Michael Armstrong

The new Ramp 2 restrooms on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska, as seen on Feb. 8, 2019. The restrooms opened on Feb. 2. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer New

New Ramp 2 restrooms open

Well in advance of the summer tourist season, the city of Homer last week opened its latest new restrooms on the Homer Spit. Built on… Continue reading

The new Ramp 2 restrooms on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska, as seen on Feb. 8, 2019. The restrooms opened on Feb. 2. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer New
Jeff Hayden poses at the Homer News on Feb. 12, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. Hayden has been named publisher of the Kenai Peninsula Clarion and the Homer News. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Hayden named publisher of Homer News, Clarion

Sound Publishing Inc. has appointed Jeff Hayden publisher of the Homer News and the Kenai Peninsula Clarion. Hayden started his new position on Monday, Feb.… Continue reading

Jeff Hayden poses at the Homer News on Feb. 12, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. Hayden has been named publisher of the Kenai Peninsula Clarion and the Homer News. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Homer artist Jan Peyton painted the cover of the Homer Garden Club’s “Kachemak Cultivating from Sea to Summit: A Guide to Successful Gardening on Alaska’s Southern Kenai Peninsula.” The book was published in late 2018 by the garden club in Homer, Alaska.

Garden Club publishes new guide

More than 10 years after its last edition, the Homer Garden Club in December released an updated and expanded book on gardening from Ninilchik south.… Continue reading

Homer artist Jan Peyton painted the cover of the Homer Garden Club’s “Kachemak Cultivating from Sea to Summit: A Guide to Successful Gardening on Alaska’s Southern Kenai Peninsula.” The book was published in late 2018 by the garden club in Homer, Alaska.
Homer Mayor Ken Castner, center, questions ENSTAR Natural Gas officials Lindsay Hobson, left, foreground, and David Bell at the Feb. 11, 2019 Homer City Council meeting in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Council grills ENSTAR on tariff proposal

Following recent revelations that ENSTAR Natural Gas had recalculated how long it would take to pay off its share of constructing a 22-mile natural gas… Continue reading

Homer Mayor Ken Castner, center, questions ENSTAR Natural Gas officials Lindsay Hobson, left, foreground, and David Bell at the Feb. 11, 2019 Homer City Council meeting in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Adm. Matthew T. Bell Jr., 17th District Commander, U.S. Coast Guard, speaks at a memorial service for Chief Warrant Officer Michael Kozloski on Friday morning, Feb. 8, 2019, at the Seafarer’s Memorial on the Homer Spit, Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Homer remembers Coast Guard member Michael Kozloski

On a sunny, calm day with fair seas on Kachemak Bay, about 150 people attended a memorial service for Chief Warrant Officer Michael Kozloski last… Continue reading

Adm. Matthew T. Bell Jr., 17th District Commander, U.S. Coast Guard, speaks at a memorial service for Chief Warrant Officer Michael Kozloski on Friday morning, Feb. 8, 2019, at the Seafarer’s Memorial on the Homer Spit, Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
A close-up of Ruby Nofziger’s “On a Bookshelf” quilt, one of the works in the “9 Women / 9 Quilts” show that opened last Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, at the Homer Council on the Arts, in Homer, Alaska. Each panel or row of books was done by a different quilter. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Group quilt exhibit shows collaboration on every work

It’s not uncommon for Homer art galleries to feature group shows. It’s also not uncommon for shows to center on a particular theme. But in… Continue reading

A close-up of Ruby Nofziger’s “On a Bookshelf” quilt, one of the works in the “9 Women / 9 Quilts” show that opened last Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, at the Homer Council on the Arts, in Homer, Alaska. Each panel or row of books was done by a different quilter. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Winter Carnival honors Coast Guard

The landscape might be silver and shimmery with ice and snow, but for this year’s annual Homer Winter Carnival, it’s golden days as the city… Continue reading

Homer Volunteer Fire Department emergency medical technicians treat a person injured when a crane tipped over at the Pioneer Dock on the Homer Spit at about 1:55 p.m. Jan. 31, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News.)

