A bald eagle strikes a distinguished pose while sitting on a light pole near the Homer Spit Trail on Tuesday afternoon. Although feeding eagles is banned in Homer, bird watchers and photographers can still see eagles on the Spit.-Photo by McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News

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The Betster always finds the Lower 48 response to a big East Coast blizzard amusing. If a winter storm that in Alaska we’d call “a… Continue reading

A bald eagle strikes a distinguished pose while sitting on a light pole near the Homer Spit Trail on Tuesday afternoon. Although feeding eagles is banned in Homer, bird watchers and photographers can still see eagles on the Spit.-Photo by McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News
Homer Mayor Beth Wythe, center, reads a proclamation at the Jan. 12 Homer City Council meeting declaring Friday as Big Read Day and encouraging people to take part in the Homer Public Library’s Big Read for Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451.”  The Big Read starts with a kick-off bonfire at 7 p.m. Friday at the Homer Public Library. Watching are Marylou Burton, treasurer, Friends of the Homer Public Library; Library Advisory Board student member Sabina Karwowski; Library Director Anne Dixon; and Friends of the Homer Public Library Coordinator Erin Hollowell.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

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If you looked up in the sky lately and can see past the downtown light pollution, you might have noticed a big fuzzy dot near… Continue reading

Homer Mayor Beth Wythe, center, reads a proclamation at the Jan. 12 Homer City Council meeting declaring Friday as Big Read Day and encouraging people to take part in the Homer Public Library’s Big Read for Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451.”  The Big Read starts with a kick-off bonfire at 7 p.m. Friday at the Homer Public Library. Watching are Marylou Burton, treasurer, Friends of the Homer Public Library; Library Advisory Board student member Sabina Karwowski; Library Director Anne Dixon; and Friends of the Homer Public Library Coordinator Erin Hollowell.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News
Artist and poet Jo Going, left, visits with Homer poet Eva Saulitis through a Skype connection at the opening of Going’s show, “Still and Again,” last Friday at Bunnell Street Arts Center. Saulitis is in Hawaii, and Michael Walsh of Bunnell Street Arts Center set up the Skype session so Saulitis could see the show and hear Going’s poetry reading.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

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We American journalists like to think we’re tough. Cover up a political scandal and we’ll go all Woodward and Bernstein on ya. We dig into… Continue reading

Artist and poet Jo Going, left, visits with Homer poet Eva Saulitis through a Skype connection at the opening of Going’s show, “Still and Again,” last Friday at Bunnell Street Arts Center. Saulitis is in Hawaii, and Michael Walsh of Bunnell Street Arts Center set up the Skype session so Saulitis could see the show and hear Going’s poetry reading.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News
The full moon rises over the Bridge Creek Reservoir and Crossman Ridge last Saturday night. Recent days of clear and cold weather turn into a predicted chance of snow this weekend, with lows in the low 30s and highs in the mid-30s.

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Thanks to the services of the U.S. Government, and in particular the Naval Observatory, we’ve figured out how to compile sunrise-sunset and hours of daylight… Continue reading

The full moon rises over the Bridge Creek Reservoir and Crossman Ridge last Saturday night. Recent days of clear and cold weather turn into a predicted chance of snow this weekend, with lows in the low 30s and highs in the mid-30s.
Sam Young shovels the sidewalk in front of Fireweed Gallery and Ptarmigan Arts on Monday afternoon. The weekend outlook calls for more snow on Christmas and sunshine on Friday.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

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We’ve been working hard here at the Homer News, putting out not just this issue, but our super-mega-ginormous 50th anniversary edition, publishing Jan. 1. If… Continue reading

Sam Young shovels the sidewalk in front of Fireweed Gallery and Ptarmigan Arts on Monday afternoon. The weekend outlook calls for more snow on Christmas and sunshine on Friday.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News
The mariner statue holds a Christmas tree at the Seafarer’s Memorial on the Homer Spit. Part of a Homer Harbor tradition, some mariners also put trees in the masts of fishing boats.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

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Now comes the time in the holiday season when ... well, don’t panic. OK, panic. See the date at the top of the page? It’s… Continue reading

The mariner statue holds a Christmas tree at the Seafarer’s Memorial on the Homer Spit. Part of a Homer Harbor tradition, some mariners also put trees in the masts of fishing boats.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

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Over the Betster’s decades in Alaska, yours truly has learned a few tricks about living in the Last Frontier. First, don’t get all cocky even… Continue reading

Snow frosted ridges on the Kenai Mountains catch the afternoon sun on a clear day last week. Recent rains have refreshed the snow pack at high elevations in the mountains across Kachemak Bay.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

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The holiday season seems to mess up time. People used to celebrating holidays in chronological order — first Halloween, then Thanksgiving and then Christmas —… Continue reading

Snow frosted ridges on the Kenai Mountains catch the afternoon sun on a clear day last week. Recent rains have refreshed the snow pack at high elevations in the mountains across Kachemak Bay.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

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The other day the Betster searched fruitlessly in email for an important document. After about 20 minutes, the Betster smacked forehead into palm and realized,… Continue reading

Kallan Johnson, left, of McNeil Canyon Elementary School and Carter Woodhead of Chapman School pose with Homer Electric Association’s LED Lucy after winning first place and third place, respectively for grades K-1 in HEA’s south service area energy conservation contest. -Photo by McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News

