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Courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough

Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member Willy Dunne is running for his second term this election cycle. Dunne said voters should re-elect him because of his institutional knowledge on the council.

If re-elected, Dunne would reach the two-term limit on the assembly. He said it’s not only his experience as an assembly member that would make him affective over the next three years, but his work predating his time on the panel as well.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

The Alaska Department of Natural Resources has released a draft management plan for Kachemak Bay State Park near Homer, and some Kenai Peninsula Residents are taking issue with the length of the comment period.

The draft is an update to the 1995 management plan, and it also includes recommended changes for the Kachemak Bay State Wilderness Park and the Eveline and Diamond Creek state recreation areas.

Monica Alvarez works for DNR and said the plan is responding to comments from a number of scoping meetings leading up to the draft plan’s release.

Courtesy of City of Homer

One of the candidates for Homer’s mayor isn’t running on any policy. Candidate Ken Castner says as mayor, he wants to help the Homer City Council come to their own conscious.

 

Castner is the owner of Tonsina, an architecture consulting business, and he’s served on multiple committees, task forces and boards in town. He says there’s a distinct feeling when you lose a decision by a slim margin.  

Renee Gross, KBBI News

On Tuesday, Kenai Peninsula voters will decide on ballot Proposition 1, which will appropriate roughly $5.4 million for a new school in the small village of Kachemak Selo. The three school buildings in the village have been disintegrating for years. However, for most community members advocating for the new school doesn’t come easily.  

 

 

 

Courtesy of Troy Jones

Troy Jones is a political newcomer and south peninsula businessman who hopes to defeat incumbent Willy Dunne in the race for the District 9 seat on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly. Jones said the budget and several attempts to implement new taxes spurred him to run for the first time.

Jones is a lifelong resident of the Kenai Peninsula. His parents homesteaded near Homer in 1956, and he’s spent most of his life as a businessman.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

House District 31 Rep. Paul Seaton held a town hall forum Tuesday evening. Seaton is running for re-election and answered a number of questions from audience members, but he chose to focus mostly on the budget, finding new revenue streams and the Permanent Fund.

Courtesy of the City of Homer

Today on the Coffee Table, Homer City Council members Donna Aderhold and Heath Smith talk about running for their second terms with KBBI News Director Aaron Bolton. 

Image Courtesy of the City of Homer

The Homer City Council is contemplating a ban on thin single-use plastic bags. The move would follow other communities that have passed similar ordinances. But this isn’t the first time the council has dabbled with the issue, setting up yet another contentious debate over the role of city government in Homer.

The bag ban that was introduced Monday is largely the same ordinance city council members passed back in 2012.

Bretwood Higman groundtruthtrekking.org

Kachemak Science takes you to Taan Fiord and Grewingk Lake this month with geologist, Bretwood Higman,  documentarian, Bjorn Olsen and Nat Herz from Alaska's Energy Desk.  Kyra Wagner from the Homer Soil and Water Conservation District connects producers and consumers of local food.  And, scientists from NOAA Fisheries and Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College convene for a report on this month's Belugas Count! event.

Sugt'stun Word of the Week - Sept. 23, 2018

Sep 25, 2018
Paola Castillo NASA/ESA - http://stardust.jpl.nasa.gov/tech/aerogel.html (image link), Public Domain

Qit’hnginartuq  -  It is dazzling.

Mitaq qit’hgninartuq qilagmi.

Translation:

That shooting star is dazzling.

 

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