Moose browse at the east end of Beluga Lake about 6 p.m. Thursday, April 11, 2019, as seen from the airport viewing platform at the end of FAA Road in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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The Betster has decided, that, rather than waste these precious sunny hours before the rain and typical spring weather hits Homer this weekend, now is… Continue reading

 

Sandy Mazen looks at the Quilt of Valor made for him by Lorraine Murphy, right, of the Kachemak Bay Quilters. Mazen received the quilt on April 4, 2019, at Kachemak Community Center in Kachemak City, Alaska. (Photo provided)

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Walk around town this weekend and through Monday, and you’ll hear a strange clickety-clack sound coming from many Homer businesses and homes. Lights will glow… Continue reading

 

Daffodils bloom on April 2, 2019, on the south side of the Homer Electric Association building in Homer, Alaska. According to the Alaska Climate Research Center of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, new monthly high temperatures records were set for March in 10 of 19 weather stations, including Homer. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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People who take short vacations during spring break may experience temporal dislocation upon their return, especially in March and early April. Add in the bizarre… Continue reading

 

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The Betster doesn’t have all that much to say this week, Homerites. Perhaps it’s all this sunshine affecting the mind. One would much rather be… Continue reading

A moose takes a drink of water from a marshy area just off Kachemak Drive on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

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What was that about April showers? Are they supposed to be here in March? The Betster’s not sure what’s going on with Mother Nature at… Continue reading

A moose takes a drink of water from a marshy area just off Kachemak Drive on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Leia the dog stands in a Diamond Ridge driveway covered in 4-foot snow drifts on Sunday, March 10, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. A blizzard over the weekend kept plow drivers busy. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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On Sunday America holds its annual celebration of Irish culture and history, St. Patrick’s Day. Back in the old sod, our Irish cousins don’t quite… Continue reading

Leia the dog stands in a Diamond Ridge driveway covered in 4-foot snow drifts on Sunday, March 10, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. A blizzard over the weekend kept plow drivers busy. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Riana Boonstra of Kenai skis near Diamond Ridge in the Kachemak Nordic Ski Marathon on March 11, 2017, near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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This weekend marks the annual grumpfest where we complain about that dang Daylight Saving Time and how here in the bright North, why the heck… Continue reading

Riana Boonstra of Kenai skis near Diamond Ridge in the Kachemak Nordic Ski Marathon on March 11, 2017, near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Lynda Reed appears in the Homer Senior Citizens Inc. Annual Senior Fashion Show last Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, at the Homer Senior Center in Homer, Alaska. The theme of the show was “intergalactic.” This show was a part of the center’s Intergenerational program bringing all ages together to celebrate the senior population. (Photo provided)

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If you’re a working schmo on a regular 9-to-5 schedule, you may have noticed an odd phenomena. On either end of your commute, you’ll be… Continue reading

Lynda Reed appears in the Homer Senior Citizens Inc. Annual Senior Fashion Show last Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, at the Homer Senior Center in Homer, Alaska. The theme of the show was “intergalactic.” This show was a part of the center’s Intergenerational program bringing all ages together to celebrate the senior population. (Photo provided)
Community members enjoy a free ice skating party hosted by Rotary Club of Homer-Kachemak Bay, McDonalds and the City of Homer on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 at Ben Walters Park and Beluga Lake in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

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If you’ve noticed the interwebs have been a bit slow lately, don’t blame an uptick in video streaming now that we no longer have a… Continue reading

Community members enjoy a free ice skating party hosted by Rotary Club of Homer-Kachemak Bay, McDonalds and the City of Homer on Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 at Ben Walters Park and Beluga Lake in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
A marcher with the Krewe of Gambrinus dances during the Winter Carnival Parade on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

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Good morning, lovebirds! Did you take a peek at the date on the calendar today? That’s right: It’s Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day, also known as… Continue reading

