Renee Gross

Reporter/Host
Alaska State Troopers

Alaska State Troopers arrested two Homer and Anchor Point residents for unrelated crimes over the past few days.

Troopers arrested 33-year-old Anchor Point Resident Colter Demers on Friday for allegedly crashing a stolen vehicle near Anchor Point on January 19. The vehicle was initially reported stolen from Anchorage on New Year’s Day.

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Two education-funding bills are working their way through Alaska’s Legislature. Both aim to wrap up education funding early during budgeting process so that school districts can make informed hiring decisions in the spring. The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District (KPBSD) was in limbo last year when the budget didn’t pass until summer. Now, the district is anxious for a timelier confirmation of its funding.

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Alaska State Representative Paul Seaton of Homer spoke with Renee Gross on Feb. 2 about Medicaid costs, tax on oil and gas and potential penalties for not passing the budget on time.

 

Chuck the Monk

Homer, commonly known as the Cosmic Hamlet by the Sea, is a beacon for artists around Alaska, but it also attracts others from Outside who are looking for a place to work on their craft. Colombian writer Carlos Valencia is one of those artists. He travels around the world writing a comic strip about a Buddhist cat named "Chuck the Monk" and is giving a talk on it at Many Rivers on Friday. Chuck is based on Valencia, who also happens to be a brain scientist. 

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Homer’s emergency management officials gathered on Thursday for a debrief on the tsunami warning earlier this week. Officials agreed the evacuation went well as residents heeded the warning. But Fire Chief Bob Painter said there was still talk of what could be approved upon. 

"One of the things that we wish we would've had done was to early on appoint a public information officer for the city that could better track the incoming and outgoing information during the event rather than us trying to do that in-house," he said. 

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Alaska State Representative Paul Seaton of Homer spoke with Renee Gross on Jan. 26 about education funding, crime bills and sexual harassment policy in the Legislature.   

South Peninsula Behavioral Health Services

South Peninsula Behavioral Health Services is kicking off the first DeStig Cinema Series on Thursday with the romantic comedy, “Benny and Joon.” Health services, better known as the center, will be showing one free movie a month about mental illness, substance use and disabilities at the Homer Theater for the next four months. Head of the center, Jay Bechtol, said he hopes it will jumpstart conversations about stigmatized identities. 

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The Homer Fire and Police Departments responded to an accident Monday evening around six p.m. A vehicle rolled over on the east end of Beluga Lake and the driver suffered serious injuries. He was medevacted to Anchorage and his name was not released. 

Renee Gross, KBBI News

The tsunami warning on Tuesday sent people along the Gulf of Alaska scrambling to find higher ground. In Homer, residents evacuated to the north side of Pioneer and over 60 people waited out the warning in the South Peninsula Hospital and Homer High School.

Chuck Hagen was asleep at his home on Bay Avenue when he realized something was wrong.

“I heard the sirens going and I turned the radio on and it said a tsunami was coming this way,” he said.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The City of Homer may have its first marijuana cultivation facility next December. Dan Coglianese and Janiese Stevens, owners of Alaska Loven It, applied for a standard marijuana cultivation license to operate out of a 5,000 square foot building on Kachemak Drive.

Coglianese said they’re aiming to offer better quality cannabis than other facilities by testing out their product out before selling it.

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