MICHAEL ARMSTRONG

  • 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
  • In presenting information in everything from data-filled reports to newspapers, the X-Y graph rules supreme. Flat, in two dimensions, information gets shown on two axes. On one side might be figures like unemployment rates and on the other side the years, so that the change over time appears as a ri...

    Wed, 05/07/2014 - 2:06pm
  • The busy intersection of the Sterling Highway and Main Street will get a traffic signal with turn lanes. That option was one of three being considered by the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities to control traffic on Main Street, the street connecting downtown to Old Town that c...

    Wed, 04/30/2014 - 4:26pm
  • Would the Homer City Council get more middle-income residents, parents and small-business owners running for office if it increased the stipend for serving?  In introducing an ordinance that would increase a council member’s pay from $50 to $150 a month, council member Beau Burgess made that ...

    Wed, 04/30/2014 - 4:05pm

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