Hands On Love

February, the love month, celebrates Valentine’s Day the 14th and February 17th Kindness Day. This article will be published after the fact. Even after both days, it seems this message can apply 365 days of the year. At least we all might try this, and perhaps many in Homer do this as a matter of fact, such has been my experience on several occasion.


These are the names of children and adults killed in mass shootings and stabbings at schools and universities in the United States going back to the Bethel Regional School shooting, Feb. 19, 1997:

History abounds in rooms of the Pratt

Savanna Bradley is the collections manager at the Pratt Museum in Homer, but she’s been a personal fan and lover of the building and all its artifacts since childhood. To watch her slide out drawers of fragile bones and handle handcrafted fishhooks is to watch a professional care for her many charges, but to hear her talk about the Pratt and all it has to offer is to listen to the perspective of a lifelong lover of history.

Best Bets

The other night the Betster drew the short straw and had to cover one of those important community meetings instead of the cool literary event with Atz Kilcher and his new book.

Jakodi Jonathan Kleinleder

Jakodi Jonathan Kleinleder was born at 1:54 a.m. on Feb. 18, 2018 at South Peninsula Hospital to Tammy and Jonathan Kleinleder of Homer. He weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces. His grandparents are Peggy Ellen and Richard Kleinleder of Homer.

50 years ago: Homer’s miracle on skis

Nineteen sixty-eight was a banner year for Homer High School cross-country skiing and arguably the best Homer sports team ever. This team of four boys — Larry Martin, Robby Hoedel, Lynn Cason and Drew Nixon — dominated state cross-country skiing by going undefeated for the 1967-68 season. Not only that, these four young men were all chosen to represent Alaska at the Junior Nationals in Bozeman, Montana. At the time there were only five other Alaska schools fielding ski teams: Anchorage West, Anchorage East, Dimond, Fairbanks and Juneau. All of these schools were far larger than Homer but in the same classification. To make it even more amazing, we had only enough boys to field a team of four skiers. They even topped a combined Alaska Methodist University and University of Alaska college team at the AMU relays in Anchorage.


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