MICHAEL ARMSTRONG

  • Buccaneer Alaska has not decided on where to moor the jack-up rig Endeavour-Spirit of Independence after the end of operations this fall. The city and port of Homer have been encouraging Buccaneer to dock the rig at the Deep Water Dock, as happened last winter, and have written letters of support fo...

    Wed, 10/02/2013 - 3:56pm
  • Some mariners might think they’ve put a few miles on their engines this summer, but bragging rights in the harbor go to the workhorse of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the R/V Tiˆglaˆx. Just back last Friday from her five-month season, the research and transport ship that patrols the Alaska...

    Wed, 10/02/2013 - 3:53pm
  • The failure of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate on Monday to pass a continuing resolution funding the federal government has shut down some federal offices in Homer, including the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. The U.S. Coast Guard is not affected and will continue duties,...

    Wed, 10/02/2013 - 3:46pm
  • Homer businessman Gus VanDyke leads the Homer City Council election with 544 votes. One of two candidates endorsed by Homer Voice for Business, the other endorsed candidate, Corbin Arno, is in a tight race for a second seat against incumbent council member Bryan Zak. Arno is just four votes ahead, w...

    Wed, 10/02/2013 - 3:38pm
  • The failure of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate to pass a continuing resolution to fund the federal government has shut down some federal offices in Homer. The U.S. Coast Guard is not affected and will continue duties, including search and rescue.“We expect no impact on essential ...

    Tue, 10/01/2013 - 3:21pm
  • While the Kenai Peninsula Borough has several initiatives on its ballot, the city of Homer keeps its simple with one question: “Shall Homer City Code Chapter 5.42 prohibiting sellers from providing customers with disposable shopping bags be repealed?”  A yes vote repeals the plastic bag ban...

    Wed, 09/18/2013 - 5:13pm
  • As summer slides into fall, Alaskans track the fading of the season by an iconic flower and plant: the persistent, sturdy fireweed. Weeks ago, fireweed lost its flowers and has now gone to fluff, its stems and leaves turning into red tinged with golden. Only summer-long visitors or residents can act...

    Thu, 09/12/2013 - 8:23am
  • 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

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