Beach walkers wait for kite surfers to hit the waves last Saturday as fog shrouds the Homer Spit during KiteFest.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

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Based on the number of people with reddish tints to their faces around town, not all of you listened to the Betster’s advice last week… Continue reading

Beach walkers wait for kite surfers to hit the waves last Saturday as fog shrouds the Homer Spit during KiteFest.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News
National Public Radio puzzlemaster Will Shortz, second from left, and Robert Roberts, fourth from right and the top ranked U.S. table-tennis player, join Homer ping-pong players last weekend at Homer High School. From left to right are Dan Kroph, Shortz, Jimmy and Gary Gao, Roberts, Dale Banks, Matt Faris and Kyle, last name not known. Shortz visited Alaska as part of his goal to play ping pong in all 50 states.-Photo by Mary Kate Green

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“A screaming comes across the sky,” starts Thomas Pynchon’s “Gravity’s Rainbow.” Pynchon wrote about V-2 rockets in London during World War II, but here at… Continue reading

National Public Radio puzzlemaster Will Shortz, second from left, and Robert Roberts, fourth from right and the top ranked U.S. table-tennis player, join Homer ping-pong players last weekend at Homer High School. From left to right are Dan Kroph, Shortz, Jimmy and Gary Gao, Roberts, Dale Banks, Matt Faris and Kyle, last name not known. Shortz visited Alaska as part of his goal to play ping pong in all 50 states.-Photo by Mary Kate Green

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If you had taken a three-week vacation recently and just gotten back in town, you might wonder if you missed a plane somewhere. Where is… Continue reading

It’s a great time to see moose and their calves.  This family was photographed Tuesday night in the McNeil Canyon area off McBride Avenue.-Photo by Martie Krohn

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How does that adage go? Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans. That’s what’s happening this week at the Homer News. With… Continue reading

It’s a great time to see moose and their calves.  This family was photographed Tuesday night in the McNeil Canyon area off McBride Avenue.-Photo by Martie Krohn

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Just to continue this bizarre spring, it snowed 3 inches in the hills last Thursday. For you flatlanders, that’s why you saw cars around town… Continue reading

Campers relax at Mariner Park last Saturday for the first busy weekend of the summer tourist season.-Photo by McKibben Jackisnky, Homer News

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We silly humans think that just because we set a schedule the world will follow. Hah! You know how that studded tire deadline worked out.… Continue reading

Campers relax at Mariner Park last Saturday for the first busy weekend of the summer tourist season.-Photo by McKibben Jackisnky, Homer News
An early morning snowfall and chilly temperatures weren't enough to dampen the May Day Celebration at Fireweed Academy on Saturday. Crafts, a silent dessert auction, musicians and a May Day dance performed by the charter school's younger students kept the festivities going.-Photo by McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News

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Yowzah, has spring finally arrived in this year’s Not Current In This Time Zone season.The other day the Betster broke out into a smile at… Continue reading

An early morning snowfall and chilly temperatures weren't enough to dampen the May Day Celebration at Fireweed Academy on Saturday. Crafts, a silent dessert auction, musicians and a May Day dance performed by the charter school's younger students kept the festivities going.-Photo by McKibben Jackinsky, Homer News
Homer Police Officer Stacey Luck on Tuesday morning talks to a motorist who had stopped to look at a moose feeding on the lawn by the Homer Education and Recreation Complex on the Sterling Highway.-Photos by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

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You can tell it’s spring because the calendar now says May. Seriously. In some parts of the world people celebrate the month by torching off… Continue reading

Homer Police Officer Stacey Luck on Tuesday morning talks to a motorist who had stopped to look at a moose feeding on the lawn by the Homer Education and Recreation Complex on the Sterling Highway.-Photos by Michael Armstrong, Homer News
A flock of about 25 lesser Canada geese fed at Beluga Slough while passing through Homer on Monday, Earth Day.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer  News

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Recently the Betster went up to Anchortown for a big journo conference. Periodic trips to Alaska's big city are worthwhile, if only to remind us… Continue reading

A flock of about 25 lesser Canada geese fed at Beluga Slough while passing through Homer on Monday, Earth Day.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer  News
A pile of buoys adds some color to the Homer Spit until flowers start blooming.-Photos by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

