MICHAEL ARMSTRONG

  • 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
  • If the print edition of today’s Homer News had scratch ’n’ sniff ink, an eau de Homer this spring would have a recipe like this: • Start with a generous dose of wet dog; • Add a sprinkle of sewage sludge; • Toss in a dead sea otter; • Throw in that yucky black stuff at the bottom of an...

    Wed, 05/01/2013 - 5:13pm
  • As hundreds of geese, dozens of cranes and a few shorebirds descended on Homer last weekend, and with the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival happening next week, it seems natural that this Friday’s art openings should feature art of birds and wildlife. Festival artist and naturalist MaryBee Kaufman h...

    Wed, 05/01/2013 - 3:19pm
  • In the grand arc of Mark Robinson’s teaching and musical career, Johannes Brahms’ “Requiem” serves as a personal touchstone from singing it at age 15 in high school choir to conducting it in a new performance this week. “It’s a long history for me personally,” Robinson said of the chor...

    Wed, 05/01/2013 - 3:12pm
  • A huge flock of greater white-fronted geese flew in this weekend over Kachemak Bay, drawing a steady stream of bird watchers on Saturday, Sunday and Monday morning. At Beluga Slough, hundreds of geese fed in the slough, some within yards of the Lake Street path. Along with the greater white-fronted ...

    Mon, 04/29/2013 - 10:20am
  • Show me the money. While Mayor Beth Wythe and some council members didn't say it in exactly those words, that was the sentiment at Monday night's Homer City Council meeting and council work sessions earlier that night and the previous Monday. Several items prompted Wythe and others to express an aus...

    Wed, 04/24/2013 - 4:13pm
  • In a work session on April 15 and at the Homer City Council meeting Monday night, the council got in a bit of a tussle with the Parks and Recreation Commission over a misunderstanding on the Kachemak Drive nonmotorized path. Last December, the council appropriated $20,000 in a resolution "to determi...

    Wed, 04/24/2013 - 4:07pm
  • At the top of a list of items on the Homer City Council's consent agenda were two items that, if passed, would change the Homer Spit zoning code and allow accessory uses like lodging in the Marine Commercial zoning district. Monday night, those two ordinances, 13-11 and 13-12, were only being introd...

    Wed, 04/24/2013 - 4:02pm
  • 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

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