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  • For the past two weeks as the Republicans and Democrats have selected their presidential candidates, it has been nonstop political commentary. Hey, it’s a good living if you have a thick skin, a tough stomach and get excited by things like how many superdelegates can dance on the head of a pin. Th...

    Wed, 07/27/2016 - 3:08pm
  • The other day while shopping the Betster noticed a disturbing trend. S-c-h-o-o-l supplies are on sale. For you carefree kids enjoying your summer holiday with nothing more taxing than maybe mowing the family lawn, ruh-roh. S-c-h-o-o-l is just around the corner. Holy three-hole punch! The thing whose...

    Wed, 07/20/2016 - 4:07pm
  • Remember in winters past when it snowed so much you had to keep a snow shovel inside the front door to get out in the morning? That’s how the Betster feels with this summer’s explosion of green. To keep a decent lawn, you have to mow at least once a week — sometimes twice a week. Holy Tropican...

    Wed, 07/13/2016 - 2:56pm
  • Recently in the newsroom we got talking about an issue once not a problem in Homer: traffic. OK, we might have had some traffic back when all those horse teams tried to round Bluff Point on an incoming tide. We’re talking modern traffic, like this week, and the ordeals we must endure trying to dri...

    Wed, 07/06/2016 - 3:59pm
  • 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

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