MICHAEL ARMSTRONG

  • Last year Homer Police and Alaska State Troopers arrested and charged nine defendants with major crimes ranging from murder to sexual assault. As the new year starts, Homer judges have a full docket as those cases move through the criminal justice system. Here are some major cases and the next sched...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 10:47am
  • On a howling New Year’s Eve night with snow and rain flying sideways, someone driving by Renn Tolman’s boat shop on Kachemak Drive might not know that inside his shop a full-on dance party rumbled. If not for a line of cars parked from Northern Enterprises Boat Yard for almost a half-mile to the...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 10:45am
  • Starting Tuesday, the city of Homer’s ban on thin, disposable shopping bags took effect. Ban supporters expecting an ecotopia where every shopper carries a reusable bag and plastic bags disappear overnight won’t see that. In fact, today, next week and even next summer might loo...

    Thu, 01/24/2013 - 10:39am
  • When last we checked in with the musical career of Homer-grown musician Andrew Vait, Vait had these projects in mind: • Distinguish his solo career as an acoustic, alt-country-folk singer from that of his retro-rock band, Eternal Fair; • Produce an extended play album for Eternal Fair, “Eterna...

    Thu, 12/27/2012 - 2:46pm
  • A new multi-artist exhibit at Ptarmigan Arts, “Aurora Borealis,” not only offers some of the best northern lights photographers in Homer, it also shows that to take awesome photographs of the Alaska winter sky you don’t need the newest and best digital camera equipment. Opening last week, and ...

    Thu, 12/13/2012 - 12:11pm
  • How do citizens want to pay for city government and how much should that government cost? At Monday night’s Homer City Council meeting, council members and taxpayers debated — and acted upon — those issues which are at the heart of modern government. On the big ordinance of t...

    Thu, 12/13/2012 - 11:24am
  • BY MICHAEL ARMSTRONG STAFF WRITER Following a comment period that brought 1,500 comments from all over Alaska and the United States, the Alaska Division of Parks and Recreation earlier this month announced it will postpone a decision on whether or not to allow commercial he...

    Thu, 12/13/2012 - 11:22am
  • Although Buccaneer Oil Alaska got from the city of Homer an extension to Dec. 8 to moor its jack-up rig, the Endeavour-Spirit of Independence, at the Deep Water Dock, it doesn't look likely state permits will be issued by Saturday to allow it to put legs down at the Cosmopolitan site off Anchor Poin...

    Thu, 12/06/2012 - 11:52am
  • With less than two months to go for property owners to object to the proposed Homer Natural Gas Special Assessment District, so far, objections have been light. As of this week, of the 3,855 lots in the assessment district, the city clerk’s office has received objections from owners of 110 parcels...

    Thu, 12/06/2012 - 11:51am
  • Now in its second year with the new generation of artistic directors, the Homer Nutcracker Ballet continues in the tradition of always bringing some fresh features to the classical holiday production. As they did last year, directors Breezy Berryman and Jennifer Norton ground Tchaikovsky’s ballet ...

    Thu, 12/06/2012 - 11:48am

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