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Story last updated at 4:00 PM on Wednesday, January 18, 2012

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A moose feeds on alders in the Homer News parking lot on Tuesday afternoon. With deep snow in the higher elevations, moose have been moving down into town searching for winter browse.

The cartography world is all atwitter about "The Essential Map of the United States," created by Eugene, Ore., cartographer David Imus. Yeah, yeah, it looks elegant and does cool things like add shading to show stuff like forests. The Betster loves a good map, but this puppy is anathema to Alaskans -- and Hawaiians.

Yup, like every U.S. map we grew up with in school, "essential" means "put the 49th and 50th states way over there in the corner, out of scale and disconnected." You know how tourists sometimes think Alaska is an island? That's because they see Alaska adrift on the edge of a map. The western Aleutians? Feh. They're not even on the map.

Holy Conic Projection! Just when the Betster got worked into a dither about ignorant map makers, out plops a newspaper insert from the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation. You know, the people who invest our money wisely so we can generously Pick. Click. Give. to charities when filing for our online dividends. Right on the cover of the insert a map of the 50 United States shows, yes, poor Alaska and Hawaii shoved over to the corner, out of scale and adrift. Our own state corporation staffed by Alaskans committed this atrocity. Mapmakers from Eugene you can excuse. But Alaskans? In the pioneer days this would be a blue ticket offense -- give 'em a one-way trip south on the S.S. Alaska.

Oh well. In the grand cause of advancing the world's perceptions of Alaska, it's three steps forward, two steps back. That's sort of how this month has been cleaning up after the snow. There's no going back with all the great things to do in this town, because things happen so fast, you have to go while you can -- unless a blizzard cancels 'em -- like some of these Best Bets:

BEST DEJA VU ALL OVER AGAIN BET: Speaking of canceled events, last Thursday's little squall closed a few around town. The monthly Homer Chamber of Commerce mixer has been rescheduled to today from 5 to 7 p.m. at State Farm on Lake Street. As usual, it's a great chance to meet with other business people, make new friends, learn about Mike Barth's State Farm branch and gnosh on treats.

BEST EAT RIGHT LIVE RIGHT BET: The Betster got a little confused as to why the California Highway Patrol would be sponsoring "Forks Over Knives," a film about better eating habits. Would Erik Estrada make a surprise celebrity appearance? Turns out "CHIP" means "Complete Health Improvement Project," Homer's effort to address issues like heart disease and diabetes by, well, eating better. Also canceled by that nasty blizzard, it's rescheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at the Homer Theatre. Admission is by donation. Learn more about CHIP (not ChiP) too.

BEST RIPPIN' AND GNARLY BET: Yeah, you could call the K-Bay surf that, but what about the waves of Ireland? Find out how rough they have it in the old sod with "Dark Side of the Lens," one of the films showing Saturday for the Telluride Mountainfilm Tour. Catch amazing outdoor, adventure and environmental awareness films at 7 p.m. today and Saturday at the Homer Mariner Theatre. Admission is $10 each night and supports Community Recreation. Don't miss the Kachemak Junior Nordic ski swap from 5 to 7 p.m. today before the film. See story, page 10 for details.

BEST OVER THE HUMP BET: The nice thing about howling blizzards and bitter cold spells is that if you can get through 'em, well, the rest of winter ought to be a cinch. Need a little respite? Check out the annual -- and always amazing -- Anchor Point Cabin Fever Variety show. The fun runs 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Chapman Elementary School. At $15 a family, it's a bargain. Best of all, proceeds benefit the Anchor Point Library, one of the best cabin fever relievers around.

BEST ART ART BABY BET: We couldn't have great art and culture without great art and cultural organizations like the Homer Council on the Arts. We couldn't have HCOA without amazing artists, educators and business backers. Meet the winners of this year's Annual Arts Award at 6:30 p.m. Friday for HCOA's annual meeting.