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  • 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
  • Are there any sociology graduate students out there looking for a dissertation topic? Oh brilliant minds, if you haven’t figured it out by now, small towns can be fertile ground for research. And Homer? Holy doctorate, we’re like potatoes to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough....

    Thu, 02/18/2016 - 11:01am
  • Why, hello there friend of 3.57 degrees of separation. We don’t know each other yet, but according to a recent Facebook calculation, it would take that many links for any two strangers in the world to connect. Between Fred in Detroit and Vlad in Moscow are three-and-one half people. ...

    Wed, 02/10/2016 - 1:59pm
  • The Iniskin quake so shook up the Betster last week that yours truly totally forgot about one of the most important Alaska holidays ever — Marmot Day, of course. Thanks to the bold vision of former Gov. Sarah Palin, Alaska declared Feb. 2 as Marmot Day in celebration of our own big furry rodent, k...

    Thu, 02/04/2016 - 11:43am
  • Remember KLM Flight 876, the jet that went through the Redoubt Volcano ash in 1989? All four engines shut down and the jet fell 13,000 feet before two could get restarted. Everyone landed safely, but what a ride. That’s sort of how Alaska felt early Sunday morning with the 7.1-magnitude Iniskin ea...

    Thu, 01/28/2016 - 11:22am
  • If the clouds clear, for the next month we’ll see all five bright planets clustered together. “Bright” here doesn’t mean planets that did really well on the SAT, but the ones visible with the naked eye: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. They’ll be spread out from east to west like ...

    Thu, 01/21/2016 - 9:57am
  • Next Monday honors the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., widely considered the man who inspired the modern Civil Rights movement. Through his “I Have a Dream Speech” at the Aug. 23, 1963 Civil Rights March in Washington, D.C., King motivated millions to work toward equality for all. King might have s...

    Thu, 01/14/2016 - 10:29am
  • Seven days into the new year, and already it’s shaping up to be a doozy. To recap the news so far: • A big, sloppy winter storm roared in, causing ice jams on the Anchor River, knocking over street lamps on the Spit and blowing off roofs. ...

    Thu, 01/07/2016 - 10:12am

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