Alaska Department of Fish and Game

The fishing season is wrapping up in lower Cook Inlet, and Alaska Department of Fish and Game Biologist Glenn Hollowell says it was a mixed bag for pink salmon. Still this year’s pinks, which are the progeny of the disastrous 2016 season, came in mostly as expected and most escapement goals in the area were met.

Hollowell said more fish made it up streams on the outer coast because commercial fishermen mostly focused their efforts in the southern district near Homer.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

Could climate change take forests back in time? Kenai Peninsula residents and scientists see evidence that warmer weather is bringing back at least one tree that hasn’t populated Alaska for millions of years.


Across the street from Homer’s Pratt Museum, there’s a small tree growing on the side of the road. You’d probably miss it if it wasn’t for the wooden placard proclaiming it a “metasequoia.”

Alder Seaman, KBBI

On this week's Coffee Table: candidates for Homer's mayor. Ken Castner and David Lewis spoke on everything from their views on mayoral proclamations to how they would approach balancing the budget. The municipal election is on Oct. 2. 

Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center

An angler from Vancouver, British Columbia won the 33rd Annual Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby this weekend. Ashley Camp caught a 221.4-pound halibut on Belle Ile with the Midnight Sun Charters. She took the lead in July with the 76-inch fish and remained unchallenged.

The five-month contest ended on Saturday and the chamber has yet to announce this year’s jackpot prize. Last year, the grand prize total was $15, 241. There will be a prize ceremony on Thursday, September 20 at 3 p.m. at the Salty Dawg. The ceremony will also be live streamed on Facebook @jackpothalibutderby.


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the City of Homer will kick off a preliminary study next week on the plausibility of constructing a large-vessel harbor. But this isn’t the first time the city and Corps investigated an expansion of the Homer Port. They initiated a study, along with the Alaska Department of Transportation, in 2004 but shelved the project five years later after determining the costs of expansion were too high.

Port director and Harbormaster Bryan Hawkins expects different results this time around.

Renee Gross, KBBI News

Summer is coming to an end, and Homer’s seasonal shops are closing down. Signs point to a strong summer season for tourism-related businesses but fishing charters say they’ve seen better.  



Indira Mukambetova owns the the boutique clothing store Better Sweater and Spit Licks ice cream shop on the Homer spit. This year, she’s closing up earlier than usual.  

“It was great," she said. "I sold out everything, almost.”


Sugt'stun Word of the Week - Sept. 16, 2018

Sep 16, 2018

Qagguanaruanraami - even though he/she is funny

Qagguanaruanraraami una Maurice suqninguar cartuq.
Even though he is kind of funny, Maurice here, is serious.

Courtesy of Homer Theatre

Homer Theatre’s Fifteenth Annual Documentary Film Festival will begin next week. Jamie Sutton owns the theater, and he said when the festival first started, it showed just four documentaries.

Now, the week-long festival shows nine. Sutton said it’s easier and cheaper to make documentaries than ever before making it the genre’s golden era.  

“There are a lot more stories that can be told, which is really the notion and so you ended up with a diversity like this that you wouldn't have otherwise,” he said.


Click on the audio file below to hear the  Homer City Council & Mayoral Candidates Forum sponsored by The Homer Chamberof Commerce, recorded at Alices's Champagne Palace in Homer on Tuesday, September 11, 2018.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

Election season is in full swing and the first debates of this year’s election cycle were held Tuesday. Both incumbents in an uncontested race for two seats on the Homer City Council answered questions from Homer Chamber of Commerce at Alice’s Champagne Palace.

But both candidates seeking to replace current Homer Mayor Bryan Zak also took to the stage, answering questions on everything from the city’s budget to the role the mayor plays on city council.


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