By McKibben Jackinsky

  • Look at Chloe Miller’s smile and it’s easy to smile back. Hear about the toddler’s battle for life and it’s easy to understand her family’s commitment to find a cure for the cause behind that battle. It was during a routine 20-week ultrasound at South Peninsula Hospital that Ron and Melani...

    Wed, 07/23/2014 - 4:19pm
  • Candidate filing for the Oct. 7 municipal election, both the city of Homer and the Kenai Peninsula Borough, opens Aug. 1 and continues through Aug. 15. Names already are rising to the surface of who will and who will not run, with a fair amount of rumors added to the mix. For instance, if you heard ...

    Wed, 07/23/2014 - 4:07pm
  • By McKibben JackinskyStaff writerWith work already begun on a new harbormaster office, the future of the existing one is uncertain. (See related story, page 1.)“If you want my two cents, this building needs to be removed and we should create parking in this area… until a higher and better use co...

    Wed, 07/16/2014 - 3:19pm
  • What do you get for being first across the finish line of the Fireweed 400, a grueling bicycle race that begins and ends at Sheep Mountain and has Valdez as the turn-around point? “For participating you get a shirt and a water bottle and a few free goodies from the race sponsors. For winning you g...

    Wed, 07/16/2014 - 2:41pm
  • When a high school graduating class has a total of three students, an impressive ranking is guaranteed. That was a point Ninilchik teacher Bryan Hickey made for Ninilchik graduates Robert Delgado, Jessica Rogers and Matthew Thorne during Hickey’s May 21 high school commencement address.“Coming f...

    Wed, 05/28/2014 - 2:34pm
  • My mother was an ace athlete. She was strong, fast and could think quickly on her feet. She was fiercely competitive and played shortstop on a women’s softball team when women’s softball was a novelty.By the time I came along, Mom’s competitive softball playing days were over. I saw the photos...

    Wed, 05/28/2014 - 2:20pm
  • The Mariner boys track and field team pushed into second place at borough championships in Kenai on Saturday, tying with Skyview and with Kenai Central in first place.“The boys did awesome,” said Mariner Head Coach Bill Steyer. “They collectively ran from the heart and ran extremely well. They...

    Wed, 05/14/2014 - 2:30pm
  • It was a 12-0, four inning victory for the Homer High School Mariners softball team in a May 7 game against SoHi.“I’m really pleased they were hitting all the way through the lineup,” said Head Coach Bill Bell.That gave the Mariners two Northern Lights Conference wins last week after beating t...

    Wed, 05/14/2014 - 2:20pm
  • If you thought basketball season was over, you haven’t been watching the NBA playoffs. Or you weren’t at the Homer High School gym on Saturday to see Special Olympics basketball teams from Homer and the Central Peninsula play the game with lots of heart and fierce competitive spirit.The final sc...

    Wed, 05/14/2014 - 2:14pm
  • Yes, the shorebirds showed up. So did lots of visitors for the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival. And there was plenty of sunshine.Small wonder, then, that more than 170 runners signed up for the 17th annual Migration Run, a USATF-certified 5k event that begins near the Fishing Hole and ends at the ba...

    Wed, 05/14/2014 - 2:09pm

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