Members of the Kachemak Bay Wooden Boat Society pose with Homer Boat Yard owner Mike Stockburger after he moved the Indomita from West Hill to the boat yard on Kachemak Drive last Friday. A Homer man donated the ketch to the society. From left to right are Jim Lunny, John Miles, Bummpo Bremicker, Dave Seaman and Stockburger.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

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Recently our reporters made two separate forays to Portland, Ore. No, this wasn’t a big story investigating the People’s Republic of Portland. We went south… Continue reading

Members of the Kachemak Bay Wooden Boat Society pose with Homer Boat Yard owner Mike Stockburger after he moved the Indomita from West Hill to the boat yard on Kachemak Drive last Friday. A Homer man donated the ketch to the society. From left to right are Jim Lunny, John Miles, Bummpo Bremicker, Dave Seaman and Stockburger.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News
Two blue herons are seen at the Homer Harbor. Blue herons are the largest of the North American herons. They can be found throughout North America and Central America shorelines and wetlands. -Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

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Some have been blaming the Post Office’s long lines of late to “T” time.  We’re not talking “tee” time as in golf, as in the… Continue reading

Two blue herons are seen at the Homer Harbor. Blue herons are the largest of the North American herons. They can be found throughout North America and Central America shorelines and wetlands. -Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News
With ice still covering Beluga Lake, this pair of swans spent a recent morning sailing on the warmer water of Beluga Slough.-Photo by McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News

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To the Betster, it looks like 2014 has two themes at work: weather and history.  Let’s take the weather first. It’s been full of surprises… Continue reading

With ice still covering Beluga Lake, this pair of swans spent a recent morning sailing on the warmer water of Beluga Slough.-Photo by McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News
A truck drives past waves crashing on the Homer Spit Road last Friday afternoon as the high tide comes in. Winds were 35 to 40 mph with seas up to 7 feet on a 17.6-foot high tide. This weekend’s forecast calls for better weather, with sunshine and temperatures in the low 30s and high 20s.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

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Let us suppose you lived in a far northern climate. Let’s say that you expect cold temperatures and have acquired a wardrobe for it —… Continue reading

A truck drives past waves crashing on the Homer Spit Road last Friday afternoon as the high tide comes in. Winds were 35 to 40 mph with seas up to 7 feet on a 17.6-foot high tide. This weekend’s forecast calls for better weather, with sunshine and temperatures in the low 30s and high 20s.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News
A bald eagle sits in a nest by the motorhome dump station across from the Homer Post Office last Thursday. A pair of eagles built the nest in 2012, and might be the same pair that had a nest in a tree by the Lake Street stoplight before a storm blew the tree down.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

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Sometimes the Betster isn’t tuned in to all the action going on in the world. On Monday while driving to work, the Betster grew puzzled… Continue reading

A bald eagle sits in a nest by the motorhome dump station across from the Homer Post Office last Thursday. A pair of eagles built the nest in 2012, and might be the same pair that had a nest in a tree by the Lake Street stoplight before a storm blew the tree down.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

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The fun thing about living in Alaska is that it challenges us to get out of our comfort zones and embark on great adventures. Sometimes… Continue reading

Williwaw plays last year for Marimba Madness. The showcase of African music returns at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Homer Elks Lodge, with Williwaw, Tamba Hadzi and Shamwari performing. Special guest stars Soriba and Shelley Fofana also perform. The event is a fundraiser for the Homer Council on the Arts.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

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Thanks to the web, you can now find not just winter jokes, but Alaska winter jokes. One of the Alaska winter jokes going around shows… Continue reading

Williwaw plays last year for Marimba Madness. The showcase of African music returns at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Homer Elks Lodge, with Williwaw, Tamba Hadzi and Shamwari performing. Special guest stars Soriba and Shelley Fofana also perform. The event is a fundraiser for the Homer Council on the Arts.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News
At the closing ceremonies of the 2014 Homer Winter Carnival on Saturday, Cathy Essex holds cue cards with the lyrics of Alaska’s Flag Song. Nichole Essex, right, displays her collection of  HWC buttons.-Photo by McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News

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If anyone doubted winter had finally returned to Homer, all you had to do was dance in the snow on Valentine’s Day last week or… Continue reading

At the closing ceremonies of the 2014 Homer Winter Carnival on Saturday, Cathy Essex holds cue cards with the lyrics of Alaska’s Flag Song. Nichole Essex, right, displays her collection of  HWC buttons.-Photo by McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News
Lúnasa performs at the Mariner Theatre last Saturday. From left to right are Kevin Crawford, Cillian Vallely, Seán Smyth, Ed Boyd and Trevor Hutchinson on double bass.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

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As has now become apparent, the Betster has only been posing as a smart-aleck social adviser and in reality works as a secret instigator of… Continue reading

Lúnasa performs at the Mariner Theatre last Saturday. From left to right are Kevin Crawford, Cillian Vallely, Seán Smyth, Ed Boyd and Trevor Hutchinson on double bass.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News
A group of rock sandpipers feed on the low tide last week at the Homer Spit.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

