Michael Armstrong

Signs on May 7, 2020, along the Sterling Highway by St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church in Homer, Alaska, and put up by the South Kenai Peninsula Resiliency Coalition offer encouragement during the COVID-19 pandemic. The signs read “Physical distancing can be hard. Everyday connections are so important. How can you make someone smile today?” (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Sixth Homer resident tests positive

A sixth Homer resident has tested positive for COVID-19, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services reported on Sunday. That is the second Homer… Continue reading

Signs on May 7, 2020, along the Sterling Highway by St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church in Homer, Alaska, and put up by the South Kenai Peninsula Resiliency Coalition offer encouragement during the COVID-19 pandemic. The signs read “Physical distancing can be hard. Everyday connections are so important. How can you make someone smile today?” (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Facebook post leads to ID of alleged burglar

Facebook post leads to ID of alleged burglar

An appeal on social media last month by Homer Police looking to identify a man in a photo alleged to have broken into a Kachemak… Continue reading

Facebook post leads to ID of alleged burglar
Construction work continues on Pioneer Avenue

Construction work continues on Pioneer Avenue

Construction has started on the Pioneer Avenue Pavement Preservation Project, which will replace and repave the asphalt surface. Much of the asphalt road surface has… Continue reading

Construction work continues on Pioneer Avenue
U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, fly in formation over the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex on July 18, 2019. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. James Richardson)

Jets will fly over peninsula to honor health care workers

Aircraft from the U.S. Air Force and the Air National Guard will fly over Alaska on Friday to honor frontline COVID-19 responders and essential workers.… Continue reading

U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, fly in formation over the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex on July 18, 2019. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. James Richardson)
Arts council announces poetry contest winners

Arts council announces poetry contest winners

Judges on Monday announced the winners in the Homer Council on the Arts pandemic poetry contest, “Fruits of Quarantine.” The winners are Sofia Loboy, seventh… Continue reading

Arts council announces poetry contest winners
Swains join South Peninsula Hospital health care team

Swains join South Peninsula Hospital health care team

A husband and wife team have joined the South Peninsula Hospital health care team. Registered Nurse Stephanie Swain and Dr. Matthew Swain are the latest… Continue reading

Swains join South Peninsula Hospital health care team
Bartlett selected as new Homer Council on the Arts director

Bartlett selected as new Homer Council on the Arts director

After eight months without an executive director, and in the midst of a pandemic that has thrown the arts world into uncharted territory, the Homer… Continue reading

Bartlett selected as new Homer Council on the Arts director
A soils primer for Homer: Starichkof soils are the bogs and fens of Alaska

A soils primer for Homer: Starichkof soils are the bogs and fens of Alaska

This is the next installment in the series “A Soils Primer for Homer.” When driving north on the Sterling Highway, climbing the Ninilchik Hill, off… Continue reading

A soils primer for Homer: Starichkof soils are the bogs and fens of Alaska
Trash trailer catches fire at Homer Transfer Station

Trash trailer catches fire at Homer Transfer Station

Homer Transfer Station workers pulled a burning trash container out of the station building this past Friday and kept the building from catching on fire.… Continue reading

Trash trailer catches fire at Homer Transfer Station
The sign announcing the start of the Alaska Highway in Dawson’s Creek, British Columbia. Taken in August of 2018. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Alaska snowbirds allowed to drive home through Canada

Alaskans looking to return home after snowbirding in the Lower 48 will be allowed to travel through Canada, despite the fact that the country closed… Continue reading

The sign announcing the start of the Alaska Highway in Dawson’s Creek, British Columbia. Taken in August of 2018. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
The Homer Public Library is closed on March 16, 2020, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Homer Library offers pickup service

The Homer Public Library now offers limited service where people can check out materials and pick them up from the back door. The building remains… Continue reading

The Homer Public Library is closed on March 16, 2020, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
COVID-19. (Courtesy the CDC)                                COVID-19. (Courtesy the CDC)

Peninsula COVID-19 cases grow over weekend

Two more COVID-19 cases were reported Monday, bringing the total number of cases in Alaska to 370. This includes nine people who have died and… Continue reading

COVID-19. (Courtesy the CDC)                                COVID-19. (Courtesy the CDC)
COVID-19. (Courtesy the CDC)                                COVID-19. (Courtesy the CDC)

Another Homer person tests positive for COVID-19

Another Homer person has tested positive for COVID-19, according to Sunday’s update from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. This is the third… Continue reading

COVID-19. (Courtesy the CDC)                                COVID-19. (Courtesy the CDC)
Homer health worker heads to New York to help during pandemic

Homer health worker heads to New York to help during pandemic

Correction: This story has been changed to remove a reference that Lenox Hill Hospital treats only COVID-19 patients at this time. It also is treating… Continue reading

Homer health worker heads to New York to help during pandemic
First Friday in May happens virtually

First Friday in May happens virtually

Normally May would herald the reopening of galleries closed for the winter — but in the year of the COVID-19 pandemic, nothing is normal. For… Continue reading

First Friday in May happens virtually
Bald Mountain Air Service’s Viking Dash 400 Twin Otter 19-passenger propeller plane as seen in a photo taken April 28, 2020, at its hangar at the Homer, Alaska, airport. (Photo courtesy Bald Mountain Air Service)

Bald Mt. Air to provide commuter service to Homer

Bald Mountain Air Service, a Homer tour and flight service company, plans to provide scheduled and charter flights in Southcentral Alaska starting either in late… Continue reading

Bald Mountain Air Service’s Viking Dash 400 Twin Otter 19-passenger propeller plane as seen in a photo taken April 28, 2020, at its hangar at the Homer, Alaska, airport. (Photo courtesy Bald Mountain Air Service)
Commercial fishing boats are rafted together in May 2016 in the harbor in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Assembly urges funding of Homer harbor study

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted unanimously at its April 21 meeting to approve a resolution asking the U.S. Economic Development Administration to grant $3… Continue reading

Commercial fishing boats are rafted together in May 2016 in the harbor in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
A recent photo of Anesha “Duffy” Murnane, missing since Oct. 17, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided, Homer Police Department)

Trauma meeting to be held in case of missing Homer woman

As part of an ongoing effort to keep interest in the search for missing Homer woman Anesha “Duffy” Murnane, her family and friends will hold… Continue reading

A recent photo of Anesha “Duffy” Murnane, missing since Oct. 17, 2019, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo provided, Homer Police Department)
Homer area’s newest pot shop opens on 4/20

Homer area’s newest pot shop opens on 4/20

The Homer area’s newest and second retail cannabis store opened Monday — April 20, or course, or 4/20, known among pot lovers as “Weed Day.”… Continue reading

Homer area’s newest pot shop opens on 4/20
A soils primer for Homer: Beluga soils get name from their water

A soils primer for Homer: Beluga soils get name from their water

This is the next installment in the series, A Soils Primer for Homer. When you drive out the Homer Bench toward Fritz Creek you are… Continue reading

A soils primer for Homer: Beluga soils get name from their water