Riders, ropers round up wins at 2015 Ninilchik Rodeo

Many years ago, Shirley Cox’s father, James P. Wilson, brought rodeo to the Kenai Peninsula, starting what was originally called the Happy Valley Rodeo, and then moved it to the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds. Over time, Shirley took over the rodeo reins, logging countless hours working to make the event fun and safe for everyone. “Shirley […]

Find your fishing zen wherever you cast your line

People should have to pass some kind of Angling 101 equivalency exam before they procure a fishing license in Alaska.
Anybody can memorize rules and regulations; this would have to be some kind of hands-on test to measure a few rudimentary fishing skills. (As a disclaimer: be sure to familiarize yourself with those aforementioned rules and regulations. You probably don’t need to memorize them, but not knowing some of them can come with a hefty price tag.)

Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby standings

Several curious onlookers gathered around the large scale at the Derby headquarters on the Spit on Saturday as a couple of burly guys wrestled a lead-threatening halibut from the back of a pick-up and hoisted it up on the hook. After the fish was secured, another hefty guy began hoisting the big fish up with […]

2015 Spit Run brings 263 participants

Saturday’s overcast skies did little to cool off competitors at this year’s Homer Spit Run. Temperatures ranged in the mid-60s during the race, and any hope for a cool breeze was convincingly crushed by surprisingly scant wind conditions.
(Just ask those regatta folks who spent their time searching out any tiny smattering of wind to fill their sails.)
A total of 263 runners and walkers made their way through Homer streets and down the Spit Trail to compete in the 2015 race.

City Softball results/standings

Beluga Lake Lodge tops the city softball charts as June play comes to an end. SBS and Growlers are right on their heels, both with records of 8-3. A rowdy crew of volunteers gathered on Sunday to work on the new field at Jack Gist Park, which hosted its first games Monday night. The field […]

Rough and rugged runners scramble for clams

The Ninilchik Chamber of Commerce held its inaugural Clam Scramble Mud Run and Natural Obstacle Course on Saturday, in conjunction with the Kenai Peninsula Fair’s Clam Jam Concert.
The Scramble started at noon at Ninilchik’s Deep Creek Recreational Park, and followed along the foot of the Cook Inlet beach bluff, down to Ninilchik Harbor then up the bluff to finish.
The challenging course took runners through two rivers, had them maneuver through a myriad of natural obstacles and provided a quick dip in the chilly waters of Cook Inlet. All this, while racing the tide.

Sports Briefs – June 24

Lady M’s rack up more awards The National Fast Pitch Coaches Association, the premier body for softball coaches from college to high school, named Maggie Larue to the All-Western Region Second team for her season as catcher with the Lady Mariners. Larue is one of 32 players chosen from all the nominations out of 13 western […]

Big fish brings new leader in Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby

Standings as of June 21 2015 Jackpot Leader • Jason Solberg took the lead in this year’s derby with a 199.8-halibut he landed on June 21. Solberg was fishing with Driftwood Charters and Captain Shane Blakely aboard the F/V Misty. Just prior to Solberg’s catch, Chris Fay hooked into a 172-pound halibut, and held the […]

Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby

Standings as of June 15 2015 Jackpot Leader • 137.2 pounds caught by Michael Simonsen May 23. Simonsen was fishing with North Country Charters and Captain Richard Baltzer aboard the F/V Obsession. June Tags: • Annie Perizzolo (pictured right) of Aurora, Colo. caught a 2009 tagged fish while fishing with Captain Greg’s Charters and Capt. […]

A Tribute to Tommie

Kids of all ages turned out to honor former soccer coach Tommie CarlinSchauer on Sunday. Tommie’s sister, Linda Rourke, said the event was a memorial service, as well as an opportunity for all the people who knew Tommie to have an opportunity to pay tribute to him and the energy he gave to so many […]

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