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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.

Courtesy of Fish and Game

For the second year in a row, the personal use coho fishery in Kachemak Bay closed after just one opening. The Department of Fish and Game opened the fishery Thursday for a 48-hour fishing period, but an emergency order closed personal use gillnetting early Saturday morning.  

Assistant Area Management Biologist Ethan Ford said the fishery is typically short, but usually provides residents with more than just one fishing period.

“Typically the fishery down here is relatively short because it’s based on a guideline harvest level range,” Ford explained.

Shahla Farzan / KBBI

Voters across the state and political lines will cast their ballots in several primary elections Tuesday. The Republican primary is the only contested race in House District 31. For the first time in 16 years, the party will have a new nominee, and among the many issues Republican voters are weighing is which candidate has the best chance to defeat incumbent and former Republican Paul Seaton.

Seaton is a former Republican, but he’s running unopposed as a non-partisan candidate in the Democratic primary this election cycle.

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A proposed zip line in Seldovia is on hold. The owner of Seldovia Bay Adventures LLC and former state senator Scott Ogan put forth a plan earlier this summer for a Star Wars themed zip-line. Earlier this month the Seldovia City Council denied his request  to lease land in a local RV park. Multiple residents spoke out against the proposal.

Ogan says he is disappointed with the council’s decision. 

Courtesy of the City of Homer

Sarah Vance is one of three Republican primary candidates in House District 31 vying for the chance to face incumbent and non-partisan candidate Paul Seaton in the general election. Vance is a homeschooling mother of four, and this is her first run for state office. But this is not her first foray in politics.

Vance got her start in Homer politics in 2017 when she was the spokesperson for a political action committee that pushed for the recall of three Homer City Council members.

Courtesy of the city of Homer

Crime has been a large concern on the southern Kenai Peninsula. Anchor Point has held several recent meetings on how to lessen it.  But residents working to prevent crime may soon be able to receive a little help from the state.  

Photo Courtesy of South Peninsula Hospital

South Peninsula Hospital’s new substance use, misuse and addiction task force will meet for the first time at the end of this month. The hospital is forming a group of 12 representatives from emergency services, the Homer Medical Center and the local community, among other areas.

Derotha Ferraro is the spokesperson for South Peninsula Hospital. She said the task force will look at roughly 20 areas of the hospital’s care from birthing to physical therapy.

Renee Gross, KBBI News

Gubernatorial candidates stopped in Homer Tuesday to campaign, meet with residents and square off in a governor’s forum. The event drew four prominent candidates including Governor Bill Walker, Mike Dunleavy, Mark Begich and Mead Treadwell. It also drew lesser-known candidate Billy Toien.  

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Three candidates are running for two seats on the Homer City Council. Council member Heath Smith filed to run for his second term on Monday.

Smith is one of two candidates running for re-election. Council member Donna Aderhold also filed for re-election. Her first term is ending as well this year. 

Former Middle School teacher Deb Lowney is running for a seat on the council her first time. The deadline to file for this fall's election is Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.  


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