May 5, 2014 | | Leave a Comment


Photos taken on the iPod Touch 4th gen or Canon 30-300 ALEXA

In my family, the day that the first float plane takes off from Beluga Lake is the first day of spring. And spring is here! Pilots have cleaned up their float planes and inspected them for leaks, and off they go!




In my family, the day that the first float plane takes off from Beluga Lake is the first day of spring. And spring is here! Pilots have cleaned up their float planes and inspected them for leaks, and off they go!



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Floatplanes require an ice-free lake to take off from. Usually they would not be able to take off this early in the year, but the weather’s been warm enough to melt the lake almost completely. Pilots have taken advantage of the early start, it seems.

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My dad and his best friend are both pilots, and like to make use of the good weather. With how lovely it’s been, I’m sure they’ll be out flying in no time! Though watch out—the leeches have thawed out, and they have a tendency to chase people in the water. Beware the attack of the leeches!


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Enjoy our lovely weather by watching floatplanes take off from the lake, or even riding one yourself! Bear viewing expeditions are available soon. You will take off from Beluga lake, circle the area looking for bears, then land safely back on the waters of Homer.


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Float planes are a sure sign of spring in Homer. As Beluga Lake thaws out, expect to see more of our mechanical water birds in the sky. Maybe the Beaver will even make an appearance! Either way, it’s time to sit back and enjoy the sounds of spring—splashing water and engines.









Beach Day

May 5, 2014 | | Leave a Comment


All photos taken on an iPhone 5

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In the spring a very relaxing activity to do is go for a walk on the beach. The breeze from the water is calming, and you get to smell the salt water and the winds around you. The sand softens under your feet as you walk closer to the water.

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At the Anchor Point Beach there are beautiful sunsets and a low tide to walk along. Take off your shoes and take a walk on the cool, damp sand. View the birds in the distance while you are taking pictures with your friends or family. Walk through the shallow puddles that outline the sand down by the shore.

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The photo above is a picture I took at the Land’s End beach. I love going down to the end of the spit to watch the boats zoom or sail by. Another enjoyable part of this beach would be watching the people fish near the edge of the water. Occasionally you will see sea otters and whales passing through.  Watching the otters eat is one of the cutest photographs you can take.

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If you go down to the beach at the right time you will see a view of the whole sun. The sun reflecting of the ocean is a beautiful view. The water below the sun glistens and shines towards the sky. Watching the clouds above the beach is delightful. While the tide is low make designs in the sand and take pictures of them so you will always have a memory of your sand art.

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Even on a snowy spring day the beach is a place to go and walk your dogs. The snow is hardly there and it gives you a place for your dogs to clean off the mud. Snow on the beach is nice because you have the option of walking on  rocks, sand, and snow. Enjoy the snow while enjoying the ocean it is a win.



Totes m’Goats

April 24, 2014 | | Leave a Comment


Homer High’s Natural Resources class is one the least conventional classes. Instead of writing essays and taking quizzes, the students taking this class learn how to raise crops and care for animals. In past years this class, taught by Francie Roberts, has built a hydroponic system to grow lettuce, raised several chickens (the eggs are sold to teachers), and even cared for several rabbits. This year, however, the natural resources class has taken on an especially large project. The natural resources class has taken on two goats.

Donovan and Harley, both of whom are males, have been the responsibility and often the antagonists of the natural resources students for several months now.

The two goats live in a 30 foot by 15 foot enclosure/shed which students built during the fall semester. Students are responsible for feeding and watering the animals, as wells as cleaning out their enclosure. Additionally, students must make sure the goats get their exercise by walking them on a leash for about 20 minutes. When asked what it was like to walk goats, natural resources student Sam Nielson said, “They get moody sometimes.”

All things considered, the net cost of the enterprise is quite low. According to Mrs. Roberts, who teaches the natural resources class, feeding the goats costs around $100 for the semester, while their enclosure was about $200 in raw materials.

