Renee Gross

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Some Homer residents could see a change on water and sewer bills.  On Monday, the Homer City Council introduced a resolution that could change rates for customers, ranging from less than a 1-percent increase for some customers to a 2-percent decrease for others.

Monthly service fees for city water could drop from $19 to $13. Customers signed up for sewer services only, could save a few dollars per month as well, depending on whether their home or business relies on sewer pumps in the area.  

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The Homer City Council allocated nearly $500 thousand for the design of a new police station Monday. This comes roughly a month after residents approved a $5 million bond for the $7.5 million project. Public Works Director Carey Meyer stated earlier this summer that residents will be able to give input and see a partially completed design this fall. He added that the city will reach out for input next spring as well. 

Courtesy of Niki Falco

Options for child care in Homer are becoming more scarce. Some child care operations are closing their doors while others are struggling to operate.

Falco is a single mother to two young children, a four-year-old and an infant who recently turned one, and finding child care has been difficult, especially for her younger daughter.

“When she was three-months-old, I waitlisted her with all of the child care that took child care assistance and infants and Masha’s is the only one I had heard back from,” she said.

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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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.  

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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.

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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.

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The Democratic Primary Debate this week featured two of the candidates running for Alaska’s single seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Independent Christopher Cumings from Ketchikan was not able to take part in the formal debate, but he did campaign and mingle with Kenai Peninsula residents outside of the event. 

KBBI’s Renee Gross caught up with Cumings to talk about his campaign. 

A note on this story: The government is planning to spend roughly $700 billion in military expenses this year.

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Over 100 hundred people showed up for a debate between two candidates running in the Democratic primary for Alaska's lone spot in the U.S. House of Representatives. Independent Alyse Galvin and Democrat Dimitri Shein squared off on topics ranging from jobs and the economy to renewable energy.

The most striking difference between Galvin and Shein during Tuesday’s debate was healthcare.