Renee Gross, KBBI News

On Tuesday, Kenai Peninsula voters will decide on ballot Proposition 1, which will appropriate roughly $5.4 million for a new school in the small village of Kachemak Selo. The three school buildings in the village have been disintegrating for years. However, for most community members advocating for the new school doesn’t come easily.  

 

 

 

Courtesy of Troy Jones

Troy Jones is a political newcomer and south peninsula businessman who hopes to defeat incumbent Willy Dunne in the race for the District 9 seat on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly. Jones said the budget and several attempts to implement new taxes spurred him to run for the first time.

Jones is a lifelong resident of the Kenai Peninsula. His parents homesteaded near Homer in 1956, and he’s spent most of his life as a businessman.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

House District 31 Rep. Paul Seaton held a town hall forum Tuesday evening. Seaton is running for re-election and answered a number of questions from audience members, but he chose to focus mostly on the budget, finding new revenue streams and the Permanent Fund.

Courtesy of the City of Homer

Today on the Coffee Table, Homer City Council members Donna Aderhold and Heath Smith talk about running for their second terms with KBBI News Director Aaron Bolton. 

Image Courtesy of the City of Homer

The Homer City Council is contemplating a ban on thin single-use plastic bags. The move would follow other communities that have passed similar ordinances. But this isn’t the first time the council has dabbled with the issue, setting up yet another contentious debate over the role of city government in Homer.

The bag ban that was introduced Monday is largely the same ordinance city council members passed back in 2012.

Bretwood Higman groundtruthtrekking.org

Kachemak Science takes you to Taan Fiord and Grewingk Lake this month with geologist, Bretwood Higman,  documentarian, Bjorn Olsen and Nat Herz from Alaska's Energy Desk.  Kyra Wagner from the Homer Soil and Water Conservation District connects producers and consumers of local food.  And, scientists from NOAA Fisheries and Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College convene for a report on this month's Belugas Count! event.

Sugt'stun Word of the Week - Sept. 23, 2018

Sep 25, 2018
Paola Castillo NASA/ESA - http://stardust.jpl.nasa.gov/tech/aerogel.html (image link), Public Domain

Qit’hnginartuq  -  It is dazzling.

Mitaq qit’hgninartuq qilagmi.

Translation:

That shooting star is dazzling.

 

Bird Rhythms: Common Raven

Sep 25, 2018
By user:Clayoquot - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2949869

This month's bird is easy to spot in Homer. Carol Harding from Kachemak Bay Birders explains how to differentiate the raven's call from the call of the crow and places the raven in biology and mythology. To find out more about the common raven and all of the birds of the month, go to
kachemakbaybirders.org

City of Homer Planning and Zoning Department

The Kachemak Bay Medical Clinic will move ahead with the controversial construction of a new clinic near South Peninsula Hospital.  The Homer Advisory Planning Commission granted a conditional use permit to Dr. Paul Raymond, who works for Kachemak Bay Medical, for a roughly 20,000-square-foot building located between the hospital and the Homer Medical Center Wednesday.  

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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