Flowers bloom in the garden of Rachel Lord, who owns and operates Alaska Stems, during the annual Garden Tour on Sunday, July 28, 2019 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

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As we begin the slow and inevitable crawl toward fall, we are hurried along by Homer’s uncharacteristically warm spring and downright uncomfortably hot summer. Vegetables… Continue reading

Flowers bloom in the garden of Rachel Lord, who owns and operates Alaska Stems, during the annual Garden Tour on Sunday, July 28, 2019 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Cottage pinks, asiatic lilies, heuchera, thalictrum, all happily cohabitate in a very unplanned perennial bed at the Kachemak Gardener’s garden in this photo taken on July 28, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Rosemary Fitzpatrick)

Kachemak Gardener: Fast and Furious gardening season has been quite a ride

FAST AND FURIOUS. That’s what this growing season is handing us, the first one the likes of this that I can recall in my 47… Continue reading

Cottage pinks, asiatic lilies, heuchera, thalictrum, all happily cohabitate in a very unplanned perennial bed at the Kachemak Gardener’s garden in this photo taken on July 28, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Rosemary Fitzpatrick)
The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra at its 2018 Gala Concert. (Photo provided)

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KPO holds summer concerts this weekend For its annual summer concert series, the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra holds concerts in Homer, Kenai and Soldotna this weekend… Continue reading

The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra at its 2018 Gala Concert. (Photo provided)

Years Ago

20 years ago Raven Transit started offering bus service in the summer of 1999 with a 90-minute round trip route from the Down East Saloon… Continue reading

Homer Farmers Market: Rainy Market brings people together

Last Saturday at the Homer Farmers Market it was warm even though it was raining. You can dodge underneath the different tent covers to stay… Continue reading

Homer Farmers Market: Bounty of summer hitting Market early

I have a house full of peonies. They have popped so much earlier this year than normal that the peony growers have been scrambling to… Continue reading

Kachemak Cuisine: Enjoy a light meal with summer salad

I never would have guessed I would want it to rain as badly as I did while living in a coastal community in Alaska, ever.… Continue reading

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Homer artist to show in Fairbanks, Valdez and Anchorage Homer artist Deland Anderson will hold an exhibit of his work over the rest of the… Continue reading

Fireweed blooms in the hills overlooking Kachemak Bay as seen from Old East End Road on Saturday, July 20, 2019 near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

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In light of all the recent accidents that seem to be plaguing the southern Kenai Peninsula, and, indeed, all of Alaska, the Betster thought this… Continue reading

Fireweed blooms in the hills overlooking Kachemak Bay as seen from Old East End Road on Saturday, July 20, 2019 near Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Years Ago

20 years ago Alaskans should expect big changes in the way the state provides services in the new millennium, Rep. Gail Phillips told a gathering… Continue reading

Walker’s paintings seek ‘a sense of the past and the present’

On a warm, sunny day earlier this month for First Friday at Bunnell Street Arts Center, a soft odor permeated the gallery for the opening… Continue reading

Homer Farmers Market: New farmers learn in modern ways — and some old

A lot has changed about farming since the Homer Farmers Market opened up 20 years ago. One of the biggest differences is how farmers learn… Continue reading

Grands Marguerite Vallee, Cecilia Fitzpatrick and Genevieve Vallee seek shade, solace, companionship and Doritos under the lilacs on the Fourth of July in the Kachemak Gardener’s garden. (Photo by Rosemary Fitzpatrick)

Kachemak Gardener: Share gardens through neighborhood stroll

What better way to share a whole street worth of gardens than to have a “Garden Stroll?” I got the idea from a friend who… Continue reading

Grands Marguerite Vallee, Cecilia Fitzpatrick and Genevieve Vallee seek shade, solace, companionship and Doritos under the lilacs on the Fourth of July in the Kachemak Gardener’s garden. (Photo by Rosemary Fitzpatrick)

Years Ago

20 years ago Homer Children’s Services received a a state Mental Health Trust Authority grant of $27,000 to improve and make more accessible its facilities.… Continue reading

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As fun as that heatwave was while it lasted, the Betster is personally relieved that we finally got the rain we needed and deserved. Homer… Continue reading

Stir Fry Bok Choy makes a good side dish for salmon patties, as seen here July 7, 2019, in Teri Robl’s Homer, Alaska, kitchen. (Photo by Teri Robl)

Kachemak Cuisine: Salmon patties make the perfect Alaska summer dish

Summer in Alaska is synonymous with salmon, and in July, sockeye salmon are as popular, plentiful and just as anticipated as tourists and sunshine. We… Continue reading

Stir Fry Bok Choy makes a good side dish for salmon patties, as seen here July 7, 2019, in Teri Robl’s Homer, Alaska, kitchen. (Photo by Teri Robl)

Homer-grown artist returns to passion after corporate detour

Artists heading out into the world often face a crossroads. On the one hand they dream of careers as Broadway actors, musicians with a major… Continue reading

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OK, what the heck is up with this weather? Yet again we had another cloudy, cool day. If it seems like it’s been forever since… Continue reading

Homer Farmers Market: Support local agriculture by supporting farmers markets

I’m sitting on my deck watching as a Steller’s jay grabs some large insect and then lands nearby and shows it off to me as… Continue reading

Musician Matt Yaki plays his guitar in a 2019 photo. (Photo provided)

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Blues musicians play today The Homer blues trio, Bluebelly, opens for Nome and Nashville-based Arlo Hannigan with Jackie Rae Daniels and Lance “Sunny Jim” Highers.… Continue reading

Musician Matt Yaki plays his guitar in a 2019 photo. (Photo provided)
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