MICHAEL ARMSTRONG

  • Jury selection stalled this week for the trial of DeMarqus Green as the court ran out of qualified jurors. Green, 23, of Anchorage faces charges of first-degree murder and second-degree murder in the death of Demian Sagerser. He also has been charged with tampering with physical evidence and first-d...

    Wed, 04/29/2015 - 3:50pm
  • Alaska State Troopers have recovered the body of a Seldovia fisherman reported missing while on a boating trip from Jakalof Bay to Seldovia Monday afternoon. Searchers found Robert Purpura, 68, about a mile north of McDonald Spit in Kachemak Bay sometime after 7 p.m. April 27....

    Wed, 04/29/2015 - 3:49pm
  • Just nine days after a mudslide took out part of Kachemak Drive on the west end, repairs have been made and the road reopened Tuesday night. The fixed section of road still needs to be paved, with some flagging and one-lane traffic, but the road won’t be closed further. Kevin Jones, the local mana...

    Wed, 04/29/2015 - 3:47pm
  • May’s First Friday includes one of the livelier openings, when the students of Paul Banks Elementary School hold their annual Art Extravaganza. These young artists take their work seriously, and have even written artists statements. The event includes refreshments, live music and a silent auction ...

    Wed, 04/29/2015 - 3:15pm
  • Homer News staff took home 10 2015 Alaska Press Club Awards at a banquet last Saturday held in Anchorage. The awards are for work done in 2014. Former Homer News reporter McKibben Jackinsky retired with distinction with six awards, including first-place awards for education and business reporting. J...

    Wed, 04/29/2015 - 11:59am
  • With the last bit of work to be done this afternoon, the west end of Kachemak Drive should open tonight. Kevin Jones, the local manager of the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, Homer area, said another load of rock and jute matting needs to be put in on a rebuilt slope where...

    Tue, 04/28/2015 - 5:18pm
  • The city of Homer and Ken Castner last Friday agreed to a stay of a judge’s order enforcing a decision in Castner’s favor regarding the Homer Natural Gas Special Assessment District. On April 3, Kenai Superior Court Judge Charles Huguelet ordered the city to cease its method for assessing condom...

    Wed, 04/22/2015 - 4:28pm
  • The history of Alaska State Parks Chief Ranger Roger MacCampbell’s career mirrors that of lower Kenai Peninsula state parks. Among his milestones are: • Helping build the park system in the post-Alaska Pipeline budget boom of the early 1980s; • Weathering budget cuts in the mid-1980s Alaska re...

    Wed, 04/22/2015 - 4:21pm
  • Workers this week began digging out about a 70-foot wide collapsed section of the west end of Kachemak Drive and getting permits to repair a slide that shut down the road about a half-mile from its intersection with the Homer Spit Road. Repairs may take as long as two weeks, said Carl High, maintena...

    Wed, 04/22/2015 - 4:14pm
  • Earlier this month for First Friday, visual artists had their moment with receptions honoring their work for the annual Jubilee arts celebration. Art work for students in grades kindergarten through high school remains on exhibit at the Homer Council on the Arts, the Pratt Museum and in the South Pe...

    Wed, 04/22/2015 - 2:04pm

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