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

 

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

 

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

 

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)

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Ya know what? Sometimes even the great beauty held by the Kenai Mountains and Mother Kachemak Bay aren’t enough to keep the Betster from needing… Continue reading

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The dog days of summer are here, folks. Do you, like the Betster, find yourself scrambling about the house, frantically searching your brain for where… Continue reading

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This past Monday, Homerites young and old took time to remember the veterans who gave their lives for everything we enjoy in this country —… Continue reading

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Blame it on a cold spring, a ripping and gnarly break up, or just being too darn busy, but the Betster has to admit the… Continue reading

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“Skjdfsdan,” one of our hotshot reporters wrote as a draft lede to Best Bets. No, that’s not the French keyboard that Mr. Scarf Man got… Continue reading

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Homer has really gone to the birds lately. Apologies, but this is the only time of year the Betster gets to make that joke. If… Continue reading

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Our erstwhile editor escaped to Europe last month. Yes, he brought back chocolate, souvenirs and a copy of the Reykjavik Grapevine, a weekly newspaper in… Continue reading

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Spring has sprung! And with it, all that mud and gunk that spent months in the back of your mind and covered by snow. The… Continue reading

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“Are we out of the woods yet?” “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.” These were just a few of… Continue reading

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“Here comes the sun — doo doo doo doo.” Or so we thought. Maybe the rest of Homer was able to keep its cool, but… Continue reading

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Earlier this week the Betster drove by a big Bypass parking lot and saw sweepers in action. “Ruh-roh,” yours truly remembers thinking, “It’s going to… Continue reading

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As we Alaskans know, living here brings many benefits: an Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend, no state sales or income taxes, and not being pulverized by… Continue reading