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Forget Stonehenge, Homer is the place to be for the summer Solstice, my friends! Well, maybe not Homer per se, but Alaska has some of the best Solstice celebrations around, if you ask the Betster.

Cassian Shay Rios

Cassian Shay Rios was born at 10:35 p.m. May 30, 2018, at South Peninsula Hospital to Daniel and Abi Rios of Homer, Alaska. He weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce. His maternal grandparents are Bruce Alborn and Sandy Miller, both of Homer. His paternal grandparents are Maria and Daniel Rios of California. His maternal great-grandparents are Ralph and Betty Miller of Homer. He joins siblings Daniel A. Rios, Jaime E. Rios, Katie C. Rios, Jadin R. Mann and River M. Mann.

Pulitzer Prize winner Anthony Doerr passes on lessons as Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference keynote

The role of the keynote speaker at the annual Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference can range from Rotary Club toastmaster to Marine Boot Camp drill instructor — “All right, you maggots, get out there and write.” Sometimes it turns into stand-up comedy, like the time Amy Tan read from the Cliff Notes edition of her novel, “The Joy Luck Club”


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