Skiers young and old take off at the start of the annual Ski for Women, which benefits South Peninsula Haven House, on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019 at the Lookout Mountain Trails near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Ski for Women puts fun above fast

There are no points for speed, only for creativity. This, perhaps not surprisingly, is the mantra of Homer’s Ski for Women. While events that take… Continue reading

Skiers young and old take off at the start of the annual Ski for Women, which benefits South Peninsula Haven House, on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019 at the Lookout Mountain Trails near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Travis Beals’ dog team approaches the finish line of this year’s Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019 at Freddie’s Roadhouse near Ninilchik, Alaska. Beals and his team came in fourth, finishing just four minutes behind third place winner Nic Petit. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Dave Turner claims first T200 win

After chasing other top mushers for three years, Dave Turner has finally proven himself a winner by snagging first place in the Tustumena 200 Sled… Continue reading

Travis Beals’ dog team approaches the finish line of this year’s Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019 at Freddie’s Roadhouse near Ninilchik, Alaska. Beals and his team came in fourth, finishing just four minutes behind third place winner Nic Petit. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
The summit of Vista Trail on Skilak Loop Road, seen Nov. 23, 2018, while waiting for skiing to come to the central Kenai Peninsula. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Out of the Office: Power of the Culture of the North

First, a few confessions. On Nov. 10, 2018, I marked the first snowfall of the season by getting off work and immediately bolting to the… Continue reading

The summit of Vista Trail on Skilak Loop Road, seen Nov. 23, 2018, while waiting for skiing to come to the central Kenai Peninsula. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
Snow caps a mountain range as seen on a flight from Anchorage to Seattle, Washington, on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2018. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Out of the Office: What are men to rocks and mountains?

I’ve met a lot of addicts since moving to Alaska. Not the kind you think, though. My friends are constantly searching for their next fix… Continue reading

Snow caps a mountain range as seen on a flight from Anchorage to Seattle, Washington, on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2018. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Monica Zappa, in her telltale neon garb, takes off with her team from the starting line of the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race on Jan. 27, 2018 at Freddie’s Roadhouse in Ninilchik. (Homer News file photo)

Tustumena 200 ready to ramp up

In less than two weeks, a raucous group of race dogs will pull into the finishing area at Freddie’s Roadhouse near Ninilchik, musher in tow,… Continue reading

Monica Zappa, in her telltale neon garb, takes off with her team from the starting line of the Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race on Jan. 27, 2018 at Freddie’s Roadhouse in Ninilchik. (Homer News file photo)

Out of the Office: At the edge of the world

Anniversaries are strange things — in many ways they are arbitrary, days we mark on a calendar to keep us from forgetting that we have… Continue reading

Skiers climb a hill near the start of the Kachemak Bay Marathon Ski Tour in March of 2007 near Homer, Alaska, in winter where Homer actually had snow. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Out of the Office: Don’t wait for snow or ice — just get outside

Editor’s note: This column originally appeared in the Dec. 7 Peninsula Clarion before the recent snowfall in Homer. But you never know — the weather… Continue reading

Skiers climb a hill near the start of the Kachemak Bay Marathon Ski Tour in March of 2007 near Homer, Alaska, in winter where Homer actually had snow. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Kachemak Bay State Park trails report

General announcements Please report problems, complaints or compliments at 907-235-7024 or 907-262-5581. Email: eric.clarke@alaska.gov and jason.okuly@alaska.gov Advisory: Trails in KBSP are rough, with steep grades… Continue reading

Iskatel at sea earlier this summer. Last Thursday morning, Aug. 30, 2018, the inflatable catamaran arrived at the Homer, Alaska, harbor after a two-year trip from Lake Baikal, Russia, to Homer, arriving Aug. 26. (Photo provided/Baikal-Alaska Expedition)

Russian catamaran completes 2-year voyage from Siberia to Homer

Adventurers have sailed or paddled before to Homer in boats and kayaks, finishing arduous journeys across thousands of miles. Last week, a pair of Russian… Continue reading

Iskatel at sea earlier this summer. Last Thursday morning, Aug. 30, 2018, the inflatable catamaran arrived at the Homer, Alaska, harbor after a two-year trip from Lake Baikal, Russia, to Homer, arriving Aug. 26. (Photo provided/Baikal-Alaska Expedition)

Kachemak Bay State Park trails report

General announcements Please contact staff to report problems, or 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 KBSP… Continue reading

Unhinged Alaska: Slip slidin’ away

Can you feel it yet? There is definitely something different about nature’s pulse and the actions of her minions. It started several weeks back while… Continue reading

Kachemak Bay State Park trails report

General announcements Please contact staff to report problems, or 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 KBSP… Continue reading

Kachemak Bay State Park trails report

General announcements Please contact staff to report problems, or 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 KBSP… Continue reading

Kachemak Bay State Park trails report

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

Kachemak Bay State Park trails report

General announcements Please contact park staff to report problem or file complaints at 907-235-7024 or 907-262-5581. Email eric.clarke@alaska.gov or jason.okuly@alaska.gov. Advisory: Trails in Kachemak Bay… Continue reading

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

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

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.