MICHAEL ARMSTRONG

  • To an observer at Monday night’s Homer City Council meeting, it might have looked like a tennis match between Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams as action on  proposed changes to the water-sewer rates bounced back and forth. When the dust had settled, the council struck down the proposed rat...

    Wed, 06/26/2013 - 4:56pm
  • A Kenai grand jury last week indicted a Homer man in the alleged beating of a woman with a bokken, a wooden sword used in martial arts practice.  Adrian W. Rastopsoff, 30, faces two counts each of first-, second- and third-degree assault, and one count of third-degree criminal mischief, all dom...

    Wed, 06/19/2013 - 4:15pm
  • Homer Police earlier this month charged a 32-year-old Homer man with assault for allegedly hitting a toddler related to him. Carl A. Moonin was charged with four counts of fourth-degree assault, domestic violence....

    Wed, 06/19/2013 - 4:00pm
  • With the Kenai Peninsula under very high to extreme fire danger, a prompt response by Alaska Division of Forestry, Homer Volunteer Fire Department and Kachemak Emergency Services firefighters stopped a grass fire in its tracks on Alan Street off East End Road about 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon.  Bet...

    Wed, 06/19/2013 - 3:47pm
  • Anyone wondering about the progress of the Enstar Natural Gas trunk and distribution lines on the lower Kenai Peninsula doesn’t have to look far. From Anchor Point along the Sterling Highway to West Hill Road and Fairview Avenue, big 8-inch lines snake in and out of the ground on the trunk line, n...

    Wed, 06/19/2013 - 3:40pm
  • One of the treats of the Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference comes the opening Friday of the five-day event when the keynote writer or poet does a post-banquet speech. In the 12 years of the conference, talks have ranged from treatises on the meaning of literature to stand up comedy. Often, writers o...

    Wed, 06/19/2013 - 3:09pm
  • A preliminary hearing was continued last Thursday for Zachary Fraley, the Homer High School student charged with first-degree terroristic threatening, a felony, for allegedly placing a bomb-like device at the high school that caused an evacuation May 16....

    Wed, 06/12/2013 - 4:31pm
  • A motorcycle crash on Sunday afternoon killed a Homer man. Travis Coffey, 34, died of his injuries at the crash scene near Mile 19 East End Road. No services have been announced yet for Coffey. According to an Alaska State Trooper press release, Coffey rode his 2000 Triumph motorcycle with a friend ...

    Wed, 06/12/2013 - 4:30pm
  • An administrative law judge has rejected a claim for Kevin Hogan and the Auction Block against the city of Homer, city attorney Thomas Klinkner announced in a memorandum to Mayor Beth Wythe and the Homer City Council at its meeting Monday night. “We are excited about that,” attorney Holly Wells ...

    Wed, 06/12/2013 - 4:28pm
  • Homer City Clerk Jo Johnson certified that a citizen initiative to repeal a plastic bag ban had at least the 230 signatures necessary to put the question on the Oct. 1 ballot. Petition organizer Justin Arnold submitted 300 signatures, and of those, the clerk’s office determined 260 were of registe...

    Wed, 06/12/2013 - 4:23pm

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