Homer Sports and Outdoors

  • Over the weekend, I took notice of a superfluity of rather unseemly comments concerning the conditions at the cleaning tables adjacent to the Homer Spit’s fishing lagoon.   While trying to fillet their catches, anglers were under siege by a squadron of sky rats with the manners of turkey buzz...

    Wed, 07/02/2014 - 2:40pm
  • 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 - 2:33pm
  • Michigan angler Molly Malthby continued to hold onto her lead in the 2014 Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby, with the 196.8-pound flat fish she caught June 6 while fishing with Capt. Ben Martin aboard the Fringe Benefit for North Country Charters. Michael Martini of Sunman, Ind., also managed to maintain ...

    Wed, 06/25/2014 - 4:48pm
  • Cheers of encouragement and taunting can be heard coming from the Jack Gist Park softball fields every evening, Monday-Thursday, while Homer Softball Association teams compete in friendly rival games.  Scheduled games start at 6:30 and 8 p.m. and offer fun competition for both skilled and amate...

    Wed, 06/25/2014 - 4:02pm
  • It’s Olympic gold for Myrna Kuchenoff of Homer. Kuchenoff was one of two swimmers representing Alaska at the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games in New Jersey. Kuchenoff earned the gold with a first-place finish in the 100-yard freestyle. Her teammate, Elizabeth Broeckel-Berryman of Anchorage won silv...

    Wed, 06/25/2014 - 4:02pm
  • Replace golf clubs with flying discs, golf holes with raised metal baskets and the result is known as disc golf, Frisbee golf or the combined hybrid word “frolf.” Some use the disc golf course at the Jack Gist Park as training for competitions, others as an excuse to get outdoors. Edan Badajos, ...

    Wed, 06/25/2014 - 4:00pm
  • Runners and walkers in this year’s “10K to the Bay” Homer Spit Run will not only enjoy the scenic 10K course that begins at Homer High School and continues the length of the Homer Spit, they also will benefit from the event’s new automatic timing technology, as well as other added convenienc...

    Wed, 06/25/2014 - 2:56pm
  • As I wander around during the week shooting the breeze with shore anglers, I’m amazed to find that many aren’t carrying a tide book either on them or in their rig. There is a plethora of information squeezed into those little booklets covering everything from how to tie fishing knots to how to o...

    Wed, 06/25/2014 - 2:43pm
  • 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 - 2:31pm
  • School is out and area youngsters are looking for activities to enjoy during these long summer days. Little League offers that and then some. Take Mose Hayes, 12, and Annalynn Brown, 11. Involvement in Little League feeds a passion for these young athletes that they plan to follow in the future. Mos...

    Wed, 06/18/2014 - 3:41pm

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