Renee Gross, KBBI News

Seldovia residents can now do a few loads of laundry and shower on a normal schedule. The city on the southern Kenai Peninsula announced this week that there is no longer a water shortage. Now, residents are trying to repair the damage and plan for the future. 

Things are getting back to normal for the roughly 500 people who live in the area. This week, the city’s reservoir returned to a healthy level. The city reinstated senior meals and the library is operating on a regular schedule. 

But for some, recovery will take a while.

Pebble Project presents to Borough Assembly

Sep 19, 2019
Northern Dynasty Minerals

Correction: In a previous version of this story, KBBI incorrectly stated that Northern Dynasty Minerals was no longer affiliated with the Pebble Partnership. In fact, Northern Dynasty Minerals is the sole owner of the Pebble Partnership. KBBI regrets the error.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly heard an update from the Pebble Project at its regular meeting on Tuesday as the company moves toward the completion of its federal permitting process.

Jeffrey Lee Mills - Live at Bunnell

Sep 19, 2019
Jeffrey Lee Mills

Jeffrey Lee Mills, New York-born, Berlin-based (and ex-Alaskan) pianist and composer, played the Bunnell Street Arts Center on Friday, September 6. 

KBBI was on hand to record his show.

This Week in Bycatch - September 17

Sep 19, 2019
Halibut
Nancy Heise / Wikimedia

Halibut bycatch mortality in the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea/Aleutian Island groundfish fisheries dipped slightly for the week ending September 7 by around twenty thousand pounds.  In all, about one hundred forty eight thousand pounds of halibut were killed as incidental catch across all fisheries, according to onboard observers reporting to the National Marine Fisheries Service.  Vessels fishing with pot gear accounted for the smallest share, six hundred sixty one pounds, while non-pelagic, or bottom trawlers were responsible for just over one hundred thirty seven thousand pounds.  The

Courtesy of Winter Marshall-Allen

Teachers and students returned to public school Tuesday on the Kenai Peninsula after educators called off a strike early in the morning. The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and two educator unions reached a tentative contract agreement at 1:37 a.m.  

David Brighton is president of the Kenai Peninsula teacher’s union. He said the school district and the unions have been at an impasse over healthcare costs for over a year and a half.  

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A cowbell rings the market open every Saturday morning at 10. Shoppers stroll the market stalls. Most carry baskets and reusable bags they are filling with produce and locally made items.

Margaret Lavigueur is often at the market representing Kachemak Bay Lions Club. Today, she's selling tickets for the market’s Thanksgiving turkey raffle and she's checking in with the Yes to Better Bags booth right next to her raffle table. Lavigueur says she'll vote yes to ban single-use plastic bags in Homer.

Homer City Council recap: August 12, 2019

Sep 17, 2019
City of Homer

Homer Mayor Ken Castner campaigned on the promise that he would not cast votes to break a tie when the city council split their votes evenly. He said he wanted council members, who often split on issues, to not depend on him to decide. At Monday night’s council meeting, in response to Castner casting tie-breaking votes on a couple of issues, Councilmember Rachel Lord brought forth an ordinance that would have required the mayor break ties.

Homer City Council recap: September 9, 2019

Sep 17, 2019
City of Homer

At Monday night’s Homer City Council meeting, the council failed to approve a measure it had been discussing since March that would have allowed properties outside the city to connect to city water. 

The ordinance, amended  city code pertaining to water rules and regulations. It was introduced in April and had been postponed twice.
It would have allowed residents and businesses outside the city to connect to water if their property was adjacent to the city’s water line, as is the case in many areas of Kachemak City.

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Updated: Tuesday, September 17, 5:53 a.m. 

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and educator unions struck an eleventh-hour deal on a contract Tuesday morning to nearly avoid a district-wide strike. The district and unions came to a tentative agreement for a three-year contract at 1:37 a.m. This comes after more than a year and a half spent at the bargaining table.                            

MOSAiC

Today is a travel day for Katie Gavenus. She’s the program director at the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies in Homer. Often, when she’s packing she’s headed for Peterson Bay Field Station or to join the crew of the Tiglax. But today, she’s flying to Norway to join the MOSAiC Expedition, organized by The Alfred Wegner Institute based in Bremerhaven, Germany.

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