Photo by Daysha Eaton/KBBI

Two dozen graduated at Wednesday evening’s ceremony for students from the Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College where Shannon Reid was named valedictorian. A highlight of the ceremony was the Keynote Speaker, retiring Professor of English and Communications, Elizabeth Graber. KPC Director, Carol Swartz, read a comment about Graber from one of her students.

Photo Courtesy of Homer Chamber of Commerce.

Saturday, May 7 is Clean-up Day in Homer.

“People are cleaning up all week now, but the actual delivery is on Saturday to the Chamber parking lot between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m,” said Jan Knutson, Visitor and Special Events Manager at Homer Chamber of Commerce. She says the Chamber has hosted the clean-up event for more than 30 years.

The first orders from the Kenai Peninsula Food Hub in Homer came in Wednesday afternoon at Kachemak Bay Community Center. Customer Chuck Lindsay was there to pick up his order of greens.

Vosnesenka and District Agree on Lease

May 3, 2016
By Daysha Eaton/KBBI

Voznesenka School will remain open next school year, with the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and Voznesenka Community Council, Inc. settling the terms of a lease agreement Monday.

The school district has leased buildings to operate a school in the Russian Old Believer community east of Homer since the community formed in the mid-1980s, but the lease agreement stalled on terms when it came up for renewal earlier this year.

KPBSD Tackles Transgender Policy

May 3, 2016
Courtesy of Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is beginning the process of updating its policies to account for transgender and gender nonconforming students and employees.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is beginning the process of updating its policies to account for transgender and gender nonconforming students and employees. 

The school board’s Policy Committee met Monday and considered revisions to existing policies add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of characteristics against which discrimination will not be allowed.

Courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is asking the borough for just over $49 million for fiscal year 2017. That’s the highest amount allowable under state law. The state is poised to increase education funding next year, which means local municipalities can spend more on their schools, as well. Next year’s requested contribution is more than $780,000 above what the borough contributed to the district’s current budget.

Photo by Quinton Chandler/KBBI

About 27 miles northeast of Homer, there is a hydroelectric project still in its infancy. The plant, which hadn’t changed much since its construction just saw the completion of a major project and another one, could get underway in a few years.

Photo by Daysha Eaton/KBBI

The Kenai Peninsula Food Hub, an online marketplace for locally grown food, went live on Friday.

Robbi Mixon, who is coordinating the Food Hub for the non-profit Cook Inletkeeper, says the site has about 20 regional suppliers signed up to sell produce and other items.

Photo by Quinton Chandler/KBBI

The city of Homer told people living in a parking lot on the Spit earlier this year to break camp and move to a site down the road. They said there were too many long-term campers. One of those campers has returned to his routine at the new campground until he can move into his dream home. 

Photo by Daysha Eaton/KBBI

A new liquor store will soon open in Ninilchik. The Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board approved Ninilchik General Store's application to open a liquor store Tuesday. The owner/operator of the store, Jim Clark, says the news was a relief.

“From the outset, when we took it over, our goal was to make it a one-stop shopping environment for  our customers and people traveling through, where they could stop get their licenses, buy their bait and pick up a case of beer or whatever,” said Clark.

Clark took over operation of the store from Ninilchik Native Association in 2013.


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