Some Kachemak State Park trails open, many still need clearing

Overall Conditions: Snow is at 1,300 ft. and above. Trail locations obscured in alpine areas. Trails in Kachemak Bay State Park is accessible by boat or water tax. Trails are rough, with steep grades in places, and in some cases only marked routes. It is advisable to add 1/3 to your average hiking time. Grewingk […]

Training Children – Focus on Fitness

The key to your child’s physical health is striking a balance between participation and prevention. Many children participate in sports and are not equipped physically for the rigors of daily participation. Some of these situations are made more difficult by pairing athletes based on their chronological age — in years — rather than their biological age; (actual size and stage of development.)

Strength and conditioning

Strength and conditioning for endurance events are possibly the most misunderstood concepts I address here in Homer. There are more triathletes, marathoners and “ultra” athletes here than I have encountered anywhere. The chore and discipline of spending enough hours training on a bike, on the road and in the pool is difficult — to say […]

Fall’s the time to cultivate love of garlic

With the exception of those planting bulbs of tulips, daffodils or other perennials, fall is a time when many gardeners are putting their planting beds to bed for the season. But on Saturday, green thumbs learned about one more option to nestle in the soil before winter snow arrives.
“Garlic takes time, so you plant in fall to get 6 inches of root growth before the ground freezes,” said Lori Jenkins, of Homer, who taught a garlic-planting workshop hosted by the Central Peninsula Garden Club.

First Homer Halibut Festival

First Homer Halibut Festival Sept. 19-Sept. 20 The Alaska Marine Conservation Council is kicking off the first ever Homer Halibut Festival in 2015 as an opportunity for the community to celebrate the iconic halibut resource of Homer and of Alaska. Halibut has played an essential role in building Homer’s diverse recreational and commercial fisheries, becoming […]

Hannan, Brennan top 2015 Homer Triathlon

Sergius Hannan, 18, turned in the fastest time for Sunday’s Triathlon — despite not having the fastest time in any of the three endurance events. Hannan turned in an overall finish time of 1 hour, 52 minutes and 29 seconds. The top female finisher, Angie Brennan, came in less than three minutes later with a […]

Hulking humpie harvest stinks up pink market- Fish Factor- Sept. 9

Alaska’s pink salmon catch is pushing 180 million fish, making it the second-largest harvest ever recorded. (219 million was the previous record set in 2013). 
  The humpie haul has been pushed by record production in three regions. More than 15 million pinks were taken at the Alaska Peninsula, compared to less than 1 million last year.  Kodiak’s record pink catch was nearing 30 million, triple last year’s take; and Prince William Sound’s harvest so far had topped a whopping 97 million pink salmon.  
 All that fish goes into a competitive global market and — in a word — the pink market stinks.  There is still a glut of pink salmon products stemming from Alaska’s record 2013 catch, and devalued currencies are bedeviling sales with overseas customers.

Hunting 2015: Ready, set, wait to start

Before hunters set their sights on the upcoming season, they should direct their eyes to hunting regulations, because some have changed this year.
First and foremost, the season dates have changed. Instead of the general season running from Aug. 20 to Sept. 20, the general season now opens Sept. 1 and closes Sept. 25. The archery-only general season in Game Management Units 15A and 15B also is later this year, from Aug. 22 to 29.
But the requirement for legal bulls remains the same for the general moose hunt in GMUs 7 and 15 (which encompass the entire peninsula). A bull must have a spike on one side, have antlers with at least four brow tines on one side, or have an antler spread of 50 inches or greater.

You look a little sick — you should go fishing

Look around. No one even knows you’re here. Half the people in your office don’t even know your name, and the ones who do thought you retired last year. Now look out the window. See the sunshine? See the heat radiating off your car? That, my friend, is the call of the salmon.
If you listen very carefully, and try really, really hard to block out the ozone hum of the overhead fluorescent lights, you can almost hear the little Chinooks calling to you from the Fishing Hole.
Think about it. How many days of this kind of fishing weather do you get in a lifetime? Whether you develop a mysterious case of food poisoning after lunch, or simply hang a “gone fishin’” sign in the window, you’ll be kicking yourself come February when you need a nice, warm fishing memory to get you through the gray slush.

Swimmers tackle tides, tempests in trip across Bay

At the very tip of the Homer Spit — behind Land’s End Resort — swimmers Lila Lee Little, Jan Rumble and Dana Jaworski helped each other wriggle into thick wetsuits. The morning sun failed to break through thick clouds, and heavy fog created a stunning backdrop of mist-shrouded mountains; an affable tide lapped against the rocks, washing shiny, translucent jellyfish ashore.
It was a good day.
In the months and weeks and days leading up to this event, Little, Rumble and Jaworski spent countless hours conditioning and swim-training in both the Kate Kuhns Aquatic Center pool and the open waters of Kachemak Bay. Their goal? Swim the 3.2 miles of open water to the other side of the Bay.
“I think it’s around 3.1 or 3.2 miles (as the crow flies),” Rumble said. “It’s hard to tell with the tide.”

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