MICHAEL ARMSTRONG

  • After drilling 3,700 feet and not hitting hydrocarbons, Buccaneer Energy Alaska will abandon its West Eagle No. 1 well about 20 miles east of Homer, the company announced Monday.  Buccaneer began drilling the well at a gravel pit near Basargin Road off East End Road last month and could have dr...

    Wed, 02/19/2014 - 5:16pm
  • Fans of Celtic music get a double treat this month. Last weekend, the acoustic quintet Lúnasa packed the house at the Mariner Theatre. Next Thursday, the Young Dubliners, another band with its roots in Irish music, performs at the Down East Saloon. Local group Yellow Cabin opens for them at 5:45 p....

    Wed, 02/12/2014 - 6:30pm
  • In terms of history, not only is the Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic celebrating its 30th birthday this year, it’s also an organization that got started in some pretty historic buildings, too. Founded in 1983, its first clinics were held in the Sam and Vega Pratt House on Pioneer Avenue, built...

    Wed, 02/12/2014 - 6:07pm
  • “Not in my back yard,” the rallying cry for neighbors opposed to anything from gravel pits to big box stores, got raised again last week when property owners in the Noview Avenue area spoke against a proposed child-care facility on a lot near the west end of Noview near Mullikin Street....

    Wed, 02/12/2014 - 5:29pm
  • Homer Police issued a warning this week of a new phone scam that hits close to home: the caller claims to an “assistant chief” from the Homer Police Department and even has a caller ID showing the call is from police....

    Wed, 02/12/2014 - 5:19pm
  • A preliminary hearing held on Monday in the case of Michael McClendon, 29, has been continued until 3:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Homer Courthouse. McClendon was arrested on Jan. 9 for first-degree robbery, third-degree assault, theft of a firearm, first-degree misconduct involving weapons for felon in p...

    Thu, 02/06/2014 - 1:06pm
  • The Homer Council on the Arts today announced the winners of the 22nd annual Kenai Peninsula Writers Contest. Awards will be presented by writer Tom Kizzia starting at 7 p.m. Feb. 15 at the Homer Council on the Arts. Selected winners will do short readings. Following the ceremony at 8 p.m. is a pres...

    Thu, 02/06/2014 - 11:29am
  • After centuries of emigration, the Celtic diaspora has fetched up on distant lands, but many still look back to their ancestral countries. It’s common for people of Irish, Scottish and other Celtic cultures to reassert their roots through traditional music. But when the members of an Irish band di...

    Thu, 02/06/2014 - 11:20am
  • An Anchor Point woman stopped with a mobile phone in her lap was charged with driving a motor vehicle with screen device operating — the official charge for the offense of driving while texting or driving while looking at a computer screen.  Ruth Rodriquez, 23, was arrested on the charge and ...

    Thu, 02/06/2014 - 10:33am
  • Homer Police are investigating two Pioneer Avenue break-ins that happened sometime between last Friday evening and Saturday morning. The break-ins happened at the Salvation Army store and J & B Smokehouse. Both businesses are within a block of each other, with the Salvation Army just west of Pio...

    Thu, 02/06/2014 - 10:29am

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