MICHAEL ARMSTRONG

  • There’s been a lot of talk about green dots lately — and red dots. The phrase “green dot” might sound like social-worker speak, but the message of the concept really comes down to one thing. Starting now, starting today, starting with a group of civic leaders, there is a new attitude in town...

    Wed, 08/14/2013 - 4:22pm
  • After a year of work by a citizen task force, the Homer City Council on Monday passed a resolution changing the water-sewer rates to what’s largely a commodity based model — everyone pays the same rate for a gallon of water and a gallon of treated sewage.  The new rates take effect Jan. 1.&...

    Wed, 08/14/2013 - 4:18pm
  • With no budget for travel to hold an information workshop or take public comments at a hearing, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries officials held an informal audioconference presentation on Tuesday night on the proposed halibut Catch Sharing Plan. Participants had the chance t...

    Wed, 08/14/2013 - 4:16pm
  • Last Friday on her 40th birthday, a San Diego cold-water, open-ocean swimmer did what only six other people, including three other women, have done: swim across Kachemak Bay. With her partner Al Bremer paddling alone beside her in a bright-yellow kayak, Claudia Rose pushed off from the beach by Land...

    Wed, 08/14/2013 - 4:14pm
  • In the state and national health care debate, one issue keeps coming up. Medical providers cannot refuse to treat patients with emergencies, and yet many patients don’t have health insurance. How do hospitals, doctors and emergency medical services collect from the people who can’t or won’t pa...

    Wed, 08/14/2013 - 12:27pm
  • An early morning fire on Sunday destroyed one of 16 storage buildings at East End Mini Storage, a storage and business complex on East End Road near Redden Marine. Building O was 95-percent destroyed, said Homer Fire Chief Bob Painter. Neighbors did not notice the fire until about 4:10 a.m. Aug. 4, ...

    Thu, 08/08/2013 - 11:04am
  • In Alaska art and culture, a spirit of irreverence often runs counter to serious or commercial images of Alaska. Done well, traditional Alaska art celebrates the state’s natural beauty and character of its people. When this celebration runs to excess — think painted gold pans or romanticized lan...

    Wed, 08/07/2013 - 7:03pm
  • An electrical equipment failure shut down power from the Safeway grocery store on the Sterling Highway to the end of the Homer Spit on Monday afternoon. Power was out from about 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 5. Related to the outage, Harbormaster Bryan Hawkins ordered a precautionary evacuation and clos...

    Wed, 08/07/2013 - 6:32pm
  • It’s a scene common to most any American high school. A girl walks down a crowded hallway, students milling around lockers. Clutching her notebook, the girl shuffles her feet, looking down at the floor, as she walks by other teenagers. You can almost imagine their thoughts — “What’s up with ...

    Wed, 08/07/2013 - 6:31pm
  • A pilot and five passengers walked away from a Cessna 206 plane crash Sunday on a bear viewing trip to Katmai National Park. No one was injured in the crash and all were taken back to Homer by other flight services....

    Wed, 08/07/2013 - 6:31pm

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