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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

 

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)
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)