A porcupine feeds by the side of a driveway off Diamond Ridge Road on Nov. 10, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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Here on the south shore of Beluga Lake — called SoBe by Homer hipsters — we’ve been noticing the lake freezing. Also, we’ve been noticing… Continue reading

 

Northern lights shine over Diamond Ridge about 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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Whew! We made it, Homerites. We collectively survived the 2018 midterm elections. No matter who you were rooting for nationally and here at home, the… Continue reading

 

The great pumpkin The sun sets over the Aleutian Range and is reflected in Mariner Park Lagoon on Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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How did we ever doubt you, Alaska? A few weeks ago it felt like our seasons had been pushed forward. Summer continued into September, with… Continue reading

 

A group of young people make their way across the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hickory at the start of their spooky tour in this year’s Haunted Hickory event Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017 in Homer, Alaska. They and hundreds of others donated two nonperishable items to get scared by the ship’s crew members and their families during the annual event. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

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At the Homer City Council meeting on Monday, council member and super mom Rachel Lord urged people to slow down on these dark days, especially… Continue reading

A group of young people make their way across the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hickory at the start of their spooky tour in this year’s Haunted Hickory event Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017 in Homer, Alaska. They and hundreds of others donated two nonperishable items to get scared by the ship’s crew members and their families during the annual event. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
A rainbow peaks out from between the trees near the Homer News office on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. A double rainbow was spotted in a few different places around town between periods of rain. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

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Now that Canada has become the first North American nation to completely legalize pot, does this mean the Left Coast will now be known as… Continue reading

A rainbow peaks out from between the trees near the Homer News office on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. A double rainbow was spotted in a few different places around town between periods of rain. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Crows feed on mountain ash berries along Lake Street on Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 9, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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Reports have come in from seasoned observers out East End Road that termination dust has appeared on the higher elevations of the Kenai Mountains across… Continue reading

Crows feed on mountain ash berries along Lake Street on Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 9, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Birch and aspen trees offer a splash of fall color by Hidden Lake looking toward Skilak Lake in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, near Sterling, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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Just when you think Homer has rounded the corner into crispier temperatures, danged if Ma Nature doesn’t surprise us — again. We’re kinda on a… Continue reading

Birch and aspen trees offer a splash of fall color by Hidden Lake looking toward Skilak Lake in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, near Sterling, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Two rock sculptures are part of dozens an artist made along the Homer Spit last week, as seen in this photo taken Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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This is it, folks! This weekend is your last change to stock up on crispy cucumbers, puffy pastries, lush lettuces, soothing home-made salves and the… Continue reading

Two rock sculptures are part of dozens an artist made along the Homer Spit last week, as seen in this photo taken Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Trees along Beluga Lake disappear into fog on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. Much of Homer and the surrounding area was enveloped in a quiet blanket of fog that morning as fall made its presence known. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

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The Betster is wondering whether any other Homerites have noticed the pressure that pops up this time of year to purchase what the youngsters call… Continue reading

Trees along Beluga Lake disappear into fog on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. Much of Homer and the surrounding area was enveloped in a quiet blanket of fog that morning as fall made its presence known. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Northern lights glow about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, over Diamond Ridge near Homer, Alaska. At times the aurora spread in a long arc from east to west. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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Everyone talks about the Ides of March, but does anyone care about the Ides of September? That would be Saturday, the 15th. Oh, sure, the… Continue reading

Northern lights glow about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, over Diamond Ridge near Homer, Alaska. At times the aurora spread in a long arc from east to west. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Erin Searcy-Dudgeon Wells of Rogues & Wenches, center, leads a sing along at the Kachemak Bay Wooden Boat Society Festival on Saturday at the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon campground. At left are Lucia Woofter and Lena Gonzales. At far right is Hunter Woofter, Devin Frey, second from right, and Bob Woofter. (File photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News)

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Take a break from fishing, waiting on tables, washing dishes, nursing, doctoring and fighting fires, and listen up, Betsteroids. According to an analysis by WalletHub,… Continue reading

Erin Searcy-Dudgeon Wells of Rogues & Wenches, center, leads a sing along at the Kachemak Bay Wooden Boat Society Festival on Saturday at the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon campground. At left are Lucia Woofter and Lena Gonzales. At far right is Hunter Woofter, Devin Frey, second from right, and Bob Woofter. (File photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News)

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We have now entered the limbo days of summer. Yes, children, we understand vacation ended for you on Tuesday when your parents dragged you into… Continue reading

