Michael Armstrong

Walker’s paintings seek ‘a sense of the past and the present’

On a warm, sunny day earlier this month for First Friday at Bunnell Street Arts Center, a soft odor permeated the gallery for the opening… Continue reading

 

A Cook Inletkeeper volunteer does stream monitoring of Fish Creek, Alaska, in this 2011 file photo. (Photo provided/Cook Inletkeeper)

Deshka River measured at record-breaking stream temperature

Two years ago, Cook Inletkeeper Science Director Sue Mauger wrote a paper looking ahead at what Cook Inlet salmon streams might look like with climate… Continue reading

 

Thirteen apply for new Homer Superior Court judgeship

Thirteen people have applied for a new Homer Superior Court position created by the passage of Senate Bill 41, which established superior court judgeships for… Continue reading

 

A pickup truck involved in a fatal car crash on July 7, 2019, rests on the side of the road near Mile 142 Sterling Highway, Happy Valley, Alaska. The pickup truck driver survived, but the driver of a second car involved in the crash, Michael Franklin, 18, of Palmer, Alaska, died of his injuries. (Photo by Jon Marsh/Anchor Point Fire and EMS)

Palmer man killed in two-vehicle collision near Happy Valley

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to correct where Michael Franklin was from. He was from Palmer. A two-vehicle collision killed a Palmer man… Continue reading

A pickup truck involved in a fatal car crash on July 7, 2019, rests on the side of the road near Mile 142 Sterling Highway, Happy Valley, Alaska. The pickup truck driver survived, but the driver of a second car involved in the crash, Michael Franklin, 18, of Palmer, Alaska, died of his injuries. (Photo by Jon Marsh/Anchor Point Fire and EMS)

Homer-grown artist returns to passion after corporate detour

Artists heading out into the world often face a crossroads. On the one hand they dream of careers as Broadway actors, musicians with a major… Continue reading

Homer artists join statewide ‘art intervention’ against governor’s vetoes

As part of statewide protests by an ad-hoc group of artists and arts supporters against a veto by Gov. Mike Dunleavy of $2.8 million to… Continue reading

“Generations,” a sculpture from Beth Blankenship’s exhibit showing for the month of July 2019 at Bunnell Street Arts Center in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Chris Arend)

Roaring into the Fourth with First Friday

First Friday for July starts out with a new twist on the usual gallery opening. At The Shop out East End Road, in collaboration with… Continue reading

“Generations,” a sculpture from Beth Blankenship’s exhibit showing for the month of July 2019 at Bunnell Street Arts Center in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Chris Arend)
The New Old Time Chautauqua Fighting Instruments of Karma Marching Chamber Band Orchestra marches on the Homer Spit on July 2, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. The group visited Homer as part of a week-long tour partially funded by the Rasmuson Foundation’s Harper Arts Touring Fund, administed by the Alaska State Council on the Arts — an example of state-foundation cooperation in arts funding. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Elimination of arts council would affect local, state programs

In the list of 182 line-item vetoes released last Friday by Gov. Mike Dunleavy, one didn’t make his press office’s“items of interest” tally. Buried in… Continue reading

The New Old Time Chautauqua Fighting Instruments of Karma Marching Chamber Band Orchestra marches on the Homer Spit on July 2, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. The group visited Homer as part of a week-long tour partially funded by the Rasmuson Foundation’s Harper Arts Touring Fund, administed by the Alaska State Council on the Arts — an example of state-foundation cooperation in arts funding. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
The New Old Time Chautauqua parades down the Homer Spit on its visit in August 2011 in Homer, Alaska. (Homer News file photo)

‘Be Mary’ tour visits Homer next week

If you’ve ever had a hankering to run away with the circus, next week will be the perfect time to do so. From June 30… Continue reading

The New Old Time Chautauqua parades down the Homer Spit on its visit in August 2011 in Homer, Alaska. (Homer News file photo)
This map and aerial photo prepared by the Alaska Department of Natural Resources shows the Dorothy Drive area and the section line property owners seek to vacate. The large home in the center of the map is owned by country-western singer Zac Brown. (Image courtesy Alaska DNR)

DNR commissioner rescinds Dorothy Drive easement closure

After granting a request on June 6 to reconsider a one-year, temporary closure of a section line easement in the lower Dorothy Drive area near… Continue reading

