Truck spills diesel into Anchor River

Dec 8, 2017
Cook Inletkeeper

A semi-truck slid off Nikolaevsk Road into the Anchor River on Dec. 4., spilling about 15 gallons of diesel into the river. The truck is owned by Alaska Trucking of Soldotna and was contracted to haul appliances. 

The driver did not report the accident to Alaska State Troopers or the Department of Environmental Conservation.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has been trying to find out if hatchery fish from operations in Tutka Bay Lagoon and Port Graham have been straying into wild fish habitat, and over the past four years, they found that very few of those fish are colonizing wild streams. But scientists found that a number of hatchery fish from Prince William Sound are winding up in streams around Kachemak Bay and Cook Inlet. That trend has left scientists and regulators with more questions than answers.

Photo courtesy of Hannah Heimbuch

New regulations on the Gulf of Alaska halibut charter industry could reduce the number of days operators are able to spend on the water.

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council, which regulates the charter industry in the Gulf and Southeast Alaska, unanimously approved shutting down fishing on seven Tuesdays between June 19 and Aug. 21 at its annual meeting Thursday.

Alder Seaman

State Representative Paul Seaton is this week's guest. KBBI News Director Aaron Bolton reviews the budget, this year's session and special sessions, as well as the recent vote within the state Republican party to block Seaton and two other Republicans from running on the party's ticket.

Image Courtesy of The Atlantic

The window to sign up for healthcare through Alaska’s insurance marketplace may be smaller this year, but Alaskans seem to be aware of the deadline to get healthcare coverage. About 2,000 more people have signed up in the first month of the enrollment period compared to last year.

Jessie Menkens works for the Alaska Primary Care Association, which helps guide people outside of the Anchorage area through the application process.

Jamie O'Connor

The Alaska Marine Conservation Council and the Alaska Young Fishermen’s Network are welcoming their inaugural class of young fishing fellows. The non-profits created the fellowship to support the next generation of fishing leaders by providing mentorship, support and hands-on learning through fisheries-related projects. Current Homer resident Jamie O’Connor is one of the five people chosen for the fellowship.   

O’Connor is a fifth generation fisherman from Dillingham. She grew up hearing a lot of misconceptions about her profession.

Courtesy of Alaska Legislature

Alaska Republican Party leaders voted Saturday to block Homer Rep. Paul Seaton, Anchorage Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux and Rep. Louise Stutes of Kodiak from running in the party’s 2018 primaries.  

All three representatives joined Democrats and independents last fall to form a bipartisan coalition, taking control of the House away from Republicans. The Republican Party’s state central committee said that violated a party rule about caucusing with other political parties and that the legislators misled voters when the joined the coalition.

Courtesy of Homer Soil and Water Conservation District

Residents in Homer will soon be able to receive help combating invasive weeds. Homer Soil and Water Conservation District is collaborating with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to provide technical assistance to Kenai Peninsula landowners to help protect native plants and animals.

Conservation district Natural Resource Specialist Matt Steffy said invasive weeds can disrupt the balance of native ecosystems, and they can threaten one of the most cherished recourses in Alaska: salmon habitat.  

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

An ethics complaint filed in relation to Homer’s recall election this summer was thrown out Friday.

Larry Zuccaro, one of the original petitioners that sought to recall three Homer City Council members in June, filed the ethics complaint on July 31 against council members Donna Aderhold, Catriona Reynolds and David Lewis.

Homer residents voted in favor of each member retaining their seats, but the complaint argues that the council members should have recused themselves from certifying the election results.

North Pacific Fishery Management Council

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council, which regulates groundfish in Alaska and other federal fisheries, is gearing up for its annual meeting next week, and the halibut charter industry will be a hot topic.

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