MICHAEL ARMSTRONG

  • The Homer City Council on Monday approved a change to the city zoning code that would make it easier for property owners to get zoning permits when they have existing zoning violations. Under the old code, a property owner would have to fix any violations before getting a new permit. The changes now...

    Wed, 01/28/2015 - 3:24pm
  • A Homer assisted living home that appeared likely to close after some residents lost Medicaid waivers now will remain open at least several months. In a related case, a senior who had an appeal hearing scheduled for Tuesday got an extension to May and won’t face losing her benefits until then, if ...

    Wed, 01/28/2015 - 3:16pm
  • Update: This article has been updated with a note at the end of the article noting that tilapia fish are illegal to grow in Alaska. In midwinter when Homer seems gray and gloomy, the prospect of fresh vegetables at the Homer Farmers Market can’t come soon enough. Two growers experimenting with aq...

    Wed, 01/28/2015 - 2:55pm
  • Calling itself “a trip down Penny Lane” — uh, that would be a Beatles song — “The ’60s Show: A Curious Celebration of an Era” is more like a bridge between the past and present. With cast and crew from the Baby Boomer, Gen X and Millennial generations, the Homer Council on the Arts var...

    Thu, 01/22/2015 - 10:05am
  • The Kachemak Emergency Services has opened a second, permanent fire station on the west side of its service area on Diamond Ridge Road. An open house for the new station is from 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 31 at its location at 65705 Diamond Ridge Road. KES moved equipment into the four-bay station just before...

    Thu, 01/22/2015 - 10:01am
  • After a one-day, non-jury trial, Homer District Court Judge Margaret Murphy on Jan. 9 found an Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist not guilty of taking moose using illegal methods or means and unlawful possession of game, both minor offenses. Jason Herreman, 33, had earlier pleaded not guil...

    Wed, 01/21/2015 - 4:03pm
  • In the continuum of care for Homer’s senior population, a group in the middle not sick enough to require full nursing care but not well enough to live independently has fallen victim to what some say is a change in how the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services reviews Medicaid Choice wai...

    Wed, 01/21/2015 - 3:58pm
  • The parents of Homer’s first baby of the year didn’t plan on her earning that annual honor, but they did plan on one thing: Mary and Jamie Rault moved to Homer to have their baby, Skyler Louise Rault.  The Raults met in Bethel and when Mary became pregnant with their first child, decided th...

    Thu, 01/15/2015 - 10:41am
  • Rain, ice and a drought of snow have made this winter almost unbearable for people who would rather be outdoors playing. As Homer hopes for fluffy white flakes falling from the sky, an annual cabin fever cure can be relied upon — the Mountainfilm Festival....

    Thu, 01/15/2015 - 10:28am
  • As Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, and Rep. Paul Seaton, R-Homer, leave this week for Juneau, both said one issue will dominate in the first session of the 29th Legislature. “It’s pretty clear: It’s the budget,” Stevens said in a phone interview from his Kodiak home. “That’s what we’ve go...

    Thu, 01/15/2015 - 10:17am

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