Hickory crew member killed in crane rollover on Homer Spit

Update: The U.S. Coast Guard on Thursday evening announced that the victim has died. A crew member of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Hickory has… Continue reading

Homer Volunteer Fire Department emergency medical technicians treat a person injured when a crane tipped over at the Pioneer Dock on the Homer Spit at about 1:55 p.m. Jan. 31, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News.)

Anchor Point to Homer trunk line surcharge balloons

The lower Kenai Peninsula’s deal to help pay for a natural gas distribution line from Anchor Point to Homer could cost gas users more than… Continue reading

Photographs by Dr. Edson Knapp on exhibit at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)

Galleries opening after winter hiatus

As galleries begin to open after a winter hiatus, February’s First Friday shows feature exhibits at South Peninsula Hospital and the Kachemak Bay Campus by… Continue reading

Photographs by Dr. Edson Knapp on exhibit at South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)
Members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly hold a religious invocation during the Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, assembly meeting in Soldotna, Alaska. The invocation was held only hours after the Alaska Superior Court ruled the ritual violated the Alaska Constitution. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

Borough gets ACLU bill of $80,000

The Kenai Peninsula Borough will pay $80,000 in attorney’s fees to the American Civil Liberties Union-Alaska as a result of the borough’s failed attempt to… Continue reading

Members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly hold a religious invocation during the Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, assembly meeting in Soldotna, Alaska. The invocation was held only hours after the Alaska Superior Court ruled the ritual violated the Alaska Constitution. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
A Remington Deluxe Model 5 manual typewriter. (Homer News file photo)

Editorial: Teaching moments

The recent controversy regarding videotaped encounters between Native Americans, Catholic high school boys and Hebrew Black Israelites on Jan. 20 at the Lincoln Memorial in… Continue reading

A Remington Deluxe Model 5 manual typewriter. (Homer News file photo)
Kachemak Emergency Services firefighters respond to a shop fire off Basargin Road near Homer, Alaska, on Jan. 10, 2019. (Photo provided)

Firefighters respond to two fires earlier this month

Kachemak Emergency Services Area firefighters responded to two fires on Jan. 10 and 11. In an example of the breadth of the 214-square-mile service area… Continue reading

Kachemak Emergency Services firefighters respond to a shop fire off Basargin Road near Homer, Alaska, on Jan. 10, 2019. (Photo provided)

Arts in brief

Comedians to perform at Alice’s Power Plant Productions will present a night of stand-up comedy starting at 8 p.m. Friday at Alice’s Champagne Palace. The… Continue reading

Ninilchik man indicted for attempted murder

The Kenai Grand Jury last month indicted a Ninilchik man for three counts of attempted murder stemming from an incident that happened at the Ninilchik… Continue reading

Sue Mauger.

Point of View: Gov. Dunleavy leaves Alaskans in a ditch

When our new governor took down the “Climate Action for Alaska” webpage as one of the first acts of his administration, he left us in… Continue reading

Sue Mauger.
Some of Hanna Young’s felted figures. (Photo provided)

Artist creates felted forest friends

Using the fiber technique of needle felting, artist Hanna Young creates bold, colorful sculptures and two-dimensional landscapes. While pleasing as visual art for all to… Continue reading

Some of Hanna Young’s felted figures. (Photo provided)
Carpenters with Steiner’s North Star Construction on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019 work on an addition at Land’s End Resort on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Construction starts on Land’s End addition

Construction has started on a $3 million, 17,500-square-foot addition at Land’s End Resort at the end of the Homer Spit. When finished, the new wing… Continue reading

Carpenters with Steiner’s North Star Construction on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019 work on an addition at Land’s End Resort on the Homer Spit in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Photo illustration by Matt Tunseth

Coghill should reverse cellphone ban

As yet another sign of how government wants to duct tape the hands of the press to keep us from doing our jobs, at the… Continue reading

Photo illustration by Matt Tunseth
A display at the Homer Bookstore on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, shows its best selling books for 2018 at the independent bookstore in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

‘Homestead Kitchen’ again tops Homer Bookstore best-seller list

For the third-year in a row, Eve and Eiven Kilcher’s “The Homestead Kitchen” tops the Homer Bookstore’s annual best seller list. Featured on the reality… Continue reading

A display at the Homer Bookstore on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, shows its best selling books for 2018 at the independent bookstore in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)