Courtesy of Alaska Legislature

Alaska State Representative Paul Seaton of Homer spoke with KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson on Feb. 16 for an update from the 30th legislative session.

Boys and Girls Club

After-school programming options have been slim for working parents in Homer, and earlier release times for elementary students, which went into effect this fall, have only accentuated parents' needs for consistent after-school care. Local schools are heeding parents' calls and are working to re-instate a Boys and Girls club. But there’s still logistics to be figured out.

Sarah Richardson has two kids. Her five-year-old is at Paul Banks Elementary and her eight-year-old is at West Homer Elementary. This year, she’s put a lot of mileage on her car picking them up.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

The sale of Auction Block, a large fish buyer and off-loader on the Homer Spit, was approved last month. Auction Block closed its doors late last year after it entered bankruptcy as part of a deal to sell the business to California-based Southwind Seafoods. But there may no longer be a buyer, and its doors remain closed as the summer fishing season approaches.

 

John Cox

The deadline to enter Republican primaries around the state is just four months away, and in District 31, only one candidate has filed. 

The Chair of the Alaska Republican Party, Tuckerman Babcock, said Republicans are busy trying to enlist other people to run from the Homer area. 

“I have, and I know the local Republican Party activists in District 31 have been talking to lots of people about whether they will consider running," Babcock said. “We are very very focused on replacing Representative Paul Seaton.”

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Nantiinaq  -  Bigfoot

Wamlanci llami umgaaqan Nantinam tuqercuaraaci.

Translation:
Don't play outside when it's foggy.
Bigfoot might grab you.

Image Courtesy of the City of Homer

Two resolutions aimed at revisiting water and sewer rates were removed from the Homer City Council’s agenda Monday. Both resolutions said that commercial users were impacted negatively after the city moved to a uniform rate for both residential and commercial users in 2013 and it called for a task force to look into the issue.

Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District

The Kenai Peninsula unemployment rate rose by 1 percent in 2017. The Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District's end of the year report, which came out last week, found the unemployment rate was at 8.7 percent, up from 7.7 percent in 2016. Still, the increase is not as bad as the unemployment hike the borough saw from 2015-2016. The oil and gas industry lost the most jobs in the borough over the past five years with roughly 200 fewer jobs. 

South Peninsula Hospital

South Peninsula Hospital has a new CEO. Joe Woodin is taking over after Robert Letson retired this fall. Woodin has thirty years of experience in healthcare leadership in Massachusetts and Vermont. He said South Peninsula Hospital has similar qualities and challenges to the other small-sized hospitals where he’s worked.

Claudia Haines, Homer Public Library

There has been plenty of initiatives in recent years to get young women and girls in science and technology jobs. But in general, tech and science programs have been few and far between in rural communities. The Homer Public Library is working to solve that problem. The library expanded its computer coding program this month to target young girls in the community and wants to set them up for success in the tech business.

Courtesy of the University of Alaska Fairbanks

Over the last year, warm water temperatures in the Gulf of Alaska, infamously known as the blob, have dissipated. Warmer water temps are thought to have a hand in massive bird die-offs and a decline in Pacific cod stocks. Now that the three-year period of summer-like marine conditions is over, scientists and fishery managers are eager to assess the full impact of the blob.

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