Courtesy of Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.

Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member Dale Bagley, who represents District 4—Soldotna, proposed an ordinance to change the distance of package liquor stores from schools and churches at this Tuesday night’s meeting. However his proposal didn't pass. It did change the way distance is measured between liquor stores and school and churches though.

Bagley says the ordinance was intended to bring the Borough’s regulation in line with state law.

Courtesy of Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly approved a Senior Task Force at their meeting Tuesday evening. Assembly Member, Kelly Cooper, who represents District 8 – Homer, introduced the resolution forming the task force.

“The task force will consist of seven people and will meet quarterly to review topics that are affecting seniors in our community. And they will bring forth recommendations and advise the assembly on actions that we may or may not take,” said Cooper.

Cooper says the Kenai Peninsula Borough has the largest growing percentage of seniors in the state and the region is continuing to see an increase in that population. The Borough’s seniors need to be at the table, Cooper says, as the Borough wrestles with issues like how to provide adequate health care for the region’s aging population.

The Alaska Earthquake Center says there was a magnitude 4.5 earthquake felt on the Kenai Peninsula at 11:31 this morning. It was centered 67 miles West of Ninilchik and occurred 120 miles beneath the earth’s surface.

There are no reports of damage from the quake and there are no warnings about volcanic activity or a tsunami. 

By Daysha Eaton

Kitty corner from the local bakery and just up the street from Bishop’s Beach, there’s a new addition to the Old Town neighborhood: A 3-D printing workshop.

High schooler Landon Bunting is at the Maker Space in Homer helping other kids with their projects.

“The month of November was focusing on building boats and we had a race. And this month is focusing on rockets,” said Bunting.

10-year-old Luke Nollar and 11-year-old Eli Zatz have been hard at work on their project.

By Daysha Eaton

A new school for the town of Kachemak Selo is at the top of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s list of funding requests to the legislature. But with the state in financial crisis due to declining oil revenue, their request may go unmet. The tiny Russian Old Believer village is at the head of Kachemak Bay.

Tanya Konev teaches preschool in Russian language at Kachemak-Selo school where she says, space is tight.

Photo by Quinton Chandler/KBBI

An annual two day event designed to take the temperature of industry on the Kenai Peninsula got underway Thursday at the Old Carr's Mall in Kenai. The event’s sponsors invited government officials, company executives and industry advocates to speak. BlueCrest Energy, the company drilling for oil north of Anchor Point, accepted their invitation. 

BlueCrest Energy’s President and CEO, Benjamin Johnson, gave an update on the company’s progress drilling onshore oil wells into the Cosmopolitan Fields of Cook Inlet. He said they are on schedule to frack their first well this summer. 

Courtesy of Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College.

The community of Homer is mourning the death of a beloved writer, scientist and teacher.  Eva Saulitis died January 16th of cancer. Homer Council on the Arts will award Saulitis a lifetime achievement award, Friday. The Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College will hold a memorial reading in the evening. 

Homer Council on the Arts will make the award at their annual meeting at their office Friday, January 29th. The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. The memorial reading starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College, with a potluck afterwards.

Courtesy of the Homer Police Department

Homer Police Chief Mark Robl says a man arrested last week after a chase is being charged with armed robbery. 30-year-old Dellan Vanbuskirk, of Homer is being charged with two counts, says Robl.

“The first count is for the robbery of the Short Stop store at the top of Baycrest hill and the second count is for the robbery of an acquaintance of his which occurred out in the Anchor Point area,” said Robl.

Photo from KBBI

This week on the Coffee Table we talked ferries with the state Department of Transportation Deputy Commissioner Mike Neusll. The conversation covered budget cuts, ferry schedules, the Tustumena’s replacement and much more. The Coffee Table airs Wednesday mornings from 9-10 on KBBI AM 890 Homer and online at kbbi.org. 


Photo by Terry Rensel/KBBI

The City of Homer and local businesses were shocked last summer when the trustee of a bankrupt oil and gas exploration company’s assets demanded they give back money they were paid over a year ago. There are a lot of regrets over contracting with Buccaneer Energy. But a city official says he would do it again.


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