Image courtesy of Alaska State Troopers

Alaska State Troopers say a man was found in an RV with a dead Anchorage woman near Ninilchik Saturday. Troopers found 58-year-old Kathy Vancleve of Anchorage dead inside of her RV after troopers unsuccessfully attempted to verbally contact an unknown male inside.

Troopers responded to the RV on Vancleve’s property just off the Sterling highway after receiving a call shortly before 11 a.m. The report came from a concerned family member who feared she may be dead.

Clutts family sells Anchor River Inn

Oct 12, 2018
Courtesy of the Anchor River Inn

The longtime owners of the Anchor River Inn sold their property. The inn has been in the Clutts family for decades. They helped take a small motel and café and mold it into a larger business including a restaurant, lounge and convenience store.

Jesse Clutts and his wife have managed the property for the past 10 years. But it’s been part of his life since he was 12-years-old.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

The Alaska Board of Fisheries will kick off its annual work session in Anchorage Monday and salmon hatcheries will once again be a prominent topic of discussion. The board will consider whether to add issues surrounding production levels to future agendas and it will kick off a broader discussion on the hatchery industry Tuesday.

Disagreements over salmon hatcheries have been roiling over the past few years, and those arguments have played out at Board of Fish meetings.

Photo KBBI Database

Homer Spit Properties wants anglers to stop fishing at the Homer Spit Marine Terminal barge basin. The company submitted a request to the Alaska Board of Fisheries asking it to consider prohibiting fishing in that area.

In its request, spit properties says it’s a dangerous place to fish for recreational anglers. Barges and landing craft come into the area regularly and transfer heavy equipment, freight and occasionally hazardous material.

Check the Pantry Episode 1 - Chickpeas

Oct 11, 2018
Garbanzo Beans
Sanjay Acharya / Wikimedia Commons

Join host Jeff Lockwood and guest Teri Robl in a wide ranging discussion of all aspects of chickpeas, from hummus and falafel to chickpea curries and even how to use chickpea water to make meringue!  Plus, a wine pairing for hummus selected  by Skip Clary.  Recorded at Station Twelve and at the KBBI studios in Homer, Alaska on October 11, 2018. 

Courtesy of the City of Homer

The Homer Education and Recreation Complex Task Force will likely recommend that the city pursue a private-public partnership in order to preserve the HERC building.

The task force wants the city to put its energy over the next five years into finding an entity that’s willing to help fund upgrades to the building in order to utilize the space.

Courtesy of Rudy Gustafson

Today on the Coffee Table, it's a Fishermen's Academy. Homer fisherman and President of the North Pacific Fisheries Association Malcolm Milne, Alaska Board of Fisheries member Robert Ruffner and Homer fisherman and North Pacific Fishery Management Council member Buck Laukitis join KBBI News Director Aaron Bolton to explain how fishermen and other stakeholders can get involved in the policy making process. 

Courtesy of the City of Homer

The budgeting process is once again underway in Homer. City Manger Katie Koester introduced a draft budget to the Homer City Council Monday night. The new budget includes a nearly two percent increase in operating costs compared to 2018. Employee healthcare and electricity costs make up most of that increase.

For the past few years, the city has diverted the Homer Accelerated Roads and Trails program, better known as the HART fund, to prevent to a $1.2 million budget gap. The fund is designated for road and trail construction.

Image Courtesy of the City of Homer

The Homer City Council is considering putting a plastic bag ban on the ballot in 2019. The ban was introduced last month, a divisive measure that was implemented and subsequently overturned by a citizens’ initiative about five years ago. But the council’s discussion Monday focused less on the ban itself and more on whether the council should consider the issue at all. 

Council member Caroline Venuti sponsored the ban on thin single-use plastic bags last month. The ban mirrors the ordinance that was overturned in 2013.

Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly

After a roughly two-year court battle, a state superior court judge ruled Tuesday that the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s invocation policy is unconstitutional. However, this may not be the end of the road for the case. The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly still needs to decide whether to appeal Tuesday’s ruling.  

The court’s decision found that the borough assembly’s 2016 rewrite of its invocation policy took a step toward establishing an official religion by excluding “minority faiths,” therefore violating the state Constitution’s Establishment Clause.  

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