Renee Gross

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Roughly 3,400 people on the southern Kenai Peninsula and Nikiski went without power for a short period of time this afternoon. Homer Electric Association spokesperson Bruce Shelley says the power went out at around 3:45 p.m. and was restored about 20 minutes later.  Shelly says there were issues within the electrical grid, but the specific cause of the outage is not known. 

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Most candidates running in the House District 31 Republican Primary are focusing their campaigns on larger PFDs and budget cuts. But Republican candidate Henry Kroll is passionate about a different issue. Kroll wants to privatize more land.  

Henry Kroll is a fisherman and an author. He’s written a dozen books on politics, Alaskan legends, his family and more eccentric books about ice ages.

He flipped to a page in his book called “Cosmological Ice Ages” about the sun’s course through space.  

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This week on The Coffee Table: veterans' concerns. Renee Gross spoke with Vietnam veterans Marion Parish, Troy Wise and Jimmy Gibbs along with the Director of the Alaska Veteran Affairs Healthcare System Dr. Timothy Ballard about what services are needed for veterans, barriers to care and VA  healthcare. 

Municipal election season begins today

Aug 1, 2018
Photo courtesy of Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO

Editor's note: This story has been updated to include that Willy Dunne is planning to run for re-election. 

The filing window for residents interested in serving on local city councils, assemblies and boards has opened. Candidate filing and nomination packets are available now until August 15 for those interested in running for office.

Alaska Communications

More residents in Ninilchik can now surf the web. Alaska Communications is setting up towers in the area as part of a larger project to bring high-speed broadband to underserved areas on the Kenai Peninsula.  

Heather Cavanaugh is a spokesperson for the company:

“We’ve already turned up some of the towers and residents can get speeds of at least 10 megabytes down, one megabyte up, which is everything that you need to stream and watch Netflix and be online, and in some cases people are getting faster speeds,” she said.

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Homer’s skateboarders can now ride in style. That’s because members of the Homer Elks Lodge and a handful of volunteers spent hours Saturday refurbishing the Homer Education and Recreation Complex’s skate park.

Elks Lodge member Dylan Weiser said the park needed some attention

City of Homer

Several elected officials’ terms in Homer are expiring this fall. Two spots on the Homer City Council will be up for grabs in October. Homer Mayor Bryan Zak’s seat will also be open this election cycle.

Candidates intending to run will be able to file with the city clerk’s office Wednesday.

Council members Donna Aderhold and Heath Smith are both finishing three years on the council. Smith says he is undecided whether he will run again. Aderhold declined to say whether she plans to run for re-election.

Image courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard

The U.S. Coast Guard medevacked a male Thursday that sustained a hand injury on a Prince William Sound fishing vessel. According to a press release, the 18-year old was on the (F/V) Pacific Harvester when he began to go into shock. 

Coast Guard Sector Anchorage dispatched a Valdez boat crew after receiving the report. The crew treated the man’s hand while transporting him to Valdez before he was handed over to waiting medical staff. 

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If you’ve ever stopped to look at animal track in the woods or were fascinated by a unique plant, you have something in common with Kim McNett. She’s one of the three Homer artists to win a Rasmuson Foundation award this year. McNett sketches and writes about nature in her journal but she plans to add a little color to her craft.

Kim McNett has already hiked the Calvin and Coyle Nature Trail in Homer a handful of times this season. Still, she finds something new today: a red squirrel chewing a spruce cone.

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The Seldovia City Council is considering a contentious proposal to build a zip line in the city. Summer resident and former state Senator Scott Ogan wanted to build a Star Wars themed zip line through the Seldovia Wilderness and RV camping park.

Ogan resigned from his position as a senator in 2004 over allegations that he used his position to curry favor with energy companies. Now, he is the owner of Seldovia Bay Adventures LLC.

Seldovia City Manager Cassidi Cameron said roughly 30 residents testified on Ogan’s request to lease city property for the zip line Monday.