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  • The sandhill crane colts have begun to gather together for the big migration. On the Spit, except for a few brave businesses hanging in there for one last cruise ship visit, many places have closed. At Mariner Park, Mavis Muller and her magical assistants are getting close to finishing Reach, this y...

    Thu, 09/10/2015 - 9:13am
  • Now that Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell has ordered Mt. McKinley be renamed Denali, will other prominent Alaska geographic features be next? The renaming of a mountain with a dead guy’s moniker on it to an indigenous name does raise the question of other appellations. Ahem, like Homer....

    Thu, 09/03/2015 - 9:46am
  • The other day the Betster ran into a friend who has toiled for decades in the visitor industry. Oddly enough, she was not chained to the counter at her way-cool shop on the Spit, but out and about in the middle of the day. As if reading the Betster’s mind, she smiled, and said, “Late August.” ...

    Thu, 08/27/2015 - 9:32am
  • In the past it happened that moose hunting season and school opened in the same week. The School Board didn’t realize that a hunting family kid might want to skip school the first few days and go hunting with Ma and Pa on opening day....

    Thu, 08/20/2015 - 11:01am
  • Recently the Betster has been having issues with computers — OK, to be exact, the grand wonder of interconnected devices that saturate our lives. The B. doesn’t just mean a lone computer. No, we’re talking system-wide problems, input errors that begin in the cloud — that mysterious web-based...

    Thu, 08/13/2015 - 10:14am
  • Recently the Betster has been having issues with computers — OK, to be exact, the grand wonder of interconnected devices that saturate our lives. The B. doesn’t just mean a lone computer. No, we’re talking system-wide problems, input errors that begin in the cloud — that mysterious web-based...

    Thu, 08/13/2015 - 10:14am
  • On a fine summer evening when the setting sun lights up a cloud-splattered sky in azure blues and brilliant pinks, how can we not think we live in the most amazing world possible? How can we believe all the trivial pains of life matter when the glory of nature sweeps aside monkey-mind worries....

    Thu, 08/06/2015 - 9:19am
  • Less than 24 hours after the Homer City Council held its longest meeting in recent memory — 4 hours and 8 minutes, but who’s counting? — a 6.3 earthquake shook somewhere under Iliamna Volcano. The psychologist Carl Jung called this “synchronicity,” or an acausal connection between events....

    Thu, 07/30/2015 - 9:44am
  • OK, Besteroids, here’s something the Betster bets you didn’t know: This is National Moth Week. In celebration of that event, Shana Loshbaugh, area researcher and journalist and all-around awesome person (who has done more than her fair share this week to make sure you have a Homer News in your h...

    Thu, 07/23/2015 - 11:21am
  • On an early morning walk this week, the Betster, observant as always, noticed a couple of things: 1. In the wee hours of the morning, when some fishermen may be stirring but most of the rest of Homer is still slumbering, it’s light. The sun may not officially have risen, but it’s light outside. ...

    Thu, 07/16/2015 - 9:54am

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