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The scenery on the drive from Homer to Anchorage ranges from beautiful to awe inspiring, like Turnagain Pass on the Kenai Peninsula, as seen here on Sunday, May 22, 2022. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Out of the Office: Road trippin’

You know how you’ve done something so long and so often it becomes routine, and yet it still can amaze you? Traveling to Anchorage and… Continue reading

 

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Music lovers dance to Nervis Rex at the KBBI Concert on the Lawn on July 28, 2012, at Karen Hornaday Park in Homer.

Concert on the Lawn returns

COTL line up includes The English Bay Band, a group that played in 1980

 

The Western Flyers. (Photo provided)

Seldovia Solstice Fest features 4 days of music, art

The Seldovia Solstice Festival starts at 11 a.m. today, June 16, with a music jam on the Seldovia Bay Ferry

 

People visit at the Loved & Lost Memorial Bench on Sunday, June 12, 2022, at the Homer Public Library in Homer, Alaska, for a memorial for Anesha “Duffy” Murnane and the dedication of the bench. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Memorial honors Murnane, other missing and murdered people

Event also included dedication of Loved Lost Memorial Bench

People visit at the Loved & Lost Memorial Bench on Sunday, June 12, 2022, at the Homer Public Library in Homer, Alaska, for a memorial for Anesha “Duffy” Murnane and the dedication of the bench. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
The bottom story is all that is left of a building at 177 E. Bunnell Ave. that caught fire early Saturday morning, June 4, 2022, in Homer, Alaska. Two people and their pets living in an apartment on the side closest to the road escaped injury. Homer Volunteer Fire Department, Kachemak Emergency Services and Western Emergency Services worked until about noon on Saturday to fully extinguish the fire. The Compass Rose Building to the right had some minor damage such as cracked windows from heat exposure. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Fire destroys building in Homer’s Old Town district

Occupants, pets escape without injury fire on Bunnell Avenue

The bottom story is all that is left of a building at 177 E. Bunnell Ave. that caught fire early Saturday morning, June 4, 2022, in Homer, Alaska. Two people and their pets living in an apartment on the side closest to the road escaped injury. Homer Volunteer Fire Department, Kachemak Emergency Services and Western Emergency Services worked until about noon on Saturday to fully extinguish the fire. The Compass Rose Building to the right had some minor damage such as cracked windows from heat exposure. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Alaska State Troopers logo.

Troopers arrest man in sexual assault case

Case prompts police to offer self-defense class for women

Alaska State Troopers logo.
Tarryn Zerbinos shows one of her paintings to be displayed in June at Grace Ridge Breweing. (Photo provided)

Art, Alaska lure Zerbinos back to her roots

Zerbinos markets work through social media with novel products like stickers.

Tarryn Zerbinos shows one of her paintings to be displayed in June at Grace Ridge Breweing. (Photo provided)
The south side of 397 E. Pioneer Avenue as seen on Friday, May 27, 2022. The barn door to the right was cut into the wall of the former Refuge Chapel, a modifcation other tenants of the building claimed had been done in violation of the business condominium association rules. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Lt. governor candidate scrutinized for Homer property usage

Fire marshal said ‘commercial’ activity in old chapel did not have valid plan review

The south side of 397 E. Pioneer Avenue as seen on Friday, May 27, 2022. The barn door to the right was cut into the wall of the former Refuge Chapel, a modifcation other tenants of the building claimed had been done in violation of the business condominium association rules. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
The 10 participants in season 9 of “Alone,” premiering on May 26, 2022, on the History Channel. Terry Burns of Homer is the third from left, back. Another Alaskan in the series, Jacques Tourcotte of Juneau, is the fourth from left, back. (Photo by Brendan George Ko/History Channel)

Homer man goes it ‘Alone’

Burns brings lifetime of wilderness experience to survival series

The 10 participants in season 9 of “Alone,” premiering on May 26, 2022, on the History Channel. Terry Burns of Homer is the third from left, back. Another Alaskan in the series, Jacques Tourcotte of Juneau, is the fourth from left, back. (Photo by Brendan George Ko/History Channel)
A LifeMed helicopter waits on June 10, 2014, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna, Alaska. The author took a medevac flight in May 2013 in a similar helicopter. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Out of the Office: Planes, trains, automobiles and helicopters

