Alaskan Gulls Carry Drug-Resistant E. coli

Oct 26, 2016
Photo courtesy of the National Audubon Society.

As antibiotic-resistant super bugs become more common, they’re beginning to show up in places we wouldn’t expect.

A new study has found antibiotic-resistant E. coli in gulls living on the Kenai Peninsula.

Margaret Stock is running for U.S. Senate as an Independent candidate, challenging Republican incumbent Lisa Murkowski who has been in office since 2002. The Harvard graduate is a retired Lieutenant Colonel and has served in the Army Reserve. In 2013 she was awarded a MacArthur Genius award for her work on immigration and national security. Stock campaigned in Kenai, Soldotna, and Homer on Sept. 21 and 22. 

Lindbeck Vies for Congressional Seat

Oct 26, 2016
Photo courtesy of Steve Lindbeck.

Steve Lindbeck is running on the Democratic ticket for Alaska’s sole congressional seat. He’s hoping to unseat 43-year Republican incumbent Don Young.

Lindbeck moved to Kodiak with his family in 1964.

School District Seeks Feedback On Bus Schedules

Oct 26, 2016
Photo courtesy of Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will hold a second set of community meetings next week to discuss the issue of changing start and end times in 10 Southern Peninsula schools.

Pegge Erkeneff is a spokesperson for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. She hopes the meetings will increase community engagement.

Gary Stevens: State Senate District P

Oct 26, 2016
Photo courtesy of Gary Stevens.

Republican Senator Gary Stevens has worked in Alaska state government for the last 16 years.

Stevens currently represents Kenai Peninsula communities in District P, including Homer, Anchor Point, Ninilchik and Kasilof. This year, he is running unopposed in the race for the District P Senate seat.

One of the biggest challenges facing the state is finding ways to trim the budget while maintaining important services, Stevens says.

Photo courtesy of Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly

At Tuesday evening’s Borough Assembly meeting, Assembly member Kelly Cooper, who represents District 8, Homer, was elected as the new Assembly President.

Cooper replaces Blaine Gilman who represents District 2 – Kenai.

Assembly member Wayne Ogle, who represents District 3 – Nikiski, was elected to the Vice President seat.

Council Debates Centralized 911 Dispatch Service

Oct 26, 2016
Image courtesy of City of Homer

Homer City Council debated the pros and cons of a centralized emergency dispatch service at their Oct. 24 meeting.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly has proposed consolidating dispatch services with the communities of Homer, Kenai and Seward. The centralized dispatch facility would be housed in Soldotna.

The Haunted Hickory Prepares to Scare

Oct 26, 2016
Photo Courtesy of the US Coast Guard

Things will start getting spooky in Homer on Oct. 27 with the Coast Guard's 12th Annual Haunted Hickory.

The Hickory is a Coast Guard cutter that is transformed into a haunted-boat, which is open to the public for tours during one evening out of the year. The suggested donation is two non-perishable food items per person.

Image courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly has voted to override Mayor Mike Navarre's veto of the Assembly's new invocation policy resolution.

Joshua Decker is the Executive Director of The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska.

Decker says he is disappointed in the Assembly’s action.

Homer City Planner Will Review Pot Shop Applications

Oct 25, 2016
Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Jenkins.

Among the items discussed at the Oct. 24 Homer City Council meeting was the issue of future marijuana businesses in Homer.

The Council voted to approve an ordinance authorizing the City Planner to review all applications for new marijuana establishments in Homer.


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