A marcher with the Krewe of Gambrinus dances during the Winter Carnival Parade on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Venus shines over a crescent moon about 8:30 a.m. last Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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It’s time to thank a U.S. Coast Guard member! The theme of this year’s annual Homer Winter Carnival is “Coasting into Winter,” meant to honor… Continue reading

Venus shines over a crescent moon about 8:30 a.m. last Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
A bald eagle sits on a picnic table at Mariner Park on the Homer Spit on Jan. 28, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. This and other eagles had been feeding on a dead sea otter that washed up on the beach. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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Well, Homerites, it would appear Mother Nature has ceased her ill-natured boycott of the southern Kenai Peninsula. Happy days are here again! In the form… Continue reading

A bald eagle sits on a picnic table at Mariner Park on the Homer Spit on Jan. 28, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. This and other eagles had been feeding on a dead sea otter that washed up on the beach. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
A sun pillar appears over the Kenai Mountains at sunrise about 9:20 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. A sun pillar forms when light from the rising or setting sun is reflected by ice crystals in thin, high-level clouds. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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If you were lucky enough to glimpse part of the super blood moon eclipse on Sunday (during the brief moments it wasn’t obscured by classic… Continue reading

A sun pillar appears over the Kenai Mountains at sunrise about 9:20 a.m. Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. A sun pillar forms when light from the rising or setting sun is reflected by ice crystals in thin, high-level clouds. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
A juvenile robin feeds in spruce trees near Beluga Lake on Jan. 8, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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Every now and then some data cruncher compiles chunks of information and spits out lists like “Top 10 Places in America to Get a Really… Continue reading

A juvenile robin feeds in spruce trees near Beluga Lake on Jan. 8, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Fireworks explode in the sky above Mariner Park on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

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Editor’s note: The spelling of self-defense teacher Ken Domela’s name has been corrected. Whew! We made it, folks. We’re through that ambiguous week between Christmas… Continue reading

Fireworks explode in the sky above Mariner Park on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
The Homer Ukulele Group performs at the Bear Creek Winery’s Garden Lights last Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, in Kachemak City, Alaska. More than 500 people attended that night for an evening of music, colorful lights and hot beverages. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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If you’re not still stuck in your couch cushions, weighed down by the delicious and copious amounts of Holiday food you likely inhaled on Tuesday,… Continue reading

The Homer Ukulele Group performs at the Bear Creek Winery’s Garden Lights last Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, in Kachemak City, Alaska. More than 500 people attended that night for an evening of music, colorful lights and hot beverages. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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You’ve heard of summer solstice, now get ready for his darker, grumpier, more menacing brother: winter solstice. On Friday we will experience our shortest day… Continue reading

Jim Hadley holds a copy of the Dec. 7, 1941, Anchorage Daily Times reporting the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Hadley, 84, was 7 and living in Anchorage when the Japanese bombed Hawaii, causing the United States to declare war on Japan and enter World War II. Hadley visited the Homer News on Dec. 7, 2018, to share the newspaper with the staff. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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If you’re one of the many Homerites dreaming of a white Christmas, you’ve finally got what you asked for. Mother Nature appears to have woken… Continue reading

Jim Hadley holds a copy of the Dec. 7, 1941, Anchorage Daily Times reporting the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Hadley, 84, was 7 and living in Anchorage when the Japanese bombed Hawaii, causing the United States to declare war on Japan and enter World War II. Hadley visited the Homer News on Dec. 7, 2018, to share the newspaper with the staff. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
The halibut hook at the Homer Harbor has been wrapped in lights for the dark winter on Nov. 17, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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We haven’t quite figured out what to call last Friday’s big earthquake. For the 1964 9.2 quake that happened on Good Friday, that was obvious:… Continue reading

The halibut hook at the Homer Harbor has been wrapped in lights for the dark winter on Nov. 17, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Snow casts a monochrome haze over Beluga Lake as it falls Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

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It seems we barely had time to catch our breath after one holiday before being launched into the next. Can the holiday carols really be… Continue reading

Snow casts a monochrome haze over Beluga Lake as it falls Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)