Forrest, Swisher, Rose win at Kenai Peninsula Open

Beau Forrest and Halycon Swisher finally got the big prize for which they were looking Sunday at the Kenai Peninsula Open at Birch Ridge Golf… Continue reading

In April, a sunrise was often paired with rain in Seward, Alaska. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)

Tangled Up in Blue: All this rain

When I asked Peter what I should write my column about this week, he suggested I talk about swimming in lakes. It was intuitive, since… Continue reading

In April, a sunrise was often paired with rain in Seward, Alaska. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)

Reeling ‘Em In: Smoky days didn’t stop Nick from catching some righteous cohos

Last week was a bit wild with the fire flare ups, road closures and hanging smoke. Until the winds finally showed up, the inside of… Continue reading

Kenai Central High School senior Zach Burnett breaks away from the Homer defense to make a 62-yard run and touchdown for the Kardinals during a Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019 football game at the Mariner field in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Homer football falls to Kenai in season opener

The Kenai Central football team has once again established itself as one of the teams to beat on the Kenai Peninsula, though the Kards are… Continue reading

Kenai Central High School senior Zach Burnett breaks away from the Homer defense to make a 62-yard run and touchdown for the Kardinals during a Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019 football game at the Mariner field in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Stars take 3 of 4 team titles at Nikiski Class Races

The smoke was mildly annoying. The hills were anything but. The cross-country season on the Kenai Peninsula kicked off Monday with the Nikiski Class Races… Continue reading

Homer area sports and recreation

Upcoming events: Football: The Mariner football team will travel for an away game at 7 p.m. this Friday against Redington Jr./Sr. High School near Wasilla.… Continue reading

A pair of tents sits at the Infinity Pools above the Tutka Backdoor Trail across Kachemak Bay from Homer, Alaska, on July 9, 2019. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Out of the Office: Taking our time on Tutka Backdoor Trail

Twenty-one miles and 6,000 feet of climb? In four days?” The scene was the lobby of the Kenai Visitor and Cultural Center in mid-April, immediately… Continue reading

A pair of tents sits at the Infinity Pools above the Tutka Backdoor Trail across Kachemak Bay from Homer, Alaska, on July 9, 2019. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Reeling ‘Em In: Silvers won’t get relief from sun until later in the month

It looks as though the weather forecast bodes well for sun worshipers and vendors hawking SPF 100 body-goop that claims to prevent the human hide… Continue reading

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                                Chugiak’s Tyler Huffer stiff-arms Soldotna’s Hudson Metcalf during a scrimmage Saturday, Aug. 10, at Justin Maile Field in Soldotna.

Simmering scrimmages: Prep football teams get ready for opening weekend

The Kenai Peninsula’s prep football programs scrimmaged Saturday in temperatures in the 70s to get ready for next weekend’s season openers. Soldotna hosted Chugiak in… Continue reading

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                                Chugiak’s Tyler Huffer stiff-arms Soldotna’s Hudson Metcalf during a scrimmage Saturday, Aug. 10, at Justin Maile Field in Soldotna.

Homer area sports and recreation

Upcoming events: Football: The first varsity football game of the season will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 17 at Homer High School. The… Continue reading

Homer area sports and recreation

Upcoming events: Football: The first varsity football game of the season will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 17 at Homer High School. The… Continue reading

Reeling ‘Em In: How to introduce a youngster to Alaska fishing — and get skunked, too

Have you ever experienced a quintessential week of angling where you were able to introduce a young visitor to such a cool Alaska adventure? Most… Continue reading

Machine members take title in city softball tournament

The Homer Softball Association held its year end city tournament this past weekend. The Machine, sponsored by Prodigy Medical and Dutch Boy, won the championship… 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

  • Aug 7, 2019
  • Staff report Homer News
  • Outdoors

Homer area sports and recreation

Upcoming events: Football: The first varsity football game of the season will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 17 at Homer High School. The… 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)

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)