A bull moose feeds by Beluga Lake early on the morning of Aug. 27. Hunting season started Aug. 20. Since hunting is prohibited in Homer city limits, the moose is safe.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

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Once again it’s time for the annual Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report that ranks the 200 largest cities in terms of car-collision frequency. The rankings… Continue reading

A bull moose feeds by Beluga Lake early on the morning of Aug. 27. Hunting season started Aug. 20. Since hunting is prohibited in Homer city limits, the moose is safe.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News
Alaska Service Corps members pose for a photo near the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center last Friday. Working with the Southeast Alaska Guidance Association out of Juneau, they pulled up hemp nettle, an invasive weed. From left to right are Sheba Brown of Claremont, Calif.; Kendall Tuniston of Grand Rapids, Mich.; Myles Morris of St. Paul, Minn.; Heather Hughes; Megan Montgomery of Brookfield, Conn.; Matt Harrison of Mound, Minn.; and Dan Bowen of Juneau.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

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Now that the August primary has ended, school has started, the silver salmon run has slowed down and the Kenai Peninsula Fair is over, it… Continue reading

Alaska Service Corps members pose for a photo near the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center last Friday. Working with the Southeast Alaska Guidance Association out of Juneau, they pulled up hemp nettle, an invasive weed. From left to right are Sheba Brown of Claremont, Calif.; Kendall Tuniston of Grand Rapids, Mich.; Myles Morris of St. Paul, Minn.; Heather Hughes; Megan Montgomery of Brookfield, Conn.; Matt Harrison of Mound, Minn.; and Dan Bowen of Juneau.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News
The full moon emerges from clouds before sunrise on Monday. August’s full moon was what’s commonly called a super moon, defined as when the moon is closer than 223,694 miles to the earth. The average distance to the moon is 238,000 miles.

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Starting next week we enter the Twilight Zone of not-quite summer but not yet fall. Here in Alaska, traditional definitions of fall like the autumnal… Continue reading

The full moon emerges from clouds before sunrise on Monday. August’s full moon was what’s commonly called a super moon, defined as when the moon is closer than 223,694 miles to the earth. The average distance to the moon is 238,000 miles.
From left to right, Ray Troll, John “Johnny B.” Bushell and David Montgomery play at the Cook Inletkeeper Splash Bash July 31 at Bishop’s Beach. Troll of Ketchikan and Bushell of Homer play with the Ratfish Wranglers, and Montgomery of Seattle plays with Big Dirt. Both bands played at Salmonstock last weekend. Montgomery, author of “King of Fish,” also spoke at the Splash Bash and Salmonstock.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

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Now would be the time when the Betster does the annual summer punch list column. As kids prepare for school and voters steel themselves for… Continue reading

From left to right, Ray Troll, John “Johnny B.” Bushell and David Montgomery play at the Cook Inletkeeper Splash Bash July 31 at Bishop’s Beach. Troll of Ketchikan and Bushell of Homer play with the Ratfish Wranglers, and Montgomery of Seattle plays with Big Dirt. Both bands played at Salmonstock last weekend. Montgomery, author of “King of Fish,” also spoke at the Splash Bash and Salmonstock.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News
Salmon sculptures spout fire at last year’s Salmonstock in Ninilchik. The music festival celebrating wild salmon runs Friday-Sunday. For ticket information, see salmonstock.org.-Photo by McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News

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If you’ve been seeing coworkers and friends walking around bleary eyed and in a daze, no, they haven’t been attacked by zombies. Considering we’re at… Continue reading

Salmon sculptures spout fire at last year’s Salmonstock in Ninilchik. The music festival celebrating wild salmon runs Friday-Sunday. For ticket information, see salmonstock.org.-Photo by McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News
The crew of the F/V Western Freedom work on the boat at the steel grid at the Homer Harbor about 1 p.m. last Thursday. -Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

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Have you noticed how some Alaskans like to drive glossy black trucks with tinted windows, jacked up tires and not a hint of chrome. The… Continue reading

The crew of the F/V Western Freedom work on the boat at the steel grid at the Homer Harbor about 1 p.m. last Thursday. -Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News
Visitors to the 2013 Homer Council on the Arts Street Faire enjoyed great weather with art, music and crafts. The event returns to Hazel Avenue from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday.
Visitors to the 2013 Homer Council on the Arts Street Faire enjoyed great weather with art, music and crafts. The event returns to Hazel Avenue from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday.

