Homer Features

  • With Tuesday’s municipal election approaching, the Betster has been thinking a lot about legacy. You know, the stuff we as individuals leave to our loved ones and the kind of community those who follow us find after we’ve left. Seems like legacy — the kind we leave as individuals and as a comm...

    Thu, 09/26/2013 - 1:32pm
  • Homer Theatre’s 10th annual documentary film festival begins at 6 p.m. today with gala opening festivities, which include a 6 p.m. barbecue dinner, guest speakers and the international release of the documentary “Muscle Shoals.” Ten films are in the film festival’s ...

    Thu, 09/26/2013 - 11:18am
  • Karla Freeman is no stranger to the Homer arts community.   She lived in Homer for more than 40 years painting, teaching and caring for her family. Her husband, Carlos Freeman, designed and built their home 11 miles out East End Road where they raised three daughters in their “cabin in the wo...

    Thu, 09/26/2013 - 11:17am
  • It was shoulder-to-shoulder, plate-to-plate and cup-to-cup at Wasabi’s on Saturday for the first Taste of Homer, with 19 participating vendors offering tastes of everything from Jakolof Oyster Company’s fresh oysters to the delicate rosewater and cream cheese-filled pizzelles created by Red Bird...

    Thu, 09/26/2013 - 10:26am
  • Skywatchers, if you missed the Harvest Moon Wednesday night, go take a look tonight and you’ll get a glimpse of the almost full Harvest Moon. It’s a sight worth seeing. It’s dubbed the “Harvest Moon” because its bright light allowed farmers to harvest their crops for several more hours, ac...

    Thu, 09/19/2013 - 11:27am
  • The autumn equinox was set ablaze with Homer’s annual burning basket on Sept. 15. The mythical tale all began in response to a project by artist and naturalist, Mavis Muller.  In 2004, Muller received a grant from the Alaska State Council on the Arts to travel to Nevada and participate with a...

    Wed, 09/18/2013 - 4:29pm
  • I have embraced kale. Last growing season I started four plants by directly seeding them into the plot. It was a very long time before I got anything that looked productive. By then I was not all that interested. But this year I set out four strong seedlings, conferred with friends who are believers...

    Wed, 09/18/2013 - 4:02pm
  • Homer is a little off the Iditarod’s beaten path, but when you live in Nome, the end of the world-famous sled dog race, you’re in the thick of the action. That’s exactly where Nancy and Dan Levinson found themselves when they lived in that Bering Sea community. “We used to house the mushers,...

    Wed, 09/18/2013 - 3:39pm
  • Ten films, plus a short one that tells the story of the Russian Old Believers on the Kenai Peninsula, usher in the 10th Annual Homer International Documentary Film Festival at the historic Homer Theatre, the longest running movie house in Alaska. This year’s festival celebrates a full decade of do...

    Wed, 09/18/2013 - 3:35pm
  • An alert observer of the natural world e-mailed the Betster with an update on the sandhill crane migration. “Huge Normandy Invasion type of crane formation passed over Homer heading southeast around 11:45 a.m.,” Mr. Nature Observer — we’ll call him “Nick” — wrote. With that many cranes...

    Thu, 09/12/2013 - 8:47am

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