MICHAEL ARMSTRONG

  • Homer writer Tom Kizzia’s “Pilgrim’s Wilderness: A True Story of Faith and Madness on the Alaska Frontier” works as something of a Rorschach test. What the reader sees in the story of the Pilgrim family’s Bush experience might reflect the reader’s own expectations of Alaska. The book cou...

    Wed, 07/24/2013 - 1:35pm
  • On the Homer side of Kachemak Bay, finding a good, short hike can be a challenge. Across the bay, Kachemak Bay State Park has some marvelous hikes — if you have a boat and can afford a water taxi. If you’re a visitor or local, the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies has a little gem of a hike off...

    Wed, 07/24/2013 - 12:42pm
  • Following the success of a pilot episode for “Living Alaska” produced by Orion Entertainment of Colorado, HGTV has picked up 12 half-hour episodes of the series. Orion is now looking for real estate agents and their buyers for the series. Part travel show, part home show, this new series showcas...

    Wed, 07/17/2013 - 5:38pm
  • A proposed new water-sewer rate schedule comes back for reconsideration at 6 p.m. Monday for the Homer City Council’s regular meeting. Near the top of the agenda right after public comments, the motion to reconsider asks the question “Does the council want to look one more time at changing water...

    Wed, 07/17/2013 - 5:08pm
  • Started in 1987, and held in locations as diverse as Heath Street and even Homer High School, the Homer Council on the Arts Street Faire once again is held at its current location on Hazel Avenue, offering a day of arts and crafts vendors, food booths, activities and music. Now in its fourth year at...

    Wed, 07/17/2013 - 4:59pm
  • Along with the Spit Run, the Ninilchik Rodeo and the Kenai Peninsula Fair, one of the lower peninsula’s most venerable summer traditions is back in its 34th year — KBBI Public Radio’s annual Concert on the Lawn. As old as the station itself, Concert on the Lawn  started in the station’s...

    Wed, 07/17/2013 - 4:23pm
  • Now in her ninth year and her third term as a U.S. senator, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, once again visited Homer. This time, rather than a whirlwind visit, Murkowski made it a working holiday for the Fourth of July, meeting everyone from Seldovia children to burly men in kilts at the Homer Fourth...

    Wed, 07/10/2013 - 6:03pm
  • Publishers Weekly calls C.B. Bernard’s “Chasing Alaska: A Portrait of the Last Frontier Then and Now” a travel book, and one of this year’s top 10, up there with new books by Paul Theroux and Dave Eggers. National Geographic named it one of the Best Travel Books of Spring, with Amy Alipio sa...

    Wed, 07/10/2013 - 5:40pm
  • Homer Police this week charged a Homer man with first-degree arson, a felony, for allegedly torching his own motorhome. Alen T. Blatchford, 66, also was charged with failure to control or report a dangerous fire. Homer Police found Blatchford standing outside his motorhome on Jenny Way when they wen...

    Wed, 07/10/2013 - 5:15pm
  • Alaska State Troopers on Sunday went to a report of a man with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. According to a trooper press release, at about 3 p.m. July 7 troopers responded to a Thurmond Avenue home in Anchor Point where they found a 58-year-old Anchor Point man had taken his own life by shooting ...

    Wed, 07/10/2013 - 5:14pm

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