MICHAEL ARMSTRONG

  • From upscale white tablecloth restaurants to take-out sandwich shops, Homer’s creative chefs have been crafting a cuisine that, for lack of a better term, could simply be called Homer Style. It’s a food culture distinguished by an emphasis on wild seafood and locally grown vegetables, many from ...

    Wed, 05/15/2013 - 11:09am
  • For scientists to connect to citizens, it’s as easy as A-B-T. On April 17 at the Kenai Peninsula Fish Habitat Partnership’s Science Symposium, keynote speaker Randy Olson tossed out a new approach to scientists. Rather than just laying out the facts, scientists should inspire people with somethi...

    Wed, 05/08/2013 - 6:17pm
  • The Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival featured artists have much in common in their choice of subject — shorebirds, of course — but Mary Bee Kaufman, this year’s featured artist, stands out among them in one way: She’s the only featured artist to have an Alaska peak named after her.  It...

    Wed, 05/08/2013 - 6:13pm
  • The 21st annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival has started with a junior birders discovery lab held Wednesday morning. The festival kicks into gear today with a spread of events, starting at 12:01 a.m. this morning with the Big Spit Plus Birding Challenge, a three-day event spread over the festival...

    Wed, 05/08/2013 - 5:56pm
  • The Homer City Council at its 6 p.m. Monday meeting holds a public hearing and could act on proposed changes to zoning regulations and maps for the Homer Spit. Citizens can speak on two ordinances, 13-11(s) and 13-12, during the public hearing portion of the agenda. The ordinance adds these activiti...

    Wed, 05/08/2013 - 5:28pm
  • In a photo on her Facebook page, Marissa Paul, a 2011 Homer High School graduate, holds a shiny curved bone. It looks like the kind of bone beachcombers might find along Kachemak Bay from a moose or bear.  Paul, however, got the bone from a place closer to her heart — about six inches up towa...

    Wed, 05/08/2013 - 5:09pm
  • “The birds are always out there waiting for us to notice them,” said Jeffrey Gordon, this year’s keynote speaker at the 21st annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival.  Gordon, 48, is the president of the American Birding Association based in Colorado Springs, Colo. He will be welcomed to Ho...

    Wed, 05/08/2013 - 4:58pm
  • An Anchor Point man arrested last week for a shooting incident faces a new charge after he allegedly tried to escape from the Homer Jail two days later. A Kenai grand jury last week indicted Niko Mogar, 22, for attempted second-degree escape. It also indicted him and his co-defendant, Christopher Mu...

    Wed, 05/01/2013 - 5:30pm
  • Some nations celebrate the start of May with Beltane, the Celtic festival marking the halfway point between the spring equinox and the summer solstices. Other countries consider May Day as labor day, the day to honor workers. In Homer, we get down and dirty the first Saturday of May with our annual ...

    Wed, 05/01/2013 - 5:28pm
  • With a month to the June 3 deadline for turning in petitions, a citizen initiative to repeal Homer’s plastic bag ban as of this week has collected more than half the 230 signatures needed to get the initiative on the October ballot.  Organizers need 25 percent of the ballots cast last October...

    Wed, 05/01/2013 - 5:17pm

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