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District P Sen. Gary Stevens of Kodiak phoned in to KBBI  Thursday afternoon with a report from the state capital. It turns out Coronavirus is foremost on the minds of the Legislature. Stevens' call came just a couple of hours before the governor announced the first case of Coronavirus in Alaska, an international air traveler who self-reported in Anchorage.

 

 

Huge jackpots await anglers in Winter King Tourney

Mar 13, 2020
Homer Chamber of Commerce

    The sport angling season in Kachemak Bay is just more than a week away as the 27th annual Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament is set for April 25.

    Hosted by the Homer Chamber of Commerce, the event had a $73,000 grand prize winner in 2019.

    Brad Anderson, the chamber’s executive director, told KBBI that sponsorship has always been strong.

Census underway, with a lot on the line

Mar 13, 2020

    The 2020 United States Census is now in full-swing. The once-a-decade count of people in America kicked off on Nelson Island last month, and is underway nationwide.

    This year, or decade as it were,  people can fill out the Census form -- which is less than a dozen questions -- online. Mail reminders will start arriving this month, and for those still not counted, people called numerators will go door-to-door in May to help people fill out the forms.

This Week in Bycatch - March 13

Mar 13, 2020
Halibut
Nancy Heise / Wikimedia

The commercial halibut quota for the IFQ longline fishery in Alaska dipped about ten percent overall for 2020, to just over 17 million pounds. Though halibut can’t be targeted until March 14, around 1.4 million pounds have already been killed incidentally in other fisheries that are already open, according to data from onboard observers compiled by the National Marine Fisheries Service. 

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About 50 peninsula residents gathered at the Ninilchik Fairgrounds multi- purpose building for a public hearing on Monday, March 9 to hear testimony on the necessity for a borough fire and emergency medical service area. 

Council splits on change in mayoral duties

Mar 11, 2020

    Debate didn’t quite reach the point of being “heated,” during discussion Monday night at the Homer City Council meeting over the role of the mayor in relation to the city’s boards and commissions, but it definitely got warmer.

City of Homer

    The Homer City Council Monday night voted to authorize a contract with Randy Robertson to become the next city manager, despite the candidate’s notification earlier in the day that he was no longer inclined to work at the City of Homer.

    Councilmember Donna Aderhold announced the bad news.

    “Well, unfortunately we heard from our candidate today that he will not be accepting the position,” she said.

State of Alaska

    Concern over Coronavirus has prompted the governor to cancel visits to the Kenai Peninsula this week, including a scheduled event in Homer Wednesday evening.

    In an announcement this (Monday) afternoon, Governor Dunleavey’s office announced the cancellation until further notice his “Conversations with Alaskans” tour of town hall meetings.

    Salmon got its due in the latest “Fisheries of the United States” report by the National Marine Fisheries Service, released last week. 

    With lengthening days, it’s only a matter of time before Kenai Peninsula bears start coming out of hibernation. It’s a tough time of year for local brown and black bears, as salmon and berries are both months away. In the meantime, many bears turn to more convenient sources of food, usually left out by humans.

    The list of bear attractants is long, including suet bird feeders, dog food, livestock, especially rabbit hutches and chicken coops, or garbage. 

City of Homer

 

   The City of Homer will be facing roughly two months without a city manager between the departure of Katie Koester in early April, and the arrival on June 1 of her replacement. The city is currently in negotiations with Randy Robertson, the current city manager of Aberdeen, Maryland, to take over the job.

Ferry scheduled designed to fit budget

Mar 9, 2020
AMHS

    The Alaska Marine Highway System released its Summer 2020 schedule last week. Because of maintenance and budgeting issues in the current fiscal year, there has been no ferry service out of Homer to Seldovia or Kodiak this winter.

Homer meets first Superior Court Judge

Mar 9, 2020
Jay Barrett/KBBI

After years of calling in judges from elsewhere or changing venues, Homer finally has a resident superior court judge. 

Judge Bride Siefert was introduced to the public during an open house at the Homer Courthouse on Thursday.

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This week’s commentary is from Nurse Bonita Banks, Health and Wellness Educator at South Peninsula Hospital. Nurse Banks has some tips on steering clear of viruses.

For complete information on coronavirus in Alaska, go to coronavirus.alaska.gov. The website is updated every day at noon.

Rep. Vance

District 31 Representative Sarah Vance of Homer, called from Juneau on Thursday afternoon.

She spoke with KBBI’s Kathleen Gustafson for this Legislative Update.

Rep. Vance:
This has been a full week. We passed the budget and everything.

KBBI:
Do you want to start with the budget?

Vance:
So we passed the  operating budget, which was unprecedented 43 days - out of the house. It's now on its way to the Senate. It was just above the governor's ask.

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