MICHAEL ARMSTRONG

  • A longtime environmental educator who taught everyone from children to seniors, and everywhere from outdoors to the classroom, has been honored with the Alaska Conservation Foundation’s Jerry Dixon Award for Excellence in Environmental Education. Carmen Field, 53, who died May 31, 2016, received w...

    Thu, 07/07/2016 - 10:04am
  • Fire severely damages Fireweed Avenue home An early evening fire last Saturday severely damaged a Fireweed Avenue off East Hill Road. According to Homer Volunteer Fire Department Chief Robert Painter, HVFD received a page about 7:30 p.m. July 2. When firefighters responded the fire was fully involve...

    Thu, 07/07/2016 - 9:58am
  • An ATV crash and rollover injured two boys about 7 p.m. on July 4 at Bishop’s Beach. Homer Police Chief Mark Robl said the boys ages 9 and 14 had been riding their ATV about a quarter-mile up from the beach parking lot and west of Ocean Shores Motel. Homer Volunteer Fire Department staff and volun...

    Wed, 07/06/2016 - 3:02pm
  • The owner of the Alaska Dispatch News, Alice Rogoff, crashed her floatplane about 5:50 p.m. Sunday, July 3, in Halibut Cove. She was the pilot and only occupant. Rogoff did not suffer any injuries, she said in a statement. In a press release, Alaska Wildlife Troopers reported they responded by boat ...

    Mon, 07/04/2016 - 3:15pm
  • Homer Electric Association has seen about 30 damage claims filed by customers affected in a power surge on June 21. The surge happened last Tuesday evening when a polymer-composite insulator broke on a power pole near the Homer Police Station on Heath Street. A 25 kilovolt line fell onto a lower vol...

    Wed, 06/29/2016 - 3:08pm
  • A man alleged to be both a victim and an assailant in a May 19 shooting at Karen Hornaday Park will make a plea deal on a collection of charges, including a charge of second-degree assault....

    Wed, 06/29/2016 - 3:07pm
  • After time ran out on a court rule requiring either a preliminary hearing to be held or a grand jury make an indictment, three felony charges have been dismissed against Dellna Vanbuskirk, a Homer man Homer Police alleged robbed at gunpoint the Short Stop Tesoro Gas Station in January, taking cash a...

    Wed, 06/29/2016 - 2:46pm
  • A volunteer trained in disentangling whales and a National Oceanic and Atmoshpheric Administration law enforcement officer freed a juvenile humpback whale last week after it got tangled up in line and a buoy. It took about three hours for Josh Tobin, the volunteer, and Kasey Mayhew, the officer, to ...

    Wed, 06/29/2016 - 2:46pm
  • Editor’s note: The story has been updated to clarify why the citizen group did not turn in signatures. A citizen group seeking to ban by a vote commercial cannabis in Homer failed to deliver petition booklets by the June 23 deadline. On March 25, petitioners seeking to prohibit by local o...

    Wed, 06/29/2016 - 2:43pm
  • From police patrol cars to possibly a new station, the Homer City Council at its regular Monday night meeting offered some relief to the Homer Police Department. A low-ticket item was $65,000 for two used Fords, but topping the list was up to $12 million in bonds to build a new police station....

    Wed, 06/29/2016 - 2:42pm

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