Donovan and Harley’s popularity among the students is decidedly mixed. Some, like Sam Neilsen, see the goats as a constant source of entertainment. “ I think their wonderful,” he said as Donovan (or was it Harley?) chewed on Sam’s fingers. There are others however, who could care less about the goats. “I think they’re gross, and they smell,” said Myra Smith, “ I mean, I don’t not like them, but I don’t like them either.”

As might be imagined the goats have gotten themselves into quite a bit of mischief. Several months back, one of the goats managed to get his horns stuck in a fish net suspended above the chickens’ enclosure, and nearly suffocated as a result. More recently Donovan and Harley took advantage of an opportunity to escape their pen. Luckily, the two did not stray far before becoming distracted by a group of pool goers.

Interestingly enough, this is not the first time that Homer High’s natural resources class has cared for livestock. Back in the 80s students cared for a cows and even a reindeer.



With graduation on the horizon, many seniors are stressing about their final decisions for college. By now, most have applied to colleges, been evaluated by college counselors, and hopefully received letters of acceptance.  Before all of this though, there came a less formal process. Prospective college students have poured over U.S. News reports and visited campuses, evaluating the advantages and disadvantages of this or that campus. But in the end, a decision needs to be made.

For many, deciding on where to go to college is a simple question of cost. For others, a school’s location a crucial factor. Whether the intent is to staying close to home or get as far away as possible, often people won’t even consider going to college on the east coast.  Others have a preference for smaller schools where students feel a greater sense of community. Additionally, small schools tend to have smaller class sizes, which can translate to more one-on-one time with professors. On the other side of the coin, larger schools provide a wider range of classes.

These are by no means the only factors that high school seniors consider when looking at colleges. They are however some of the more important ones. And when swamped in the  intricacies of dorm fees and alternative majors, these general details become a life-line for practicality.


Food… We all eat it whether we eat it with a fork, spoon, straw or chopsticks. But do we really know what is put into it. Who makes it is also important. Cooking is like an art, the chef’s feeling and emotion will ultimately define the quality and outcome of how the food is cooked and prepared.

Fast food. Why do we eat it? Is it because it is good? Or is it because it is filled with addicting chemical hormones that keep us coming back for more? We do not get that sensation we get when we wait for a prepared meal that feeling that makes all the waiting worth it.  The smells are magical as you watch your food arrive at the table. They can be so consuming that is almost unbearable to wait any longer.

What I am getting at is that when you have a meal prepared for you there is a feeling like no other. You can get a glowy warm feeling that people spent their time to bring to you a delicious meal. With fast food you do not get this, most people that are working at fast food chains do not really take pride in their work and mainly do it for the money. When they do this that sensation is lost and blurred perhaps completely destroyed.  The food will be bland and sad. But hey at least it will be filled with fattening and sometimes harmful addictive taste chemicals.

Food that has taken a deal of time to prepare is so much better than food that takes about 5 maybe 10 minutes to prepare.  Take Top Ramen for example. It takes just minutes to prepare and all you have to do is add hot water. Now how much emotion do you give in preparing and pouring hot water in to a bowl of noodles?

Emotion is everything when it comes to cooking. How you are feeling is mixed into the food. When I asked a fellow student on how they felt on if emotion was a part of food they stared at me with their mouth wide open and said. “YES.”

So the next time you go a high quality restaurant or have a home cooked meal, just think for a second and take in all the emotions that the food is giving off. All the feelings and hard work that was put into this delicious meal for you to consume.


Broadway Babies

April 17, 2014 | | Leave a Comment


With the musical over and Colors of Homer tied up for the year, students may be wondering what kinds of upcoming arts events they can immerse themselves in. Fear not, art lovers: there is a production happening at Wasabi’s in just two weeks, starring three phenomenal Homer High girls.

“Broadway Babies,” a cabaret starring Homer High ladies Sabina Karwowski, Sydney Paulino, and Shenandoah Lush, will be debuting at Wasabi’s April 18 and 19. The event, comprised of cool homer women singing classic musical numbers, is not only an entertaining show for the eyes, but a tasty treat for the tongue. Wasabi’s will be catering delicious sushi for attendees, making tickets a bit pricy at $35. (Premium seating is even more expensive.)

