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  • Here’s the problem of living in a small town that grows by a few hundred people in the summer. For most of the year we hang out with folks we’ve come to know and sort of tolerate — maybe even love. It’s not that our neighbors are necessarily wonderful human beings, but that over time we have...

    Wed, 06/29/2016 - 3:29pm
  • While driving home to Chez Betster, yours truly passed a caravan of Land Rover campers with French flag decals that looked like they had come from Patagonia. In fact, as the Betster later found out after catching up with the campers on the Spit, one family had driven to Homer from the other end of t...

    Wed, 06/22/2016 - 4:10pm
  • Thursday, June 23 PRE-K PUFFINS EARLY LEARNING PROGRAM 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center ESTUARY HIKES AT ISLANDS AND OCEAN 11 a.m.-noon, Alaska Islands & Ocean Visitor Center YOGA FOR KIDS 11 a.m.-noon, Homer Public Library ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS noon, 8 p.m., Hillas B...

    Wed, 06/22/2016 - 2:27pm
  • If you lived in Homer on Dec. 21 and wondered where the heck all that daylight had gone, cheer up. You’ve found it. All those photons apparently crawled forward in time and landed on Tuesday, June 21. We’ll get a whopping 18 hours and 44 minutes then, or as they call it in Barrow, “a good star...

    Wed, 06/15/2016 - 4:35pm
  • Forget the cruise ship passengers, the foreign adventurers and the production staffs of Alaska’s 47 reality TV shows. As most Alaskans know, the real backbone of the visitor industry can be summed up in three initials: V, F and R. That’s ‘visiting friends and relatives,’ the people you know ...

    Thu, 06/09/2016 - 3:51pm
  • There might have been the usual kerfuffles, but pat yourselves on the backs, Homerites. You survived the Memorial Day weekend and the traditional opening of the summer tourist season and the temporary occupation by southbound Alaskans and visitors. It looked like most everyone on the Spit found a ca...

    Thu, 06/02/2016 - 2:27pm
  • Recently one of our hard working reporters took a vacation to Paris. Sacre bleu! It’s a good thing the International Herald Tribune wasn’t  hiring or we would have lost the poor guy to the City of Lights. He’s been talking of sidewalk cafes, awesome museums, incredible monuments, quaint l...

    Thu, 05/26/2016 - 10:07am
  • The Shorebird Festival goers have come and gone after the weekend, during which they enjoyed temperatures in the mid-60s, bright sunshine and sparkling water in Kachemak Bay. Whether you were out birding or, like the Betster, soaking up the sun and watching the birders get excited over things with w...

    Thu, 05/19/2016 - 10:13am
  • The birds have been back in town for a couple of weeks, surely but surely arriving in time for Homer’s celebration of their existence. Now it’s our turn to show up on the shores, binoculars and cameras in hand, to pay our respects to the many species of incredible wildlife that choose to spend t...

    Thu, 05/12/2016 - 10:32am
  • If it slipped your mind, like it almost did the Betster’s, this serves as an official reminder that Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 8. If mom’s in town, take her to brunch, a walk on the beach, or get nostalgic with the new Jungle Book movie showing at the Homer Theatre. Otherwise, don’t forget ...

    Thu, 05/05/2016 - 10:01am

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