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The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly revisited the topic of invocations at their Dec. 6 meeting. For the last four months, they have debated whether to restrict who is allowed to give the invocation, or prayer, that begins each Assembly meeting.

The Borough Assembly originally approved a resolution on Nov. 22, which would have eliminated their current policy and allowed anyone to give the invocation.

Groundfish Pot Closure Region Updated

23 hours ago
Image courtesy of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game

At the Lower Cook Inlet Board of Fisheries meeting in Homer, the Board amended and adopted a proposal to change the groundfish pot closure area boundaries in the Cook Inlet Management Area.

According to a Dec. 5 Alaska Department of Fish and Game press release, the new change goes into effect immediately.

BlueCrest Gets A Break From The State On $30 Million Loan

Dec 6, 2016
Photo Courtesy/Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority

A state corporation has agreed to change the terms of a multi-million dollar loan to a Cook Inlet oil company. Texas-based BlueCrest asked for the loan modification to help the company deal with construction delays and the loss of oil tax credit payments from the state. Earlier this year, Gov. Bill Walker vetoed $430 million in oil tax credits, delaying payments to companies, including BlueCrest.

Homer City Council Passes 2017 Budget

Dec 5, 2016
Image courtesy of the city of Homer

Homer City Council spent the majority of their Dec. 5 meeting debating the 2017 proposed city budget.

The $21.6-million-dollar budget passed 5 to 1, with Council Member Smith voting against.

Most of the budget, about $12.2 million dollars, was allocated to the General Fund. The Port and Harbor Fund received nearly $4.8 million dollars and the Water Fund received $2 million dollars.

Photo courtesy of Martin Renner

It’s been almost 20 years since large numbers of birds with unusually long beaks first appeared in Alaska.

The birds, whose beaks grow at twice the normal rate, often die from starvation because they can’t feed themselves. Researchers now believe a virus may be causing the beak deformities.

Missing Port Graham Man Found Alive

Dec 2, 2016
Image courtesy of Alaska State Troopers

A Port Graham man missing since Nov. 30 has been found alive.

The U.S. Coast Guard announced they had ended their search for 34-year-old Ryan Meganack after Alaska State Troopers found him safe on Dec. 2 near the village of Port Graham.

KPBSD Releases 2017 School Schedule

Dec 2, 2016
Photo courtesy of Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has released the new start and end times for Southern Peninsula schools.

The new schedule, which goes into effect in the 2017 school year, includes 10 schools in Homer, Anchor Point and Ninilchik.

Pegge Erkeneff is a spokesperson for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. She says the District solicited community feedback about the proposed schedule changes through public meetings and online surveys.

Image courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard

The U.S. Coast Guard and Alaska State Troopers are searching for a 34-year-old Port Graham man missing since Nov. 30.

Ryan Meganack was last seen leaving Port Graham around 2 p.m. on Nov. 30 in an 18-foot skiff heading toward Passage Island.

Bill Colclough is a spokesperson for the U.S. Coast Guard. He says a number of search parties are looking for Meganack.

Image courtesy of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The month of December is likely to bring colder than average temperatures to the Kenai Peninsula.

Rick Thoman is the Climate Science and Services Manager for the National Weather Service Alaska Region.

Public Weighs In On Winter Kings In Homer

Dec 1, 2016
Photo courtesy of Ben Matheson.

Much of the conversation before the Board of Fisheries on Wednesday in Homer focused on whether to liberalize the winter salt water king salmon fishery in Lower Cook Inlet.

The fishery, which is open from Oct. 1 to March 31, allows anglers to target immature king salmon in salt water outside the regular season. There is currently a bag limit of two fish per day, with no annual limit for fish less than 20 inches long.


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