Homer Spit

Visitors explore shops on the Homer Spit before the upcoming end of the season. (Photo by Sarah Knapp/Homer News)

Successful tourist season leaves businesses in need of rest

Many shops on the Spit close down after Labor Day.

 

Alaska Salt Company finds new home

Alaska Salt Company finds new home

Local Homer business Alaska Salt Company has settled into its new home on the Homer Spit, and celebrated on Friday with a grand opening ceremony.… Continue reading

 

Sports InBrief

Kevin Bell Arena opens Sept. 21 Homer’s community ice rink, the Kevin Bell Ice Arena on the Homer Spit, opens for its 10th season on… Continue reading

 

A woman sits on a bench outside The Better Sweater on Labor Day. Although some places will remain open until next week and the last visit on Tuesday of the cruise ship Statendam, many Spit stores and restaurants closed on Monday.

It’s a wrap

Update: The caption has been corrected on the fishhook sculpture photo properly identifying it as a circle hook. And like that, another furious tourist season… Continue reading

A woman sits on a bench outside The Better Sweater on Labor Day. Although some places will remain open until next week and the last visit on Tuesday of the cruise ship Statendam, many Spit stores and restaurants closed on Monday.

Thanks for run-ride support

We had a beautiful morning on Aug. 30 for the Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic’s “Resiliency Run and Ride” on the Homer Spit. We thank… Continue reading

Kite surfers, stand-up paddleboarders and body surfers play in the waves off the Spit last month.-photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

Homer’s Best Bets

Now that Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell has ordered Mt. McKinley be renamed Denali, will other prominent Alaska geographic features be next? The renaming… Continue reading

Kite surfers, stand-up paddleboarders and body surfers play in the waves off the Spit last month.-photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

Will high-tech fish freezing come to Spit?

A thawed salmon filet that tastes the same as a fresh one? Is this too good to be true? A group that calls itself Ocean… Continue reading

Life-saving tips: Learn to swim, wear a PFD

Life-saving tips: Learn to swim, wear a PFD

Last Monday I opened a voicemail from my compadre Turk. He was so riled up that residual smoke leaked out of the receiver. He started… Continue reading

Life-saving tips: Learn to swim, wear a PFD

Announcements

The Alaskan Warrior Class Community holds a #Stop22on22 Ruck March starting at 9 a.m. Aug. 22 at the base of the Homer Spit. #Stop22on22 is… Continue reading

Dan Young stands on Spit property he and his wife Pam own. Located on the west side of the Spit across from the Fishing Hole, the property once was an RV campground. Today there’s little left of the campground; erosion has swept it away.-Photo by Miranda Weiss

Time, tides change Spit

I t was an idyllic childhood on the Homer Spit that Mo Hillstrand enjoyed during the summertime, when her parents, Mary and Earl Hillstrand, original… Continue reading

Dan Young stands on Spit property he and his wife Pam own. Located on the west side of the Spit across from the Fishing Hole, the property once was an RV campground. Today there’s little left of the campground; erosion has swept it away.-Photo by Miranda Weiss

Less restrictive beach policy proposal to be introduced at Sept. 14 meeting

Citizens riled up about a proposed city of Homer ordinance that would ban year-round driving on Bishop’s Beach and summer driving on the Homer Spit… Continue reading

Announcements

The Kachemak Emergency Service Area Board holds it regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. today at the Diamond Ridge Fire Station, 65705 Diamond Ridge Road.… Continue reading

Nick shares recipe for salmon brine

Things have continued to roll along in the silver fishery along the east side of The Spit.  Remember last week when I hinted that if… Continue reading

George Tyrer runs the city of Homer’s Fish Docks and Ice Plant.

Ice Plant hums with old-school technology

In this climate-changed world, there are reasons to get sentimental about ice. It is old, for one. Our local sheet — the Harding Icefield —… Continue reading

George Tyrer runs the city of Homer’s Fish Docks and Ice Plant.

Fish while you can; time zooming by

Wow, did we somehow pick up a serious tail wind of time since this column’s seasonal debut? Come on, Aug. 6 already? It seems like… Continue reading

Announcements

The Omicron chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, a service organization of women educators, holds its annual Back to School Supplies Project. Help local children start… Continue reading

Bicyclists and horse riders pass each other near Mariner Park beach on the Homer Spit in late June. On Monday at its 6 p.m. regular meeting, the Homer City Council will go from placid tidepools to heavy surf when it considers an ordinance regulating motorized vehicle access to Bishop’s Beach and the Homer Spit. Horse riding and bike riding would not be restricted under recommendations by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

To drive or not on Homer’s beaches?

Next Monday at its 6 p.m. regular meeting, the Homer City Council will go from placid tidepools to heavy surf when it considers an ordinance… Continue reading

Bicyclists and horse riders pass each other near Mariner Park beach on the Homer Spit in late June. On Monday at its 6 p.m. regular meeting, the Homer City Council will go from placid tidepools to heavy surf when it considers an ordinance regulating motorized vehicle access to Bishop’s Beach and the Homer Spit. Horse riding and bike riding would not be restricted under recommendations by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

Fishing? Know what you’re catching

I have received an unusual amount of email asking how to report angler evil-doers to the Alaska Wildlife Troopers without tying up 911.  The local number… Continue reading

Council knocks off 26-item punch list

With an agenda rivaling a contractor’s punch list of things to do before freeze up, the Homer City Council at its regular Monday night meeting… Continue reading

Bay Welding’s Brad Howe caps 3 1/2-inch holes used to fill the circle hook sculpture with concrete to keep it from shuddering in a stiff breeze.-Photo by Miranda Weiss

City ends hook’s shudders

You can’t venture onto the Homer Spit without noticing something new and interesting — totes of beautiful red rockfish just unloaded at the Fish Dock;… Continue reading

Bay Welding’s Brad Howe caps 3 1/2-inch holes used to fill the circle hook sculpture with concrete to keep it from shuddering in a stiff breeze.-Photo by Miranda Weiss
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