The City of Homer is making a little headway addressing residents’ complaints that iconic Bishops Beach is frequently a scene of crime, habitat destruction, and vandalism. The City is considering giving the Parks and Recreation Commission authority over local beaches. The Commission has stepped into this role in the past and by absorbing the additional responsibility it will shield the city from incurring additional costs.
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One motorist is dead and several others are injured following a crash Tuesday evening on the Sterling Highway near Happy Valley, between Soldotna and Homer. According to Alaska State Troopers, a Subaru sedan was driving southbound on the Sterling highway when the driver lost control of the vehicle on icy roads and swerved into oncoming traffic.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Kachemak Bay as its choice Habitat Focus area for Alaska last week. The decision could be a game changer for researchers studying the bay. NOAA will now be able to share resources that otherwise wouldn't be available to independent researchers and other government agencies. The partners want to compile the data they've already recorded along with any potential new findings and share them with decision makers as well as individuals who don't typically have access.
As part of our ongoing series investigating student homelessness on the Kenai Peninsula, we turn to Kenai Peninsula Borough Schools to learn how deep the problem runs. School Officials report the number of homeless students is up by thirty-two percent since this time last year. The number of homeless students on record is expected to continue increasing as winter progresses and the weather turns steadily colder.
A national organization has chosen a local Homer land trust to be a part of its National Excellence Program. The Land Trust Alliance plans to invest time and resources into the local group and help it grow for the future.
Much of the central and southern Kenai Peninsula went dark Wednesday afternoon during a widespread power outage. Homer Electric Association says the cause of the outage is unknown. Users on the HEA Facebook page reported power being out as far north as Sterling and Nikiski. The outage began between 1-1:30 p.m. Power was restored to most customers within the hour. No other issues are expected as a result of Wednesday's outage.
After a Veterans Day tour of the US Coast Guard Cutter Hickory a man and woman remember loved ones who fought and died in World War II. They also discuss the importance of Veterans Day for Americans and the role the holiday plays in their own lives.
The past few days have been rife with concessions. Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Begich conceded victory to his Republican opponent Dan Sullivan on Monday and over the weekend Republican Governor Sean Parnell admitted defeat to the Walker-Mallot unity ticket. The District 31 Republican Party on the Kenai Peninsula celebrates the Sullivan win, but is apprehensive about the Walker-Mallott victory.