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  • Senators, governors and distinguished congresspeople have visited Homer. Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, came here once. There have been unconfirmed rumors that Sean Penn and Lady Gaga once graced our town. But royalty? Holy bow and curtsy! For the first time ever, a European monarc...

    Thu, 05/21/2015 - 9:29am
  • Here’s the thing about living in a magical place people pay lots of money to visit. Sometimes we work so dang hard trying to make a living that we don’t have the time to appreciate Homer. I think doctors call this “Carpe diem deficit disorder.” You’re supposed to seize the day and we’re ...

    Thu, 05/14/2015 - 9:11am
  • After decades living in Homer, the Betster can finally admit it. Yours truly has succumbed to birder fever. Consider the evidence: bird nerd sweatshirt by Amanda Brannon, two pairs of binoculars and a spotting scope kept in the Betsterbaru, seven bird guides on the shelf and checklists for the last ...

    Thu, 05/07/2015 - 11:10am
  • Last Thursday the Betster took a photo safari looking for sandhill cranes at Beluga Slough. The B. got a solid tip that cranes had been seen at 11 p.m. last Wednesday, right on time for Earth Day. Out in the grass about 70 greater white-fronted geese waddled around feeding on whatever geese feed on ...

    Thu, 04/30/2015 - 8:38am
  • Just when you think the world might be getting back to normal, shazam, things have to go all topsy turvy on us. Not that the Betster has found a thorough definition of “normal,” and certainly not in Alaska. Your actual mileage may differ. How’s this: Normal in Alaska means that at least for on...

    Wed, 04/22/2015 - 4:06pm
  • When, oh when will our long seasonal nightmare end? Day after day, roaring blizzards have left maybe an inch of snow daily on our winter-weary town. Up in the hills, some people have reported deluges of up to a foot. It got so bad that every single day last week the Betster had to brush off a light ...

    Wed, 04/15/2015 - 3:25pm
  • Congratulations, citizens. This week you earn the distinct honor of directly participating in your government. Unlike voting, where you just have to show up and fill in some bubbles and make an informed choice, on April 15 you put some real skin in the game. Holy Alexander Hamilton! That’s right, ...

    Wed, 04/08/2015 - 3:24pm
  • In the ongoing drama of our changing season, stuff happens. Sometimes it happens so fast you wonder if maybe we’ve slipped into one of those science-fictional time shifts. You know — nice English nurse wanders into a Scottish stone circle and, shazam, next thing you know she’s in the 18th cent...

    Wed, 04/01/2015 - 2:22pm
  • Go to any meeting around town and you’re likely to hear the call of Homerus cruditis — that beast we transform into when the spring rhinovirus hits town. Holy hippopotamus! No, we’re not talking a beast with big horns, but rhino as in “nose,” an infection that takes up residency in your sc...

    Wed, 03/25/2015 - 3:51pm
  • Friday at 2:45 p.m. the sun crosses the celestial equator, an imaginary line in the heavens above the earth’s equator. We’ll experience one of those cosmic events marking the passage of this big blue marble around the sun. You may know that event as “spring.”...

    Wed, 03/18/2015 - 3:22pm

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