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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

 

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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)
Sandhill cranes feed in Beluga Slough on May 11, 2019, in Homer, Alaska, during the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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BEST BEER BET: Come to the next Barley & O.A.T.s (Outdoor Adventure Talks) to listen to Hig of Ground Truth Trekking and Eric Clarke with… Continue reading

Sandhill cranes feed in Beluga Slough on May 11, 2019, in Homer, Alaska, during the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Flex School student Makayla Prescott holds up a collage she showed at Flex First Friday, an exhibit of art done by Flex students, teachers and staff over the past year. The show included pottery created during an Artist in the School residency by Jeff Szarzi. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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If you’ve noticed people prowling around town with big long spotting scopes staring out into Mud Bay, no, they are not treasure hunters searching for… Continue reading

Flex School student Makayla Prescott holds up a collage she showed at Flex First Friday, an exhibit of art done by Flex students, teachers and staff over the past year. The show included pottery created during an Artist in the School residency by Jeff Szarzi. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Snow falls on a pink flamingo lawn decoration on Sunday afternoon, April 21, 2019, on Diamond Ridge Road in Homer, Alaska. A spring snowstorm dropped about 6 inches of snow on Homer over the weekend. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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“Don’t like Alaska weather?” goes the old joke. “Just wait five minutes.” Yeah, they probably say that in Norway, too, and pretty much any place… Continue reading

Snow falls on a pink flamingo lawn decoration on Sunday afternoon, April 21, 2019, on Diamond Ridge Road in Homer, Alaska. A spring snowstorm dropped about 6 inches of snow on Homer over the weekend. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
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

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)
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

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)
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

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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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)