Kachemak Bay State Park trails report

Overall conditions: Majority of trails are very brushy in sub-alpine and trail locations can be hard to follow in alpine areas. Look for chainsaw cuts… Continue reading

A novice competitor prepares to throw a braemar stone during the Kachemak Bay Scottish Highland Games on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at Karen Hornaday Park in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Annual highland games a show of strength and culture

Locals and sassenachs alike descended upon Homer last weekend for the Eighth Annual Kachemak Bay Scottish HighlandGames, and the kilted competitors did not disappoint.

A novice competitor prepares to throw a braemar stone during the Kachemak Bay Scottish Highland Games on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at Karen Hornaday Park in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
From left to right: Leah Evans Cloud, Jonah Cloud, Jeff Dean, Brad Thornburgh and Ranja Dean chat outside the Deans’ home down East End Road before a tour on Friday, July 6, 2018 near Homer, Alaska. The Deans open their farm and art studios to interested visitors. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Local artists open home, farm to tourists

Down the road a piece, nestled in the woods just off East End Road, is a homemaker’s paradise — Jeff and Ranja Dean’s home, farm and art studio.

From left to right: Leah Evans Cloud, Jonah Cloud, Jeff Dean, Brad Thornburgh and Ranja Dean chat outside the Deans’ home down East End Road before a tour on Friday, July 6, 2018 near Homer, Alaska. The Deans open their farm and art studios to interested visitors. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

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

Butt ugly lingcod make bad pets but great eating

It’s been a few years but last weekend I was asked again what I thought of lingcod and if they are worth the effort. Answer.… Continue reading

Sophie George prepares to mount her bicycle for a trip from Alaska to Argentina with her husband, Chris Haag, on Monday, July 2, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. The pair set off from a yurt they rented on Hidden Way. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Utah couple takes off on two-year cycling tour from Homer to Argentina

There was no big send off, no crowd, no big to-do — just some logistical chit chat and long farewell hugs. With that, Sophie George… Continue reading

Sophie George prepares to mount her bicycle for a trip from Alaska to Argentina with her husband, Chris Haag, on Monday, July 2, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. The pair set off from a yurt they rented on Hidden Way. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Torrin Bartlett tosses the caber (a cardboard tube) during the children’s events in the July 3, 2017 Kachemak Bay Scottish Club Games at Karen Hornaday Park as Dave Brann, left, watches. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Highland Games to keep brining culture to Homer

Kilt up, laddies and lasses. The highland games are upon us. Thanks to the efforts of the Kachemak Bay Scottish Club, the annual Kachemak Bay… Continue reading

Torrin Bartlett tosses the caber (a cardboard tube) during the children’s events in the July 3, 2017 Kachemak Bay Scottish Club Games at Karen Hornaday Park as Dave Brann, left, watches. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Torrin Bartlett tosses the caber (a cardboard tube) during the children’s events in the July 3, 2017 Kachemak Bay Scottish Club Games at Karen Hornaday Park as Dave Brann, left, watches. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Highland Games to keep brining culture to Homer

Kilt up, laddies and lasses. The highland games are upon us. Thanks to the efforts of the Kachemak Bay Scottish Club, the annual Kachemak Bay… Continue reading

Torrin Bartlett tosses the caber (a cardboard tube) during the children’s events in the July 3, 2017 Kachemak Bay Scottish Club Games at Karen Hornaday Park as Dave Brann, left, watches. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Sophie George prepares to mount her bicycle for a trip from Alaska to Argentina with her husband, Chris Haag, on Monday, July 2, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. The pair set off from a yurt they rented on Hidden Way. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Utah couple takes off on two-year cycling tour from Homer to Argentina

There was no big send off, no crowd, no big to-do — just some logistical chit chat and long farewell hugs. With that, Sophie George… Continue reading

Sophie George prepares to mount her bicycle for a trip from Alaska to Argentina with her husband, Chris Haag, on Monday, July 2, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. The pair set off from a yurt they rented on Hidden Way. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Utah couple to travel from Homer to Argentina

For many, Homer is a prime destination. For others, like couple Sophie George and Chris Haag, it’s a jumping off point. The husband and wife,… Continue reading

It’s birch sap season, the forest’s spring tonic

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to clarify the average sugar content of maple trees. Tapping birch for sap, and then using the tree’s… Continue reading

Year of the Bird Meet the Corvids – Part 1: common raven and northwestern crow

Following is the first in a new monthly series of articles about birds and birding, celebrating The Year of the Bird with authors from Kachemak… Continue reading

Backcountry film fest is tonight

The 13th Annual Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival shows at 7 p.m. today at the Homer Theatre. All proceeds benefit Kachemak Nordic Ski Club… Continue reading

Nicolas Petit claims his first T200 victory, third win in a row

Editor's note: This article has been updated to correct the years that the T200 race was canceled. Musher Nicolas Petit can finally say he’s won… Continue reading

Kayak building class keeps ancient Inuit art alive

I gently set my new skin-on-frame sea kayak into the Mariner Slough, and then shoehorned myself into the tight cockpit. As I readied myself, the… Continue reading

Dispatches From the WWOOF Capital of Alaska

Of the 80 or so farms, homesteads, ranches, hatcheries and homestays that make up the Worldwide Workers on Organic Farms, or WWOOF, network in Alaska,… Continue reading

The adventure trail

The idea behind any wilderness bicycling adventure is to ride as much as possible. This often means shifting into the lowest gear and focusing every… Continue reading

New trails complete at Karen Hornaday

As if there weren’t already enough reasons to love Homer’s Karen Hornaday Park, a group of service-minded volunteers just added a few more with several… Continue reading

‘Mud, mud, glorious mud’

“Whoever came up with this idea is a genius!” a young girl proclaimed as she slipped and splashed her way through a pit full of… Continue reading

Learning from the tourists: halibut fishing is a heck of a lot of fun

Every summer we jaded Homerites sometimes scoff at the sport halibut fishermen who head out almost daily (except Wednesdays) on charter boats. “Pukers,” we might… Continue reading