MICHAEL ARMSTRONG

  • Although the Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference won't happen until June 14 to 18 at Land's End Resort, the early registration deadline with discount rates ends at 5 p.m. May 4. Besides, in years when the conference has sold out, many writers have been disappointed who didn't register quickly. Registra...

    Wed, 04/24/2013 - 2:38pm
  • Reading Erin Coughlin Hollowell's first poetry collection, "Pause, Traveler," is like sipping single malt Scotch whisky, with its complicated and subtle tastes. Seasoned in New York and then matured in Alaska, the palate of her poetry evokes the nature writing of Robert Frost, the simplicity of Mari...

    Wed, 04/24/2013 - 2:31pm
  • On May 1, 2003, when Sallie Rediske started Homer Physical Therapy in a rented space on Pioneer Avenue in what’s now Refuge Chapel, she took a lunch break and walked across the street to another new business that also opened May 1, 2003, Cosmic Kitchen.“I remember thinking ‘I hope we both make...

    Wed, 04/24/2013 - 11:39am
  • State prosecutors have charged a Homer woman with two counts of medical assistance fraud. Heather Platter, 31, was charged late last month, the Alaska Department of Law, Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, announced in a press release. In the first count, a class C felony, Platter is alleged to have knowin...

    Wed, 04/17/2013 - 4:24pm
  • An accomplice in the murder of Damian Sagerser last summer pleaded guilty last week to federal drug and weapons charges.  Appearing before U.S. District Court Judge Sharon Gleason April 11 in Anchorage, Nancie Modeste, 27, admitted being guilty to possession of a controlled substance with inten...

    Wed, 04/17/2013 - 4:20pm
  • If you were one of the lucky 3,900 jurors last year who got summonses and forgot to show up for jury duty in your month of service at the Homer Court, guess what? You’ve got mail. Coming your way soon, if not already, is an order to appear in court at 3 p.m. April 26 before Judge Margaret Murphy. ...

    Wed, 04/17/2013 - 4:10pm
  • While an extension of the Homer Spit Trail and construction of the Deep Water Dock Trail are two of the major projects using cruise ship tax revenues starting this construction season, several other projects also are being done. This week, contractors started installation of ship fenders at the Deep...

    Wed, 04/17/2013 - 3:58pm
  • Norman Vaughan, the explorer and Iditarod musher, used to say, “Dream big and dare to fail.” That could be the motto of Homer writer Dana Stabenow, who grew up in Seldovia. In 1990, Stabenow was down to the last $1,100 of a grubstake from her North Slope oil work savings, trying to break into wr...

    Wed, 04/17/2013 - 3:37pm
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    Wed, 04/17/2013 - 3:32pm
  • With the release last month of an environmental assessment, planning has moved forward for a new airstrip to serve the lower Cook Inlet villages of Nanwalek and Port Graham — the main transportation connection between them and Homer and the road system.  The two Alaska Native villages now hav...

    Wed, 04/10/2013 - 3:50pm

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