MICHAEL ARMSTRONG

  • The chairperson of the Homer Advisory Planning Commission, Shelly Erickson, resigned last month. In a letter dated Feb. 20, Erickson said she resigned because she has been distracted by the pressure of trying to save her business, HomeRun Oil. In 2000, Erickson and her husband, Jeff, started their h...

    Fri, 03/08/2013 - 11:29am
  • By coincidence, common themes sometimes happen at new shows opening at Homer galleries. This month, that theme is explorations in natural media like clay, wood and stone. At Ptarmigan Arts Back Room Gallery, local artists Deb Lowney and Dan Fischer collaborate on "Sticks and Stones," using found obj...

    Mon, 03/04/2013 - 2:50pm
  • It's been almost 17 years since lower Kenai Peninsula residents spoke in informal sessions for the Alaska Communities of Memory Project, but now those recorded interviews have come into the digital age in a new online format.Through Project Jukebox, 11 interviews with more recent and longtime Kachem...

    Mon, 03/04/2013 - 2:42pm
  • Over the next few years, downtown Homer will see several intersection and road improvements that will make safer two of the city's worst intersections and get rid of several stretches of notorious potholes on Pioneer Avenue and Lake Street.One intersection change, at Main Street and the Sterling Hig...

    Mon, 03/04/2013 - 2:33pm
  • A common traffic violation-- failure to signal a turn -- led to an arrest last Saturday for methamphetamine possession. The incident shut down a side street near the Homer Post Office when in the process of the arrest an Alaska Wildlife Trooper discovered a suspected meth lab in a 26-year-old Homer ...

    Mon, 03/04/2013 - 2:32pm
  • The Terrace, an assisted living facility run by Homer Senior Citizens, has made numerous changes to its operation and management following an investigation and report by state health officials, Homer Senior Citizens executive director Keren Kelley said this week."We did some things wrong. We've impr...

    Mon, 02/25/2013 - 1:18pm
  • An Anchor Point woman and her teenage daughter escaped in their stocking feet on a cold and snowy night last week after the woman said her husband shot up their Old Sterling Highway cabin with a handgun. Alaska State Troopers and a Homer Police officer rescued the woman and girl walking along the Ol...

    Mon, 02/25/2013 - 1:09pm
  • A federal jury trial started on Feb. 4 in U.S. District Court, Anchorage, in the case of a Minnesota woman against the city of Homer and Homer Police alleging misconduct for their role in the March 2006 Homer Airport shooting. Cherry Dietzmann seeks compensatory damages for injuries to her son, Jaso...

    Mon, 02/18/2013 - 5:06pm
  • After a decline in tourist visits in 2009 and 2010, Alaska has seen a general increase in overall visits, especially among cruise ship passengers. However, there has been a steady downturn among ferry and highway visitors.Those were some of the highlights of an update on tourism by officials at the ...

    Mon, 02/18/2013 - 5:05pm
  • After public testimony at its January meeting, the Water-Sewer Task Force last Tuesday made some changes to a draft water-sewer rate schedule that some Homer Spit businesses had criticized as unfairly targeting Spit users....

    Mon, 02/18/2013 - 4:15pm

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