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If all goes according to plan and Gov. Mike Dunleavy makes his plane to Homer, he should be dropping in today at about 2:15 p.m.… Continue reading

 

Storm clouds swirl around Mount Iliamna on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, as seen from the Diamond Creek beach near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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Holy San Clemente! Is politics getting wild back east in our nation’s capital. Ever since that incident at the Waterfront Bar decades ago when the… Continue reading

 

Swan lake Two swans feed on an extreme high tide of of 21.9 feet on Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 1, 2019, in Beluga Slough, Homer, Alaska. The tide flooded the slough to its shores, turning it into a lake. Homer will see an even higher tide of 22.6 feet at 3:11 p.m. Oct. 28, 2019. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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Whether things went the way you wanted them to or not, Homerites waking up on Wednesday morning should have rejoiced in the fact that we,… Continue reading

 

As part of their weekly Friday walks to local parks, Little Fireweed Academy students held a “We love the Earth March” to WKFL Park on Sept. 20, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. The kindergarten through second-grade students have been learning about ecology and animals and their connection to the earth. The march wasn’t associated with the Strike for the Climate held the same day. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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Well, Betsters, we can’t ignore it anymore. The season of ever increasing darkness is officially upon us. If the fact that our natural alarm clock… Continue reading

As part of their weekly Friday walks to local parks, Little Fireweed Academy students held a “We love the Earth March” to WKFL Park on Sept. 20, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. The kindergarten through second-grade students have been learning about ecology and animals and their connection to the earth. The march wasn’t associated with the Strike for the Climate held the same day. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Héctor Argiró stands by his 1969 Torino at on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2019, at Mariner Park on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. Starting on Nov. 24, 2016, Argiró drove the Argentinian classic car from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, Argentina, and north to Alaska through South America, Central America, Mexico, the western United States, and Canada. He plans to continue his trip through North America and then to Europe. For more about El Mundo en Torino (“Around the world in a Torino”), visit www.elmundoentorino.com. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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By coincidence, two travelers arrived at the End of the Road recently. Héctor Argiró from Argentina drove here all the way in his 1969 Torino… Continue reading

Héctor Argiró stands by his 1969 Torino at on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2019, at Mariner Park on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. Starting on Nov. 24, 2016, Argiró drove the Argentinian classic car from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, Argentina, and north to Alaska through South America, Central America, Mexico, the western United States, and Canada. He plans to continue his trip through North America and then to Europe. For more about El Mundo en Torino (“Around the world in a Torino”), visit www.elmundoentorino.com. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Straw man Someone stuffed with grass a coat that washed up on the Homer Spit beach on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. No crows were observed in the vicinity of the impromptu art. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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The American flags flying yesterday at the knoll on Lake Street once again reminded us of Sept. 11, the somber day that will never be… Continue reading

Straw man Someone stuffed with grass a coat that washed up on the Homer Spit beach on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. No crows were observed in the vicinity of the impromptu art. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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Phew. The Betster can’t remember a time when rain and cool temperatures were more welcome. Bring on the downpours, the frost and the mist. Away… Continue reading

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Smoke has it’s place. In a certain amber or red ales, in a campfire pit, and up a chimney to name a few. Who doesn’t… Continue reading

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As quickly and violently as it came, there are telltale signs that summer is soon set to draw to a close as well. Very early… Continue reading

Flowers bloom in the garden of Rachel Lord, who owns and operates Alaska Stems, during the annual Garden Tour on Sunday, July 28, 2019 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

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As we begin the slow and inevitable crawl toward fall, we are hurried along by Homer’s uncharacteristically warm spring and downright uncomfortably hot summer. Vegetables… Continue reading

Flowers bloom in the garden of Rachel Lord, who owns and operates Alaska Stems, during the annual Garden Tour on Sunday, July 28, 2019 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Fireweed blooms in the hills overlooking Kachemak Bay as seen from Old East End Road on Saturday, July 20, 2019 near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

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In light of all the recent accidents that seem to be plaguing the southern Kenai Peninsula, and, indeed, all of Alaska, the Betster thought this… Continue reading

Fireweed blooms in the hills overlooking Kachemak Bay as seen from Old East End Road on Saturday, July 20, 2019 near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

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As fun as that heatwave was while it lasted, the Betster is personally relieved that we finally got the rain we needed and deserved. Homer… Continue reading

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OK, what the heck is up with this weather? Yet again we had another cloudy, cool day. If it seems like it’s been forever since… Continue reading

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Here at Homer News central on the south shore of Beluga Lake, about two or three times a month we get news releases touting Alaska’s… Continue reading

Poet and writer Diane Ackerman delivers the keynote address on June 14, 2019, at the opening of the Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference at Land’s End Resort, Homer, Alaska. Ackerman spoke about the historical background for her book, “The Zookeeper’s Wife.” (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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Well, it’s finally upon us — that most sunny and loopy of times, the Summer Solstice. If any of you Homerites are anything like the… Continue reading

Poet and writer Diane Ackerman delivers the keynote address on June 14, 2019, at the opening of the Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference at Land’s End Resort, Homer, Alaska. Ackerman spoke about the historical background for her book, “The Zookeeper’s Wife.” (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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Can Homer really be experiencing such a tranquil, drawn-out stretch of true summer? The Betster remembers many a summer season that was more rain than… Continue reading

The Azmara Quest is moored at the Deep Water Dock on Friday, May 24, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. The ship was one of two cruise ships to dock in Homer over the Memorial Day weekend, with the Silver Muse visiting on Sunday, May 26. A planned visit by the USS John Finn on Sunday had to be canceled when the Arleigh-Burke class destroyer was diverted for operational reasons. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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Summer is truly upon us now, Homerites. Whether you’re lounging out on your front deck watching mother moose cross through your yard with their young,… Continue reading

The Azmara Quest is moored at the Deep Water Dock on Friday, May 24, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. The ship was one of two cruise ships to dock in Homer over the Memorial Day weekend, with the Silver Muse visiting on Sunday, May 26. A planned visit by the USS John Finn on Sunday had to be canceled when the Arleigh-Burke class destroyer was diverted for operational reasons. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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If you ever have built a simple cabin or worked in construction, you probably learned the term “punch list.” That’s the term contractors use for… Continue reading

A moose browses on the lawn of the Homer News on May 15, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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BEST FISHY BET: Seldovia’s Human-Powered Fishing Derby features three days of fishing in Seldovia Bay and the mouth of Kachemak Bay. Participants strive to catch… Continue reading

A moose browses on the lawn of the Homer News on May 15, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)