MICHAEL ARMSTRONG

  • Former Homer City Manager and Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member Ronald Drathman, 71, died Feb. 27 of natural causes at South Peninsula Hospital. A memorial service was held on March 5 at the Homer Elks Lodge....

    Wed, 03/05/2014 - 5:35pm
  • At a meeting and public hearing Thursday night, the Homer Public Arts Committee didn’t just reject the idea of putting a bust of Brother Asaiah Bates in WKFL Park. It recommended not accepting into the city art collection at all a proposed donation of the $18,500 bronze bust.  John Nazarian, ...

    Wed, 03/05/2014 - 5:33pm
  • Facing bigger state funding deficits than expected, last week the House Subcommittee on Fish & Game cut general funding for the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve — zeroing out a $175,000 appropriation for the first Alaska reserve in the National Estuarine Research Reserve system and potentially sh...

    Wed, 03/05/2014 - 5:31pm
  • In a rare use of an obscure part of city code, the Homer City Council on Monday considered — and rejected — a resolution expressing its disapproval of a Homer Advisory Planning Commission decision.  The commission on Jan. 2 recommended approval by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Platting Commit...

    Wed, 02/26/2014 - 5:34pm
  • In other action, the Homer City Council looked at other planning issues. On its agenda and up for public hearing and final action were two ordinances that would change the planning code. One, Ordinance 14-08, would reduce from five to four the number of votes needed to approve a conditional use perm...

    Wed, 02/26/2014 - 4:52pm
  • A traffic stop last Thursday evening on Pioneer Avenue turned into a tense encounter when Alaska State Troopers pulled firearms on the driver and passenger. No one was injured in the incident and the suspects eventually cooperated.  Troopers arrested Alexander Napier II, 31, for driving while l...

    Wed, 02/26/2014 - 4:12pm
  • While the Homer Café and Club might not be Homer’s oldest bar, for 63 years the establishment on Bunnell Avenue now known as AJ’s OldTown Steakhouse & Tavern has been operated as a restaurant or bar, making it one of Homer’s oldest businesses continuously run in the same place....

    Wed, 02/26/2014 - 1:43pm
  • Locals last Thursday got an inside view of the big mansion on Kachemak Drive near Northern Enterprises Boat Yard when the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center held its monthly After Hours Event there. Second Star gets its name from the line in J.M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan” describing how t...

    Wed, 02/26/2014 - 11:23am
  • In the culture of Guinea, a west African nation of about 11 million people and half the size of Alaska, music and dance can be found everywhere. At naming ceremonies, weddings, funerals and even when someone arrives at the airport, drummers, dancers and musicians play. “Music, dance and drumming i...

    Thu, 02/20/2014 - 11:30am
  • A taxi cab driver fended off a knife attack by forcing a passenger to drop the knife and pulling a pistol on him, Homer Police said in a criminal complaint filed last Thursday. Police arrested Sean K.M. Reagan, 25, for third-degree assault after finding him lying on the floor of a boat at the harbor...

    Thu, 02/20/2014 - 11:23am

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