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

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

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)

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

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

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

Reeling ‘Em In: River salmon fishing opens Saturday

This weekend officially kicks off the Homer News fishing column, Reeling ’Em In, where our vast and dedicated staff of an old goat and his… Continue reading

Derotha Ferraro from the fishing vessel Big Game poses with the king salmon she caught at the Anchor Point King Salmon Calcutta on Sunday, May 12, 2019, in Anchor Point, Alaska. Ferraro’s fish was one of the top ten fish caught in the tournament, weighing more than 20 pounds. (Photo courtesy of Bill Scott)

Walli wins Calcutta King Salmon Tournament

Drizzling rain and chilly temperatures did not deter anglers from having a whale of a time at the 25th annual Anchor Point King Salmon Calcutta… Continue reading

Derotha Ferraro from the fishing vessel Big Game poses with the king salmon she caught at the Anchor Point King Salmon Calcutta on Sunday, May 12, 2019, in Anchor Point, Alaska. Ferraro’s fish was one of the top ten fish caught in the tournament, weighing more than 20 pounds. (Photo courtesy of Bill Scott)

Greer, Kornfield take top spots in Sea to Ski Triathlon

Dozens of outdoor enthusiasts from both the Homer area and beyond took advantage of one of the last weekends of skiing on Sunday for the… Continue reading

Anglers return in their boats to the Homer Harbor from Kachemak Bay at the end of the Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament held Saturday, March 23, 2019 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Eagle River woman is first to win Winter King Salmon Tournament

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to note that in 1999 a woman won the Homer Elks Winter King Tournament. Eagle River resident Shayna… Continue reading

Anglers return in their boats to the Homer Harbor from Kachemak Bay at the end of the Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament held Saturday, March 23, 2019 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
A participant in the annual Homer Epic completes the race through the Caribou Hills on foot Saturday, March 16, 2019 near Homer, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Chuck Lindsay)

Homer Epic draws dozens of runners, bikers and skiers

The Homer Epic 50- and 100-kilometer races were held Saturday near Homer. They started in McNeil Canyon, went into the Caribou Hills and returned to… Continue reading

A participant in the annual Homer Epic completes the race through the Caribou Hills on foot Saturday, March 16, 2019 near Homer, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Chuck Lindsay)
Birders line the bike path on the Homer Spit while looking for shorebirds in Mud Bay in Ma 2018, for the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Birding: the universal outdoors activity

Like many imported Alaskans, I have a long list of outdoor activities I acquired after moving here in 1979: skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, dog mushing,… Continue reading

Birders line the bike path on the Homer Spit while looking for shorebirds in Mud Bay in Ma 2018, for the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
The author (right) with a pair of friends at Grewingk Glacier in August 2018 near Homer, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Megan Pacer)

Out of the Office: Hold my beer

Last week, the members of my team and I came in absolute dead last at trivia night. I normally wouldn’t share this with so broad… Continue reading

The author (right) with a pair of friends at Grewingk Glacier in August 2018 near Homer, Alaska. (Photo courtesy Megan Pacer)
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                                The sign announcing the start of the Alaska Highway in Dawson’s Creek, British Columbia, taken in August 2018.

Out of the Office: What a long, strange trip it’s been

If there’s one lesson I’ve learned this past year, it’s that sometimes you have to change your life, and sometimes your life changes you. Last… Continue reading

Photo by Brian Mazurek
                                The sign announcing the start of the Alaska Highway in Dawson’s Creek, British Columbia, taken in August 2018.

Fat Freddie’s 3: Caribou Hills never fail to tire, inspire

Fat bike racers hard at work in the third annual Fat Freddie’s Bike Race and Ramble. Snowmachiners whirring up and down the trails. Even a… Continue reading