Kachemak Gardener: Savor every second of color as summer winds down

Kachemak Gardener: Savor every second of color as summer winds down

It’s 7:30 in the morning, I step out to survey our realm and am greeted by the twin moose calves that were born in the… Continue reading

Kachemak Gardener: Savor every second of color as summer winds down
Homer Farmers Market: Booths are brimming

Homer Farmers Market: Booths are brimming

I didn’t even get to the Homer Farmers Market until 2 p.m. It used to be that if you weren’t there right at 10 a.m.… Continue reading

Homer Farmers Market: Booths are brimming
Salmonfest celebrates 10th year with livestream event

Salmonfest celebrates 10th year with livestream event

Correction: The original name of Salmonfest was Salmonstock. Salmonfest, the big live music festival that bills itself as “three days of fish, love and music,”… Continue reading

Salmonfest celebrates 10th year with livestream event
Kachemak Cuisine: Summer is for salmon and sweets

Kachemak Cuisine: Summer is for salmon and sweets

Hello! The last two weeks have sped by in a frenzy of fishing. The Other Fisherman and sons have been running around the Kenai Peninsula… Continue reading

Kachemak Cuisine: Summer is for salmon and sweets
A patch of heart-shaped snow clings to the side of the Kenai Mountains on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, near Hope, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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The Betster has been so busy recently that yours truly almost didn’t notice a somber fact of late summer: It’s getting dark out. The other… Continue reading

A patch of heart-shaped snow clings to the side of the Kenai Mountains on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, near Hope, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Years Ago

Years Ago

20 years ago The Personal Watercraft Club of Alaska mobilized its members to oppose a decision that had been made in July to ban personal… Continue reading

Years Ago
The Alaska Grown logo.

Homer Farmers Market: Customers drive local food options

At the Homer Farmers Market on Saturday I overheard one of the farmers telling a customer the secret to the Market’s success. She summed it… Continue reading

The Alaska Grown logo.
The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies headquarters on Lake Street, seen here on July 16, 2020, in Homer, Alaska, will have live music and light refreshments during its telethon fundraiser from 3-7 p.m. July 26, 2020. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies to hold telethon

With the annual Spring Fling fundraiser canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the board of directors and staff of the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies… Continue reading

The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies headquarters on Lake Street, seen here on July 16, 2020, in Homer, Alaska, will have live music and light refreshments during its telethon fundraiser from 3-7 p.m. July 26, 2020. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Kachemak Gardener: On wasps and rain

Kachemak Gardener: On wasps and rain

I’m writing this Sunday night, its been raining all day. We actually got the wood stove going this afternoon to ease the damp chill. Excellent.… Continue reading

Kachemak Gardener: On wasps and rain
Years Ago

Years Ago

20 years ago Effective Aug. 1, 2000, then-Alaska State Parks Director Jim Stratton ordered Kachemak Bay State Park closed to personal watercraft, also known as… Continue reading

Years Ago
Homer Farmers Market: Keep farmers safe — and farming

Homer Farmers Market: Keep farmers safe — and farming

It is interesting how the COVID-19 situation has amplified so many people’s awareness of what is important. We are learning to localize more than ever,… Continue reading

Homer Farmers Market: Keep farmers safe — and farming
Artist establishes roots in Homer

Artist establishes roots in Homer

Since moving to Homer in April 2018, artist David Pettibone has put down roots in the lower Kenai Peninsula art scene, much of it in… Continue reading

Artist establishes roots in Homer
Kachemak Cuisine: Fresh halibut means time for a new recipecus

Kachemak Cuisine: Fresh halibut means time for a new recipecus

Hi! It feels like a lot of life has happened around here since I wrote last. My oldest son, Rob, has been staying with us… Continue reading

Kachemak Cuisine: Fresh halibut means time for a new recipecus
An old hay mower lies by the side of the recently rerouted Homestead Trail on Saturday, July 11, 2020, on Diamond Ridge near Homer, Alaska. Several historic homesteads were established in the hills above Homer in the 1930s and 1940s. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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Once again a public relations person has sent a missive to World Betster Headquarters stating what the Betster has already figured out. Sometimes we get… Continue reading

An old hay mower lies by the side of the recently rerouted Homestead Trail on Saturday, July 11, 2020, on Diamond Ridge near Homer, Alaska. Several historic homesteads were established in the hills above Homer in the 1930s and 1940s. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Years Ago

Years Ago

20 years ago Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member Drew Scalzi told supporters of the proposed Greater Kachemak Fire and Emergency Medical Service Area it must… Continue reading

Years Ago
Arts council announces peony poster contest winners

Arts council announces peony poster contest winners

As part of Homer’s innaugural Homer Peony Celebration taking place July 10-25, the Homer Council on the Arts sponsored a youth poster contest. Young artists… Continue reading

Arts council announces peony poster contest winners
Artist organizes ‘bee the change’ project

Artist organizes ‘bee the change’ project

With the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center Fourth of July celebration canceled, a group of Homer artists who traditionally perform in the parade… Continue reading

Artist organizes ‘bee the change’ project
Arts briefs

Arts briefs

Local artists win grants Three Homer artists have received Individual Artist or Project Award grants from the Rasmuson Foundation, according to a press release from… Continue reading

Arts briefs
Homer Farmers Market: Farmers offer stability in times of uncertainty

Homer Farmers Market: Farmers offer stability in times of uncertainty

In a time of uncertainty, it certainly is nice to know where the stability is. This spring, when farmers markets around the country were getting… Continue reading

Homer Farmers Market: Farmers offer stability in times of uncertainty
As a reminder to be safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, Homer artist Julie Tomich painted face masks on the figures of Tom Reed’s mural, “Tribute to Performing Artists,” as seen on July 3, 2020, on Pioneer Avenue in Homer, Alaska. Reed painted the mural in August 1985 on a retaining wall in front of NOMAR (then Proctor’s Grocery), and updated the mural with additional figures in 2008 under a city grant. Using a chalk-based, non-permanent paint, Tomich got permission from the city to add the masks to the mural. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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Once again some Lower 48 website has provided the Betster with exciting news about Alaska. In this case, Sixty and Me, an online magazine for… Continue reading

As a reminder to be safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, Homer artist Julie Tomich painted face masks on the figures of Tom Reed’s mural, “Tribute to Performing Artists,” as seen on July 3, 2020, on Pioneer Avenue in Homer, Alaska. Reed painted the mural in August 1985 on a retaining wall in front of NOMAR (then Proctor’s Grocery), and updated the mural with additional figures in 2008 under a city grant. Using a chalk-based, non-permanent paint, Tomich got permission from the city to add the masks to the mural. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
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