Courtesy of the City of Seldovia

The Seldovia Police Department is investigating a boat fire near a public dock in Jakolof Bay. The M/V Purecin, which was beached on state tidelands near the dock, was set on fire somewhere between Sunday and Monday evening.

The vessel sank at the dock last December, and its owner had the vessel pulled from the water a few days later. Seldovia City Manager Tod Larson said the city has been working with the state and the owner to remove the vessel over the past eight months.

Courtesy of Mariner Football

The Homer Mariners are headed into the third week of the football season, and with a new head coach, things are looking good for the young group of players. Shop teacher Walter Love took over the team this year after moving from Oklahoma, where he coached youth league and middle school football for the past 15 years.

Love says he didn’t expect to get back into coaching in Alaska.

“You know in Oklahoma, coaching in football is a little more stressful. I really wanted to focus on my teaching, and this just sort of happened,” he explained.

South Peninsula Hospital CEO Robert Letson announced his retirement last week, ending his decade-long stint in Homer. Letson decided to retire after a couple of family members dealt with health issues over the past year, but he plans to stay on for the next nine months, affording the hospital’s board ample time to find a replacement.

Prior to working at SPH, Letson worked at both for-profit and non-profit hospitals around Georgia and the Carolinas for about 30 years.

He said when he made his initial site visit to Homer, the Kenai Peninsula’s beauty sold itself.

Photo by Quinton Chandler/KBBI

An expansion of the state’s largest hydroelectric facility is one step closer to becoming a reality. The Alaska Energy Authority’s Board of Directors approved a $46.6 million expansion of Bradley Lake, about 30 miles northeast of Homer, at its meeting earlier this month.

The Battle Creek project, as it’s known, will divert runoff from the Battle Glacier via a 1.7-mile pipeline, just upstream of the Bradley Lake dam.

Sugt'stun Word of the Week - August 21, 2017

Aug 22, 2017
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Ilaralek - Homer

Nani-mi-tuq qatqiyarnayart 'sta puyurnanek Ilaralegmi?

Translation:
     Where can we pick nagoonberries in Homer?

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

Emergency responders from around the Homer area responded to a worst-case scenario Saturday, a fake bomb threat on a plane, followed by a live mock crash at the Homer Airport. The drill, organized by state officials and local authorities, not only allowed the city to test its disaster response plan, but it also maintained certifications that allow Homer to provide vital emergency services.

“Without this exercise every three years, we’re not in compliance with our firefighting program for FAA,” said Kevin Jones, manager of Homer’s airport.

Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies

16 cranes  gathered on a meadow at Inspiration Ridge off East Skyline Drive when Nina Faust of Kachemak Crane Watch welcomed KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson to the 650 acres dedicated to the preservation of sandhill cranes and their habitat. 
Faust is calling all birders and citizen scientists to participate in the annual Crane Count, beginning Saturday, August 26th.
 

Photo courtesy of Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

The first day of school is just a few days away for students on the Kenai Peninsula. As kids enjoy the last days of summer, teachers are already setting up classrooms and gearing up for the school year. There will be a few changes for students on the Southern peninsula, but a focus on individualized learning will be among the more notable changes.

Courtesy of James Bennett

This past weekend, Homer resident Obadiah Jenkins was spending his 33rd birthday kayaking Six-Mile Creek in Hope at the 10th-annual Whitewater and Bluegrass Festival. Kayakers hold a friendly race as part of the festivities. Jenkins was taking a practice run through the class four rapids when a bystander filming the event, noticed another participant, 64-year-old Daniel Hartung of Indian Valley, flipped out of his kayak and became pinned under a log. Jenkins wasted no time organizing a rescue effort to save the man’s life.

Fish and Game

This year’s pink salmon return in Lower Cook Inlet has been a good one. About 1 million fish have been harvested in the southern and outer districts around Kachemak Bay.  Alaska Department of Fish and Game Area Management Biologist Gelnn Hollowell said the return is coming in strong, but it hasn’t overwhelmed the fleet.

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