Spirit of sharing fills holiday season

By McKibben Jackinsky Staff writer It’s full-steam ahead into the holiday season with Share the Spirit, a community-wide effort to ensure no one goes without… Continue reading

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Slip sliding down West Hill Road the other day in a thermally confused snowstorm, the Betster realized that some drivers don’t live in the reality… Continue reading

Octopus Garden holds holiday show

The Octopus Garden, a Homer Spit shop open in the summer,  holds a special winter show over the Thanksgiving weekend at owner Lynn Naden’s home… Continue reading

Writers Contest entries due Nov. 21

The deadline for the Homer Council on the Arts 21st annual Kenai Peninsula Writers Contest is fast approaching. Entries are due Nov. 21. Literary artists… Continue reading

Caressa, Dean win video contest

  Homer musician Caressa and video director Tehben Dean have won first place in F Magazine’s music video contest. The video features Caressa performing her… Continue reading

Photojournalist’s book documents Alaska career

In the introduction to his book, “Snap Decisions,” photojournalist Jim Lavrakas calls himself “the last ambulance chaser.” A big hunk of the 152-page photo-filled memoir… Continue reading

Homer thrift: more than a second-hand store

For women and children staying at South Peninsula Haven House, the domestic violence shelter has an in-house second-hand clothing supply. Called “My Sister’s Closet,” it’s… Continue reading

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Did this year’s election drive you nuts? For future reference, the Betster has discovered a sure-fire way to avoid the madness of a ruthless presidential… Continue reading

Arts Briefs

Ellis Paul and Radoslav Lorkovic play together in Homer on Friday  Longtime friends and internationally touring folk-blues musicians Ellis Paul and Radoslav Lorkovic perform for… Continue reading

CaN-Do Spirit impresses Alaskans in New York City

A 6 a.m. alarm clock signaled the beginning of Tuesday for Trisha Davis of Nikolaevsk. By 5:30 p.m., she was finally having her first meal… Continue reading

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News of Super Storm Sandy’s destruction on the East Coast and beyond has the Betster thinking: Alaska is the place to be when it comes… Continue reading

First Friday Events

If variety is the spice of life, then think of this week’s First Friday as a smorgasboard of tangy treats. No matter what your taste… Continue reading

Carnegie Hall links orchestra with kids

The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra, in conjunction with Carnegie Hall, will present two concerts that include area students this weekend. The first concert will be at… Continue reading

Key figure in shaping state talks on Friday

The Kachemak Bay Campus’s history department invites the public to the book launch celebration for Vic Fischer’s new memoir, “To Russia With Love: An Alaskan’s… Continue reading

COAST GUARD PUTS ANOTHER LOG ON THE FIRE

The U.S Coast Guard’s motto, “semper paratus,” means always being ready. That means being ready no matter what the role — search and rescue, homeland… Continue reading

HALLOWEEN: SOME SCARY FUN HEADED THIS WAY

Jumping jack-o-lanterns, it’s that time of year. Whether you call it harvest season, fall or Halloween, it’s time to put on a costume and have… Continue reading

Somewhere my love, it’s Ritz at the Winter Palace

Privet. Ya haschoo vebit vodka? Da?  Ochen horosho. Hello. Would you like to drink vodka? Yes? Very good. Dust off your old Russian primers, mangle… Continue reading

Jo Ann & Monte to perform Nov. 2

Jo Ann and Monte Davis will perform at the Homer Council on the Arts, 355 W. Pioneer Ave., at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2. Tickets are… Continue reading

‘Calling All Polar Bears’ shows Friday, Saturday; tickets $15

Allison Atkootchkoot Warden, also known as Aku-Matu, presents a one-woman show, “Calling All Polar Bears,” at 8 p.m. Oct. 26 and 27 at the Alaska… Continue reading

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It may be cold, but the sun is shining. The sun is shining. The sun is shining. The Betster can’t remember the last time we’ve… Continue reading

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