Michael Armstrong

Laurie Daniel, left, and Alaska State Parks specialist Eric Clarke, right, discuss the Diamond Creek trails portion of the Kachemak Bay State Park and State Wilderness Park draft management plan at an open house on the plan on Oct. 29, 2018, at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

DNR commissioner rescinds adoption of new Kachemak Bay parks management plan

The new Department of Natural Resources commissioner on Friday rescinded a last-minute adoption of the Kachemak Bay State Park and Kachemak Bay State Park Management… Continue reading

 

Skiers climb a hill near the start of the Kachemak Bay Marathon Ski Tour in March of 2007 near Homer, Alaska, in winter where Homer actually had snow. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Out of the Office: Don’t wait for snow or ice — just get outside

Now would be the time when an enterprising outdoors columnist writes about all the wonderful winter sports to be experienced. Fresh snow has fallen and… Continue reading

 

Troopers apprehend armed man on highway near Ninilchik

Alaska State Troopers on Sunday have taken into custody an armed man involved in a stand-off this morning near Mile 131 Sterling Highway near Ninilchik.… Continue reading

 

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                                Christine Kulcheski wears a 1980s era jacket by Linda Skelton at the 2018 Wearable Arts last Saturday.

‘Time Traveling’ shows Wearable Arts of past, present and maybe future

The Homer Fiber Arts Collective and Bunnell Street Arts Center powered up its time machine last Saturday for the 2018 Wearable Arts show. Titled “Time… Continue reading

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                                Christine Kulcheski wears a 1980s era jacket by Linda Skelton at the 2018 Wearable Arts last Saturday.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly stands in silence while Assembly President Wayne Ogle offers an invocation before the meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, in Soldotna, AK. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

KPB Assembly to consider invocation issue

At its Nov. 20 meeting, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will consider two questions for its invocation policy: • Should the assembly authorize the borough… Continue reading

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly stands in silence while Assembly President Wayne Ogle offers an invocation before the meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, in Soldotna, AK. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
The Kenai Peninsula Borough waste transfer site in Anchor Point is on borough land proposed to be leased for subsurface oil-and-gas rights to Hilcorp. The photo was taken on Oct. 19, 2018. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
                                The Kenai Peninsula Borough waste transfer site in Anchor Point is on borough land proposed to be leased for subsurface oil-and-gas rights to Hilcorp. The photo was taken on Oct. 19, 2018. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Borough proposes oil and gas leases in Anchor Point

Lower Kenai Peninsula residents have a chance to learn about proposed oil and gas leases on Kenai Peninsula Borough land in the Anchor Point area… Continue reading

The Kenai Peninsula Borough waste transfer site in Anchor Point is on borough land proposed to be leased for subsurface oil-and-gas rights to Hilcorp. The photo was taken on Oct. 19, 2018. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
                                The Kenai Peninsula Borough waste transfer site in Anchor Point is on borough land proposed to be leased for subsurface oil-and-gas rights to Hilcorp. The photo was taken on Oct. 19, 2018. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
A black bear crosses the Skilak Lake Road in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, near Sterling, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Fall colors dazzle in Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

Leaf peepers don’t have to travel to New England to see fall colors. Brilliant yellows from birch and aspen trees dazzle just up the road… Continue reading

A black bear crosses the Skilak Lake Road in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, near Sterling, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
In a photo provided by the office of the governor, Gov. Bill Walker signs Senate Bill 63, a statewide public smoking ban, on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at the Lucky Wishbone restaurant in Anchorage. The law goes into effect on Oct. 1. Standing at right is Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, the legislative sponsor of the bill. On Walker’s lap is Stella Micciche, one of Micciche’s daughters. Also visible, from right to left behind Walker are Dr. Jay Butler, Alaska’s chief medical officer; Rep. Geran Tarr, D-Anchorage; Rep. Jason Grenn, I-Anchorage; Micciche; Rep. Chris Birch, R-Anchorage; and the smile of Emily Nenon of the American Cancer Society. (Courtesy photo)

Smokefree workplace law takes effect Oct. 1

As of today, workers and customers of Alaska businesses who smoke or vape will have to take it outside — at least 10 feet away.… Continue reading

In a photo provided by the office of the governor, Gov. Bill Walker signs Senate Bill 63, a statewide public smoking ban, on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at the Lucky Wishbone restaurant in Anchorage. The law goes into effect on Oct. 1. Standing at right is Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, the legislative sponsor of the bill. On Walker’s lap is Stella Micciche, one of Micciche’s daughters. Also visible, from right to left behind Walker are Dr. Jay Butler, Alaska’s chief medical officer; Rep. Geran Tarr, D-Anchorage; Rep. Jason Grenn, I-Anchorage; Micciche; Rep. Chris Birch, R-Anchorage; and the smile of Emily Nenon of the American Cancer Society. (Courtesy photo)
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                                An aerial photo taken in 2014 shows the current South Peninsula Hospital campus.

