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Set Net Ban Initiative Ruled Unconstitutional

Jan 6, 2016
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  The State Supreme Court ruled Thursday Alaska’s commercial set net fishermen have the same right to harvest salmon as any other group. Set net fishermen are relieved with the ruling. 

 

Senator Stevens Meets With Homer Residents

Dec 18, 2015
Photo by Quinton Chandler/KBBI

Senator Gary Stevens stopped by Homer Thursday (12/17) to touch base with city council members and Homer residents. Stevens held a small open house inside the Homer Legislative Information Office. About 10 city residents attended.

City Lobbyist Defends Contract

Dec 16, 2015
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The City of Homer’s contracted lobbyist attended last week’s city council meeting to defend her job. Several city council members opposed renewing the city’s year-long contract with the Anderson Group.  It was argued the lobbyist’s $40,000 fee should be spent in other places.


Heath Smith Discusses His Plans For City Council

Dec 14, 2015

Heath Smith beat incumbent City Council Member Beau Burgess in a runoff for one of Homer’s two open city council seats earlier this month. Smith beat Burgess with 62% of the vote. Smith spoke with KBBI’s Quinton Chandler about the aftermath of the race and his most pressing concerns moving forward in his new position. 

Homer City Council Adopts Budget For 2016

Dec 8, 2015
City of Homer

The Homer City Council adopted the budget for 2016 and added five additional budget items during its regular meeting Monday night.

The additional projects include: a submersible pump requested by the Department of Public Works, safety improvements for a portion of Soundview Avenue bordering West Homer Elementary, Calhoun Trail work, a sidewalk extension project for Soundview Avenue, and an expansion of the Hickerson Memorial Cemetery.

Wythe Sets Sights On Legislature

Nov 10, 2015
Photo Courtesy of the City of Homer

Homer Mayor Beth Wythe plans to try her hand in the State House. Wythe has filed a letter of intent to run for the House District 31 seat to represent the Southern Kenai Peninsula. 

Representative Paul Seaton currently holds that seat.

According to Michael Armstrong with the Homer News Wythe is a registered Republican and will challenge Seaton in the Republican Primary next August.

Photo from KBBI Database

The City of Homer is holding its third town hall meeting this evening to address an at least $1 million budget deficit. City Manager Katie Koester will discuss two proposed budgets: one assumes the city will collect an additional million dollars in revenue and the other calls for deep cuts on the assumption the city will receive no additional revenue.

Smith Takes 2nd City Council Seat

Nov 4, 2015
Photo Courtesy of the Homer News

The unofficial results of a runoff election for a Homer City Council seat are in. Heath Smith won the three year term with 62% of the vote. He defeated the incumbent Beau Burgess who finished at the polls with 38%.

Smith also took the lead in the October Regular Election but in a race between six candidates he failed to take the number of votes required to win the city council seat outright.

Donna Aderhold was the only candidate to win a seat during the Regular Election.

Runoff Election In Homer

Nov 3, 2015
Photo from KBBI Database

Today it is Election Day again. The City of Homer is holding a special run-off election to fill one last city council seat for a three year term. The two contenders are incumbent Beau Burgess and his challenger Heath Smith.

Smith won more votes than Burgess during October’s Regular Election. He took 37% of the vote compared to Burgess’ 35%. But, that wasn’t enough.

Grocery Tax Takes Another Blow

Oct 20, 2015
Photo Courtesy of National Public Radio

Alaska Statute only allows general law cities to tax the same items taxed by their borough unless the borough makes an exception. Kenai Peninsula Borough voters repealed an ordinance this year that gave general law cities the power to tax non-prepared foods year round. The voter decision means the cities of Soldotna and Seldovia will see a decrease in tax revenue.

Aderhold Wins City Council

Oct 19, 2015
City of Homer

Donna Aderhold is one of six people who ran for two Homer City Council seats this year and so far she is the only confirmed winner. Aderhold spoke with KBBI’s Quinton Chandler about her race and her plans as Homer’s newest city council member.

More From Gov. Walker On Alaska LNG

Oct 15, 2015
Photo by Quinton Chandler/KBBI

KBBI’s Quinton Chandler and Governor Bill Walker discuss an upcoming special session in which lawmakers will debate his plan to buy interest in the Alaska LNG Pipeline. Next you’ll hear the governor talk about the impact his plan could have on local municipalities and the feasibility of a gas reserve tax.  

Dunne Wins District 9 Seat

Oct 14, 2015
Image Courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough

Results for the 2015 Regular Elections show Willy Dunne of Fritz Creek is the winner of the District 9 Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Seat. Dunne defeated Dawson Slaughter of Anchor Point with roughly 58% of the vote. KBBI’s Quinton Chandler sat down with Dunne to discuss the race and his plans for his term on the Borough Assembly.

Gov. Walker On Alaska LNG Pipeline

Oct 13, 2015
Photo Courtesy of the Governor's Office

Governor Bill Walker visited Homer Friday to speak at the Southern Peninsula Senior Summit and the Alaska Recreation and Park Association’s 40th Annual Conference. In between the events KBBI’s Quinton Chandler spoke with the governor about his decision to call a special session for legislators to consider buying a share of the Alaska LNG Pipeline.

Budget Options Go to Homer City Council

Oct 9, 2015
Photo by Quinton Chandler/KBBI

The Homer City Manager has prepared two budget options for the city council to consider. The budget ultimately adopted by the city largely depends on whether Homer can bring in an additional $1 million in revenue for Fiscal Year 2016.

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