Killer whales from several pods swim in Kachemak Bay on July 9, 2018 near Seldovia, Alaska. About 40 resident whales were seen in the area. Emma Luck, a University of Alaska Southeast marine biology student saw the whales while working as a naturalist for Rainbow Tours. “I’ve personally never seen so many killer whales in one spot,” Luck said. “It was a sight to behold.” (Photo by Emma Luck)

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Wherefore art thou, nice weather? Hath Mother Nature forsaken us so easily? Maybe this didn’t happen to other Homerites, but the Betster was getting good… Continue reading

Killer whales from several pods swim in Kachemak Bay on July 9, 2018 near Seldovia, Alaska. About 40 resident whales were seen in the area. Emma Luck, a University of Alaska Southeast marine biology student saw the whales while working as a naturalist for Rainbow Tours. “I’ve personally never seen so many killer whales in one spot,” Luck said. “It was a sight to behold.” (Photo by Emma Luck)

Peach dessert perfect way to highlight fresh fruit

This delicious, fresh peach dessert is a perfect way to showcase those sweet and juicy peaches we get from California every summer.

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Barbara Lavallee visits Art Shop Gallery Longtime Alaskan artist Barbara Lavallee visits from 1-6 p.m. Saturday at the Art Shop Gallery. Lavalle shows her new… Continue reading

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                                One of Francois Girard’s “Bird Blocks,” on display at Art Shop Gallery.

High summer brings diversity to arts scene

At the peak of summer with long days, warm temperatures and sunny skies, First Friday in Homer bursts out with a diverse collection of art.… Continue reading

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                                One of Francois Girard’s “Bird Blocks,” on display at Art Shop Gallery.
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                                One of Francois Girard’s “Bird Blocks,” on display at Art Shop Gallery.

High summer brings diversity to arts scene

At the peak of summer with long days, warm temperatures and sunny skies, First Friday in Homer bursts out with a diverse collection of art.… Continue reading

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                                One of Francois Girard’s “Bird Blocks,” on display at Art Shop Gallery.
Kite boarders play in Kachemak Bay while a fog bank covers the south shore last Saturday afternoon, June 30, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. When the afternoon bay breeze kicks in, Homer’s kite boarding community can be seen off the Mariner Park beach. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

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If the glint of motorhomes on the Homer Spit or the difficulty making a left turn off of Main Street didn’t hint at an increase… Continue reading

Kite boarders play in Kachemak Bay while a fog bank covers the south shore last Saturday afternoon, June 30, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. When the afternoon bay breeze kicks in, Homer’s kite boarding community can be seen off the Mariner Park beach. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Judy Flora stands among columbine in Homer, Alaska, on June 29, 2018, her penchant for the flowers realized. (Photo by Rosemary Fitzpatrick)

Keep gardens manageable

Now this is a truly beautiful Sunday night. Peaceful, soft breeze, bird song and a garden that will bloom sooner rather than later. Garden parties… Continue reading

Judy Flora stands among columbine in Homer, Alaska, on June 29, 2018, her penchant for the flowers realized. (Photo by Rosemary Fitzpatrick)
Jerrod Niemann. (Photo provided)

Backyard Country BBQ comes to the Kenai

Backyard Country BBQ Featuring music by Jerrod Niemann Trick Pony The Ken Peltier Band June 29: Soldotna Creek Park, Soldotna June 30: Outside Don Jose’s,… Continue reading

Jerrod Niemann. (Photo provided)

Arts Briefs

‘Spamalot’ opens Friday “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” Pier One Theatre’s big summer musical, opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the little red theater on the Homer… Continue reading

A golden crowned sparrow hops along through the gravel and grass just off Lake Street on Monday, June 23, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

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According to a press release from WalletHub that popped up in the Betster’s email, the top-10 beach towns include Lahaina and Kihei, Hawaii, a whole… Continue reading

A golden crowned sparrow hops along through the gravel and grass just off Lake Street on Monday, June 23, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Stars align for rhubarb and halibut

There are only two things besides seeing the sandhill cranes arrive and the baby moose following their mommas on wobbly legs that I wait all… Continue reading

Jerrod Niemann. (Photo provided)

Backyard Country BBQ comes to the Kenai

Backyard Country BBQ Featuring music by Jerrod Niemann Trick Pony The Ken Peltier Band June 29: Soldotna Creek Park, Soldotna June 30: Outside Don Jose’s,… Continue reading

Jerrod Niemann. (Photo provided)

Stars align for rhubarb and halibut

There are only two things besides seeing the sandhill cranes arrive and the baby moose following their mommas on wobbly legs that I wait all… Continue reading

A golden crowned sparrow hops along through the gravel and grass just off Lake Street on Monday, June 23, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Best Bets

According to a press release from WalletHub that popped up in the Betster’s email, the top-10 beach towns include Lahaina and Kihei, Hawaii, a whole… Continue reading

A golden crowned sparrow hops along through the gravel and grass just off Lake Street on Monday, June 23, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Arts Briefs

‘Spamalot’ opens Friday “Monty Python’s Spamalot,” Pier One Theatre’s big summer musical, opens at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the little red theater on the Homer… Continue reading

Local author Richard Chiappone discusses the merits of writing in the first person point of view with attending members of the 2018 Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference in his workshop, “I, Me, My: The Privileges and Responsibilities of the First Person Point of View Narrator”, on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at Land’s End Resort in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Delcenia Cosman)

Writers’ Conference another successful production

Since 2002, the nationally recognized Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference has aimed at bringing together people of similar talents in order to teach them, challenge them,… Continue reading

Local author Richard Chiappone discusses the merits of writing in the first person point of view with attending members of the 2018 Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference in his workshop, “I, Me, My: The Privileges and Responsibilities of the First Person Point of View Narrator”, on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at Land’s End Resort in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Delcenia Cosman)

Local authors go on tour

A group of Alaska authors visits communities in Southcentral Alaska this summer to meet with readers, discuss the wide range of topics on which they’re… Continue reading

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Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival runs this weekend Now into its 19th year, the Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival starts today and runs through Sunday.… Continue reading

Forget-me-nots add a welcome burst of blue. (Photo by Rosemary Fitzpatrick)

Perennials are the stars of the show

In this little garden herbaceous plants are the stars of the show. These are the soft-stemmed perennials that die back every fall, hang out underground… Continue reading

Forget-me-nots add a welcome burst of blue. (Photo by Rosemary Fitzpatrick)
Local author Richard Chiappone discusses the merits of writing in the first person point of view with attending members of the 2018 Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference in his workshop, “I, Me, My: The Privileges and Responsibilities of the First Person Point of View Narrator”, on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at Land’s End Resort in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Delcenia Cosman)

Writers’ Conference another successful production

Since 2002, the nationally recognized Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference has aimed at bringing together people of similar talents in order to teach them, challenge them,… Continue reading

Local author Richard Chiappone discusses the merits of writing in the first person point of view with attending members of the 2018 Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference in his workshop, “I, Me, My: The Privileges and Responsibilities of the First Person Point of View Narrator”, on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at Land’s End Resort in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Delcenia Cosman)