Renee Gross

Reporter/Host
Alaska Department of Fish and Game

The fishing season is wrapping up in lower Cook Inlet, and Alaska Department of Fish and Game Biologist Glenn Hollowell says it was a mixed bag for pink salmon. Still this year’s pinks, which are the progeny of the disastrous 2016 season, came in mostly as expected and most escapement goals in the area were met.

Hollowell said more fish made it up streams on the outer coast because commercial fishermen mostly focused their efforts in the southern district near Homer.

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On this week's Coffee Table: candidates for Homer's mayor. Ken Castner and David Lewis spoke on everything from their views on mayoral proclamations to how they would approach balancing the budget. The municipal election is on Oct. 2. 

Homer Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center

An angler from Vancouver, British Columbia won the 33rd Annual Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby this weekend. Ashley Camp caught a 221.4-pound halibut on Belle Ile with the Midnight Sun Charters. She took the lead in July with the 76-inch fish and remained unchallenged.

The five-month contest ended on Saturday and the chamber has yet to announce this year’s jackpot prize. Last year, the grand prize total was $15, 241. There will be a prize ceremony on Thursday, September 20 at 3 p.m. at the Salty Dawg. The ceremony will also be live streamed on Facebook @jackpothalibutderby.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the City of Homer will kick off a preliminary study next week on the plausibility of constructing a large-vessel harbor. But this isn’t the first time the city and Corps investigated an expansion of the Homer Port. They initiated a study, along with the Alaska Department of Transportation, in 2004 but shelved the project five years later after determining the costs of expansion were too high.

Port director and Harbormaster Bryan Hawkins expects different results this time around.

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Summer is coming to an end, and Homer’s seasonal shops are closing down. Signs point to a strong summer season for tourism-related businesses but fishing charters say they’ve seen better.  

 

 

Indira Mukambetova owns the the boutique clothing store Better Sweater and Spit Licks ice cream shop on the Homer spit. This year, she’s closing up earlier than usual.  

“It was great," she said. "I sold out everything, almost.”

 

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Homer Theatre’s Fifteenth Annual Documentary Film Festival will begin next week. Jamie Sutton owns the theater, and he said when the festival first started, it showed just four documentaries.

Now, the week-long festival shows nine. Sutton said it’s easier and cheaper to make documentaries than ever before making it the genre’s golden era.  

“There are a lot more stories that can be told, which is really the notion and so you ended up with a diversity like this that you wouldn't have otherwise,” he said.

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Homer will soon see a new police station, but the city still has to decide what to do with the current building. On Monday, the Homer City Council began that discussion, and it’s leaning toward keeping the building.

During a work session Monday, the city council considered multiple options for what to do with the current police station after the department moves into its new building in 2019.

The council discussed everything from renovating the space to demolishing it. But selling the building wasn’t appealing to the council.

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The Alaska Veteran Association or VA wants to provide Homer veterans with more health services and a larger clinic. But there’s a hang up. Only half of the estimated veterans in town are signed up for insurance through the VA. Without more registered vets, it may be harder to justify additional services, and getting unregistered vets to sign up isn’t easy.  

Vietnam veteran Troy Wise wears the same grey hat everyday.

“It has three pins on there,” he said. “It has the combat infantry badge, the Vietnam campaign medal and aviator wings.”

City of Homer Planning and Zoning Department

South Peninsula Hospital is speaking out against a proposal for a new clinic. Dr. Paul Raymond with the Kachemak Bay Medical Clinic is seeking a conditional use permit to build a roughly 20,000 square-foot clinic between South Peninsula Hospital and the Homer Medical Clinic.

The Kachemak Bay Medical Clinic is currently located off Bartlett St. The clinic  provides children’s health, wellness and preventive exams and occupational medicine, among other offerings. It’s not clear if the new clinic would provide additional services.

This week on the Coffee Table: voting 101. KBBI speaks with Alex Koplin from Kenai Peninsula Votes, a  nonpartisan voter outreach organization and Melissa Jacobson, Homer’s city clerk. We discuss everything you need to know about the upcoming elections, what inspires people to vote and how Homer’s voter turnout compares to other areas.

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