Michael Armstrong

Nurse Judy Dean, right, gives Molly Brann, left, a flu shot at the Rotary Health Fair in 2011 in Homer, Alaska. (Homer News file photo).

Free flu shots offered as part of pandemic exercise

As part of a pandemic emergency response exercise, free flu shots will be offered to the community from 9 a.m. to noon this Saturday at… Continue reading

Nurse Judy Dean, right, gives Molly Brann, left, a flu shot at the Rotary Health Fair in 2011 in Homer, Alaska. (Homer News file photo).
Homer Volunteer Fire Department Chief Terry Kadel waves to the crowd gathered on Pioneer Avenue during Homer’s Independence Day parade Wednesday, July 4, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Homer Volunteer Fire Department Chief Terry Kadel ‘no longer with’ city

Homer Volunteer Fire Department Chief Terry Kadel is no longer with the department, Homer City Manager Katie Koester said in a statement released Wednesday. “I… Continue reading

Homer Volunteer Fire Department Chief Terry Kadel waves to the crowd gathered on Pioneer Avenue during Homer’s Independence Day parade Wednesday, July 4, 2018 in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Troopers apprehend armed man on highway near Ninilchik

Update: In a press release on Dec. 2, Alaska State Troopers released the name of the suspect involved. He is Todd Bashaw, 45, of Soldotna.… Continue reading

Collin Trummel, the Nutcracker Prince, far left, rehearses the snow fairies scene from the Homer production of the Nutcracker Ballet on Nov. 25, 2018, at the Mariner Theatre in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Nutcracker celebrates 30 years in Homer

If co-directors Breezy Berryman and Jen Norton made the Homer Nutcracker Ballet as a movie, this year’s 30th production would be the origin story. There… Continue reading

Collin Trummel, the Nutcracker Prince, far left, rehearses the snow fairies scene from the Homer production of the Nutcracker Ballet on Nov. 25, 2018, at the Mariner Theatre in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Paul Pellegrini shows off one of his custom-made cutting boards at his Homer Woods booth at the Nutcracker Faire on Saturday, Dec. 3.

Arts in brief

Nutcracker Faire is this weekend The annual Nutcracker Faire runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Homer High School. Sponsored by… Continue reading

Paul Pellegrini shows off one of his custom-made cutting boards at his Homer Woods booth at the Nutcracker Faire on Saturday, Dec. 3.
A red poll feeds at a Homer, Alaska, house in February 2018. (Photo by BJ Hitchcock)

Winter is a great time to feed the birds

If you enjoy watching birds, you may want to put up some bird feeders. Feeders will draw birds in for closer and longer viewing. They… Continue reading

A red poll feeds at a Homer, Alaska, house in February 2018. (Photo by BJ Hitchcock)

Ferrin “Jerry” Folkert

Ferrin “Jerry” Folkert Jan. 1, 1957-Nov. 7, 2018 Ferrin “Jerry” Folkert died Nov. 7, 2018. Services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018,… Continue reading

Lucas Thoning models his “Anthronetic Technology” at the 2018 Wearable Arts on Nov. 17, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

‘Time Traveling’ shows Wearable Arts of past, present and maybe future

The Homer Fiber Arts Collective and Bunnell Street Arts Center powered up its time machine last Saturday for the 2018 Wearable Arts show. Titled “Time… Continue reading

Lucas Thoning models his “Anthronetic Technology” at the 2018 Wearable Arts on Nov. 17, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
A porcupine feeds by the side of a driveway off Diamond Ridge Road on Nov. 10, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Best Bets

Here on the south shore of Beluga Lake — called SoBe by Homer hipsters — we’ve been noticing the lake freezing. Also, we’ve been noticing… Continue reading

A porcupine feeds by the side of a driveway off Diamond Ridge Road on Nov. 10, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
<span class="neFMT neFMT_PhotoCredit">Photo by Jessie McCall</span>
                                The Shook Twins, Katelyn, left, and Laurie Shook.

The Shook Twins to create perfect harmony at Alice’s Champagne Palace

Music has seen numerous family acts of sisters and brothers, but identical twins who perform together can be as rare as a tourist on the… Continue reading

<span class="neFMT neFMT_PhotoCredit">Photo by Jessie McCall</span>
                                The Shook Twins, Katelyn, left, and Laurie Shook.
Patrick Mede, co-owner with his wife, Monica, of Ulmer’s Drug & Hardware, speaks about the importance of shopping local at the monthly luncheon of the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, at the Best Western Bidarka Inn, Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Chamber of Commerce discusses small town shopping

At its monthly luncheon on Tuesday, the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center featured talks by owners of two of Homer’s largest, locally owned… Continue reading

Patrick Mede, co-owner with his wife, Monica, of Ulmer’s Drug & Hardware, speaks about the importance of shopping local at the monthly luncheon of the Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, at the Best Western Bidarka Inn, Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Members of Girl Scout Troops 280, 226, 134, 258 and 33, front, pose last Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, after a mock Homer City Council meeting in the Cowles Council Chambers at Homer City Hall, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Homer area Girl Scouts participate in a mock city council meeting

