MICHAEL ARMSTRONG

  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Justice last week reached a settlement with Safeway to reduce emissions of ozone-depleting refrigerants nationwide, the EPA announced in a press release. Safeway, the second-largest grocery store chain, agreed to pay a $650,000 civil penalty...

    Thu, 09/12/2013 - 7:51am
  • Homer Police last week charged a Canadian man with shoplifting wine from a local liquor store — very expensive wine, it turns out. Eric Laurence, 37, of Montreal, Quebec, faces two counts each of second-degree theft, a felony, and two counts of third-degree theft. Police arrested Laurence and he i...

    Thu, 09/12/2013 - 7:44am
  • In discussions at its work session on Monday, the Homer City Council leaned toward selecting the Homer Education and Recreation Complex building lot as the site for a proposed $15.3 million public safety building that would include a fire hall, police station and jail....

    Wed, 09/11/2013 - 5:06pm
  • Art openings this month feature exhibits from two of Homer’s most distinguished artists, R.W. “Toby” Tyler, showing at Ptarmigan Arts, and Karla Freeman, showing at Bunnell Street Arts Center. Tyler and Freeman have art careers stretching back 50 years. Tyler first came to Alaska in 1953. Free...

    Thu, 09/05/2013 - 7:10am
  • Last Saturday for Tamamta Katurlluta, the gathering of Alaska Native traditions, a small fleet of skin-on-frame kayaks and one big umiak landed at the Pier One Theatre beach on the Homer Spit (see photo, page 1). Traditional Native boats return again this weekend for the 21st annual Kachemak Bay Woo...

    Thu, 09/05/2013 - 6:21am
  • A Homer teen pleaded guilty last Wednesday to a reduced charge in a fake bomb incident that happened at Homer High School last May. Zachary Fraley, 18, accepted a plea agreement charging him with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail. The Homer High School graduate or...

    Wed, 09/04/2013 - 5:06pm
  • The ceremonial valve turning in July of a natural gas meter at South Peninsula Hospital drew a crowd of dignitaries, including Gov. Sean Parnell, but when gas actually flowed to two homes on Fairview Avenue, there was no fanfare. Last Friday, Enstar Natural Gas Co. crews turned the valves and starte...

    Wed, 09/04/2013 - 4:54pm
  • Despite a warning last month that she would need to see progress on a resolution in the case of two Homer brothers charged with second-degree sexual assault in relation to an incident last year at a Homer teen drinking party, Judge Margaret Murphy continued for another 30 days a preliminary hearing ...

    Wed, 09/04/2013 - 4:46pm
  • Almost a year after a large East End Road teenage drinking party turned ugly, with one boy sexually assaulted while others allegedly watched, how has Homer changed from the incident? For the victim and his family, they’re trying to move ahead. The victim is now in college and healing from the inci...

    Wed, 09/04/2013 - 4:43pm
  • Walk around Homer and what do you see? On Saturday mornings at Friendship Terrace in the Homer Senior Center, from five to 12 people strum their ukuleles. At the Farmer’s Market, the Homer Ukulele Group Society — that’s HUGS for short — performs. In the window of Cornish Music on Pioneer Ave...

    Wed, 08/28/2013 - 5:58pm

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