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A recent article in Slate magazine reported that the Associated Press has begun using robots to write business stories on corporate quarterly earnings. Well, the… Continue reading

A bald eagle sits in a nest near Beluga Slough and the Lake Street stoplight. A pair of bald eagles has nested in the area for several years, first at a tree closer to the light and then in a tree by the motorhome dump station. This tree is a new nest.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

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Not that the Betster actually saw it, but observant citizens reported that last weekend tents covered every square foot of beach above the high-tide line… Continue reading

A bald eagle sits in a nest near Beluga Slough and the Lake Street stoplight. A pair of bald eagles has nested in the area for several years, first at a tree closer to the light and then in a tree by the motorhome dump station. This tree is a new nest.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News
Clara Anderson, center, waits for cake at her 109th birthday party on Wednesday at South Peninsula Hospital Long Term Care. With her are granddaughters Kellie Blue, left, Jean Oldham, back, and grand-daughter-in-law Connie Oldham, right. Born July 2, 1905, in Kirksville, Mo., Anderson said her secret to a long life is “Work hard when you’re a kid. Grow up in the corn fields. Work and exercise, probably.”-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

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Independence Day is one of the few American holidays that always falls on the same date — July 4, of course. This year the fourth… Continue reading

Clara Anderson, center, waits for cake at her 109th birthday party on Wednesday at South Peninsula Hospital Long Term Care. With her are granddaughters Kellie Blue, left, Jean Oldham, back, and grand-daughter-in-law Connie Oldham, right. Born July 2, 1905, in Kirksville, Mo., Anderson said her secret to a long life is “Work hard when you’re a kid. Grow up in the corn fields. Work and exercise, probably.”-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News
Racing for the solstice

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Recently up in Anchorage a wolf ate a small dog running loose on a hiking trail. Some people suggested installing warning signs so hikers would… Continue reading

Racing for the solstice
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Alaska has two seasons, the old joke goes: winter and road construction. We all know about road construction. You can’t go hardly anywhere in the… Continue reading

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Contractors on Tuesday ready Homer High School’s lower field for an installation of turf.-Photo by McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News

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We’re in a lull right now with the summer tourist season. Although shops and restaurants have opened on the Spit, the big wave of Lower… Continue reading

Contractors on Tuesday ready Homer High School’s lower field for an installation of turf.-Photo by McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News
Jewel Curtis, Tara Walter and Elisha Howard, from left, check out a brick cenotaph, or memorial, last Thursday built on Bishop’s Beach by Old Town artists in residence Jimmy Riordan, Jesus Landin Torrez III and Michael Gerace. The community art project was made with local clay and fired on the spot.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

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Heat. Frost. An earthquake. Wildfires. Smoke. High winds. Snow. Aren’t you glad to see the end of May? While the weather has been dang nice… Continue reading

Jewel Curtis, Tara Walter and Elisha Howard, from left, check out a brick cenotaph, or memorial, last Thursday built on Bishop’s Beach by Old Town artists in residence Jimmy Riordan, Jesus Landin Torrez III and Michael Gerace. The community art project was made with local clay and fired on the spot.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News
Chloe Pleznac makes a sale at the Snowshoe Hollow booth at the Homer Farmers Market on Saturday. -Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

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Years ago the Betster visited West Palm Beach, Fla., for a wedding of a friend. A couple of friends from Los Angeles also visited. Bob… Continue reading

Chloe Pleznac makes a sale at the Snowshoe Hollow booth at the Homer Farmers Market on Saturday. -Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News
Beach walkers enjoy a sunny day earlier this month before smoke rolled over Kachemak Bay. The forecast calls for sunshine today, with cloudy skies this weekend.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

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Well, we all knew it couldn’t last. Here we’ve been on an awesome super sunny day roll, and what happens? A big fire flares up… Continue reading

Beach walkers enjoy a sunny day earlier this month before smoke rolled over Kachemak Bay. The forecast calls for sunshine today, with cloudy skies this weekend.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

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Here at the News it takes a Cray supercomputer to keep track of everyone’s summer vacation schedules. We’re guessing a lot of small businesses around… Continue reading

Passengers disembark from the M/V Silver Shadow on Wednesday at the Deep Water Dock. The Silver Shadow is the first cruise ship in Homer since 2012. The M/V Amsterdam arrives May 26.-McKibben Jackinsky
Passengers disembark from the M/V Silver Shadow on Wednesday at the Deep Water Dock. The Silver Shadow is the first cruise ship in Homer since 2012. The M/V Amsterdam arrives May 26.-McKibben Jackinsky
A sandhill crane feeds in Beluga Slough last week with a flock of greater-white fronted and cackling Canada geese, evidence that not just shorebirds are migrating through or nesting in Homer.  -Michael Armstrong, Homer News

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Warm weather, soft spring rains, trees turning green, thousands of shorebirds arriving and businesses opening on the Homer Spit. Can anyone doubt that spring has… Continue reading

A sandhill crane feeds in Beluga Slough last week with a flock of greater-white fronted and cackling Canada geese, evidence that not just shorebirds are migrating through or nesting in Homer.  -Michael Armstrong, Homer News
Homer Cycling Club’s Martin Renner provides the energy to operate a blender and Adele Person pours the resulting smoothies for guests at Saturday’s Safe Kids Fair.-Photo by McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News

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If we were commissars, we’d be polishing our medals and fluffing up our big fur for the big May Day parade in Red Square. Oh,… Continue reading

Homer Cycling Club’s Martin Renner provides the energy to operate a blender and Adele Person pours the resulting smoothies for guests at Saturday’s Safe Kids Fair.-Photo by McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News
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