“It’s been a lot more casual and laid-back than the musical, and I’ve really enjoyed all the awesome women I’m performing with,” said junior Sabina Karwowski, who is part of the chorus in the production. “Also I get to sing ABBA. And I used to listen to that all the time when I was a kid.”

“I’m part of the chorus, who sings along with the soloists,” said sophomore Shenandoah Lush. “It has been a lot of fun, and has allowed me to learn new musical and theatre habits, as well as meet some pretty rad folks. People should definitely check it out, as it is an interactive show containing trendy Broadway and musical movie numbers. There is also going to be delightful foods and really good vibes.”

If prom wasn’t enough for you, and you’re looking for something fun and fancy the weekend after, grab a ticket for “Broadway Babies,” and have yourself a night full of sushi and entertainment.

Frozen Wasteland

April 17, 2014 | | Leave a Comment



Disney’s Frozen captured the hearts of millions in November of 2013, and continues to hold a slot as the most talked about movie of 2014. The icy humor and underlying tale of two sisters continues to be the talk of America, and has even been nominated and won awards for the best soundtrack and best animated feature. But does it deserve the praise it has received?

Upon asking the student body why they loved Frozen, I received one answer: “Because it’s funny.” Just what is funny about a relationship of two sisters that was torn apart both by necessity and the death of their parents? Absolutely nothing. This leaves only Olaf, a novelty secondary character, to fill in the humor. In fact, even on the official posters for Frozen it was either Olaf or Sven in the spotlight—Anna and Elsa’s story was merely a means of delivering poorly timed humor. Disney had every possibility for an amazing story of sibling bonding, rivalry, unrequited love, or even delivering a message about broken families, and instead they chose to gloss over the true story with unnecessary characters and songs.

The soundtrack and animation, as well, was amateur at best. Very few of the songs correlate to the plot or the development of a character, with the exception of “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” and “Let It Go”. The introductory song, “Frozen Heart”, was a lie. It set up the film to be more serious, and warrant more of the praise it was given, but in the end this fantastic song was wasted, seeing as it was unnecessary and helped the plot exactly none.

The animation, though mostly well done, had some flaws as well. Anyone that has experience with snow knows that its physical properties are quite strange. I will admit that taking on the challenge of realistic snow would have been intimidating, but either way it was executed poorly. This goes for the ice as well—a toy-like testament to the lack of research that went into the film. The “ice” in Frozen looked more like plastic or blown glass than anything real.

Though by the commercials Frozen looked to live up to its expectations, the reality is that it was for nothing but profit. The scattered plot is intended for the short attention span of small children, and holds no particular topic for more than a few measly minutes. The poorly written and excessive music as well as the unrealistic and ill researched animation left the movie in its own personal wasteland with the other misnomers of Disney history.



The following products are what are trending here in Homer. My friend helped me pick through what girls are wearing and decide what ones are the most popular trends.  There are many more trends out there, but these are the ones that stood out to my friend and I as the cutest.

Loose sweaters are very comfortable and cute. Sweaters can be casual or formal. They can be worn anywhere. There are all different kinds of sweaters that you can purchase. All designs can be created and worn. Wear sweaters in any weather and still look adorable. Stylish long pull over knit sweaters are what everyone wants to be wearing—perfect clothing choice for the cool spring weather.

Ugg boots have been around since 2004. These boots are warm, fuzzy, and fashionable. They come in all different colors and are worn with almost anything. Uggs are made from sheepskin and lined with fleece. Even with their cost being so large ranging from $150-300 these boots are purchased daily. Ugg boots are one of the top items that are searched for on black Friday. According to huffingtonpost.com, uggs are still one of the most popular foot wear in the United States.

