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Today offers a rare event: the rising of the full moon at 12:12 a.m. on Dec. 12. That would be a totally cosmic moment here… Continue reading

 

Snow and fog creep up the ridges above Homer on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019 as seen from across Beluga Lake in Homer, Alaska. Homer got its first dump of snow that stuck around on Sunday evening. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

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The Betster was honestly starting to think the snow would never come. Thank Kris Kringle it did, though! And (knock on wood) it appears the… Continue reading

 

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The Betster has been known to get a big grumpy when people put up the holiday decorations before Thanksgiving. Well, the Betster can get grumpy… Continue reading

 

Recent snow in the Kenai Mountains across Kachemak Bay has made the Poot Peak panda more visible, as seen here on Nov. 18, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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It’s as though Mother Nature does not want us to get into the Christmas spirit too early. No sooner had the Betster started doing a… Continue reading

Recent snow in the Kenai Mountains across Kachemak Bay has made the Poot Peak panda more visible, as seen here on Nov. 18, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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You know that old comic strip, The Phantom, about a hero who people believe can never die? The gimmick is that The Phantom is really… Continue reading

(Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News) Veterans march down Main Street in a Veterans Day parade Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. Veterans Day events start at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at the memorial at the corner of Lake Street and Pioneer Avenue. After a parade down Pioneer Avenue and ending on the Sterling Highway, a second ceremony will be held at the Veterans Memorial at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center.

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You know how on your Spacebook feed (or whatever the kids call that social media thing) some photo will pop up of what you’re were… Continue reading

(Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News) Veterans march down Main Street in a Veterans Day parade Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. Veterans Day events start at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, at the memorial at the corner of Lake Street and Pioneer Avenue. After a parade down Pioneer Avenue and ending on the Sterling Highway, a second ceremony will be held at the Veterans Memorial at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center.
A member of the Haunted Hickory prepares to scare guests on the deck of the US Coast Guard Cutter Hickory on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019 at the harbor in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

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Like several holiday traditions we Americans enjoy today — religious or otherwise — we once again have the Celts to thank. The ancient Celtic festival… Continue reading

A member of the Haunted Hickory prepares to scare guests on the deck of the US Coast Guard Cutter Hickory on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019 at the harbor in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Fall colors shine as the morning light catches the hills above Homer on Oct. 21, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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The winds of change have been roaring through our little town by the bay — but yeah, that pretty much explains fall, aye? Boy howdy… Continue reading

Fall colors shine as the morning light catches the hills above Homer on Oct. 21, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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If all goes according to plan and Gov. Mike Dunleavy makes his plane to Homer, he should be dropping in today at about 2:15 p.m.… Continue reading

Storm clouds swirl around Mount Iliamna on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, as seen from the Diamond Creek beach near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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Holy San Clemente! Is politics getting wild back east in our nation’s capital. Ever since that incident at the Waterfront Bar decades ago when the… Continue reading

Storm clouds swirl around Mount Iliamna on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, as seen from the Diamond Creek beach near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Swan lake Two swans feed on an extreme high tide of of 21.9 feet on Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 1, 2019, in Beluga Slough, Homer, Alaska. The tide flooded the slough to its shores, turning it into a lake. Homer will see an even higher tide of 22.6 feet at 3:11 p.m. Oct. 28, 2019. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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Whether things went the way you wanted them to or not, Homerites waking up on Wednesday morning should have rejoiced in the fact that we,… Continue reading

Swan lake Two swans feed on an extreme high tide of of 21.9 feet on Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 1, 2019, in Beluga Slough, Homer, Alaska. The tide flooded the slough to its shores, turning it into a lake. Homer will see an even higher tide of 22.6 feet at 3:11 p.m. Oct. 28, 2019. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
As part of their weekly Friday walks to local parks, Little Fireweed Academy students held a “We love the Earth March” to WKFL Park on Sept. 20, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. The kindergarten through second-grade students have been learning about ecology and animals and their connection to the earth. The march wasn’t associated with the Strike for the Climate held the same day. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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Well, Betsters, we can’t ignore it anymore. The season of ever increasing darkness is officially upon us. If the fact that our natural alarm clock… Continue reading

As part of their weekly Friday walks to local parks, Little Fireweed Academy students held a “We love the Earth March” to WKFL Park on Sept. 20, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. The kindergarten through second-grade students have been learning about ecology and animals and their connection to the earth. The march wasn’t associated with the Strike for the Climate held the same day. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Héctor Argiró stands by his 1969 Torino at on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2019, at Mariner Park on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. Starting on Nov. 24, 2016, Argiró drove the Argentinian classic car from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, Argentina, and north to Alaska through South America, Central America, Mexico, the western United States, and Canada. He plans to continue his trip through North America and then to Europe. For more about El Mundo en Torino (“Around the world in a Torino”), visit www.elmundoentorino.com. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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By coincidence, two travelers arrived at the End of the Road recently. Héctor Argiró from Argentina drove here all the way in his 1969 Torino… Continue reading

Héctor Argiró stands by his 1969 Torino at on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2019, at Mariner Park on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. Starting on Nov. 24, 2016, Argiró drove the Argentinian classic car from Buenos Aires to Ushuaia, Argentina, and north to Alaska through South America, Central America, Mexico, the western United States, and Canada. He plans to continue his trip through North America and then to Europe. For more about El Mundo en Torino (“Around the world in a Torino”), visit www.elmundoentorino.com. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Straw man Someone stuffed with grass a coat that washed up on the Homer Spit beach on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. No crows were observed in the vicinity of the impromptu art. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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The American flags flying yesterday at the knoll on Lake Street once again reminded us of Sept. 11, the somber day that will never be… Continue reading

Straw man Someone stuffed with grass a coat that washed up on the Homer Spit beach on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. No crows were observed in the vicinity of the impromptu art. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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Phew. The Betster can’t remember a time when rain and cool temperatures were more welcome. Bring on the downpours, the frost and the mist. Away… Continue reading

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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

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)
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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