This map and aerial photo prepared by the Alaska Department of Natural Resources shows the Dorothy Drive area and the section line property owners seek to vacate. The large home in the center of the map is owned by country-western singer Zac Brown. (Image courtesy Alaska DNR)

Open house discusses Homer road, airport projects

Alaska has two seasons, sourdoughs like to say: winter and road construction. Homer citizens got an update on the current season with a “6 in… Continue reading

The Kenai Mountains across Kachemak Bay rise behind the Mariner Park Campground on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska, as seen on June 15, 2019. The city campground offers both tent and motorhome camping. Although the facilities are minimal, the beachfront view is amazing. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Out of the Office: A love for camping becomes the glue of a lifelong bond

It was by a happy accident that while camping I met the woman who eventually became my wife. Jenny and I met in one of… Continue reading

The Kenai Mountains across Kachemak Bay rise behind the Mariner Park Campground on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska, as seen on June 15, 2019. The city campground offers both tent and motorhome camping. Although the facilities are minimal, the beachfront view is amazing. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Flaggers direct traffic while workers install a fiber-optic line on the Homer Bypass to connect the Lake Street intersection traffic light with a new traffic light to be built at Main Street and the Homer Bypass on June 4, 2019 in Homer, Alaska (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

DOT to hold open house on area projects

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities will hold an open house on current and future projects for Homer next week. Held from 4… Continue reading

Flaggers direct traffic while workers install a fiber-optic line on the Homer Bypass to connect the Lake Street intersection traffic light with a new traffic light to be built at Main Street and the Homer Bypass on June 4, 2019 in Homer, Alaska (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
This map and aerial photo prepared by the Alaska Department of Natural Resources shows the Dorothy Drive area and the section line property owners seek to vacate. The large home in the center of the map is owned by country-western singer Zac Brown.

DNR grants reconsideration of Dorothy Drive easement closure

Alaska Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Corri Feige has granted a request for reconsideration of a 1-year, temporary closure of a section line easement in… Continue reading

This map and aerial photo prepared by the Alaska Department of Natural Resources shows the Dorothy Drive area and the section line property owners seek to vacate. The large home in the center of the map is owned by country-western singer Zac Brown.
University of Alaska Anchorage Chancellor Cathy Sandeen speaks last Friday, June 14, at the opening of the Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference at Land’s End Resort, Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

New UAA chancellor sees university as benefitting many

Eight months into her job as University of Alaska Anchorage Chancellor, Cathy Sandeen has survived not just her first winter in Alaska, but crises that… Continue reading

University of Alaska Anchorage Chancellor Cathy Sandeen speaks last Friday, June 14, at the opening of the Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference at Land’s End Resort, Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Sandy Mazen poses with a copy of his memoir, “Kiyonuk,” at his Homer, Alaska, home on April 22, 2019. (Photo by Michael Armstrong)

Mazen’s memoir tells story of Arctic, Alaska boyhood

Anyone pondering if it’s ever too late to write a book can look to Sylvester David Kiyonuk “Sandy” Mazen Jr. for inspiration — and an… Continue reading

Sandy Mazen poses with a copy of his memoir, “Kiyonuk,” at his Homer, Alaska, home on April 22, 2019. (Photo by Michael Armstrong)
Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference keynote speaker Diane Ackerman. (Photo provided; Sue Michlovitz)

Writers’ conference gives birth to new careers, friendships — and maybe a real baby

This year’s 18th annual Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference brings together writers and readers of all ages from the Lower 49 states, Alaska and the lower… Continue reading

Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference keynote speaker Diane Ackerman. (Photo provided; Sue Michlovitz)

First Friday features Mary Epperson Day celebration

For Mary Epperson Day on this month’s First Friday, with a slew of art openings it will be hard to fit them all in before… Continue reading

Citizen requests reconsideration of section line vacation

Following a temporary closure last month of a section line easement and associated trail in the Dorothy Drive and East Skyline Drive area, a Homer… Continue reading

Construction starts on road, airport projects in Homer

Two long awaited Homer transportation projects will see work start this summer. Utility work on a four-way traffic signal at Main Street and the Homer… Continue reading