Yoga pants are moving to the head of the line for fashion. Yoga pants are the new jeans. They are no longer for just working out they are now commonly worn to show a girl’s figure. Along with that they are also very comfortable and flexible to move in. Girls don’t just go anywhere to purchase their yoga pants. Often they choose to get them from aerie, Lucy, and Victoria secrets. Yoga pants are the new sweatpants also; the only difference is that yoga pants look nicer than sweatpants. Yoga pants can be worn with anything from a shirt to a dress. They also happen to be very flattering on most people.

Patagonia vests are comfy and warm. They aren’t the cheap knockoff ones that you purchase at a Fred Meyers or a Walmart. These vests are down and are made with material that is durable. Patagonia vests are lightweight and are easy to pack away. These vests are top quality. Patagonia vests can be purchased at only $175. This may look like that is a big amount of money for a vest but knockoffs are not the same and aren’t of good quality. They make people look amazing. These vests are worn with everything, sweatshirts, tee-shirts, jeans, dresses, skirts, shorts etc.

While you were reading this I hope you noticed that these 4 clothing items put together would make a very cute trendy outfit. I didn’t mean to make them sound as one outfit but they do and if put together it could make a popular worn outfit.





April 17, 2014 | | Leave a Comment


Rising temperatures, melting snow, and brownish grass can mean only one thing – spring sports at Homer High. But forget about soccer, track, or softball – it’s baseball season.

The boys of summer are back with a new captain at the helm. Replacing the incumbent coach, Lary Kuhns, as head coach is none other than Homer High’s very own, Mr. Putney.

“I think its been a lot more rewarding to be head coach,” Putney said, “I feel more involved in practice. I think we have really solid 10 -12 guys who will be competing for varsity…I think that will be a real strength.”

Rich Sonnen and Steve Fuson will round out the coaching staff for the Mariners this year.

The excitement for the upcoming season is also seen with the players. Senior Tommy Bowe has high expectations for this year’s team.

“We usually start off strong, and fade away later in the season,” Bowe said, “but this year I really do feel like we have the potential to go all the way.”

The Mariners will kick of the 2014 season in Kodiak as they take on the Bears the 25 and 26 of April. The following weekend will include their home opener against the Colony Knights on May 2 and 3.

Be sure to head over the ballfield this season and support your Homer Mariners!


In lieu of the March Madness tournament, and Warren Buffett’s billion dollar offer for a perfect bracket, let’s take a look at some of Homer High’s student and staff predictions.

Paul Trowbridge (junior)

Final Four: Syracuse, Villanova, Wisconsin, Wichita

National Champion: Syracuse

What would you do with $1 billion? – “I would fund my team so that I could win a billion dollars every year.”

Mrs. Borland (Psychology/History/Government)

Final Four: University of Michigan, Iowa, Kansas, Gonzaga

National Champion: Gonzaga

What would you do with $1 billion? – “Invest it wisely.”

Tommy Bowe (senior)

Final Four: Florida, Villanova, Wisconsin, Creighton

National Champion: Creighton

What would you do with $1 billion? – “Whatever I wanted.”

Ms. Childers (Science)

Final Four: Arizona, Kansas, Villanova, Wichita

National Champion: Arizona

What would you do with $1 billion? – “Donate a lot of it, and buy myself a home.”

Filip Reutov (junior)

Final Four: Syracuse, Creighton, Michigan St., Duke

National Champion: Syracuse

What would you do with $1 billion? – “Spread out my money through my lifetime.”

Mr. Putney (LA, History, Journalism)

Final Four: Florida, Wichita, SD State, Michigan St.

National Champion: Florida

What would you do with $1 billion?: “GIve some of it away to charity, and invest for the future of my family.”

Mr. Akers (Math)

Final Four: Florida, Virginia, Wichita, Wisconsin

National Champion: Virginia

What would you do with $1 billion? – “Invest it and turn it into $10 billion…quickly.”


Update 3/24/14 @ 2:47pm – A surplus of upsets have resulted in the elimination of all brackets. Good luck next year!