Michael Armstrong

On Oct. 1, 2018, Alaska businesses will be required to put up signs like this available from the State of Alaska to indicate that workplaces are now smoke-free. (Image provided, State of Alaska)

Smokefree workplace law takes effect Oct. 1

On Monday, Oct. 1, workers and customers of Alaska business who smoke or vape will have to take it outside — at least 10 feet… Continue reading

On Oct. 1, 2018, Alaska businesses will be required to put up signs like this available from the State of Alaska to indicate that workplaces are now smoke-free. (Image provided, State of Alaska)

Anchorage lawyer seeks permit to fill Kachemak Drive wetlands

An Anchorage lawyer once nominated by former Gov. Sarah Palin to be attorney general seeks a permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to… Continue reading

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                                An aerial photo taken in 2014 shows the current South Peninsula Hospital campus.

Props 2, 3 change boundaries of Kenai hospital service areas

Two propositions on the Oct. 2 Kenai Peninsula Borough ballot will be considered separately by voters in the Central Peninsula Hospital Service Area and the… Continue reading

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                                An aerial photo taken in 2014 shows the current South Peninsula Hospital campus.

Supreme Court finds Griswold due process rights violated

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include a comment from Frank Griswold sent in an email that he clarified he had intended for… Continue reading

David Lewis, a former member of the Homer City Council, makes his final remarks during his last meeting as a council member Monday, Oct. 9, 2017 in Cowles Council Chambers in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Lewis takes second try at Homer mayor

Veteran Homer City Council member David Lewis will take another run for Homer City Mayor this election. In 2016, Lewis, then a council member, lost… Continue reading

David Lewis, a former member of the Homer City Council, makes his final remarks during his last meeting as a council member Monday, Oct. 9, 2017 in Cowles Council Chambers in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Ken Castner III answers a question at a city council and mayoral candidate forum Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018 at Alice’s Champagne Palace in Homer, Alaska. Castner is running for Homer mayor. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Castner running for mayor to promote unity

Although Ken Castner has served on numerous city commissions, committees and task forces, his run for Homer Mayor marks the first time he’s actually been… Continue reading

Ken Castner III answers a question at a city council and mayoral candidate forum Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018 at Alice’s Champagne Palace in Homer, Alaska. Castner is running for Homer mayor. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Niko Mogar is shown in a June 2018 booking photo. (Photo provided, Homer Police)

Police arrest Homer area thief on new counts

A man charged last month with burglary and vehicle theft faces new charges following his arrest on Sept. 11 in Homer. In charging documents, Homer… Continue reading

Niko Mogar is shown in a June 2018 booking photo. (Photo provided, Homer Police)

Michael WertsMay 7, 1971-Sept. 10, 2018

Michael Werts May 7, 1971 - Sept. 10, 2018 A celebration of life for Michael Werts is at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018, at… Continue reading

Anchor River Bridge to be closed for repairs

The Anchor River Bridge, or Bridge No. 910, will be closed starting next Monday for repairs to the bridge abutment. In a press release, the… Continue reading

Council write-in campaign falters after eligibility issue

A brief Homer City Council write-in campaign that started last week ended Monday after the candidate, Connor Schmidt, discovered he had not changed his voter… Continue reading

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                                The 39-year-old current Homer Police Station at its location on upper Heath Street near Homer High School and above the Homer Volunteer Fire Department. At its Sept. 10 Homer City Council worksession, council members discussed what to do with the old building when the new station is built in 2020.

Council considers options for old police station

With plans proceeding to build a new Homer Police station at the corner of Heath Street and Grubstake Avenue, the Homer City Council at a… Continue reading

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                                The 39-year-old current Homer Police Station at its location on upper Heath Street near Homer High School and above the Homer Volunteer Fire Department. At its Sept. 10 Homer City Council worksession, council members discussed what to do with the old building when the new station is built in 2020.

Chamber cancels candidate forums after GOP objects to venue; Seaton to hold own forum instead

A District 31 State Representative candidate event will happen Sept. 25 at Alice’s Champagne Palace — but it will only be for candidate and incumbent… Continue reading

Deb Lowney leads a group of Paul Banks Elementary students along a recently-completed trail at Karen Hornaday Park on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 in Homer, Alaska. The kids volunteered to transplant pine trees from a nearby street to the trails to help diversify the plant life in the park. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Lowney withdraws from council race

Homer City Council candidate Deb Lowney announced Wednesday that she no longer intends to run for one of two open seats on the council and… Continue reading

Deb Lowney leads a group of Paul Banks Elementary students along a recently-completed trail at Karen Hornaday Park on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 in Homer, Alaska. The kids volunteered to transplant pine trees from a nearby street to the trails to help diversify the plant life in the park. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

New Anchor Point writer publishes second novel

When a former journalist writes a novel with an unreliable narrator about the editor of a weekly newspaper going gonzo, the subject will come up.… Continue reading

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                                The Holland America cruise ship Zaandam towers over the Homer Harbor on Tuesday, July 24 at the Deep Water Dock in Homer. The Zaandam visits every other week in Homer during the summer.

Homer to host harbormaster conference Sept. 11-14

The city of Homer will be the host of the 44th Semi-Annual Pacific Coast Congress of Harbormasters and Port Managers Conference, to be held Sept.… Continue reading

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                                The Holland America cruise ship Zaandam towers over the Homer Harbor on Tuesday, July 24 at the Deep Water Dock in Homer. The Zaandam visits every other week in Homer during the summer.
Iskatel at sea earlier this summer. Last Thursday morning, Aug. 30, 2018, the inflatable catamaran arrived at the Homer, Alaska, harbor after a two-year trip from Lake Baikal, Russia, to Homer, arriving Aug. 26. (Photo provided/Baikal-Alaska Expedition)

Russian catamaran completes 2-year voyage from Siberia to Homer

Adventurers have sailed or paddled before to Homer in boats and kayaks, finishing arduous journeys across thousands of miles. Last week, a pair of Russian… Continue reading

Iskatel at sea earlier this summer. Last Thursday morning, Aug. 30, 2018, the inflatable catamaran arrived at the Homer, Alaska, harbor after a two-year trip from Lake Baikal, Russia, to Homer, arriving Aug. 26. (Photo provided/Baikal-Alaska Expedition)
This photo from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game shows beluga whales arching their backs through the surface of the water. Of Alaska’s five distinct beluga whale populations, only Cook Inlet’s is listed as endangered. (Courtesy the Alaska Department of Fish and Game)

Help count beluga whales on Sept. 15

Belugas Count! day is Sept. 15. Citizen scientists can help marine biologists search for and count endangered Cook Inlet beluga whales and other marine mammals… Continue reading

This photo from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game shows beluga whales arching their backs through the surface of the water. Of Alaska’s five distinct beluga whale populations, only Cook Inlet’s is listed as endangered. (Courtesy the Alaska Department of Fish and Game)

Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice rally and march is Saturday

A march and rally, Rise for Climate, Jobs and Justice, will be held starting at noon Saturday, at WKFL Park. The event begins with speakers… Continue reading

A Seniors perspective on Senator Peter Micciche As a Senior and Senior Citizen advocate, I pay attention to political races in areas other than my… Continue reading

Letters

Scholarship helped with sports camp A few months ago I was honored with the Alice Witte Memorial Scholarship Fund at the Homer foundation for a… Continue reading