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It’s kinda hard to get silly and sarcastic when the week starts with a bombing in Boston that kills three people and maims many. Sure,… Continue reading

A pile of buoys adds some color to the Homer Spit until flowers start blooming.-Photos by Michael Armstrong, Homer News
In this February 2007 photo, hockey players show their support for Kevin Bell. At the time, Bell was recovering from surgery. He died in January 2008. Starting at 2 p.m. Sunday is Kevin Bell Day at the Kevin Bell Ice Arena, with a tribute to Bell, free skating, hockey and broom ball games.-Photo provided

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In yet another sign of spring — the Betster has a long list, by the way — Alaska Department of Public Safety Commissioner Joseph Masters… Continue reading

In this February 2007 photo, hockey players show their support for Kevin Bell. At the time, Bell was recovering from surgery. He died in January 2008. Starting at 2 p.m. Sunday is Kevin Bell Day at the Kevin Bell Ice Arena, with a tribute to Bell, free skating, hockey and broom ball games.-Photo provided
Poot Peak stands out behind the Homer Spit in a view late Monday evening from West Hill Road three days after the jack-up rig Endeavour-Spirit of Independence left.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

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The other day while toiling away in the word mines, the Betster experienced something unknown since last summer. I got hot. No, we’re not talking… Continue reading

Poot Peak stands out behind the Homer Spit in a view late Monday evening from West Hill Road three days after the jack-up rig Endeavour-Spirit of Independence left.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News
A bald eagle sits on top of a tsunami warning tower on the Homer Spit last Friday. At about 9:50 a.m. On the March 27 anniversary of the 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake, state and federal agencies held a test of the statewide tsunami warning system.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

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When you woke up the other day, did you feel a little bit older? If so, that’s because you are older — a lot, lot… Continue reading

A bald eagle sits on top of a tsunami warning tower on the Homer Spit last Friday. At about 9:50 a.m. On the March 27 anniversary of the 1964 Great Alaska Earthquake, state and federal agencies held a test of the statewide tsunami warning system.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

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Holy Feng Shui, Betsteroids! Did you know March has five Fridays in it? This is supposed to be really rare and is called “money bags,”… Continue reading

A good day to ride

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For the past few days the Betster has been chasing owls and comets. The Betster has been on a mission to find that great gray… Continue reading

A good day to ride
Shamba performs last Saturday for the Homer Council on the Arts Marimba Madness fundraiser. From left to right are Stephanie Leib Migdal, Sue Post, Jenny Stroyeck, Sara Reinert, Jackie Forster, Amanda Miller and Jim Levine.

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Have you noticed this month how every date in March falls on the same day of the week as in February? Feb. 1? A Friday.… Continue reading

Shamba performs last Saturday for the Homer Council on the Arts Marimba Madness fundraiser. From left to right are Stephanie Leib Migdal, Sue Post, Jenny Stroyeck, Sara Reinert, Jackie Forster, Amanda Miller and Jim Levine.
Reading without a net

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The big hot tech news this week had something to do with a thing called Google Glass. At first the Betster thought that was Google… Continue reading

Reading without a net
The sun rises over the Kenai Mountains while fog covers Kachemak Bay last Thursday morning, a view many Homer workers see on their drive.

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Notice the red color on this page? The words “love” and “Valentine’s Day”? Consider this fair warning that today might be a day those romantically… Continue reading

The sun rises over the Kenai Mountains while fog covers Kachemak Bay last Thursday morning, a view many Homer workers see on their drive.
Scott Bartlett, left, Pratt Museum curator of collections, speaks at the opening last Friday of “Encounters: Whales in Our Waters,” as Lee Post, right, listens. Post coordinated ariculating the whale skeleton hanging from the ceiling.                               -Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

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Yo, Betsteroids, note the date on this issue. That’s right, it’s Feb. 7, a week out from National Strike Fear Into Men’s Hearts Day, more… Continue reading

Scott Bartlett, left, Pratt Museum curator of collections, speaks at the opening last Friday of “Encounters: Whales in Our Waters,” as Lee Post, right, listens. Post coordinated ariculating the whale skeleton hanging from the ceiling.                               -Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

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Worried that Homer had settled into a nice, calm stable weather pattern? Did you fear that our reputation as the banana belt of Alaska had… Continue reading

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