Kenai Peninsula Borough Planning Department

It’s rare for the Kenai Peninsula Borough Planning Commission to deny a permit request for a gravel pit, but it denied an application to excavate nearly 30 acres near the mouth of the Anchor River. The commission denied the request due to concerns about noise and how it might change the scenic recreation area. 

Emmitt Trimble, who manages Beachcomber LLC, wants to dig a roughly 20-foot deep gravel pit off Danver Street and Anchor Point Road, roughly 500 feet from the Anchor River.

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Today on the Coffee Table, KBBI News Director Aaron Bolton speaks with House District 31 candidate Henry Kroll, Republican, and incumbent Paul Seaton, non-partisan, about how Alaska's Legislature should move forward on the state's budget gap. 

Courtesy of Carol Hafner

Out of the field of six candidates running to unseat U.S. House Rep. Don Young this fall, there is one candidate who’s never set foot in Alaska. 

Carol Hafner is a Democrat running for Alaska’s sole U.S. House of Representatives seat.

She lists a South Dakota address on her filings with the state Division of Elections. That address belongs to a mail-drop service near Rapid City, South Dakota that maintains addresses for transient seniors.

Courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough

Voters will have a chance to decide whether to expand two hospital service areas this fall. The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted unanimously Tuesday to pass an ordinance that will put two propositions on the ballot. One would propose to shift the Central Peninsula Hospital service area south and the other would propose shifting the South Peninsula Hospital service area to include areas on the south side of Kachemak Bay.

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A pilot program to prevent Type 2 diabetes will launch at the end of the month in the Kenai Peninsula. Prevent T2 Diabetes Prevention Program is part of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s national effort to bring prevention counseling to underserved areas.

Nim Ha is the program manager for the State of Alaska Diabetes Prevention and Control Program, and she says right now, the Kenai Peninsula has one in-person service in Seward.  

Valdez Fisheries Development Association

After some back and forth during an Alaska Board of Fisheries emergency meeting Tuesday, a Prince William Sound pink salmon hatchery will be allowed to move forward with its plans to increase its production by 20 million eggs this summer. 

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If you’ve seen those quirky stuffed whales made out of recycled materials in gift shops around Alaska, chances are they’re made by Abigail Kokai. She’s started the company Homer Whales a few years ago. But this winter, she wants to do something a little different.

Kokai was one of the three people to win a Rasmuson Foundation grant earlier this year. She said she will use that money to pursue quilting.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Commercial fishermen in lower Cook Inlet are having a mostly average season so far this summer. Seiners have hauled in roughly 34,000 sockeye, which sits between the 2016 and 2017 harvests.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game Area Management Biologist, Glenn Hollowell said most of those fish are comprised of hatchery stocks.

Image Courtesy of Homer Electric Association

Some residents on the south side of Kachemak Bay had their power restored Friday after multiple power outages left some without electricity over the past week.

Bruce Shelley is the director of member relations for Homer Electric Association. He said a majority of the outage came from downed power lines near Stonehocker Creek. He said HEA began receiving calls about the outages Sunday.

Photo courtesy of the City of Homer

The Homer Volunteer Fire Department and Kachemak Emergency Services responded to a house fire in Homer early Friday morning.

The Homer Fire Department was notified of the fire off East Danview Avenue at about 5:23 a.m. According to Homer Fire Chief Terry Kadel, the blaze was likely caused by a citronella candle burning on the front porch of the home.