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South Peninsula residents were invited to discuss politics and voting recently at a community forum. Dozens gathered in Homer on Oct. 20 at Islands and Ocean Visitor Center.

A Fresh Start For Homer Folk School

Oct 21, 2016
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The Homer Folk School recently opened its doors, offering a variety of hands-on classes in everything from beekeeping to kayak building.

On Oct. 8, the Folk School hosted a lively open house at the Ageya Wilderness Center to give the community a preview of some of the courses offered.

Image courtesy of the ACLU of Alaska

The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska wrote to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Oct. 20, warning them their new invocation policy is unconstitutional.

The policy, approved on Oct. 11, restricts who is allowed to give the invocation, or prayer, that begins each Borough Assembly meeting.

Local Animal Shelter Teams Up With Nonprofit

Oct 20, 2016
Photo courtesy of Amy Ware

Homer City Council awarded a new contract for the City Animal Shelter to the nonprofit Alaska Mindful Paws on Oct. 10.

The group will manage and operate the shelter as part of a two-year contract for just over $179,000 per year.

Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton face off in the final presidential debate Wednesday night at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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A 2016 Election Forum is scheduled to take place at Islands and Ocean Visitor Center on Thursday, October 20. The Purpose of the gathering is to encourage more people to vote. KBBI News Director, Daysha Eaton talks with retired teacher Alex Koplin, who is helping organize the event.

The 2016 Election Forum is scheduled to take place from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Refreshments will be provided.

New Details Emerge In Homer Homicide Case

Oct 18, 2016
Photo courtesy of the City of Homer

Recent developments in Homer’s only unsolved homicide case have led to an arrest. Along with the arrest, new details about the case have emerged.

Homer Police arrested Lee John Henry, 55, on Oct. 16 for the 2013 killing of Mark Matthews. He was reportedly taken into custody at an address on Pioneer Avenue, near the Grog Shop.

Sen. Murkowski Visits Homer, Expresses Optimism

Oct 18, 2016
Shahla Farzan / KBBI

Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski visited Homer on Oct. 14, speaking to a packed room at Land’s End Resort.

As part of her statewide election tour, Murkowski said she has heard from many Alaskans concerned about the state’s future. The ongoing state budget crisis remains a key concern for many, she said.

Homer Man Arrested In "Poopdeck Trail" Murder Case

Oct 17, 2016

Homer Police arrested a man in connection with a three-year-old murder case Oct. 16.

Lee John Henry, 55, has been charged with murdering Mark Matthews on July 28, 2013 near the Poopdeck Trail.

Henry was arraigned on Oct. 17 in Homer Courthouse for first-degree murder. Judge Margaret Murphy appointed him a public defender, but did not set bail.

According to a press release, the Homer Police arrested Henry on Oct. 16 on Pioneer Avenue. He was reportedly taken into custody without incident.


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