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Primary Profiles: District 32

Aug 12, 2016
Photo courtesy of Louise Stutes

Two hats are thrown in the primary ring for the House District 32 seat. Voters on the south side of Kachemak Bay and from Kodiak to Yakutat will see Republican Louise Stutes or Democrat Brent Watkins on the primary ballot Tuesday.

Primary Profile: Shauna Thornton

Aug 12, 2016
Courtesy of Shauna Thornton

Shauna Thornton is the lone Democrat running for House District 30, covering the central Kenai Peninsula. Primary voters registered as Democrat, Libertarian or Independent will see her name when they go to the polls Aug. 16, as well as undeclared voters who choose the Democrat ballot. Since she’s unopposed, Thornton will move on to the general election Nov. 8. The Alaska primary election is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 16.

Primary Profile: Kelly Wolf

Aug 12, 2016

A House District 30 candidate wants a chance to return to the Legislature for the same reason he served the first time — to protect the permanent fund. Kelly Wolf is facing three other Republican candidates in the primary to represent the central Kenai Peninsula. The Alaska primary election is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 16.

Primary Profile: Rick Koch

Aug 11, 2016
Courtesy of Rick Koch

A potential new face in the Alaska House of Representatives is a very familiar face in Kenai. Rick Koch recently retired as Kenai’s city manager and now is seeking the House District 30 seat, along with three other Republicans. The Alaska primary election is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 16.

District 31 Candidate Forum

Aug 10, 2016
Photo by Casey Marsh/KBBI

Welcome to the Friends of the Homer Public Library District 31 Candidate Forum. The participants are Representative Paul Seaton of Homer; Homer Mayor Beth Wythe; and John Cox of Anchor Point. The Forum took place on Friday August 6th at the Homer Public Library, and was moderated by Andy Haas.

Primary Profile: Gary Knopp

Aug 10, 2016
Courtesy of Gary Knopp

Kenai Peninsula Borough Assemblyman Gary Knopp wants to bring his local experience to the Legislature. He’s running for House District 30 against three other Republicans in the primary. The Alaska primary election is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 16.

Primary Profile: Keith Baxter

Aug 9, 2016
Courtesy of Keith Baxter

There’s a hot race between Republicans for House District 30, covering the central Kenai Peninsula. Since the incumbent, Kurt Olson, said he wasn’t running, four candidates have thrown their hats in the ring and will appear on the primary ballot. Keith Baxter is a city councilman in Soldotna, and would like to take his conservative vision to Juneau. The Alaska primary election is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 16.

NPR's Special Coverage of the Democratic Convention

Jul 25, 2016

KBBI Announces Political Convention Coverage

Jul 15, 2016

KBBI will be broadcasting NPR's Special Coverage of the Republican Convention Monday through Thursday beginning at 4 p.m. as Republicans will meet in Cleveland to nominate Donald Trump for President. Due to this special coverage All Things Considered, National Native News, the KBBI Evening News, Alaska News Night, and Marketplace will not air on those days.

Coffee Table: Legislative Impact on Local Government

Apr 27, 2016
Photo by Rose Grech

Legislators are more than a week past their deadline to end the regular legislative session and the most important issue, the budget deficit, is still unresolved. This session lawmakers heard multiple bills that, if passed, could increase costs for cities and boroughs around the state. 

This week on the Coffee Table we discussed session’s proposed legislation and the impacts it could have on the city of Homer and the Kenai Peninsula Borough. 

Legislators Bogged Down After Missed Deadline

Apr 19, 2016
Image from KBBI Database

The Alaska Legislature did not finish hammering out a plan to fill an estimated 4 billion dollar budget deficit before the scheduled end of its regular session on Sunday. Legislators are remaining in Juneau for at least a week to finish as much as possible before renovations to the capitol building force them to leave.

Taneeka Hansen, Legislative Aide to Republican Representative Paul Seaton of Homer says legislators are working on several bills, but no major decisions have been made.

Assembly Member Criticized for ISIS Reference

Apr 6, 2016
Courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

A Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Member, Stan Welles, infuriated borough residents after he wrote a letter to a local newspaper arguing the irrelevance of marijuana revenue in the face of its social costs. Residents turned out at Tuesday’s Assembly meeting to tell Welles their thoughts on the letter’s closing, which they say, compares people involved in the marijuana industry to Islamic State terrorists.

Borough Marijuana Ban Ordinance Postponed

Apr 6, 2016
Courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly ran out of time during its Tuesday night meeting and had to postpone the vote to introduce a controversial ordinance. Ordinance 2016-10 would give Kenai Peninsula Borough residents the option to not allow licensed marijuana businesses in the borough.

Homer Assembly Member Kelly Cooper says she normally votes to at least introduce every ordinance so it can be heard. But, she won’t give this ordinance the same courtesy.

Borough Composting Service A Possibility

Mar 8, 2016
Image Courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough

The Kenai Peninsula Borough is considering teaming up with a Homer area composter to turn organic waste, usually transported to the borough's landfill, into fertilizer.

“The Borough Administration is very interested in setting up a pilot project collecting food waste from local restaurants [and] perhaps facilities like the hospital. We’re still working on the details, but basically collecting food waste and composting them instead of putting them into the borough landfill,” said South Peninsula Borough Assembly Member Willy Dunne.