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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 Kenai Peninsula Borough voters repealed an ordinance this year that gave general law cities the power to tax non-prepared foods year round.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.

Unofficial Results For 2015 Municpal Election

Oct 9, 2015
Photo by Quinton Chandler/KBBI

Election Day is over. The preliminary results for candidate races and multiple ballot propositions were released by the Kenai Peninsula Borough and the City of Homer Tuesday evening. KBBI’s Quinton Chandler has more. 

Unofficial Results For Ballot Measures

Oct 7, 2015
Image Courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough

Three of the four propositions on the Kenai Peninsula Borough ballot passed on Tuesday.   Proposition number one, called for a repeal of a controversial ordinance. It was perhaps the most contentious ballot proposition and the only that required a borough-wide vote.

New Voting Machines Tested

Oct 7, 2015
Image Courtesy of the City of Homer / City of Homer

Today is Election Day and City of Homer residents will decide who serves on the city council and the Borough Assembly, who will sit on our service area boards, and whether a contentious ballot proposition should be passed. But, before any of these decisions can be announced the ballots must be tallied. On Election Day last year election officials hit a temporary road block when they tried to count the ballots. One of the machines used to tally votes malfunctioned. 

Dawson Slaughter Candidate Profile

Sep 30, 2015
Image Courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough

The Kenai Peninsula Borough 2015 Municipal Election is less than a month away and there are two candidates competing for the South Peninsula seat. Anchor Point resident Dawson Slaughter is facing off against Homer resident Willy Dunne. KBBI’s Quinton Chandler spoke with Slaughter about his plans for a term on the assembly in this one on one interview.

Coffeetable: Borough Assembly Candidate Willy Dunne

Sep 30, 2015
Image Courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough

Willy Dunne, Candidate for the District 9 seat of the Kenai Peninsula Borough joined Host Quinton Chandler to discuss his positions and issues facing the Borough prior  the Municipal Election that occurs on Tuesday October 6th.

Dawson Slaughter, the other candidate in the race, never responded to our invitation to participate in the program.

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