MICHAEL ARMSTRONG

  • As Kenai Peninsula Borough and Homer voters face a slate of bond propositions and tax changes, KPB Proposition 2 could be an easy sell for voters for one simple reason: It won’t take a dime from taxpayers. The proposition asks voters to approve a general obligation bond of up to $4.8 million to ex...

    Wed, 09/21/2016 - 3:51pm
  • In considering Homer Proposition 1, a proposal to borrow up to $12 million to build a new Homer Police Station, the controversy isn’t whether or not police need a new station. Even opponents of Prop 1 say it’s clear the 39-year-old station needs replacement. The debate is over the cost and how t...

    Wed, 09/21/2016 - 3:51pm
  • At Monday night’s regular Homer City Council meeting, with a bare-bones council attending and few controversial items on the agenda, much of the meeting involved pitches by city and borough officials on upcoming bond propositions. Speaking were: • Homer Public Safety Building Review Committee ch...

    Wed, 09/14/2016 - 3:36pm
  • After 13 years of picking interesting films for the Homer Documentary Film Festival at the Homer Theatre, owners Jamie and Lynette Sutton have dialed in their selection criteria: • “Is it well made movie?” Jamie Sutton said. • “Does it matter?” “The best documentary film festival north...

    Wed, 09/14/2016 - 3:21pm
  • A single-vehicle crash late last Friday killed a 32-year-old Homer man. In a press release, Alaska State Troopers said Jonathan R. Osteen died of his injuries when he was ejected from his truck. Troopers said they believed Osteen died before they arrived at the scene. Kachemak Emergency Service medi...

    Wed, 09/14/2016 - 3:05pm
  • With his 3-year term expiring this October, veteran Homer City Council member Bryan Zak chose not to run for re-election and instead shifted his focus to another city office: Homer mayor. Like opponent David Lewis, Zak was first elected to the council in 2008. Zak, 60, won a 2-year seat that came op...

    Wed, 09/14/2016 - 3:05pm
  • Three-term Homer City Council member and Mayor Pro-Tempore David Lewis said he’s running for one simple reason. “I thought about it for a while. I wanted to see who put their name in,” he said. “I don’t think it should be a giveaway job. I think there should be competition.” Lewis, 62, f...

    Wed, 09/14/2016 - 3:05pm
  • For the second year in a row, a vandal or vandals snuck in during the dark of early morning and tried to burn the Burning Basket at Mariner Park on the Homer Spit. As also happened last year, while badly damaged, the basket survived the torching. By noon Saturday, volunteers working with Mavis Mulle...

    Sat, 09/10/2016 - 1:23pm
  • Editor's note: This article was updated to include information from Alaska Wildlife Troopers regarding the legality of using blowguns and darts to hunt small game. Two Steller’s jays trying to fatten up for the winter almost met an early end last week. Someone in downtown Homer shot the bright-blu...

    Wed, 09/07/2016 - 3:06pm
  • After a bidding battle between a chain of two Pacific Northwest commercial fishing supply stores, LFS of Bellingham, Wash., made the top offer in a receivership sale and has purchased Redden Marine, including its Homer store, Kachemak Gear Shed. Englund Marine & Industrial Supply Co. of Astoria,...

    Wed, 09/07/2016 - 3:05pm

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