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Just when you thought our winter weather couldn’t get any weirder, along comes a new twist. We’re in a fire weather watch. “Winter” is used… Continue reading

A group of rock sandpipers feed on the low tide last week at the Homer Spit.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News
A beach walker left bare footprints on the sand near Bishop’s Beach last Saturday, proof that for some it was warm enough to shed shoes.-Photo by Stan Purington

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The Betster would like to call back last week’s Best Bets in which yours truly said it appeared parts of Alaska had drifted down into… Continue reading

A beach walker left bare footprints on the sand near Bishop’s Beach last Saturday, proof that for some it was warm enough to shed shoes.-Photo by Stan Purington
Homer News reporters Michael Armstrong, left, and McKibben Jackinsky, right, cut the cake at the 50th anniversary party for the Homer News last Thursday at VBS / Specialty Stoves. Former reporter Hal Spence is the background. For more photos, see the Spotted page at homernews.com.-Photo by Meldonna Cody

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A quick glance at the weather forecast for a Pacific Northwest city calls for a chance of rain, and temperatures in the high 40s and… Continue reading

Homer News reporters Michael Armstrong, left, and McKibben Jackinsky, right, cut the cake at the 50th anniversary party for the Homer News last Thursday at VBS / Specialty Stoves. Former reporter Hal Spence is the background. For more photos, see the Spotted page at homernews.com.-Photo by Meldonna Cody
The Homer Spit is reflected in Mud Bay as seen from the Spit Trail early Sunday morning.-Photo by McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News

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Pretty nifty — guess who’s 50? That would be us, of course, as we celebrate 50 years of reporting on this wild, wacky and wonderful… Continue reading

The Homer Spit is reflected in Mud Bay as seen from the Spit Trail early Sunday morning.-Photo by McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News
A pair of moose cross East Skyline Drive on Sunday. Even at the higher elevations, roads had water running on top of slushy snow and ice — treacherous conditions for cars and critters.-Photo by McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News

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Ya know, it just doesn’t seem right that while we’re enjoying balmy weather here in Alaska, subzero cold has descended upon our southern neighbors. Holy… Continue reading

A pair of moose cross East Skyline Drive on Sunday. Even at the higher elevations, roads had water running on top of slushy snow and ice — treacherous conditions for cars and critters.-Photo by McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News
Alpenglow shines on Mount Iliamna during sunrise last Friday as seen from Diamond Ridge. Homer has already gained 11 minutes of daylight since last Thursday.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

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So, Betsteroids, how many New Year’s resolutions have you broken already? Here it is day two of a bright, shiny year and already the B.… Continue reading

Alpenglow shines on Mount Iliamna during sunrise last Friday as seen from Diamond Ridge. Homer has already gained 11 minutes of daylight since last Thursday.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News
The winter sun sets over Cook Inlet earlier this week. Alaskans start getting more light beginning Monday.-Photo by McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News

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Time sure does fly up here in the dark north. After weeks of anticipation, a little stress and some foul weather now and then, the… Continue reading

The winter sun sets over Cook Inlet earlier this week. Alaskans start getting more light beginning Monday.-Photo by McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News
Kyle Schneider directs the Homer High School Concert Choir as it sings Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” last Saturday at the Nutcracker Faire. A flash mob chorus and Jubilation, the Homer United Methodist Church bell choir, joined the choir.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

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One of Alaskans’ favorite sports these days is making fun of how woefully unprepared cities in the Lower 48 can be when snow falls. We’re… Continue reading

Kyle Schneider directs the Homer High School Concert Choir as it sings Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” last Saturday at the Nutcracker Faire. A flash mob chorus and Jubilation, the Homer United Methodist Church bell choir, joined the choir.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News
Brownie Scout Audrey Chandler of Troop 564 and troop leader Sharlene Cline offer all the parts for making gingerbread houses at last year’s Nutcracker Faire.-Photo by McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News

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Now’s the time when our social calendars fill up like a bath tub at the bottom of Niagara Falls. Everyone wants to have open houses,… Continue reading

Brownie Scout Audrey Chandler of Troop 564 and troop leader Sharlene Cline offer all the parts for making gingerbread houses at last year’s Nutcracker Faire.-Photo by McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News
New snow dusts pink flamingo lawn oranments on Diamond Ridge after a snowfall last Friday.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

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In a 1784 letter to his daughter, Sally, Benjamin Franklin observed that the bald eagle should not be the symbol of the United States. “He… Continue reading

New snow dusts pink flamingo lawn oranments on Diamond Ridge after a snowfall last Friday.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News
Kim McNett kayaks in a gentle surf off the Homer Spit last week. McNett and partner Bjorn Olsen took advantage of a sunny day to practice their kayak skills.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

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The other night while driving home from the word mines, the Betster stopped by Beluga Lake to gaze at the rising full moon. With a… Continue reading

Kim McNett kayaks in a gentle surf off the Homer Spit last week. McNett and partner Bjorn Olsen took advantage of a sunny day to practice their kayak skills.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News
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