Alaska Gasline Development Corporation

It's been years since Alaska began working toward the AKLNG project that would pipe natural gas from the North Slope to Nikiski. Where is the project at now? And how could it impact the Homer area? On the Coffee Table, we discuss these topics with Alaska Gasline Development Corporation Senior Vice President Frank Richards, Homer City Manager Katie Koester and Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District Executive Director Tim Dillon.

Beef Tenderloin
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Host Jeff Lockwood and head chef at AJ's Steakhouse John Brown cover the psoas major of the cow, the beef tenderloin, from breaking it down to cooking it up.  Recorded at the studios of KBBI AM 890 and at AJ's in Homer, Alaska on 01/17/19.

Shady Grove Oliver

As federal employees go without pay, organizations and companies across the state are trying to ease the impact of the partial government shutdown.

Dan McCue is the president of the Alaska Credit Union League, the trade association for credit unions of Alaska. He says Alaska’s credit unions are each developing assistance programs for their members affected by the federal government’s partial shutdown. As for the Alaska USA Federal Credit Union:

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

The federal government’s partial shutdown shows just how important basic government operations are to Alaska’s coastal communities.

Most U.S. Coast Guard operations are suspended and that’s holding up commercial boat and permit sales as well as some construction of passenger vessels.

“We’re really just coming into the busy season,” Doug Bowen, a broker for Alaska Boats and Permits in Homer, said. “The next few months will be the busiest time of the year for us.”

360 North

Today was the first day of the legislative session and Sarah Vance was officially sworn in as House District 31’s representative.

Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer swore in House reps. in batches.  

“Ok continue now with the oath of office," Meyer said. "Will the following reps. come forward for their oath of office: House District 29 Ben Carpenter, House District 30 Gary Knopp, House District 31 Sarah Vance.”

City of Homer

The Homer City Council got its first look at preliminary designs for the new police station Monday. Project Manager Pat McNary, Homer Public Works Director Carey Meyer and Homer Police Chief Mark Robl presented the partial plan for the building, which will sit on the corner of Heath Street and Grubstake Avenue.

Council members discussed everything from the size of the break room to the elevator and the roof, which will be flat under the current design.

Council member Caroline Venuti worried that would lead to frequent and expensive maintenance.

Courtesy of the City of Homer

The Homer City Council will pursue a private-public partnership for the Homer Education and Recreation Complex, better known as the HERC. The council decided Monday that a council member would present a resolution requesting letters of interest from community organizations looking to lease the HERC during its next meeting.  Organizations will need to detail how they would like to utilize the building.

During a work session Monday, the council leaned toward finding a private partner that would be able to oversee the management and direction of the building. 

Homer police recover stolen car

Jan 14, 2019
Courtesy of the Homer Police Department

Homer Police recovered a rental car Saturday that was reported stolen and arrested its driver. Homer Police Officer Sean Perry was on routine patrol on lower Main Street when he saw an unfamiliar 2018 Chevrolet Silverado. Perry did a routine records check on the car and discovered the vehicle was reported stolen from a rental agency in Fairbanks.  Police say a woman rented the vehicle on Dec. 21 and was due to return it the next day, but she never did.  

North Pacific Fishery Management Council

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council may not be able to make any official decisions at its February meeting due to the partial federal government shutdown.

Congress’s battle over funding for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border is also causing the council, which regulates federal fisheries in the North Pacific Ocean, to remove some items from the agenda.

Employees at the federal register are no longer working. The council’s Deputy Director Dianna Evans said it needs to publish notices for final action items in the register by Jan. 21.

Sugt'stun Word of the Week – January 13, 2019

Jan 14, 2019
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Llipikutalraanga  -  I was going to make bread.

 Ataaku llipikutalraanga taquskuma pektamnek.

Translation:

I was going to make bread later on after I get done from my job.

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