Michael Armstrong

South Peninsula Hospital CEO Joseph Woodin attends an open house for the expanded and remodeled Homer Medical Clinic on March 30, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News)

Woodin resigns as South Peninsula Hospital CEO

Just over a year as he came onboard as Chief Executive Officer for South Peninsula Hospital, Joe Woodin announced his resignation on Tuesday, April 16.… Continue reading

South Peninsula Hospital CEO Joseph Woodin attends an open house for the expanded and remodeled Homer Medical Clinic on March 30, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News)
Homer Public Library Director Ann Dixon, left, poses for a photo with incoming Library Director David Berry, right, on April 15, 2019, at the library in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)

City of Homer hires new library director

The City of Homer has hired David Berry to be the new Homer Public Library Director, the city announced in a press release last Friday.… Continue reading

Homer Public Library Director Ann Dixon, left, poses for a photo with incoming Library Director David Berry, right, on April 15, 2019, at the library in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)
An aerial photo taken in 2014 shows the current South Peninsula Hospital campus. (Photo provided)

Former SPH nurses allege age discrimination

A group of former South Peninsula Hospital nurses have filed a civil suit alleging age discrimination by hospital managers. In a suit filed on March… Continue reading

An aerial photo taken in 2014 shows the current South Peninsula Hospital campus. (Photo provided)
One of John Fenske’s paintings at the First Friday, April 5, 2019, opening for his retrospective showing at Kachemak Bay Campus in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

‘Knocking on Heaven’s Door’ exhibit honors art and life of John Fenske

Before former Homer City Council member — and, really, Renaissance man — John Fenske died Jan. 30, 2019, at the age of 77, he asked… Continue reading

One of John Fenske’s paintings at the First Friday, April 5, 2019, opening for his retrospective showing at Kachemak Bay Campus in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Editorial: Council should have rescinded tainted ordinance

The Homer City Council at its regular meeting on Monday blew a chance to stand up for transparency and fairness in government. In a 3-3… Continue reading

Retrospective shows feature Fenske, Timmreck

April’s First Friday exhibits feature two retrospective shows by artists who recently died. At the Homer Council on the arts is a show of art… Continue reading

New Homer Foundation executive director Michael Miller. (Photo provided)

Former Alaska resident appointed new Homer Foundation director

The Homer Foundation has appointed Michael “Mike” Miller, who formerly resided in Alaska, to succeed Joy Steward as its new executive director. Miller will assume… Continue reading

New Homer Foundation executive director Michael Miller. (Photo provided)
Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, introduces Senate Bill 22 to the Senate Resources Committee at the Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. The bill would allow organizations to obtain permits and enhance the habitat of shellfish in hopes of improving the seafood industry. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Stevens hopes gov can negotiate with Legislature on budget

With the Alaska Legislature now in session more than 45 days, the big issue remains the Procrustean budget proposed by Gov. Mike Dunleavy. On a… Continue reading

Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, introduces Senate Bill 22 to the Senate Resources Committee at the Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. The bill would allow organizations to obtain permits and enhance the habitat of shellfish in hopes of improving the seafood industry. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe performs in December 2017 photo. (Photo provided)

Sax player for Rolling Stones brings ensemble band to Homer

With the Homer Winter King Tournament happening this weekend, Homer has another big draw sure to attract not just fishermen: the only Alaska performance of… Continue reading

Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe performs in December 2017 photo. (Photo provided)
District 31 Rep. Sarah Vance, R-Homer, waits for results to come in at an election night party at Land’s End Resort on Nov. 6, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Vance apologizes for video bashing high school students

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to correct a direct quote from a Facebook video posted by Rep. Sarah Vance and to correct the… Continue reading

District 31 Rep. Sarah Vance, R-Homer, waits for results to come in at an election night party at Land’s End Resort on Nov. 6, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, introduces Senate Bill 22 to the Senate Resources Committee at the Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. The bill would allow organizations to obtain permits and enhance the habitat of shellfish in hopes of improving the seafood industry. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Sen. Stevens visits Friday

Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, visits the lower Kenai Peninsula for two Town Hall meetings at these times and locations: • Noon to 2 p.m., Friday,… Continue reading

Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Kodiak, introduces Senate Bill 22 to the Senate Resources Committee at the Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. The bill would allow organizations to obtain permits and enhance the habitat of shellfish in hopes of improving the seafood industry. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
An updated tsunami zone map shows the areas of inundation in the downtown Homer area. The maxiumum inundation zone extends up to 50 feet above sea level. (Map by the Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys)

Tsunami awareness week is March 24-30

With new maps showing changed tsunami inundation zones and two evacuations held last year after earthquakes struck Southcentral Alaska, the upcoming Tsunami Awareness Week takes… Continue reading

An updated tsunami zone map shows the areas of inundation in the downtown Homer area. The maxiumum inundation zone extends up to 50 feet above sea level. (Map by the Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys)
Birders line the bike path on the Homer Spit while looking for shorebirds in Mud Bay in Ma 2018, for the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Birding: the universal outdoors activity

Like many imported Alaskans, I have a long list of outdoor activities I acquired after moving here in 1979: skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, dog mushing,… Continue reading

Birders line the bike path on the Homer Spit while looking for shorebirds in Mud Bay in Ma 2018, for the Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Leia the dog stands in a Diamond Ridge driveway covered in 4-foot snow drifts on Sunday, March 10, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. A blizzard over the weekend kept plow drivers busy. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Best Bets

On Sunday America holds its annual celebration of Irish culture and history, St. Patrick’s Day. Back in the old sod, our Irish cousins don’t quite… Continue reading

Leia the dog stands in a Diamond Ridge driveway covered in 4-foot snow drifts on Sunday, March 10, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. A blizzard over the weekend kept plow drivers busy. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News
                                Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference keynote speaker Anthony Doerr delivers the opening address at the start of the annual conference June 2018 at Land’s End Resort.

Poets & Writers list K-Bay writers conference a top retreat

Kachemak Bay Writers’ conference named a top retreat Poets & Writers Magazine has named the Kachemak Bay Writers Conference one of its 22 most inspiring… Continue reading

Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News
                                Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference keynote speaker Anthony Doerr delivers the opening address at the start of the annual conference June 2018 at Land’s End Resort.

Man with assault history arrested in Nikolaevsk fire incident

A man with criminal convictions for assault and reckless endangerment has been charged with second-degree arson in a fire at a Nikolaevsk home last Friday.… Continue reading

Fused glass art by Nicole Cavalier on display at Ptarmigan Arts. (Photo provided)

Jubilee art featured for March

For First Friday this month, it’s all about the kids. At the Homer Council on the Arts, March celebrates student artists for its Jubilee art… Continue reading

Fused glass art by Nicole Cavalier on display at Ptarmigan Arts. (Photo provided)

Editorial: Dunleavy’s Procrustean budget

Gov. Mike Dunleavy deserves both acclaim and criticism for his proposed fiscal year 2020 budget. While he’s not the first governor to present a budget… Continue reading

Rep. David Talerico, R-Healy, speaks during a press conference with Rep. Sarah Vance, R-Homer, left, and Rep. Colleen Sullivan-Leonard, R-Wasilla, at the Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Gov’s budget draws both concern and praise from local legislators

Update: The spelling and name of Sen. Natasha von Imhof, R-Anchorage, has been corrected. A proposed state budget from Gov. Mike Dunleavy brought both concern… Continue reading

Rep. David Talerico, R-Healy, speaks during a press conference with Rep. Sarah Vance, R-Homer, left, and Rep. Colleen Sullivan-Leonard, R-Wasilla, at the Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
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