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  • Jim Varos, better known as “ Hobo Jim,” has captured audiences all over the world with his collection of Alaskana-flavored guitar and storytelling performances. Alaska’s iconic singer-songwriter and official state balladeer is back in Homer, playing two family-friendly shows every Tuesday and ...

    Wed, 07/16/2014 - 4:57pm
  • By McKibben JackinskyStaff writerWith work already begun on a new harbormaster office, the future of the existing one is uncertain. (See related story, page 1.)“If you want my two cents, this building needs to be removed and we should create parking in this area… until a higher and better use co...

    Wed, 07/16/2014 - 3:19pm
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    Wed, 07/16/2014 - 3:03pm
  • A recent article in Slate magazine reported that the Associated Press has begun using robots to write business stories on corporate quarterly earnings. Well, the stories aren’t written by actual robots, but a computer software program called Wordsmith. Many corporations already have replaced human...

    Wed, 07/16/2014 - 3:00pm
  • Birds! Hummingbirds to be exact. Never ever have we had them stay around like this. Usually we catch a glimpse and are delighted, but this season they are here for the long haul. We have even heard them “talking” to each other — they sound like a cartoon bird. We have at least a pair and maybe...

    Wed, 07/16/2014 - 2:32pm
  • Not that the Betster actually saw it, but observant citizens reported that last weekend tents covered every square foot of beach above the high-tide line on the Spit. A campfire haze circled Kachemak Bay from Point Pogibshi to Bluff Point, which probably had some homesick Californians pining for LA....

    Wed, 07/09/2014 - 4:46pm
  • If you take a walk through Jo Going’s art exhibit Reliquary at the Pratt Museum, prepare for a paradigm shift. In Reliquary, Going combines such things as animal bones, teeth, pelts and feathers with bright watercolor paper, beads, sequins and glitter, celebrating the beauty of life through items ...

    Wed, 07/09/2014 - 2:37pm
  • Homer writer Nancy Lord has won the Alaska Center for the Book 2014 Literary Award. The awards are presented annually by the Alaska Center for the Book, Alaska’s liaison with the U.S. Library of Congress Center for the Book. The awards go to people and institutions who have made a significant cont...

    Wed, 07/09/2014 - 2:35pm
  • Rev. Dr. Jeremy Taylor visits Stillpoint Lodge in Halibut Cove for a workshop, “Working With Dreams: Discovering the Deeper Meanings” from July 24-27. Taylor is one of the original founders and past president of the International Association for the Study of Dreams and is the author of several b...

    Wed, 07/09/2014 - 2:35pm
  • As part of its latest round of grant awards, the Rasmuson Foundation has awarded a $50,000 grant to the Alaska Humanities Forum to complete a documentary about Clem Tillion, the Halibut Cove fisherman and former legislator. The award was part of $13.5 million awarded to Alaska nonprofit organization...

    Wed, 07/09/2014 - 2:34pm

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