MICHAEL ARMSTRONG

  • Homer City Manager Walt Wrede and the Homer City Council on Tuesday night discussed ways to calm traffic and reduce speeding in the historic Old Town neighborhood. With complaints of people speeding on Main Street, Ohlson Lane, Bunnell Avenue and Beluga Place — the access to Bishop’s Beach — O...

    Wed, 05/28/2014 - 5:18pm
  • Alaska State Troopers last week seized 1.15 ounces of heroin with an estimated street value of $19,000 in an arrest last week of an Anchor Point man and a Homer woman. Troopers also found $2,500 in cash, prescription drugs and paraphernalia relating to dealing after serving a search warrant on the w...

    Thu, 05/22/2014 - 9:53am
  • A 43-year-old Anchor Point man survived a gunshot wound to his head after negligently handling a .22 long rifle — and then didn’t get treatment for five days until his girlfriend persuaded him to go to the South Peninsula Hospital emergency room. James Doppler was treated and released from the h...

    Thu, 05/22/2014 - 9:22am
  • It’s all down to what Public Works Director Carey Meyer calls “the icing on the cake” — the final items on the city’s punch list for the 11,000-foot extension of the Homer Spit Trail.  The trail itself was paved earlier this month, just in time for passengers of the first cruise ship,...

    Wed, 05/21/2014 - 5:07pm
  • As the Funny River Horse Trail fire raged about 50 miles north of Homer, a long plume of smoke extending out into the Gulf of Alaska blanketed Kachemak Bay earlier this week.  On Wednesday morning, two days after the fire started, the fire had grown to 20,000 acres and burned 10 miles through d...

    Wed, 05/21/2014 - 5:04pm
  • The Homer City Council, acting as the Board of Adjustment, reversed a conditional use permit for Kodiak Microwave System to build a 160-foot microwave tower on Easy Street near Skyline Drive. Several residents in the area, Joe Carter Jr., Kevin Dee, and Kevin and Kathleen Fay, had filed appeals of t...

    Wed, 05/14/2014 - 3:53pm
  • In a 4-3 vote with Mayor Beth Wythe breaking the tie, the Homer City Council at its regular meeting on Monday killed a proposed ordinance to raise its monthly stipend. Council members Beau Burgess, David Lewis and Francie Roberts sponsored Ordinance 14-17(A) that would have boosted each council memb...

    Wed, 05/14/2014 - 2:53pm
  • 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

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