At left, Jillian Tracy, 12, of Palmer, and Caroline Higgins, right, of Philadelphia, do a presentation on orca whales at the end of Marine Mammal Camp on Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, at the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies in Homer, Alaska. The girls and other camps went to the camp at the Peterson Bay Field Station and then closed with talks on marine mammals. They also articulated a “sea cat,” or lynx, skeleton with bone expert Lee Post. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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What do other Homerites do to entertain friends and family when they come? Some old comrades of the Betsters are touching down on Alaska soil… Continue reading

At left, Jillian Tracy, 12, of Palmer, and Caroline Higgins, right, of Philadelphia, do a presentation on orca whales at the end of Marine Mammal Camp on Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, at the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies in Homer, Alaska. The girls and other camps went to the camp at the Peterson Bay Field Station and then closed with talks on marine mammals. They also articulated a “sea cat,” or lynx, skeleton with bone expert Lee Post. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Members of the LowDown Brass Band perform an impromptu session Tuesday Aug. 7, 2018 at the Homer Brewery in Homer, Alaska. The band played at Salmonfest on Saturday, at Alice’s Champagne Palace on Tuesday and at Soldotna Creek Park on Wednesday. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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Here at our offices on the south shore of Beluga Lake, we see a lot of cool stuff happen. Throughout the summer float planes take… Continue reading

Members of the LowDown Brass Band perform an impromptu session Tuesday Aug. 7, 2018 at the Homer Brewery in Homer, Alaska. The band played at Salmonfest on Saturday, at Alice’s Champagne Palace on Tuesday and at Soldotna Creek Park on Wednesday. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
A bee pollinates a Sitka rose bush by the Homer News office on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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Alas, it appears our small, precious, eagerly awaited window of true, traditional summer has passed. The Betster hopes we’re not, (but knows we probably are)… Continue reading

A bee pollinates a Sitka rose bush by the Homer News office on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Bird is the word Palmer artist Francois Girard stands by art from his show, “Alaska Wings,” at the First Friday opening on July 6 at the Art Shop Gallery in Homer, Alaska. Girard creates sculptures he calls “Bird Blocks” made from prints adhered to wood and varnished. He also displays some of his original paintings. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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After a late spring and subsequently late summer, the Betster is finally starting to see some happy results, some telltale signs of Homer in the… Continue reading

Bird is the word Palmer artist Francois Girard stands by art from his show, “Alaska Wings,” at the First Friday opening on July 6 at the Art Shop Gallery in Homer, Alaska. Girard creates sculptures he calls “Bird Blocks” made from prints adhered to wood and varnished. He also displays some of his original paintings. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Killer whales from several pods swim in Kachemak Bay on July 9, 2018 near Seldovia, Alaska. About 40 resident whales were seen in the area. Emma Luck, a University of Alaska Southeast marine biology student saw the whales while working as a naturalist for Rainbow Tours. “I’ve personally never seen so many killer whales in one spot,” Luck said. “It was a sight to behold.” (Photo by Emma Luck)

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Wherefore art thou, nice weather? Hath Mother Nature forsaken us so easily? Maybe this didn’t happen to other Homerites, but the Betster was getting good… Continue reading

Killer whales from several pods swim in Kachemak Bay on July 9, 2018 near Seldovia, Alaska. About 40 resident whales were seen in the area. Emma Luck, a University of Alaska Southeast marine biology student saw the whales while working as a naturalist for Rainbow Tours. “I’ve personally never seen so many killer whales in one spot,” Luck said. “It was a sight to behold.” (Photo by Emma Luck)
Kite boarders play in Kachemak Bay while a fog bank covers the south shore last Saturday afternoon, June 30, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. When the afternoon bay breeze kicks in, Homer’s kite boarding community can be seen off the Mariner Park beach. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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If the glint of motorhomes on the Homer Spit or the difficulty making a left turn off of Main Street didn’t hint at an increase… Continue reading

Kite boarders play in Kachemak Bay while a fog bank covers the south shore last Saturday afternoon, June 30, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. When the afternoon bay breeze kicks in, Homer’s kite boarding community can be seen off the Mariner Park beach. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
A golden crowned sparrow hops along through the gravel and grass just off Lake Street on Monday, June 23, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

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According to a press release from WalletHub that popped up in the Betster’s email, the top-10 beach towns include Lahaina and Kihei, Hawaii, a whole… Continue reading

A golden crowned sparrow hops along through the gravel and grass just off Lake Street on Monday, June 23, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
A golden crowned sparrow hops along through the gravel and grass just off Lake Street on Monday, June 23, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

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According to a press release from WalletHub that popped up in the Betster’s email, the top-10 beach towns include Lahaina and Kihei, Hawaii, a whole… Continue reading

A golden crowned sparrow hops along through the gravel and grass just off Lake Street on Monday, June 23, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)