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Simon Lopez

Reporter

Simon Lopez is a long time listener of KBBI Homer. He values Kachemak Bay’s beauty and its overall health. Simon is community oriented and enjoys being involved in building and maintaining an informed and proactive community.

  • Parents and school staff filled the seats at the Homer Middle School Library for a panel discussion about teen mental health earlier this week [2/27]; and Alaska State Troopers arrested a Soldotna man this week on one count of cruelty to animals after they say he shot his dog in an attempt to euthanize it.
  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly heard public comment on an ordinance to sell borough-owned land and discussed pending legislation on energy and resilience projects at Tuesday night’s [2/27] meeting.
  • Jr. Iditarod is a 150 mile dogsled race for mushers ages 14 to 17. Addy Pederson, the only competitive youth musher on the southern Kenai Peninsula, is racing this year for the first time; and The State of Alaska owes the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and two other Alaska districts millions, according to a December letter from the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Homer Pratt Museum staff work to overcome budget shortfalls and deteriorating infrastructure coming into the 2024 season.
  • The state of Alaska has seen a backlog in pending applications for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, more commonly known as SNAP. As a result, some Kenai Peninsula residents who rely on food assistance are leaning more on the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank.
  • The Homer City Council unanimously approved changes to a tariff related to the Homer Port and Harbor, authorized pass-through funds from Doyon Limited related to a traffic impact study, and appropriated funds to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the sister city relationship with Teshio, Japan at Monday nights [2/12] meeting.
  • The Homer City Council introduced an ordinance changing fees and rules for the city’s harbor facilities; and this week, elementary and middle schoolers across the peninsula had the opportunity to try their hand at ice fishing.
  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough has reclassified its 1,000-acre Cooper Landing property known as Unit 395 for resource management and recreation; and a new study from the Alaska Environment Research and Policy Center finds that microplastics, or fragments of plastic less than 5 millimeters in length, were found in 100% of water bodies tested throughout Southcentral Alaska.
  • The parent company of three Alaska newspapers is looking for a new owner as it restructures its finances. Black Press Media owns the Peninsula Clarion, the Homer News and the Juneau Empire; a new candidate has thrown his hat in the ring for the Alaska State House district that covers Sterling, Nikiski and Cooper Landing; and the small southern Kenai Peninsula city of Seldovia has had a tumultuous school year, as major staff turnover precipitated a drop in enrollment.
  • The South Peninsula Athletic and Recreation Center, or SPARC, opened its doors again after months of renovations.