Anglers fish for steelhead in the Anchor River by the Anchor River Bridge on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, in Anchor Point, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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Representative democracy isn’t pretty, Betster persons. What with a contentious campaign, a diverse slate of candidates and allegations of speciesism, the vote for president could… Continue reading

 

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hickory is moored on Oct. 10, 2020, at the Pioneer Dock in Homer, Alaska. Fresh snow or termination dust covers the peaks of the Kenai Mountains across Kachemak Bay, a sign of the coming winter. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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The Betster shares your denial. The Betster wants to believe in the warmth of mid-day in October and not the chill of the morning. The… Continue reading

 

Seniors Clayton Beachy and Mary Black are crowned this year's homecoming king and queen during halftime at Homer High School's homecoming game Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

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We’re in a lull between seasons right now. Bright sunny days with not a whisper of termination dust on the mountains? Vegetation still green and… Continue reading

 

Fall colors are reflected in Beluga Lake on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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Spooky season is in full tilt, friends. The Betster has started to see positively frightful decorations of all things creepy and crawly springing up outside… Continue reading

Fall colors are reflected in Beluga Lake on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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A few weeks ago the Betster wrote about the Fall equinox, and about how it can serve as a good reminder to take stock of… Continue reading

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From the Burning Basket to the library book sale, there’s lots to do this weekend.

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Arise, you dedicated workers. Lift up your heads high for jobs well done. Here in America we don’t hold big parades on Labor Day. Instead,… Continue reading

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See what’s going on around Homer

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Last weekend the Betster took a camping foray to the best little campground on the Kenai Peninsula. Like secret berry patches and those sweet halibut… Continue reading

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A quick glance at today’s Homer News reveals a frightening development: a boat load of articles about heading back to school. Kids, those long, languid… Continue reading

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In the midst of all the pandemic pandemonium, when life seems uncertain and we struggle to hold our lives together, along comes a burst of… Continue reading

A patch of heart-shaped snow clings to the side of the Kenai Mountains on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, near Hope, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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The Betster has been so busy recently that yours truly almost didn’t notice a somber fact of late summer: It’s getting dark out. The other… Continue reading

A patch of heart-shaped snow clings to the side of the Kenai Mountains on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, near Hope, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
An old hay mower lies by the side of the recently rerouted Homestead Trail on Saturday, July 11, 2020, on Diamond Ridge near Homer, Alaska. Several historic homesteads were established in the hills above Homer in the 1930s and 1940s. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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Once again a public relations person has sent a missive to World Betster Headquarters stating what the Betster has already figured out. Sometimes we get… Continue reading

An old hay mower lies by the side of the recently rerouted Homestead Trail on Saturday, July 11, 2020, on Diamond Ridge near Homer, Alaska. Several historic homesteads were established in the hills above Homer in the 1930s and 1940s. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
As a reminder to be safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, Homer artist Julie Tomich painted face masks on the figures of Tom Reed’s mural, “Tribute to Performing Artists,” as seen on July 3, 2020, on Pioneer Avenue in Homer, Alaska. Reed painted the mural in August 1985 on a retaining wall in front of NOMAR (then Proctor’s Grocery), and updated the mural with additional figures in 2008 under a city grant. Using a chalk-based, non-permanent paint, Tomich got permission from the city to add the masks to the mural. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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Once again some Lower 48 website has provided the Betster with exciting news about Alaska. In this case, Sixty and Me, an online magazine for… Continue reading

As a reminder to be safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, Homer artist Julie Tomich painted face masks on the figures of Tom Reed’s mural, “Tribute to Performing Artists,” as seen on July 3, 2020, on Pioneer Avenue in Homer, Alaska. Reed painted the mural in August 1985 on a retaining wall in front of NOMAR (then Proctor’s Grocery), and updated the mural with additional figures in 2008 under a city grant. Using a chalk-based, non-permanent paint, Tomich got permission from the city to add the masks to the mural. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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Except for the You Know What, this summer is turning out to be awesome. We’ve had a pretty good run of sunny weather nicely balanced… Continue reading

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Wouldn’t you know it, one moment we were begging the snow to leave, and the next we’ve watched Summer Solstice pass us by. A lot… Continue reading

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Although this has been a fabulous summer, you have to admit that the rain this week has been welcome. Alaska has the most amazing summers… Continue reading

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In his recent novel, “Agency,” William Gibson suggests a weird kind of time travel where through an artificial intelligence people can move into the past.… Continue reading

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If you’ve studied your history or maybe even lived in the certain eras, today’s headlines might seem a bit “plus ça change,’” as the French… Continue reading

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