MICHAEL ARMSTRONG

  • In a talk before the Homer City Council on Tuesday, Gov. Bill Walker mentioned a historic photo of Metlakatla villagers Lt. Gov. Byron Mallot gave him. It showed the villagers pulling together to remove a stump — a Tsimshian tradition. “‘This is what we need to be doing,’” Walker said Mall...

    Wed, 08/03/2016 - 4:30pm
  • Two shows this month explore the effects of global warming and climate change, but from different perspectives. In his show at Ptarmigan Arts, Homer artist Ed Hutchinsion, who has become known for his “white-on-white” paintings of Arctic animals, focuses on those animals and sea life dealing wit...

    Wed, 08/03/2016 - 3:53pm
  • At a Homer City Council work session Monday night on addressing the heroin and opioid epidemic in Homer, Homer Police Chief Mark Robl brought another issue to the council’s attention: an increase this summer in police response to public drunks. “The police department has dealt with an inordinate...

    Wed, 07/27/2016 - 3:10pm
  • After years of investigation, Homer’s only unsolved murder now awaits a decision by the Kenai District Attorney on whether charges can be filed. Three years ago today, someone killed Mark Matthews, then 61, leaving his body off the Poopdeck Trail between Hazel Avenue and Pioneer Avenue. Homer Poli...

    Wed, 07/27/2016 - 3:10pm
  • Two Cessna 206 airplanes operated by bear viewing tour companies crashed while taxiing on a Chinitna Bay beach the same afternoon on July 19. No one was hurt in the incidents. Pilots reported the incidents at 4 p.m. last Tuesday. National Transportation Safety Board air crash investigator Shaun Will...

    Wed, 07/27/2016 - 3:05pm
  • In its first meeting after a short summer break, the Homer City Council on Monday moved forward on issues basic to city government— water, animal control and the budget. It took these actions: • Held a public hearing and approved a substitute on Ordinance 16-38, an overhaul of the city’s anima...

    Wed, 07/27/2016 - 2:14pm
  • Unusually warm temperatures, low humidity and dry brush and forest has put fire departments on edge across southcentral Alaska. The fire danger is high in Homer, and burn permits have been suspended. A wildland fire burning through Chugach State Park near the McHugh Creek trailhead sent plumes of ha...

    Wed, 07/20/2016 - 4:10pm
  • In the five months since the Alaska Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office began accepting applications for commercial cannabis operations, just a half dozen businesses on the lower Kenai Peninsula have applied for cultivation or retail permits. None of them have started production. As Alaska goes thr...

    Wed, 07/20/2016 - 4:07pm
  • Ten years ago when the Homer Garden Club started its first tour of local gardens, organizers wanted to come up with a colorful way to make tickets. Rather than print tickets or badges, they made felt flower pins — 140 pins. The tour sold 170 tickets....

    Wed, 07/20/2016 - 3:20pm
  • A Homer man who had robbery charges dismissed has now been indicted on three counts of first-degree robbery and first-degree vehicle, both felonies, and third-degree theft. The Kenai Grand Jury on July 6 indicted Dellan Vanbuskirk, 30. The charges stem from an incident on Jan. 6 in which Homer Polic...

    Wed, 07/13/2016 - 3:13pm

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