Props 2, 3 change boundaries of Kenai hospital service areas

Two propositions on the Oct. 2 Kenai Peninsula Borough ballot will be considered separately by voters in the Central Peninsula Hospital Service Area and the… Continue reading

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                                An aerial photo taken in 2014 shows the current South Peninsula Hospital campus.

Hands of Peace trains offenders in alternatives to violence

Since 1975, a Homer mother and daughter, Karen and Lisa Cauble, have been working in prisons with a simple and hopeful mission: teach some of… Continue reading

Janet Klein, left, holds her grandson, Sylas Reising, 4, while she visits with her daughter, Deborah Klein, center, and son-in-law George Reising, right, at Bishop’s Beach, Homer, Alaska, on Aug. 9, 2018. Not shown is Kai Reising, 6. Silas and Kai were the inspiration for the Klein’s “color and learn” book, “Alaska’s Dinosaurs and Other Cretaceous Creatures.”

Kleins publish new book on Alaska dinosaurs

A new children’s book out this month fulfills a request made by two Seward boys to their mother. Kai, 5, and Sylas Reising, 4, had… Continue reading

Janet Klein, left, holds her grandson, Sylas Reising, 4, while she visits with her daughter, Deborah Klein, center, and son-in-law George Reising, right, at Bishop’s Beach, Homer, Alaska, on Aug. 9, 2018. Not shown is Kai Reising, 6. Silas and Kai were the inspiration for the Klein’s “color and learn” book, “Alaska’s Dinosaurs and Other Cretaceous Creatures.”
Fresh fill added on Aug. 15, 2018, replaces sand washed away last week after a series of storms and high tides eroded the beach near the Glacier Drive-In restaurant, shown here Aug. 16, 2018, on the Homer Spit, Alaska. Concrete armor rock holds the parking lot in place. The yellow plastic on the steel pilings shows where sand had been when they were installed several years ago. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Erosion increases on the Homer Spit

A series of storms and high tides last week sucked tons of sand and gravel out into Kachemak Bay from the middle of the Homer… Continue reading

Fresh fill added on Aug. 15, 2018, replaces sand washed away last week after a series of storms and high tides eroded the beach near the Glacier Drive-In restaurant, shown here Aug. 16, 2018, on the Homer Spit, Alaska. Concrete armor rock holds the parking lot in place. The yellow plastic on the steel pilings shows where sand had been when they were installed several years ago. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Joan Brown Dodd, left, and Doug Dodd pose for a photo at the Homer News on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Author couple publish new books

Homer has long been known for its support of new and established authors. Through college classes, readings, workshops and writers groups, local literary artists teach… Continue reading

Joan Brown Dodd, left, and Doug Dodd pose for a photo at the Homer News on Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
The Anchor River bridge connects downtown Anchor Point with the Old Sterling Highway and the Anchor River State Recreation Area, as seen in this May 2013 file photo. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

AP bridge repairs delayed until late August

After citizens complained about a pending closure of the Anchor Point bridge over the Anchor River, the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities confirmed… Continue reading

The Anchor River bridge connects downtown Anchor Point with the Old Sterling Highway and the Anchor River State Recreation Area, as seen in this May 2013 file photo. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Jessica Entsminger’s dog, Leah, stands guard in front of the tent where they live on East Hill Road. (Photo courtesy Jessica Entsminger)

Short-term rental boom exacerbating the summer labor shortage

Jessica Entsminger is back to living in a tent. She had a brief stay in a small dry cabin out East End Road where she… Continue reading

Jessica Entsminger’s dog, Leah, stands guard in front of the tent where they live on East Hill Road. (Photo courtesy Jessica Entsminger)
Alyse Galvin, left, and Dimitri Shein, right, listen to a question from moderator Kelly Cooper at the start of the debate among the candidates for the Democratic Party nomination for U.S. Congress on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at Kachemak Bay Campus in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Democratic candidates spar in Homer debate

Homer has seen numerous campaign debates for city and state office, but Tuesday marked one of the first times candidates for federal office took the floor.

Alyse Galvin, left, and Dimitri Shein, right, listen to a question from moderator Kelly Cooper at the start of the debate among the candidates for the Democratic Party nomination for U.S. Congress on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at Kachemak Bay Campus in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Mariner drowns in Cook Inlet; body brought to Homer Harbor

A Kenai man died at sea Thursday after falling overboard from a commercial fishing boat this morning north of Kodiak. Alaska State Troopers identified the… Continue reading

Mariner drowns in Cook Inlet; body brought to Homer Harbor

A Kenai man died at sea Thursday after falling overboard from a commercial fishing boat this morning north of Kodiak. Alaska State Troopers identified the… Continue reading

Backyard Country BBQ comes to the Kenai

Backyard Country BBQ Featuring music by Jerrod Niemann Trick Pony The Ken Peltier Band June 29: Soldotna Creek Park, Soldotna June 30: Outside Don Jose’s,… Continue reading

Author Anthony Doerr delivers Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference keynote

The role of the keynote speaker at the annual Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference can range from Rotary Club toastmaster to Marine Boot Camp drill instructor… Continue reading