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

 

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

 

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

 

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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)

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Are you ready for it, Homerites? Are you ready for the question? It’s that time of year when, inevitably among the turkey-and-gravy eating and football… Continue reading

A porcupine feeds by the side of a driveway off Diamond Ridge Road on Nov. 10, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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Here on the south shore of Beluga Lake — called SoBe by Homer hipsters — we’ve been noticing the lake freezing. Also, we’ve been noticing… Continue reading

A porcupine feeds by the side of a driveway off Diamond Ridge Road on Nov. 10, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Northern lights shine over Diamond Ridge about 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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Whew! We made it, Homerites. We collectively survived the 2018 midterm elections. No matter who you were rooting for nationally and here at home, the… Continue reading

Northern lights shine over Diamond Ridge about 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
The great pumpkin The sun sets over the Aleutian Range and is reflected in Mariner Park Lagoon on Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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How did we ever doubt you, Alaska? A few weeks ago it felt like our seasons had been pushed forward. Summer continued into September, with… Continue reading

The great pumpkin The sun sets over the Aleutian Range and is reflected in Mariner Park Lagoon on Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
A group of young people make their way across the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hickory at the start of their spooky tour in this year’s Haunted Hickory event Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017 in Homer, Alaska. They and hundreds of others donated two nonperishable items to get scared by the ship’s crew members and their families during the annual event. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

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At the Homer City Council meeting on Monday, council member and super mom Rachel Lord urged people to slow down on these dark days, especially… Continue reading

A group of young people make their way across the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hickory at the start of their spooky tour in this year’s Haunted Hickory event Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017 in Homer, Alaska. They and hundreds of others donated two nonperishable items to get scared by the ship’s crew members and their families during the annual event. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
A rainbow peaks out from between the trees near the Homer News office on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. A double rainbow was spotted in a few different places around town between periods of rain. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

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Now that Canada has become the first North American nation to completely legalize pot, does this mean the Left Coast will now be known as… Continue reading

A rainbow peaks out from between the trees near the Homer News office on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. A double rainbow was spotted in a few different places around town between periods of rain. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Crows feed on mountain ash berries along Lake Street on Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 9, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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Reports have come in from seasoned observers out East End Road that termination dust has appeared on the higher elevations of the Kenai Mountains across… Continue reading

Crows feed on mountain ash berries along Lake Street on Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 9, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Birch and aspen trees offer a splash of fall color by Hidden Lake looking toward Skilak Lake in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, near Sterling, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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Just when you think Homer has rounded the corner into crispier temperatures, danged if Ma Nature doesn’t surprise us — again. We’re kinda on a… Continue reading

Birch and aspen trees offer a splash of fall color by Hidden Lake looking toward Skilak Lake in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, near Sterling, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Two rock sculptures are part of dozens an artist made along the Homer Spit last week, as seen in this photo taken Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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This is it, folks! This weekend is your last change to stock up on crispy cucumbers, puffy pastries, lush lettuces, soothing home-made salves and the… Continue reading

Two rock sculptures are part of dozens an artist made along the Homer Spit last week, as seen in this photo taken Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Trees along Beluga Lake disappear into fog on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. Much of Homer and the surrounding area was enveloped in a quiet blanket of fog that morning as fall made its presence known. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

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The Betster is wondering whether any other Homerites have noticed the pressure that pops up this time of year to purchase what the youngsters call… Continue reading

Trees along Beluga Lake disappear into fog on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. Much of Homer and the surrounding area was enveloped in a quiet blanket of fog that morning as fall made its presence known. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Northern lights glow about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, over Diamond Ridge near Homer, Alaska. At times the aurora spread in a long arc from east to west. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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Everyone talks about the Ides of March, but does anyone care about the Ides of September? That would be Saturday, the 15th. Oh, sure, the… Continue reading

Northern lights glow about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, over Diamond Ridge near Homer, Alaska. At times the aurora spread in a long arc from east to west. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Erin Searcy-Dudgeon Wells of Rogues & Wenches, center, leads a sing along at the Kachemak Bay Wooden Boat Society Festival on Saturday at the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon campground. At left are Lucia Woofter and Lena Gonzales. At far right is Hunter Woofter, Devin Frey, second from right, and Bob Woofter. (File photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News)

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Take a break from fishing, waiting on tables, washing dishes, nursing, doctoring and fighting fires, and listen up, Betsteroids. According to an analysis by WalletHub,… Continue reading

Erin Searcy-Dudgeon Wells of Rogues & Wenches, center, leads a sing along at the Kachemak Bay Wooden Boat Society Festival on Saturday at the Nick Dudiak Fishing Lagoon campground. At left are Lucia Woofter and Lena Gonzales. At far right is Hunter Woofter, Devin Frey, second from right, and Bob Woofter. (File photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News)

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We have now entered the limbo days of summer. Yes, children, we understand vacation ended for you on Tuesday when your parents dragged you into… Continue reading