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If it seems like the world has gotten dimmer, don’t despair, Betsteroids. Last week the National Aeronautics and Space Administration announced that the universe is… Continue reading

Kallan Johnson, left, of McNeil Canyon Elementary School and Carter Woodhead of Chapman School pose with Homer Electric Association’s LED Lucy after winning first place and third place, respectively for grades K-1 in HEA’s south service area energy conservation contest. -Photo by McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News
South Peninsula hospital registered nurses Kathi Collett of Quality Improvement, left, and Sherry Catterfeld of Infection Prevention Employee Health, right, distribute information on avoiding the flu, pneumonia, ebola and other infectious diseases at Saturday’s Rotary Health Fair.-Photo by McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News

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In this week’s election, some estimated that backers of Mark Begich or Dan Sullivan spent $50 million on the U.S. Senate race. That’s about $200… Continue reading

South Peninsula hospital registered nurses Kathi Collett of Quality Improvement, left, and Sherry Catterfeld of Infection Prevention Employee Health, right, distribute information on avoiding the flu, pneumonia, ebola and other infectious diseases at Saturday’s Rotary Health Fair.-Photo by McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News

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Be afraid. Be very afraid. Just when you thought it was OK to go out of the house, oh my, our town is about to… Continue reading

Homer’s newest city council member, Catriona Reynolds, takes her place at the council table after being sworn in during a special meeting of the council Monday. Reynolds is seated next to David Lewis, who won re-election Oct. 7, and also was sworn in at the Monday meeting, as was Beth Wythe, who won re-election as the city’s mayor.-Photo by McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News

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Let us pause now and consider the glory of sunrises and sunsets. Holy electromagnetic spectrum! Have we been having some awesome turnings of the planet… Continue reading

Homer’s newest city council member, Catriona Reynolds, takes her place at the council table after being sworn in during a special meeting of the council Monday. Reynolds is seated next to David Lewis, who won re-election Oct. 7, and also was sworn in at the Monday meeting, as was Beth Wythe, who won re-election as the city’s mayor.-Photo by McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News
A new sign at Bishop’s Beach welcomes visitors. Tracy and Tracy of Lost Things Design created the sign under a commission from Bunnell Street Art Center’s ArtPlace America grant.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

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The Betster deeply regrets last week’s mention of The Precipitation That Will Not Be Named. Apparently, even not saying a certain word wasn’t enough to… Continue reading

A new sign at Bishop’s Beach welcomes visitors. Tracy and Tracy of Lost Things Design created the sign under a commission from Bunnell Street Art Center’s ArtPlace America grant.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News
Homer Middle School Huskies Cora Parish, Katarina Hockema and Rylyn Todd show their homecoming spirit in Friday night’s Homer High School Homecoming parade. In back, crown-wearing HMS Principal Kari Dendurent adds some sparkle to the parade.-Photo by McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News

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If you happened to be cruising the Homer hillside on Sunday, you might have seen little white flakes fluttering down from the sky. No, that… Continue reading

Homer Middle School Huskies Cora Parish, Katarina Hockema and Rylyn Todd show their homecoming spirit in Friday night’s Homer High School Homecoming parade. In back, crown-wearing HMS Principal Kari Dendurent adds some sparkle to the parade.-Photo by McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News
A leaf and berries lie on a boulder in the Pratt Museum’s botanical garden last Friday — one of the best places in town to do some fall “leaf peeping,” as they call it in New England.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

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Every October we enter the cusp of winter, or winter as we Alaskans define it. Alaska doesn’t cycle through the seasons in neat and tidy… Continue reading

A leaf and berries lie on a boulder in the Pratt Museum’s botanical garden last Friday — one of the best places in town to do some fall “leaf peeping,” as they call it in New England.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News
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You know that metaphor about trying to nail Jell-O to a table? The Betster has had a week like that. That’s situation normal here in… Continue reading

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The Homer Downtown Rotary Club placed United States flags on the city park at Lake Street and the Sterling Highway to commemorate the events of Sept. 11. -Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

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Today, history will be made. Today, a northern region rich with oil and populated by cantankerous individuals votes on its independence. Aye or nay? Freedom… Continue reading

The Homer Downtown Rotary Club placed United States flags on the city park at Lake Street and the Sterling Highway to commemorate the events of Sept. 11. -Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News
Josh Reynolds, right, from SpitwSpots, and Jason Sodergren, left, work on the Pratt Museum’s GullCam on Gull Island last month. The Alaska State Museum gave the Pratt a grant to upgrade its remote viewing camera. The camera is offline while the upgrade is being completed.-Photo by Scott Bartlett, Pratt Museum

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Thirteen years ago evil men flew planes into tall buildings and changed our world. One plane of heroes fell from the sky. Towers fell. Thousands… Continue reading

Josh Reynolds, right, from SpitwSpots, and Jason Sodergren, left, work on the Pratt Museum’s GullCam on Gull Island last month. The Alaska State Museum gave the Pratt a grant to upgrade its remote viewing camera. The camera is offline while the upgrade is being completed.-Photo by Scott Bartlett, Pratt Museum

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Concerned citizens following statewide elections might have noticed how things have begun to heat up. Here at Latitude 59 degrees and some change, we don’t… Continue reading

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