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  • If you drove out to the Spit  this week and happened to see a cluster of people huddled against the wind and staring into spotting scopes, no, you didn’t  time travel forward two weeks. We won’t get the big influx of shorebirds until the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival on May 12-15, bu...

    Thu, 04/28/2016 - 10:59am
  • As the Betster writes this, 93 days have passed and the Alaska Legislature still hasn’t passed a budget or solved the state fiscal crisis. That would be the fiscal crisis everyone has been talking about for the past two years.  Meanwhile, construction workers have been doing external work on ...

    Thu, 04/21/2016 - 10:13am
  • You know the rhyme, “April showers bring May flowers?” Not current in this time zone, as television broadcasters used to say back in the days when shows got sent up by tape on a slow barge from Seattle. The better saying might be, “April showers bring May mud.” OK, that doesn’t sound as ca...

    Thu, 04/14/2016 - 9:48am
  • Periodically the Homer News gets press releases from Outside media flacks pitching a story. Usually they went us to cover some event happening in Anchorage and we have to explain Alaska geography to them.  ...

    Thu, 04/07/2016 - 10:20am
  • As you travel around town on Friday, don’t be surprised if you see some strange things. Holy crocuses! No, we don’t mean the usual variety of weird stuff that happens this time of year, like flowers blooming in toasty planters while 2-feet of snow remains in the hills. That’s just situation no...

    Wed, 03/30/2016 - 4:22pm
  • To seasoned Alaskans it should come as no surprise that spring started with a pleasant little flurry of snow. Winter king fishermen probably weren’t shocked either that Saturday started marvelous and sunny and ended with snow. No one complained, at least those with long memories. One year the Home...

    Thu, 03/24/2016 - 9:23am
  • This week has been chock full of important dates. On Monday, 3/14/16, we got Pi Day, because the date is close to the numeral pi, 3.14159. Break out the key lime pies. Yum. On Tuesday it was March 15, the Ides of March, famous for when Julius Caesar discovered that in politics, you can’t even trus...

    Thu, 03/17/2016 - 9:15am
  • Should you stroll down Pioneer Avenue on Friday night, don’t be surprised if the streets look empty. Unless you’re at the airport or driving north, Homer magically slips into its mid-March slumber. Old men in suspenders sitting on the bench by the Poopdeck Trail will look around and say, “Seem...

    Thu, 03/10/2016 - 1:11pm
  • When historians look back at March 1, 2016, they will hail it as the day one man overcame obstacles and did what few before him have. One man will have traveled far, risen to heights unimagined, and changed the world. Holy Spray Tan! Yes, Tuesday marked the day the American astronaut Scott Kelly ret...

    Thu, 03/03/2016 - 10:08am
  • Happy birthday on Feb. 29 to Lord Byron, Gioacchino Rossini, Dinah Shore, Tempest Storm, Ja Rule and Adolph Blaine Charles David Earl Frederick Gerald Hubert Irvin John Kenneth Lloyd  Martin Nero Oliver Paul Quincy Randolph Sherman Thomas Uncas Victor William  Xerxes Yancy Zeus Wolfeschleg...

    Thu, 02/25/2016 - 11:15am

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