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In the midst of all the pandemic pandemonium, when life seems uncertain and we struggle to hold our lives together, along comes a burst of… Continue reading

 

A patch of heart-shaped snow clings to the side of the Kenai Mountains on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, near Hope, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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The Betster has been so busy recently that yours truly almost didn’t notice a somber fact of late summer: It’s getting dark out. The other… Continue reading

 

An old hay mower lies by the side of the recently rerouted Homestead Trail on Saturday, July 11, 2020, on Diamond Ridge near Homer, Alaska. Several historic homesteads were established in the hills above Homer in the 1930s and 1940s. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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Once again a public relations person has sent a missive to World Betster Headquarters stating what the Betster has already figured out. Sometimes we get… Continue reading

 

As a reminder to be safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, Homer artist Julie Tomich painted face masks on the figures of Tom Reed’s mural, “Tribute to Performing Artists,” as seen on July 3, 2020, on Pioneer Avenue in Homer, Alaska. Reed painted the mural in August 1985 on a retaining wall in front of NOMAR (then Proctor’s Grocery), and updated the mural with additional figures in 2008 under a city grant. Using a chalk-based, non-permanent paint, Tomich got permission from the city to add the masks to the mural. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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Once again some Lower 48 website has provided the Betster with exciting news about Alaska. In this case, Sixty and Me, an online magazine for… Continue reading

As a reminder to be safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, Homer artist Julie Tomich painted face masks on the figures of Tom Reed’s mural, “Tribute to Performing Artists,” as seen on July 3, 2020, on Pioneer Avenue in Homer, Alaska. Reed painted the mural in August 1985 on a retaining wall in front of NOMAR (then Proctor’s Grocery), and updated the mural with additional figures in 2008 under a city grant. Using a chalk-based, non-permanent paint, Tomich got permission from the city to add the masks to the mural. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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Except for the You Know What, this summer is turning out to be awesome. We’ve had a pretty good run of sunny weather nicely balanced… Continue reading

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Wouldn’t you know it, one moment we were begging the snow to leave, and the next we’ve watched Summer Solstice pass us by. A lot… Continue reading

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Although this has been a fabulous summer, you have to admit that the rain this week has been welcome. Alaska has the most amazing summers… Continue reading

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In his recent novel, “Agency,” William Gibson suggests a weird kind of time travel where through an artificial intelligence people can move into the past.… Continue reading

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If you’ve studied your history or maybe even lived in the certain eras, today’s headlines might seem a bit “plus ça change,’” as the French… Continue reading

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If you dared to come into town over the weekend, Holy Los Angeles did this town ever change. Coming down West Hill Road the Betster… Continue reading

Grace Ridge Brewery co-owner Sherry Stead shows the back side of a quilt by Patrice Krant and Karrie Youngblood commemorating the 50th anniversary of Kachemak Bay State Park on Saturday, May 16, 2020, at Grace Ridge Brewery in Homer, Alaska. Krant designed and sewed the quilt and Youngblood did the quilting. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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Friday marks the opening of the traditional Alaska tourist season, but in this age of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year is anything but traditional. Also… Continue reading

Grace Ridge Brewery co-owner Sherry Stead shows the back side of a quilt by Patrice Krant and Karrie Youngblood commemorating the 50th anniversary of Kachemak Bay State Park on Saturday, May 16, 2020, at Grace Ridge Brewery in Homer, Alaska. Krant designed and sewed the quilt and Youngblood did the quilting. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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With new directives and advice coming out about wearing facemasks, something seen only on surgeons has now become a hip fashion statement. In a press… Continue reading

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Four years ago the Betster took a little jaunt to Paris. Remember those days? Remember when you could use air miles to get a cheap… Continue reading

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It’s hard to keep a cool town down. What with the amazing spring weather we’ve been having lately and the relaxation of some of the… Continue reading

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Though the world remains in flux as all of us cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, apparently nobody told the natural world. Our four-legged and winged… Continue reading

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It seemed a little weird on Wednesday not to be filing a tax return while at the same time checking the Betster’s bank account for… Continue reading

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So here we are on day 13 of the Great Pandemic lockdown, counting from when Gov. Mike Dunleavy issued a stay-at-home mandate saying we should… Continue reading

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As we continue into another week of social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, people have started to go a little stir crazy — well, except… Continue reading

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Normally the Betster scours our online entertainment and events calendar for cool or interesting things to do. But if you’ve poked around the calendar lately,… Continue reading

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Oh no! We get a double-whammy this week, Betster persons, with Friday the 13th on, well, Friday, and St. Patrick’s Day on Tuesday. Boston has… Continue reading

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