Aaron Bolton

News Director

Aaron Bolton is excited to come on board at KBBI after spending his first year reporting in the state at KSTK in Wrangell. He grew up in southern Minnesota and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2015 with a degree in professional journalism.

Prior to Alaska, Aaron reported for Radio K in Minneapolis. He spent his free time going to local concerts and promoting shows and music festivals. Since making the move, he has spent his time in the backcountry snowboarding whenever possible.

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Courtesy of the International Pacific Halibut Commission

Earlier this month, the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard appointed two new commissioners to the International Pacific Halibut Commission temporarily. The commission regulates commercial and sport fishing for Pacific halibut in Canada and the U.S.

Robert Day and Neil Davis will replace Jake Vanderheide and Ted Assu. Both commissioners’ terms expired earlier this year.

Day directs Fisheries and Oceans’ International Fisheries Management Headquarters in Ottawa and Davis is a resource management director for the department.

Renee Gross, KBBI News

Republican candidates in House District 31 are straying from debates with former Republican and non-partisan incumbent Paul Seaton until the general election. A bipartisan debate leading up to the primaries was canceled after a Republican candidate pulled out of the event.

Republican candidates Sarah Vance, John Cox and Henry Kroll were set to square off Seaton during a Homer Chamber of Commerce debate on Aug. 7. Executive Director of the chamber Debbie Speakman said the debate will be rescheduled for the general election this fall.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

The U.S. Supreme Court changed course on taxing online sales this summer. Now, the Kenai Peninsula Borough is working towards taxing major online retailers, namely Amazon. While taxing those sales may help cash-strapped boroughs like the Kenai Peninsula, local retailers are also hoping the change will benefit their bottom line.  

Tyonek Tribal Conservation District

The Tyonek Tribal Conservation District is continuing its work to restore salmon habitat on the western side of Cook Inlet. The conservation minded nonprofit has been working to restore several miles of salmon habitat in the Tyonek area for about six years.

The conservation district received a $600,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration this month.  Executive Director Christy Cincotta said that funding will help pay for the replacement of two culverts and one road reroute, which were barriers for several species of wild salmon.

North Pacific Fishery Management Council

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council appointed two Homer-based fishermen to its Cook Inlet Salmon Committee last month. The council asked the committee to evaluate management options for Cook Inlet commercial salmon fishing in federal waters when it created the group earlier this year.

Dan Anderson and Hannah Heimbuch were both appointed to the committee during the NPFMC’s June meeting in Kodiak. The council also pointed three other commercial fishermen to the group, two of which are from Kasilof. All six members are drift gillnet permit holders.

Renee Gross, KBBI News/Alaska State Legislature

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.

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. 

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.

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.