Courtesy of the Alaska SeaLife Center

A sick harbor seal was rehabilitated and released back into Kachemak Bay earlier this month. Bystanders first spotted the harbor seal, eventually named Hubbard by a donor to the Alaska SeaLife Center, on the Clam Gulch beach. The roughly two-month-old seal was very thin and wasn’t using his right flipper. Homer resident and Alaska SeaLife Center volunteer Mark Webber transported Hubbard to Soldotna, where he was met by the center’s Wildlife Response Team. 

For those interested in influencing future management plan of both the Kachemak Bay State and Wilderness parks as well as state recreation areas on the southern Kenai Peninsula, the deadline to comment on the draft plan is Friday. The plan will shape recreation and commercial uses in the parks over the next 20 years.

The draft plan covers everything from proposals for more trails and public-use cabins to answering contentious questions surrounding the use of jet skis and heli-skiing operations in the park.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

Today on the Coffee Table, we're talking about the Kachemak Bay State Park draft management plan. The public comment period on the plan ends Friday at 11:59 p.m. KBBI News Director Aaron Bolton speaks with DNR spokesperson Monica Alvarez, Robert Archibald who sits on both the Kachemak Bay State Park Citizen Advisory and Friends of Kachemak Bay State Park boards, and True North Adventures guiding business owner Alison O’Hara. 

Artist sketches Homer characters

Nov 13, 2018
Jordan Cantwell

A series of character sketches, dubbed “People of Homer,” is celebrating city residents. Artist Jordan Cantwell is drawing unique individuals and said there’s something special about the people at the end of the road.

Jordan Cantwell and I sat at the Starbucks inside the Homer Safeway waiting for someone interesting to walk by for him to draw. It didn’t take long.

“There we go,” he said after a shopper with long dreadlocks walked by and was gone within a few seconds.

At least, his dreadlocks is all I remembered. But Cantwell seemed to have memorized his appearance.

Courtesy of the City of Homer

The Homer Education and Recreation Complex Task Force will finalize its recommendations regarding what to do with the HERC building Tuesday. Those recommendations will be forwarded onto the Homer City Council.  

The task force is advising the council to keep the HERC building open for the next five years so residents can continue to use the lower level for recreational activities while also making some use of the second story.

Courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough

After roughly two years, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly may answer two contentious questions next week: who is allowed to lead an invocation, and should the borough appeal an October court ruling declaring its current invocation policy unconstitutional?

A new resolution would let any borough resident give an invocation, though they would not be allowed to lead one more than four times per year. Borough assembly members will also formally decide whether to fight the superior court decision that spurred the latest policy proposal.

Sugt'stun Word of the Week Nov. 11, 2018

Nov 12, 2018
Shahla Farzan

Sulunaq: Salted fish.

Angiciluta qakiyat nasquitnek sulunanek taumi unami qasarluta.

Translation: Let's soak some salted silver salmon heads and eat them with fried bread in the morning.

Renee Gross, KBBI News

Homer residents joined communities across the nation Thursday night to protest the outsting of U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Fifty people rallied at the Wisdom, Knowledge, Faith and Love Park in downtown Homer a day after President Trump pushed the attorney general out and replaced him with his former chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker. It’s a move they fear will compromise the integrity of special council’s Russia investigation.  

Art Koeninger hosted the local protest and said that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation should be free from interference.

Taz Tally via City of Homer

Homer City Manager Katie Koester signed a contract to serve four more years in her position. The Homer City Council unanimously approved Koester's second contract after a performance review earlier this month.  She’s served as city manager since 2015 and her current contract expires at the end of this year. 

A press release from the city says the contract renewal will provide continuity for Homer’s government as it finalizes the 2019 budget and moves forward with projects such as the construction of a new police station.

The Coffee Table: November 7, 2018

Nov 8, 2018

The  Coffee Table Book Club convenes this week to review and recommend books for your winter reading list. Author Dana Stabenow is the guest. You can link to her list of all the books discussed on the program at:


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