MICHAEL ARMSTRONG

  • The first large wildfire of the season almost burned down three cabins near Caribou Lake last Friday. Eight Alaska Division of Forestry, three Kachemak Emergency Services and 20 Pioneer Peak Hotshot firefighters kept the fire from burning the structures about 3 miles southwest of Caribou Lake about ...

    Wed, 05/07/2014 - 5:01pm
  • Getting started in birding can be intimidating. When experienced birders show up this week for the 22nd annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival, with all their binoculars, spotting scopes, outdoor gear, bird guides and gadgets, the new birder might wonder if it takes a small fortune to get started. T...

    Wed, 05/07/2014 - 4:20pm
  • Already the shorebirds have arrived. Dunlins, dowitchers, surfbirds, sandpipers, yellowlegs, in ones and twos and hundreds they’ve been swooping in on Mud Bay and Beluga Slough, taking a fast-food rest stop on their way north. Local birders have been giddy with excitement, but today starts the big...

    Wed, 05/07/2014 - 4:16pm
  • In presenting information in everything from data-filled reports to newspapers, the X-Y graph rules supreme. Flat, in two dimensions, information gets shown on two axes. On one side might be figures like unemployment rates and on the other side the years, so that the change over time appears as a ri...

    Wed, 05/07/2014 - 2:06pm
  • The busy intersection of the Sterling Highway and Main Street will get a traffic signal with turn lanes. That option was one of three being considered by the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities to control traffic on Main Street, the street connecting downtown to Old Town that c...

    Wed, 04/30/2014 - 4:26pm
  • Would the Homer City Council get more middle-income residents, parents and small-business owners running for office if it increased the stipend for serving?  In introducing an ordinance that would increase a council member’s pay from $50 to $150 a month, council member Beau Burgess made that ...

    Wed, 04/30/2014 - 4:05pm
  • The Homer City Council in a special meeting Monday night investigated six more ethics complaints. Acting as the Board of Ethics, the council also investigated further a complaint, 2014-02, it had first reviewed at its April 14 meeting. All meetings were held in executive session. At the end of the p...

    Wed, 04/30/2014 - 3:27pm
  • With shorebirds already beginning to arrive and the 22nd annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival running May 8-11, it’s no surprise that several shows opening for First Friday feature birds. Artist Erin Rae D’Eimon exhibits her work in a place filled with fiber art, the Knitty Stash on Main Stree...

    Wed, 04/30/2014 - 2:53pm
  • More fossil finds by Homer beachcombers have expanded scientists’ knowledge of the animals that lived here during an interglacial period from 27,000 to 55,000 years ago — what’s called stage 3, between the last two Penultimate and Naptowne glaciations. Radiocarbon tests were done for a horse t...

    Wed, 04/30/2014 - 2:10pm
  • Following the loss of both employees at the Homer Division of Motor Vehicles office, the office at 3798 Lake St. is now on an abbreviated schedule.  The office is open today from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., with a closure from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. for road tests, and will be open on a schedule to be anno...

    Wed, 04/30/2014 - 12:17pm

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