Outdoor Features

  • From swapping plant starts in the springtime to sharing ripe produce in the fall, gardens inspire an attitude of giving. This spring, Homer’s St. John the Baptist Catholic Church joined a growing local trend of gardening for those in need.  Father Robert Leising is one of three priests who se...

    Wed, 07/30/2014 - 1:40pm
  • One has only to look as far as the Homer Garden Club for a definition of “perennial.” The club’s roots can be found in a letter written to local gardener Shirley Forquer from Lois Schneyer in February 1984. It has been growing ever since....

    Wed, 07/30/2014 - 1:27pm
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    Thu, 07/24/2014 - 9:33am
  • Two days of sunshine, but more importantly two days of an accommodating wind on Kachemak Bay drew eight boats out for Saturday’s start of the 18th annual Homer Yacht Club-Land’s End Resort Regatta. Six completed both days of the two-day event, with Arctica taking first place.  “I want to ...

    Wed, 07/02/2014 - 2:06pm
  • What use does a dandelion have besides being a weed in a garden? Does devil’s club really have medicinal qualities? That and many more questions were answered by Nancy Lee-Evans during the Medicinal Plant Walk June 12 at Bishop’s Beach. The class, part of the diverse series of Thriving Thursday ...

    Wed, 07/02/2014 - 2:04pm
  • I saw the moon for the first time this summer. Waking up at 2 a.m. brings a new perspective to the seemingly perpetual daylight of Alaska summers. However, this darkness didn’t last long, and after a blurry-eyed car ride, I found myself at the turnoff to Skilak Lake Road. Here, Toby Burke and I pr...

    Wed, 07/02/2014 - 1:33pm
  • When Bernie and Marion Simon arrived at their Kasitsna Bay cabin on June 19, they were greeted by a bald eagle that appeared to be suffering from a wing injury. “The poor guy was hungry and so cold and wet,” said Marion Simon. “He couldn’t hop around. He kept stepping on his wing.” The Sim...

    Wed, 06/25/2014 - 1:31pm
  • The massive wildfire that recently engulfed a good chunk of the Kenai Peninsula landscape may look like a bleak, uninviting place for some time, but regenerative ecological forces are already at work. As we embrace the hard work, dedicated suppression efforts, and good fortune that resulted in a pos...

    Wed, 06/11/2014 - 3:37pm
  • This spring Karen Hornaday Park got a lot of love. And not just from young people. Between 40 and 50 volunteers, coordinated through Church on the Rock Homer, prepared the playground, campground and ball fields for a summer of fun. Through the City of Homer’s Adopt-A-Park Program, the church, whic...

    Wed, 06/11/2014 - 2:24pm
  • Before the Saturday morning bustle had a chance to begin, volunteer teams with the 17th annual Trails Day had already embarked to the Kachemak Bay State Park from Homer to tackle nine different trail clearing and building projects. In spite of the drizzling showers, all 79 local and visiting volunte...

    Wed, 06/11/2014 - 2:22pm

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