Aryn Young

Restoring the indomita: A chance to learn

Sitting in the yard at Desperate Marine, it’s clear that the wooden sailing vessel Indomita needs a little paint and elbow grease. 

Wanting to see her restored to her former glory, the Kachemak Bay Wooden Boat Society, or KBWBS, is working hard to make sure she is seaworthy once again.  

When one discovers the meaning of its name, it almost seems like this boat was always meant to be rebuilt. The word “indomita” in Italian means untamed, wild or unbeatable.  

Growing with Alaska in Mind

Shawn and Ember Jackinsky’s garden looks almost like every other northern garden. There are currants, chickens, gooseberries, carrots and kale, all protected from the vanguards of the moose by a tall fence. 

But a short interview with the brother and sister duo will tell you that this garden is unique. The two have spent the last 15 years developing strains of edibles designed specifically for Alaska’s climate, and the results are a unique take on sustainability. 

Warm weather means banner year for those growing oysters in bay

The Kachemak Shellfish Mariculture Association, or KSMA, has been cultivating its dream of a local oyster hatchery in Homer since 2012. The hatchery raised more than 6 million oysters last spring and placed them into Kachemak Bay’s waters to grow to size over the winter months.  

With headquarters located on Spit Road, KSMA is dedicated to not only growing oyster seed, but also providing education, information and even scholarships to those wishing to get into shellfish farming within Kachemak Bay.  

Homer Yacht Club teaches safety and fun

It’s no secret that Homer has a vibrant boating community. Beyond the halibut hopefuls, however, Homer draws a different type of boater a bit unexpected for the far north: the sailor.  

Founded in 1983, the Homer Yacht Club has been sailing in Homer for about 30 years. But Erik Pullman, current commodore for the yacht club, remembers an informal organization actively sailing in Homer even before then. “We started in the late 1970s,” said Pullman, “but it wasn’t until 1983 that we became official.”  

Tide beats sailors in Land’s End Regatta

Although 10 boats competed in the annual Land’s End Regatta put on by the Homer Yacht Club, most agreed that the tide was the real winner.  

Two days of sailing with no wind left participants in the regatta being pushed backward by the tide and disheartened.

“The tide definitely won over the wind this weekend,” said sailor Shawn Hansen shortly after the race.  

ATV vandals damage wetland on KHLT property

Publicly accessible land in and around Homer is arguably one of the town’s most precious commodities. Both citizens and visitors in Homer use the land for exercise, enjoyment and to learn more about Alaska’s natural heritage. Unfortunately, these well-loved properties are not immune to vandalism.

On June 1, the Kachemak Heritage Land Trust, or KHLT, reported extensive ATV damage to a wetland on one of its properties. Donated to KHLT by the Effler family in 2007, the property was one of Homer’s original homesteads and consists of 18 acres on West Skyline Drive.

Mariner girls run way to second place finish

The Homer High School track and field season ended with success as the girls team secured second overall at the State Championships last weekend.

The girls team chalked up 80 points during the meet, losing out to Anchorage Christian who scored 95.   

“I really couldn’t be happier,” said Coach Bill Steyer. “It was a great finish to the season.” 

Homer places third in Boroughs, looks to Regions this weekend

The Homer High School Track and Field teams finished strong during the Borough Championships this past Saturday, placing third overall.  

“We concentrated on everybody’s better events or events they needed to get a qualifying regional time in,” said Head Coach Bill Steyer.  “They all ran terrific. It’s exciting across the board.”  

Although Steyer is pleased with all the athletes’ performances as of late, he is especially excited about the boys’ team performances.  

Researcher dives into fish habitat

It’s no secret people are captivated by salmon. We fish for them, hold music festivals in their honor, pay homage to them in artwork and depend on them for our livelihoods. They’re inspiring.

So much so that Coowe Walker, researcher at the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve, has dedicated a large majority of her time to understanding their habitat.

Walker has been with the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve for the last 15 years and has spent most of that time studying salmon and the landscape they inhabit.

Flex students graduatewith joy, gratitude

There was an air of hope and thanksgiving as family and friends gathered to watch nine students from Homer Flex High School graduate Tuesday. Christopher Bice, Kaylynn Bunnell, Crystal Campbell, Anton Kuzmin, Michael Peltier, Tyler Post, Samantha Tangman, Sage Van Hooser and Alexia Wrenn all received the honor of moving their tassels from right to left as they became high school graduates during the early evening ceremony at Land’s End.

Blackwater Railroad Company to Play Concert for Homer Youth

The popular Alaska folk band, Blackwater Railroad Company, is coming back to Homer, but this time, they’re only playing for a select crowd.

On May 27, the Homer R.E.C. Room will host a teens-only concert with the Seward-based band for ages 12-20 at the Pratt Museum. The concert will help sponsor the R.E.C. Room’s youth music production program Youth on Record Alaska, or YOR AK.

Stars of the Shorebird Fest

Spring has come, and with it a possible 40 species of shorebirds that have arrived in Homer during their annual migration. While the shorebirds can be seen whirling in great flocks over Mud Bay or feeding alone at nearby sloughs, for the novice birder, identifying them can be tricky. They aren’t the most colorful of birds, and most have subtle variations of tan, white and brown, which can make them hard to distinguish from each other, particularly against the beach or sky.

Personal bests, hospitality mark meet

The Homer High School track was abuzz last weekend with teams from around the state as the Mariners track and field team hosted their first and only home meet of the season. Twelve schools from around the state participated in the Homer Invitational. 

With ideal weather conditions, the Kenai Central girls won a second-straight team title with 130 total points, 31 better than runner-up Soldotna. The Kardinals won their home invite last week as well. Kenai rode the strength of four event victories to the team win.

Stars of the shorebird fest

Spring has come, and with it a possible 40 species of shorebirds that have arrived in Homer during their annual migration. While the shorebirds can be seen whirling in great flocks over Mud Bay or feeding alone at nearby sloughs, for the novice birder, identifying them can be tricky. They aren’t the most colorful of birds, and most have subtle variations of tan, white and brown, which can make them hard to distinguish from each other, particularly against the beach or sky.

Symposium connects trails, user groups

Opinions abounded during the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission’s “Homer on the Move!” trail symposium last Saturday. With more than 17 different user groups represented, and more than 40 people in attendance, there wasn’t a shortage of ideas or suggestions about the importance of the public trail system in and around Homer.  

Matt Steffy, chair of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission and facilitator for the symposium, expressed his desire to gain consensus as a result of the symposium.

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