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  • You know that metaphor about trying to nail Jell-O to a table? The Betster has had a week like that. That’s situation normal here in the news business, where every week some story comes up that wants to be slippery. Some weeks, though, the gelatin dessert fights back and your hammer turns to rust....

    Thu, 09/25/2014 - 9:15am
  • Today, history will be made. Today, a northern region rich with oil and populated by cantankerous individuals votes on its independence. Aye or nay? Freedom or union? No, no, that’s not the Alaska Independence Party’s dream come true, but the Scottish independence referendum, when Scots decide i...

    Wed, 09/17/2014 - 4:33pm
  • Thirteen years ago evil men flew planes into tall buildings and changed our world. One plane of heroes fell from the sky. Towers fell. Thousands ran down the streets of lower Manhattan trying to escape dust and devastation.Two wars later, security alert after security alert, we muddle through this b...

    Thu, 09/11/2014 - 10:29am
  • Concerned citizens following statewide elections might have noticed how things have begun to heat up. Here at Latitude 59 degrees and some change, we don’t burn up precious electrons reporting on all that stuff. Newsroom central gets about a dozen emails a day from the elephant and donkey U.S. Sen...

    Wed, 09/03/2014 - 4:47pm
  • Once again it’s time for the annual Allstate America’s Best Drivers Report that ranks the 200 largest cities in terms of car-collision frequency. The rankings also factor in things like precipitation. The rankings don’t include the southern Kenai Peninsula area, but it does include Anchorage. ...

    Thu, 08/28/2014 - 9:59am
  • Now that the August primary has ended, school has started, the silver salmon run has slowed down and the Kenai Peninsula Fair is over, it seems calm around here. Almost too calm, you know, like that scene in a Western film where a tumbleweed blows down a dusty, deserted street and an old cowboy play...

    Thu, 08/21/2014 - 11:21am
  • Starting next week we enter the Twilight Zone of not-quite summer but not yet fall. Here in Alaska, traditional definitions of fall like the autumnal equinox don’t always work. Alaska, living true to its motto of “North to the Future,” starts fall early. Consider these upcoming dates: • At 1...

    Wed, 08/13/2014 - 4:46pm
  • Now would be the time when the Betster does the annual summer punch list column. As kids prepare for school and voters steel themselves for round one of elections, you’d expect the B. to get all snarky about the chores not done. Nope, not gonna do that....

    Wed, 08/06/2014 - 3:37pm
  • If you’ve been seeing coworkers and friends walking around bleary eyed and in a daze, no, they haven’t been attacked by zombies. Considering we’re at high summer, there can be only three possible explanations: • They’ve been entertaining VFRs — that’s visiting friends and relatives; ...

    Wed, 07/30/2014 - 5:10pm
  • Have you noticed how some Alaskans like to drive glossy black trucks with tinted windows, jacked up tires and not a hint of chrome. The Betster gets that no-chrome thing. Chrome can be a pain to polish. Big, black truck are part of the tactical trend — you know, silver is the new black. You don’...

    Wed, 07/23/2014 - 4:25pm

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