Photo by Dorle Harness/KBBI

Managing the costs of healthcare is a never ending problem especially in Alaska’s rural communities. The Kenai Peninsula Borough has convened a healthcare task force to find new ways to continue providing sustainable health care on the Kenai Peninsula. On this week’s Coffee Table we examined the work being done by the task force and the options under consideration. Our guests were Task Force Chair Rick Ross, Vice Chair Bill Smith and Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre. 

By Dorle Harness/KBBI

On this week’s Coffee Table we talked to guests: Bob Painter, Chief of the Homer Fire Department, Scott Walden with the Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management, and Jeremy Zidek with the Alaska Division of Homeland Security. 

This program was broadcast on Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016.

Photo by Quinton Chandler/KBBI

BlueCrest Energy pledged to hire four Kenai Peninsula College graduates to work at their drilling site near Anchor Point. The company made good on its promise. One of BlueCrest’s local hires says the job is the next step in what he hopes will be a promising career.


By Daysha Eaton

It was standing room only at the start of Monday evening’s Homer City Council meeting where dozens of people showed up to testify about an ordinance that would ban all commercial cannabis activity in Homer. Most who testified were against the ordinance introduced by Homer City Council Members Heath Smith and Gus Van Dyke.

Some, like longtime resident, Misty Van Hooser, argued against it for economic reasons.

“Opting out would prevent future tourism in Homer. Tourism is down and always kind of up and down in Homer as I’ve witnessed and I think that by adding a safe place for people to go, that’s reasonable, well regulated – [it] would offer potential increase in tourism that we could desperately use,” said Van Hooser. 


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.


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. 


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