeling ‘Em In: Nick is back with summer fishin’ report

Reeling ‘Em In: Nick is back with summer fishin’ report

Howdy folks. Yep, we’re back and wish to offer our apologies for not having the usual fishing report ready last week. Chalk it up to… Continue reading

Reeling ‘Em In: Nick is back with summer fishin’ report
Klaiches step away from Nikolaevsk basketball

Klaiches step away from Nikolaevsk basketball

Steve Klaich is retiring after teaching in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District for 32 years.

Klaiches step away from Nikolaevsk basketball
Post 20 first baseman Seth Adkins tags out Axel Shanks of Napoleon (Ohio) Post 300 on Wednesday, July 3, 2019, at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai, Alaska. Twins pitcher Mose Hayes picked off Shanks. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Peninsula will have high school summer baseball

By JEFF HELMINIAK Peninsula Clarion There will be high school baseball this summer. Only it will have nothing to do with American Legion, and the… Continue reading

Post 20 first baseman Seth Adkins tags out Axel Shanks of Napoleon (Ohio) Post 300 on Wednesday, July 3, 2019, at Coral Seymour Memorial Park in Kenai, Alaska. Twins pitcher Mose Hayes picked off Shanks. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Photo credit: USFWS                                 A morel mushroom grows in disturbed gravel on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

Out of the Office: Morels surge confidence

I’m writing this in the car on the drive to Anchorage. My boyfriend, Nate, and I are in the process of moving back to the… Continue reading

Photo credit: USFWS                                 A morel mushroom grows in disturbed gravel on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.
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Kachemak Bay trails report

The trails report is provided by Park Specialist Eric Clarke. General information and announcements Please contact park staff to report problems or to file complaints… Continue reading

  • May 27, 2020
  • Staff report Homer News
  • Outdoors
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Archaeology students participate in a dig near Delta Junction, Alaska, conducted by Dr. Kate Krazinski and Dr. Brian Wygal of Adelphi University in summer 2019. (Photo provided by Kenai National Wildlife Refuge)

Refuge Notebook: One person’s trash is another’s artifact

Archaeology. OK, what was the first thing that came to your mind when you read that word? I hope it wasn’t Indiana Jones, or dinosaurs!… Continue reading

Archaeology students participate in a dig near Delta Junction, Alaska, conducted by Dr. Kate Krazinski and Dr. Brian Wygal of Adelphi University in summer 2019. (Photo provided by Kenai National Wildlife Refuge)
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Kachemak Bay trails report

The trails report is provided by Park Specialist Eric Clarke. General information and announcements Please contact park staff to report problems or to file complaints… Continue reading

  • May 15, 2020
  • Staff report Homer News
  • Outdoors
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Mills Creek on April 29, 2020 in the pass between Cooper Landing and the Turnagain Arm. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak)

Out of the office: Summer arrives

What was I doing? I asked myself that as a struggled frantically to wiggle my telemark boots into the bindings and continue down the miners… Continue reading

Mills Creek on April 29, 2020 in the pass between Cooper Landing and the Turnagain Arm. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak)
Alaska State Parks logo. (Image courtesy Alaska State Parks)

Kachemak Bay trails report

The trails report is provided by Park Specialist Eric Clarke. General information and announcements Please contact park staff to report problems or to file complaints… Continue reading

Alaska State Parks logo. (Image courtesy Alaska State Parks)
Dan Rapp and Sarah Youngren of Soldotna have spent the last five summers on Aiktak Island in the eastern Aleutians and hope to return in 2020. (Photo by Sarah Youngren)

Refuge Notebook: Learning to love the ‘sweat and shiver’ diet

Have you ever spent a weekend camping, maybe a long weekend, when the rain never seemed to quit? Where on the last day, all you… Continue reading

Dan Rapp and Sarah Youngren of Soldotna have spent the last five summers on Aiktak Island in the eastern Aleutians and hope to return in 2020. (Photo by Sarah Youngren)