MICHAEL ARMSTRONG

  • A stranded adult male sea otter found on the Homer Spit last Thursday had valvular endocarditis, a heart condition caused by a bacterial infection that has plagued Kachemak Bay sea otters since 1998. A beach walker reported the sick otter, and officials with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Ka...

    Wed, 03/12/2014 - 1:52pm
  • The Homer City Council on Monday postponed action until no later than August on a resolution approving an intergovernmental agreement with Kachemak City regarding wastewater services.  Before the regular meeting, at the request of Mayor Beth Wythe, the council met in executive session to consid...

    Wed, 03/12/2014 - 1:50pm
  • For centuries, traveling across snow on skis has been a common way to travel in Alaska. Given that history, it’s not surprising that one of Homer’s oldest and still active recreational clubs is the Kachemak Ski Club, the organization that has operated a succession of rope tows on Diamond Ridge a...

    Wed, 03/12/2014 - 12:56pm
  • A howling blizzard for First Friday in February knocked out power and put a damper on the monthly art openings. A few galleries held Second Friday shows after cancelling, but some of those shows continue if art lovers missed last month’s gallery visits. At Ptarmigan Arts, Anchorage photographer Da...

    Wed, 03/05/2014 - 4:53pm
  • Alaska Wildlife Troopers on Monday night rescued a man canoeing across Kachemak Bay in a 14-foot Coleman “Scanoe” canoe.  Troopers in the P/V Augustine found Mark Makris, 27, of Anchorage, north of Sixty Foot Rock and about 2.5 miles off the Homer Spit after an acquaintance reported Makris ...

    Wed, 03/05/2014 - 4:51pm
  • A car crash in Anchor Point on Monday afternoon caused life threatening injuries to a Homer man. Mark Shufelt, 51, was taken by a medevac flight from South Peninsula Hospital to an Anchorage hospital where he is listed in serious condition. According to an Alaska State Trooper press release, at abou...

    Wed, 03/05/2014 - 4:45pm
  • Former Homer City Manager and Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member Ronald Drathman, 71, died Feb. 27 of natural causes at South Peninsula Hospital. A memorial service was held on March 5 at the Homer Elks Lodge....

    Wed, 03/05/2014 - 4:35pm
  • At a meeting and public hearing Thursday night, the Homer Public Arts Committee didn’t just reject the idea of putting a bust of Brother Asaiah Bates in WKFL Park. It recommended not accepting into the city art collection at all a proposed donation of the $18,500 bronze bust.  John Nazarian, ...

    Wed, 03/05/2014 - 4:33pm
  • Facing bigger state funding deficits than expected, last week the House Subcommittee on Fish & Game cut general funding for the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve — zeroing out a $175,000 appropriation for the first Alaska reserve in the National Estuarine Research Reserve system and potentially sh...

    Wed, 03/05/2014 - 4:31pm
  • In a rare use of an obscure part of city code, the Homer City Council on Monday considered — and rejected — a resolution expressing its disapproval of a Homer Advisory Planning Commission decision.  The commission on Jan. 2 recommended approval by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Platting Commit...

    Wed, 02/26/2014 - 4:34pm

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