Michael Armstrong

Lessons shake down from quake

When the 7.1 magnitude Iniskin earthquake hit at about 1:30 a.m. Jan. 24, it didn’t wake one Homer-grown seismologist — but that’s because Kasey Aderhold,… Continue reading

Homer News counted 126 dead murrs washed up on the mud trail next to Homer's Spit on Dec. 31, 2015.

Huge seabird die off seen on Cook Inlet beaches

Anyone who has walked Homer’s beaches the past few weeks has seen a horrid event. Every few yards along the tidal wrack line, the white… Continue reading

Homer News counted 126 dead murrs washed up on the mud trail next to Homer's Spit on Dec. 31, 2015.
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion In this Nov. 13, 2015 file photo, convicted murderer Demarqus Green reacts after Kenai Superior Court Judge Anna Moran decided to reschedule a sentencing hearing in Kenai, Alaska. Green has been sentenced to 40 years in jail for a 2012 shooting.

Green gets 40 years for 2012 shooting

Finding a need for community condemnation and to isolate him from society, Kenai Superior Court Judge Anna Moran on Monday sentenced Demarqus Green to 40… Continue reading

Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion In this Nov. 13, 2015 file photo, convicted murderer Demarqus Green reacts after Kenai Superior Court Judge Anna Moran decided to reschedule a sentencing hearing in Kenai, Alaska. Green has been sentenced to 40 years in jail for a 2012 shooting.
One of Gundega Snepste's puzuri sculptures made of grass reeds decorates the Homer Council on the Arts.

Ancient Latvian art with a Homer twist

Hanging from the ceiling of the Homer Council on the Arts, a 4-foot wide, multifaceted sculpture looks like a temple from a cosmic fantasy. Based… Continue reading

One of Gundega Snepste's puzuri sculptures made of grass reeds decorates the Homer Council on the Arts.

Stevens: Election year poses challenges for fiscal plan

It’s going to be a long five months.Before Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, starts packing for the trip to Juneau after the New Year, he stopped… Continue reading

Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre speaks at the Kachemak Bay Rotary Club meeting on Dec. 3 at the Bidarka Inn in Homer.

Navarre to Homer: Health care process has just started

Speaking like a doctor advising a patient with high blood pressure to lose weight and exercise, in a talk to the Kachemak Bay Rotary Club… Continue reading

Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre speaks at the Kachemak Bay Rotary Club meeting on Dec. 3 at the Bidarka Inn in Homer.

More otters washing up; cause remains unknown

The cause of an unusual number of dead and dying otters winding up on Homer beaches remains unexplained, but preliminary results suggest toxins from harmful… Continue reading

Homer mayor to run for Legislature

Homer Mayor Mary E. “Beth” Wythe has filed a letter of intent to run for representative of House District 31 in the Alaska Legislature, the… Continue reading

Report: Pilot error cause of 2013 Era crash

Pilot error caused the Oct. 23, 2013, crash of an Era Aviation Beechcraft 1900 C/C at the Homer Airport, the National Transportation Safety Board said… Continue reading

Political novices competing for assembly District 9 seat

Of the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s assembly districts, District 9 on the lower peninsula is one of the largest. At 3,400 square miles, as a Supercub… Continue reading

Homer police find burning basket vandal; charges yet to be filed

Tire tracks and a tip lead police last week to the man who burned and then destroyed the Burning Basket. An 18-year-old high school student… Continue reading

Becca Miathias looks through a refractometer to measure salinity in an ocean water sample taken.

Kachemak Bay tour offers science, sightseeing

All we needed were red knit caps.On a recent weekday tour of Kachemak Bay, I felt like one of the crew of Jacques Cousteau’s famous… Continue reading

Becca Miathias looks through a refractometer to measure salinity in an ocean water sample taken.

Buccaneer bankruptcy demand hits businesses, agencies

In the Buccaneer Oil bankruptcy case, some local businesses have been hit with a double whammy. Not only does Buccaneer still owe them money, a… Continue reading

A self portrait shows Josh Mumm hiking on a ridge near the Yentan River. (Photo courtesy Josh Mumm via the Homer News)

Homer man wins Wilderness Classic

In the grueling Alaska Mountain Wilderness Classic, where contestants race unsupported through the wildest country of Alaska, just finishing can be an honor. But when… Continue reading

A self portrait shows Josh Mumm hiking on a ridge near the Yentan River. (Photo courtesy Josh Mumm via the Homer News)

Kachemak Bay Research Reserve gets new partner

More than a year ago, things looked bleak for the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve. The House Subcommittee on Fish and Game had cut annual funding.… Continue reading

Asia Freeman's "Big Blue Bog."

Watermark: Art show about inspiration, collaboration

When two artists join lives together, it’s inevitable that their art also will merge. For Asia Freeman and Michael Walsh, a couple who met through… Continue reading

Asia Freeman's "Big Blue Bog."
Norwegian king scheduled to visit Homer next week

Norwegian king scheduled to visit Homer next week

His Royal Highness King Harald V of Norway visits Anchorage and Homer next week for the first visit by the king to Alaska. King Harald… Continue reading

Norwegian king scheduled to visit Homer next week
Demarqus Green, 23, is lead out of the Homer Courtroom by a corrections officer after being convicted of second-degree murder in the shooting of Demain Sagerser on July 7, 2012, at Sagerser's Stariski Creek home.

Green found guilty of second-degree murder

After three days of deliberation, a Homer jury on Thursday afternoon found Demarqus Green, 23, of Anchorage, guilty of second-degree murder in the death of… Continue reading

Demarqus Green, 23, is lead out of the Homer Courtroom by a corrections officer after being convicted of second-degree murder in the shooting of Demain Sagerser on July 7, 2012, at Sagerser's Stariski Creek home.

Homer writer starts new romance series

As romance writers go, Jennifer Bernard said she still thinks of herself as a newbie — even though she has published six novels, three novellas… Continue reading

Game camera murder trial continues

After using up the April juror pool and dipping into May jurors, a jury was finally seated last week in the Demarqus Green murder trial.… Continue reading