Michael Armstrong

Homer single-use plastic bag ban takes effect

A citizen initiative in 2013 overturned Homer’s first attempt at a plastic bag ban.

Michael Armstrong stands by Knik Arm in Anchorage shortly after arriving in Alaska in December 1979. The weird glow is caused by taking a photo of a slide illuminated by a desk lamp. (Photo provided by Mark Heffernan)

Out of the Office: From Florida to Alaska — A wild 40 years

Like true superheroes, every Alaskan has an origin story. The really cool origin story might involve being born a sixth-generation Alaskan from a sourdough ancestor… Continue reading

Michael Armstrong stands by Knik Arm in Anchorage shortly after arriving in Alaska in December 1979. The weird glow is caused by taking a photo of a slide illuminated by a desk lamp. (Photo provided by Mark Heffernan)
Carla Cope and her daughter, Nova, pose next to their paintings at left at the Nov. 8, 2019, opening of the 10x10 show at Bunnell Street Arts Center in Homer, Alaska. Nova painted the background elements to the paintings and her mother added to that. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Cope’s ‘Burst’ show sparks light in dark of winter

Cope has been an almost lifelong artist who knew from age 2 she wanted to create.

Carla Cope and her daughter, Nova, pose next to their paintings at left at the Nov. 8, 2019, opening of the 10x10 show at Bunnell Street Arts Center in Homer, Alaska. Nova painted the background elements to the paintings and her mother added to that. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

FBI, Troopers have been aiding Murnane search ‘since day 1’

Anesha “Duffy” Murnane has been missing since Oct. 17.

Steve Walli speaks Dec. 12, 2019, at “Homestead Kids 3,” at the annual meeting of the Kachemak Heritage Land Trust at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

‘Homestead Kids’ remember early days

“We called her ‘hillbillies’ and we were fishermen, but she called us ‘beach rats.’”

Steve Walli speaks Dec. 12, 2019, at “Homestead Kids 3,” at the annual meeting of the Kachemak Heritage Land Trust at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Longshore workers picket on the Homer Spit by Freight Dock Road on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. They were part of a group of about 20 Alaska International Longshore and Warehouse Union members or supporters holding an “area standards” picket in response to Chumley’s Inc. use of workers to load a sulfur hauler ship the ILWU alleges are paid substandard wages. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Longshore workers picket sulfur-ship loading

The “area standards” picket called for comparable wages and benefits for workers.

Longshore workers picket on the Homer Spit by Freight Dock Road on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. They were part of a group of about 20 Alaska International Longshore and Warehouse Union members or supporters holding an “area standards” picket in response to Chumley’s Inc. use of workers to load a sulfur hauler ship the ILWU alleges are paid substandard wages. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Homer gets its second full traffic signal

Contractors powered up the signal at the intersection of Main Street and the Homer Bypass.

Tela Bacher holds a sign Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, at a vigil for Anesha “Duffy” Murnane, a Homer woman missing since Oct. 17, at WKFL Park in Homer, Alaska. Sinn helped organize the vigil. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Vigil held Saturday for missing Homer woman

Anesha “Duffy” Murnane has been missing since Oct. 17.

Tela Bacher holds a sign Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, at a vigil for Anesha “Duffy” Murnane, a Homer woman missing since Oct. 17, at WKFL Park in Homer, Alaska. Sinn helped organize the vigil. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Police, FBI did aerial search for missing Homer woman

A candlelight vigil will be held at WKFL Park for Murnane from noon to 4 p.m. this Saturday.

New Pratt book gives personal history of Homer

Using narratives and family photographs, the book covers the 60 years of Homer’s growth.

Kelly Cooper (Photo provided)

Cooper files for House District 31 race

Cooper filed her letter of intent to run for the seat now held by Rep. Sarah Vance, R-Homer.

Kelly Cooper (Photo provided)
Iraq War veteran Robert “R.J.” Carlough stands with a Quilt of Valor presented to him at the Veterans Day lunch held at the Elks Lodge on Nov. 11, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. Carlough served in the U.S. Army First Division, 16th Infantry — the Big Red One — from 2002-10, and in Iraq from 2003-04. To his right is Karrie Youngblood, who quilted the work. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Quilters honor those who served on Veterans Day

More than 235,000 quilts have been presented nationally.

Iraq War veteran Robert “R.J.” Carlough stands with a Quilt of Valor presented to him at the Veterans Day lunch held at the Elks Lodge on Nov. 11, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. Carlough served in the U.S. Army First Division, 16th Infantry — the Big Red One — from 2002-10, and in Iraq from 2003-04. To his right is Karrie Youngblood, who quilted the work. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Family, friends, police keep up search for missing woman

Anonymous tips can be given to Crimestoppers by calling 907-283-8477.

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                                Fair Share Act sponsor Jane Angvik holds an initiative petition booklet she delivered to Homer on Oct. 25.

Fair Share Campaign opens Homer office to collect signatures

Volunteers have gathered close to 600 signatures of the 692 needed.

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                                Fair Share Act sponsor Jane Angvik holds an initiative petition booklet she delivered to Homer on Oct. 25.

Reward offered in search for missing Homer woman

Anesha “Duffy” Murnane went missing on Oct. 17 in Homer.

An oil painting by Jen DePesa hangs on the wall during a First Friday art exhibit opening Friday, Nov. 1, 2019 at Kachemak Bay Campus in Homer, Alaska. The exhibit features art by students in a class taught at the college by Asia Freeman. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

KBC students explore color in Freeman painting class

The bright, dynamic colors illustrate a technique that dates back to the Old Masters.

An oil painting by Jen DePesa hangs on the wall during a First Friday art exhibit opening Friday, Nov. 1, 2019 at Kachemak Bay Campus in Homer, Alaska. The exhibit features art by students in a class taught at the college by Asia Freeman. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Homer Volunteer Fire Department and Kachemak Emergency Services medics met a bear mauling victim at the Homestead Trail parking lot on Diamond Ridge Road at the top of Nearly Level Road on Monday afternoon, Nov. 3, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. Nearly Level Road runs downhill from Diamond Ridge Road. The man had been hiking on trails near the bottom of Nearly Level. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Man, dogs survive bear attack on Diamond Ridge

The man had been hiking when he and his dogs encountered a sow with multiple cubs.

Homer Volunteer Fire Department and Kachemak Emergency Services medics met a bear mauling victim at the Homestead Trail parking lot on Diamond Ridge Road at the top of Nearly Level Road on Monday afternoon, Nov. 3, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. Nearly Level Road runs downhill from Diamond Ridge Road. The man had been hiking on trails near the bottom of Nearly Level. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Police actively searching for missing Homer woman

Anesha “Duffy” Murnane disappeared after leaving her Homer apartment Oct. 17.

Homer High grad to run Boston Marathon with Team Papi

Next spring in Boston, a Homer High School graduate will join the team of legendary Red Sox hitter David Ortiz — that’s right, Big Papi… Continue reading

A sign opposing Proposition 1 stands along Kalifornsky Beach Road near Soldotna, Alaska, on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. The ads were paid for by AlaskaYes, according to a disclaimer on the sign. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Props 1, 2 failing by wide margin

Proposition 1 sought to change borough government to a manager-based system.

A sign opposing Proposition 1 stands along Kalifornsky Beach Road near Soldotna, Alaska, on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019. The ads were paid for by AlaskaYes, according to a disclaimer on the sign. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)