Sugt'stun Word of the Week - August 26, 2018

Aug 27, 2018
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Unermiaqlluka - carrying it under his/her arm

Qangeq unermiaqlluku haggutaa tcateryigt'slua-cin.
Translation:  For a while now he has been carrying the pot under his arm, making us wonder why.

Alaska State Troopers

A Homer man allegedly stole more than $85,000 worth of frozen seafood from Tanner’s Alaskan Seafood in Ninilchik last week. Alaska State Troopers arrested 53-year-old Garrett Fitzgerald of Homer in Soldotna Friday.  

According to a trooper dispatch, Fitzgerald allegedly entered the business in the early morning hours of Aug. 22 to steal $400, food and over $85,000 worth of fish and crab from the freezer.

Jason Tanner is the owner of Tanner’s Alaskan Seafood. He said so far, little has been recovered.

Courtesy of Rudy Gustafson

In the first round of what seems to be an escalating trade dispute between the U.S. and China, tariffs have been levied on billions of dollars worth of goods in both countries. The Alaska fishing industry, which harvests roughly 60 percent of all wild seafood in the U.S., has been caught in the crosshairs of that disagreement.

But it’s not the Chinese tariffs that are giving the industry heartburn. It’s a proposed tariff on seafood imported from China.

Alaska State Troopers

Alaska State Troopers arrested the driver of a truck that was involved in a serious rollover accident in Anchor Point on Thursday. Twenty-five-year-old Ryan Cotney of Anchorage was allegedly speeding excessively around a curve near mile 155 of Sterling Highway with two passengers in the vehicle, according to a trooper dispatch. 

PenAir

Peninsula Airways, better known as PenAir, no longer plans to establish itself in Homer. But Vice President of Marketing and Sales for PenAir, Melissa Roberts, said that doesn’t mean the airline won’t provide service here in the future.

“I’m sure as many of your readers are probably aware, PenAir is currently in bankruptcy and the courts have appointed a trustee with the intent of selling PenAir,” she said. “So PenAir will be bid out to interested bidding companies.”

Courtesy of Homer Council on the Arts

Homer Council on the Arts is changing course on its new performance space. Since 2016, the council was planning to make the Mary Epperson Performance Art Center a yurt and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the project.

But now HCOA is planning on constructing a permanent building. Executive Director Peggy Paver says the change came when she met with a M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust representative to secure the last bit of funding for the space.

Courtesy of Alaska Legislature

House Rep. David Eastman of Wasilla filed a complaint with the Alaska Public Offices Commission against two House representatives on Aug. 15.  

The complaint alleges that House representatives Gabrielle LeDoux of Anchorage and Paul Seaton of Homer attempted to obscure the origins of campaign donations by allegedly funneling money from their political action committees into their campaigns. APOC rejected the complaint Monday.

Eastman claims that Seaton and LeDoux made a series of illegal contributions to each other’s campaigns between 2016 and 2018.  

It’s back to school week, but not everyone is going back to traditional school. This week on the Coffee Table: homeschooling.  Principal of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Connections Homeschool Program Richard Bartolowits talks with KBBI's Renee Gross about common misconceptions of homeschooling, reasons why families choose to homeschool and new trends in homeschool education. 

Photo courtesy of Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO

Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect additional comments and election results.

The unofficial results are in for the Republican primary race in House District 31, but it’s still unclear which of the three candidates in the race will face incumbent and former Republican Paul Seaton in the general election.

Homeschooling mother and Homer resident Sarah Vance leads the race with 1,033 votes, but Anchor Point businessman John Cox trails Vance by just 30 votes.

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District teachers and support staff are returning for the new school year without a new contract. Both the Kenai Peninsula Education Association and the Kenai Peninsula Educational Support Association began renegotiating their contracts with the district back in February.

Both groups’ contracts expired in June and healthcare is  the largest sticking point in the negotiations.

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