As part of work toward a merit badge in citizenship, the Girl Scouts acted out roles as city manager, mayor, council members, and clerk during… Continue reading

Members of Girl Scout Troops 280, 226, 134, 258 and 33, front, pose last Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, after a mock Homer City Council meeting in the Cowles Council Chambers at Homer City Hall, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly stands in silence while Assembly President Wayne Ogle offers an invocation before the meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, in Soldotna, AK. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)

KPB Assembly to consider invocation issue

At its Nov. 20 meeting, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will consider two questions for its invocation policy: • Should the assembly authorize the borough… Continue reading

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly stands in silence while Assembly President Wayne Ogle offers an invocation before the meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018, in Soldotna, AK. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Laurie Daniel, left, and Alaska State Parks specialist Eric Clarke, right, discuss the Diamond Creek trails portion of the Kachemak Bay State Park and State Wilderness Park draft management plan at an open house on the plan on Oct. 29, 2018, at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Citizens raise concern about Kachemak Bay state parks draft management plan

With the public comment period ending in a week for the draft of the Kachemak Bay State Park and Wilderness Park Management Plan, Homer residents… Continue reading

Laurie Daniel, left, and Alaska State Parks specialist Eric Clarke, right, discuss the Diamond Creek trails portion of the Kachemak Bay State Park and State Wilderness Park draft management plan at an open house on the plan on Oct. 29, 2018, at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
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                                Travis Catron, left, and Niko Mogar in undated booking photos.

Indictments filed in crime spree case

A Kenai Grand Jury on Oct. 17 indicted two Homer men who were previously charged with burglary and theft in a spree of home and… Continue reading

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                                Travis Catron, left, and Niko Mogar in undated booking photos.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough waste transfer site in Anchor Point is on borough land proposed to be leased for subsurface oil-and-gas rights to Hilcorp. The photo was taken on Oct. 19, 2018. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
                                The Kenai Peninsula Borough waste transfer site in Anchor Point is on borough land proposed to be leased for subsurface oil-and-gas rights to Hilcorp. The photo was taken on Oct. 19, 2018. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Borough proposes oil and gas leases in Anchor Point

Update: The location for the meeting of the Anchor Point Advisory Planning Commission has been changed to the Anchor Point Senior Center at 7 p.m.… Continue reading

The Kenai Peninsula Borough waste transfer site in Anchor Point is on borough land proposed to be leased for subsurface oil-and-gas rights to Hilcorp. The photo was taken on Oct. 19, 2018. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
                                The Kenai Peninsula Borough waste transfer site in Anchor Point is on borough land proposed to be leased for subsurface oil-and-gas rights to Hilcorp. The photo was taken on Oct. 19, 2018. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
A house at the base of the Homer Spit at Lighthouse Village got the full Halloween treatment on Oct. 29, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Photos: Spooky Spit

By Michael Armstrong Homer News… Continue reading

A house at the base of the Homer Spit at Lighthouse Village got the full Halloween treatment on Oct. 29, 2018, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Ted Heuer’s spalted maple teleidoscope, on display for First Friday at Ptarmigan Arts in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)

First Friday expands out east with new venues

The First Friday scene expands out East End Road with shows at new venues The Shop: Kachemak Bay Art Space and Bear Creek Winery. Art… Continue reading

Ted Heuer’s spalted maple teleidoscope, on display for First Friday at Ptarmigan Arts in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided)
Dr. Reid Brewer holds a Pacific giant octopus while doing field research in 2009. Brewer was named Campus Director of Kachemak Bay Campus, Kenai Peninsula College, on Oct. 19. (Photo provided)

Brewer named new KBC director

After a national search and three finalists, Dr. Reid Brewer, 46, of Sitka, has been selected and approved to become the next Kenai Peninsula College… Continue reading

Dr. Reid Brewer holds a Pacific giant octopus while doing field research in 2009. Brewer was named Campus Director of Kachemak Bay Campus, Kenai Peninsula College, on Oct. 19. (Photo provided)
Homer City Council member Caroline Venuti compares a thicker plastic shopping bag, left, with a thinner, single-use plastic shopping bag, right, during an ordinance on a proposal to ban single-use plastic bags in Homer. The council approved an ordinance putting the question to the voters at the October 2019 city election. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Council puts bag ban question to voters

A proposition on whether or not to prohibit retailers from giving out single-use plastic bags will once again be on the ballot. The bag-ban vote… Continue reading

Homer City Council member Caroline Venuti compares a thicker plastic shopping bag, left, with a thinner, single-use plastic shopping bag, right, during an ordinance on a proposal to ban single-use plastic bags in Homer. The council approved an ordinance putting the question to the voters at the October 2019 city election. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)