MICHAEL ARMSTRONG

  • No Kachemak Bay Campus programs are on the chopping block. That’s the good news delivered by University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen during a visit last week to Homer. KBC, the branch campus of Kenai Peninsula College, University of Alaska Anchorage, also won’t see changes to its popular Kach...

    Thu, 11/19/2015 - 9:25am
  • The cause of an unusual number of dead and dying otters winding up on Homer beaches remains unexplained, but preliminary results suggest toxins from harmful algal blooms and stress from bacterial infections might be contributing to the deaths. Infections also might cause otters to forage in shallowe...

    Thu, 11/19/2015 - 9:23am
  • In less than two weeks, Homer citizens vote in a special election that will decide the fate of the city’s 2016 budget. Last month, City Manager Katie Koester submitted to the Homer City Council, and the council introduced, its budget for next year. Homer follows a calendar fiscal year, with the bu...

    Thu, 11/19/2015 - 9:20am
  • A man witnesses said dressed like a pirate and acted strangely in a Sept. 25 incident at the Homer Ferry Terminal won’t be prosecuted on a charge of second-degree terroristic threatening, a felony. In court documents filed Oct. 28, assistant district attorney Craig Sparks dismissed the charge agai...

    Thu, 11/12/2015 - 9:15am
  • How much has the city of Homer spent this year on bullets? Bandages? Beautification? Toilet paper? A new online tool released this week, Open Budget, allows citizens to probe into the 2015 budget and see where taxpayer dollars go. The tool looks at the operating budget by department and even section...

    Thu, 11/12/2015 - 9:12am
  • Homer Mayor Mary E. “Beth” Wythe has filed a letter of intent to run for representative of House District 31 in the Alaska Legislature, the lower Kenai Peninsula House district, and the seat now held by Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer.  Seaton also has declared that he will run for re-election to...

    Thu, 11/12/2015 - 9:11am
  • Homer Mayor Mary E. “Beth” Wythe has filed a letter of intent to run for representative of House District 31 in the Alaska Legislature, the lower Kenai Peninsula House district, and the seat now held by Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer. Seaton also has declared that he will run for re-election to an ei...

    Mon, 11/09/2015 - 3:36pm
  • Once the Alaska Marijuana Control Board’s draft regulations are approved and marijuana processing licenses can be issued, what Alaska State Troopers said Robert Carroll did when he allegedly made hash oil would be legal — but not until then....

    Thu, 11/05/2015 - 10:44am
  • Over the objection of the murder victim’s mother, a sentencing hearing in the case of convicted murderer Demarqus Green will be held at the Kenai Courthouse instead of in Homer as previously scheduled.  A hearing scheduled for Oct. 26 was rescheduled to next week. On a motion by Kenai Distric...

    Thu, 11/05/2015 - 9:38am
  • The city of Homer and Homer Electric Association have negotiated reductions in demands for payment by a law firm representing the Buccaneer Creditors’ Liquidating Trust. The demands came out of proceedings filed by Buccaneer Oil after it declared bankruptcy in May 2014. City attorney Thomas Klinkn...

    Thu, 11/05/2015 - 9:23am

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