Every new Alaskan has a bucket list of things they want to check while living here (hopefully, a long time). One subset would be “modes… Continue reading

A LifeMed helicopter waits on June 10, 2014, at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna, Alaska. The author took a medevac flight in May 2013 in a similar helicopter. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
A black bear gets into a bird feeder in April 2005 at Long Lake, Alaska. (Photo courtesy of Alaska Department of Fish and Game)

Watch out for bears, moose

Take precautions to keep attractants away from bears and give moose and calves space

A black bear gets into a bird feeder in April 2005 at Long Lake, Alaska. (Photo courtesy of Alaska Department of Fish and Game)
A recent photo of Anesha “Duffy” Murnane, missing since Oct. 17, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided, Homer Police Department)

Police arrest man in murder, kidnapping of Anesha “Duffy” Murnane

Ogden, Utah, man knew Murnane when he lived in Homer in 2019

A recent photo of Anesha “Duffy” Murnane, missing since Oct. 17, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided, Homer Police Department)
A vintage Underwood typewriter sits on a table on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022, at the Homer News in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Peninsula media win Alaska Press Club awards

Awards include sweep of COVID-19 reporting category

A vintage Underwood typewriter sits on a table on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022, at the Homer News in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Homer City Hall. (Homer News file photo)

Homer council votes down resolution supporting hospital visitation bill

Erickson’s resolution would have supported ‘No Patient Left Behind Act’

Homer City Hall. (Homer News file photo)
Writer Toni Jensen is part of the visiting faculty teaching at the 25th Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference. (Photo provided)

It’s back: Writers’ Conference returns

20th Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference returns in new location in downtown Homer.

Writer Toni Jensen is part of the visiting faculty teaching at the 25th Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference. (Photo provided)
A trailer containing mail for the lower Kenai Peninsula burns on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, on the Seward Highway north of the Seward-Sterling Highway intersection, Alaska. (Photo provided, U.S. Postal Service)

Trailer fire destroys USPS mail headed to peninsula

Fire in semi-tractor trailer destroys mail bound for some Southern Kenai Peninsula towns.

A trailer containing mail for the lower Kenai Peninsula burns on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, on the Seward Highway north of the Seward-Sterling Highway intersection, Alaska. (Photo provided, U.S. Postal Service)
A pair of sandhill cranes feed Friday, May 8 at Green Timbers on the Homer Spit in Homer. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Out of the Office: Earth Day is bird day

Celebrate Earth Day every day by growing close to nature.

A pair of sandhill cranes feed Friday, May 8 at Green Timbers on the Homer Spit in Homer. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Gregg Brelsford, an independent candidate for Alaska’s U.S. House of Representatives seat, poses for a photo on Friday, April 15, 2022, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer New)

‘No drama’ Brelsford running for Congress

Former Republican running as an undeclared candidate touts civic experience

Gregg Brelsford, an independent candidate for Alaska’s U.S. House of Representatives seat, poses for a photo on Friday, April 15, 2022, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer New)
Jay Marley, left, captain of the Fly Dough, holds up the John Hillstrand Memorial Award for running the boat that had the winning fish in the 28th annual Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament. Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center executive director Brad Anderson is at right. Marley’s son, Weston Marley, won the top prize with a 27.38-pound king salmon. Jay Marley also was the top captain in 2021 when his son Andrew also won the tournament. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Team Marley wins again

For the second year in a row, a Marley boy wins the Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament.

Jay Marley, left, captain of the Fly Dough, holds up the John Hillstrand Memorial Award for running the boat that had the winning fish in the 28th annual Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament. Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center executive director Brad Anderson is at right. Marley’s son, Weston Marley, won the top prize with a 27.38-pound king salmon. Jay Marley also was the top captain in 2021 when his son Andrew also won the tournament. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
McNeil Canyon Elementary School student Cedar Galbraith's watercolor and ink painting. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Jubilee! art show highlights youth talent

Featuring art by youth in kindergarten through high school

McNeil Canyon Elementary School student Cedar Galbraith's watercolor and ink painting. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)