Michael Armstrong

A Remington Deluxe Model 5 manual typewriter. (Homer News file photo)

Editorial: Reopening

We’re back. After almost 80 days of being closed to walk-in traffic, the Homer News opens today for limited hours and entrance. Our new hours… Continue reading

 

Galleries open cautiously for June First Friday shows

As Alaska moves toward reopening businesses and nonprofit organizations, Homer’s local art venues have cautiously begun to open their own spaces. Although only Grace Ridge… Continue reading

 

Cable series seeks couple for ‘off the grid’ love show

She’s a rugged Alaska wilderness guide living in a remote cabin at the head of Kachemak Bay. He’s a Seattle tech worker with a Fremont… Continue reading

 

Public Health nurse receives prestigious fellowship

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, nurses with the Alaska Division of Public Health have found a place to shine during the fight against… Continue reading

Pratt Museum moves forward despite pandemic

One of the frequent signs placed on Homer’s annual Burning Basket reads “Prepare for opportunity disguised as loss.” As a closure of the Pratt Museum… Continue reading

Artist honors dead seabirds in Homer Spit project

When faced with honoring the dead killed by tragedy or violence, artists grapple with the enormity of the event. In documenting dead sea birds she… Continue reading

A graph by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services created on its Coronavirus Datahub on Sunday, May 31, 2020, shows the number of positive COVID-19 cases acquired by day since the first cases were recorded in March. The increase of 27 cases on May 31 marks the largest single jump in one day in Alaska. (Graphic courtesy of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services)

Alaska sees biggest jump in COVID-19 cases yet

With 27 new cases, Alaska on Sunday saw its biggest increase in positive cases of COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic in March. According… Continue reading

A graph by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services created on its Coronavirus Datahub on Sunday, May 31, 2020, shows the number of positive COVID-19 cases acquired by day since the first cases were recorded in March. The increase of 27 cases on May 31 marks the largest single jump in one day in Alaska. (Graphic courtesy of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services)

Two new COVID-19 cases for Kenai Peninsula

The Kenai Peninsula Borough has two new positive cases of COVID-19, according to Saturday’s update from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. That… Continue reading

Kelly Cooper kicks off campaign in “Rally on the Bay”

Correction: This story has been corrected to note that Rep. Sarah Vance, R-Alaska, faces no opposition for the Republican Party nomination for House District 31.… Continue reading

Memorial Day observance honors war — and pandemic — heroes

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Memorial Day observances in Homer took on a more somber tone. Though Anchorage and Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson canceled… Continue reading

No new COVID-19 cases reported for Alaska

No new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Alaska on Sunday, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services announced in its May 24 update.… Continue reading

Nome gets third COVID-19 case; four new cases reported statewide

Rural Alaska gained two more positive cases of COVID-19, according to today’s announcement by Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. One case was reported… Continue reading

Road signs near Mile 172 Sterling Highway on Friday, May 22, 2020, in Homer, Alaska, greet visitors with messages about how to find information on the COVID-19 pandemic. Trafic was heavy on Friday morning at the start of the Memorial Day weekend and the first day of the phases three and reopening in Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Douglas gets first positive COVID-19 case; Nome gets second case

At the start of the Memorial Day weekend and the first day of Alaska’s Phases three and four of the plan to reopen the state,… Continue reading

Road signs near Mile 172 Sterling Highway on Friday, May 22, 2020, in Homer, Alaska, greet visitors with messages about how to find information on the COVID-19 pandemic. Trafic was heavy on Friday morning at the start of the Memorial Day weekend and the first day of the phases three and reopening in Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Change in DHSS database sows residency confusion

Count for Homer cases dropped to five

Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks at a press conference on May 11, 2020, in the Atwood Building in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Austin McDaniel courtesy Office of the Governor)

PFD checks to go out starting July 1

To help Alaskans get through the economic challenges of the COVID-19, Permanent Fund Dividend payments will go out early starting on July 1, Gov. Mike… Continue reading

Gov. Mike Dunleavy speaks at a press conference on May 11, 2020, in the Atwood Building in Anchorage, Alaska. (Photo by Austin McDaniel courtesy Office of the Governor)

Governor announces major reopening of Alaska

With no new cases of COVID-19 reported on Tuesday, Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced that night that Alaska will move into phase three of the state’s… Continue reading

(Courtesy/CDC)

Alaska has three new COVID-19 cases

Count for Homer cases dropped to five

(Courtesy/CDC)
Signs on May 7, 2020, along the Sterling Highway by St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church in Homer, Alaska, and put up by the South Kenai Peninsula Resiliency Coalition offer encouragement during the COVID-19 pandemic. The signs read “Physical distancing can be hard. Everyday connections are so important. How can you make someone smile today?” (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Sixth Homer resident tests positive

A sixth Homer resident has tested positive for COVID-19, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services reported on Sunday. That is the second Homer… Continue reading

Signs on May 7, 2020, along the Sterling Highway by St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church in Homer, Alaska, and put up by the South Kenai Peninsula Resiliency Coalition offer encouragement during the COVID-19 pandemic. The signs read “Physical distancing can be hard. Everyday connections are so important. How can you make someone smile today?” (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Facebook post leads to ID of alleged burglar

An appeal on social media last month by Homer Police looking to identify a man in a photo alleged to have broken into a Kachemak… Continue reading

Construction work continues on Pioneer Avenue

Construction has started on the Pioneer Avenue Pavement Preservation Project, which will replace and repave the asphalt surface. Much of the asphalt road surface has… Continue reading