Anchor Point

Kenai Peninsula Borough

At Monday night’s Kenai Peninsula Borough Planning Commission meeting, Beachcomber LLC owner, Emmitt Trimble was granted a heavily contested permit to dig a gravel pit on his property in Anchor Point. KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson spoke with Trimble and Kenai Peninsula Borough planner Bruce Wall, the morning after the meeting.

Courtesy of Alaska Department of Fish and Game

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game plans to open the sport fishing season for king salmon slowly on the southern Kenai Peninsula.

Last year’s run was the second smallest on record and this year’s run is also expected to be small. In response, Fish and Game announced Monday that it won’t kick off the fishery on the weekend prior to Memorial Day, which is the typical opener. The department is also closing the fishery on five Wednesdays throughout the season and the last weekend the fishery typically remains open in June.

Courtesy of Kenai Peninsula Borough

Hilcorp Alaska is applying for an underground oil and gas lease for five parcels of Kenai Peninsula Borough land in Anchor Point.

Marcus Mueller is the borough’s land management officer. He said Hilcorp is proposing to lease roughly 20 acres in the area.

“Those parcels include the Anchor Point Solid Waste site, which is about 15 acres so that's the biggest area in the mix,” he said. “Also the Anchor Point Fire Department which is a small parcel of land, and there's a couple of miscellaneous other parcels in that area--all about a mile or two from Anchor Point proper.”

Clutts family sells Anchor River Inn

Oct 12, 2018
Courtesy of the Anchor River Inn

The longtime owners of the Anchor River Inn sold their property. The inn has been in the Clutts family for decades. They helped take a small motel and café and mold it into a larger business including a restaurant, lounge and convenience store.

Jesse Clutts and his wife have managed the property for the past 10 years. But it’s been part of his life since he was 12-years-old.

Alaska State Troopers

Alaska State Troopers arrested the driver of a truck that was involved in a serious rollover accident in Anchor Point on Thursday. Twenty-five-year-old Ryan Cotney of Anchorage was allegedly speeding excessively around a curve near mile 155 of Sterling Highway with two passengers in the vehicle, according to a trooper dispatch. 

Courtesy of the city of Homer

Crime has been a large concern on the southern Kenai Peninsula. Anchor Point has held several recent meetings on how to lessen it.  But residents working to prevent crime may soon be able to receive a little help from the state.  

Kenai Peninsula Borough Planning Commission

Applications for two proposed gravel pits in and around the Anchor Point area were appealed over the last couple of weeks.

Emmitt Trimble, the manager of Beachcomber LLC appealed the Kenai Peninsula Borough Planning Commission’s decision to deny his permit request to excavate roughly 30 acres near the mouth of the Anchor River. The panel denied the permit in a 6-3 vote in July.

The planning commission denied the application after hearing hours of testimony about the potential visual and noise impacts, among other concerns.

Kenai Peninsula Borough Planning Department

It’s rare for the Kenai Peninsula Borough Planning Commission to deny a permit request for a gravel pit, but it denied an application to excavate nearly 30 acres near the mouth of the Anchor River. The commission denied the request due to concerns about noise and how it might change the scenic recreation area. 

Emmitt Trimble, who manages Beachcomber LLC, wants to dig a roughly 20-foot deep gravel pit off Danver Street and Anchor Point Road, roughly 500 feet from the Anchor River.

Image Courtesy of the Department of Public Safety / Alaska State Troopers

Many Anchor Point residents are fed up with crime in the community. Residents say they are angry with not only what seems to be a high level of thefts and break-ins, but also by what they see as an inadequate response from Alaska State Troopers. 

Kristin Craver has hit a breaking point with crime in the community.  She said there have been thefts in her neighborhood, and she regularly hears about break-ins, stolen vehicles and other crimes.

Terry Rensel, KBBI General Manager

Three trees that were home to bald eagle nests near Anchor Point were recently chopped down, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The agency announced Friday that it is searching for the responsible party.

The wildlife service says the trees were initially discovered in aerial surveys. After investigating, the agency believes the trees were cut down this spring. All three trees are located within a half- mile radius and appear to be the only trees cut down.

Stolen vehicle used to rob Anchor Point pawnshop

Sep 29, 2017
Image courtesy of Alaska State Troopers

Early Thursday morning, a Dodge Nitro SUV parked outside Sarge’s Auto Repair Shop in Anchor Point was stolen and used to rob the Useful Things Pawnshop.

The assailants used the SUV to drive to the shop, break in, and the vehicle was later abandoned.

Mike Slaughter owns the pawnshop and he estimates $20,000 worth of merchandise was taken from the store. 

“We had five handguns taken, some rings, miscellaneous jewelry, some old bills, some high-end knives,” Slaughter listed.

Courtesy of Chase McKinney

As Hurricane Irma barrels through the Caribbean and onwards to the Southeastern U.S., the relief effort is still underway in Texas after hurricane Harvey devastated Houston. A former Anchor Point resident, who now lives on the southwest corner of the city, spent three days responding to the disaster. Now that the waters have receded, he doesn’t want Alaskans and the rest of the country to forget about the mountain of work left to do.

Homer Man Leads Troopers on High Speed Chase

Oct 7, 2016
Image courtesy of Alaska State Troopers

On Thursday afternoon, a Homer resident led local law enforcement on a high speed chase from Anchor Point to Homer.

According to an Alaska State Trooper dispatch, Anchor Point Troopers received a report just after 3 p.m. Thursday of a reckless driver on Sterling Highway near mile 171. Troopers located the vehicle, a red Chevrolet Lumina, and attempted a traffic stop.

The driver, 30-year-old Paul Suter of Homer, led police on a brief car chase before crashing into a ditch. Suter then fled into the woods on foot at mile 158, near Sabea Circle.

BlueCrest Noise Frustrates Area Residents

Sep 19, 2016
Photo by Jenny Neyman

Residents of a tiny Kenai Peninsula subdivision near Anchor Point thought they had a little slice of peace and quiet. But a tract of homestead land to the south held an oil test well. And now it’s home to 38 acres of an active oil well, processing train, natural gas flare, workers’ camp, truck filling station and a five-story rig that is about to start drilling 30 more wells. 


Hundreds Celebrate Community Health Center

Aug 15, 2016

Seldovia Village Tribe’s SVT Health and Wellness celebrated National Community Health Center Week with a free community barbeque in their parking lot on Friday.

“We just want to help to make this community aware of the fact that we’re here and that we are open for everyone,” said Laurel Hilts, the marketing and public relations director for Seldovia Village Tribe.