MICHAEL ARMSTRONG

  • Roan Hall, 16, of Chugiak, has become the first recipient of the AFS-Peter Larson Memorial Scholarship. Hall was awarded the $1,000 grant by Flo Larson and met with her at Finn’s Pizza on Monday. The funds will help support a year living and studying in Steinkjer, Norway, as an AFS exchange studen...

    Wed, 07/30/2014 - 2:05pm
  • Around the lower Kenai Peninsula as the calendar page turns to August, evidence of an early season can be seen in the hills and meadows. Fireweed flowers have bloomed almost to the end of their stalks. Blueberries, currants, raspberries and even high-bush cranberries have ripened. What’s true for ...

    Wed, 07/30/2014 - 11:33am
  • Call it HPL-CSI. That’s Homer Public Library-Crime Scene Investigators.  In the case of a stolen skateboard, library staff last week screening security videos helped identify a person suspected of taking a 13-year-old boy’s custom, handmade, longboard-style skateboard. In a twist in the cas...

    Wed, 07/23/2014 - 3:11pm
  • Like a good salmon run that keeps coming back stronger and stronger, Salmonstock, the three-day celebration of salmon and music, returns for its fourth year at the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds in Ninilchik. Last year the festival drew 5,500, and this year organizers expect it to top that and sell out...

    Wed, 07/23/2014 - 1:44pm
  • Most everyone knows the story of the naming of Homer, and how in April 1896, 50 men and one woman, Della Banks, came with the Alaska Gold Mining Company and settled on the Homer Spit. Needing a name for a post office, the crew decided to name it after Homer Pennock, one of the group. Not as well kno...

    Wed, 07/23/2014 - 1:25pm
  • In a repeat of the 2010 Hoka Hey motorcycle challenge, about 75 Harley-Davidson motorcycle riders left Key West, Fla., on Sunday and are headed to Homer.  This time, though, they’re riding for glory and not for a $500,000 prize for the first rider to hit Coal Point at the end of the Homer Spi...

    Wed, 07/23/2014 - 1:13pm
  • Since the early days when the Peterson Bay Field Station opened in 1983, visitors to the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies environmental education center started their trip off with a little exercise. After arriving by boat from Homer, visitors got off at a floating dock and then onto a raft. Hauli...

    Wed, 07/16/2014 - 3:35pm
  • In three separate incidents last week, vehicle crashes killed a Wasilla woman and injured two Homer women. Police and troopers said all three incidents involved alcohol. The most serious incident happened about 6:20 p.m. July 4 when a Wasilla woman flipped her all-terrain vehicle while crossing Star...

    Wed, 07/09/2014 - 2:58pm
  • Throw a monkeyfist-knotted rope in the Homer Harbor, and odds are you’ll hit a Tolman skiff. From its versions as open skiffs to stout cabin cruisers, the classic Kachemak Bay boats can be seen not only in Homer, but up and down the Alaska and Pacific coasts and even as far away as  Norway an...

    Wed, 07/09/2014 - 2:52pm
  • If it’s late summer, that means it’s Concert on the Lawn time. But wait — it’s not late summer and only the second weekend in July. A long-time summer tradition, except when it was a fall tradition, KBBI Public Radio’s annual Concert on the Lawn is held two weeks earlier this year. The two...

    Wed, 07/09/2014 - 1:31pm

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