Courtesy of Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association

Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association has been working to move a majority of its Tutka Bay Lagoon Hatchery operation into the head of Tutka bay for about four years. About 100 people crowded the Alaska Oceans and Islands Visitor Center Monday for a listening session. DNR and Alaska Department of Fish and Game officials got an earful, hearing nearly three hours of testimony from concerned and supportive residents.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

Several fire departments from around the Kenai Peninsula and elsewhere in the state descended upon Homer over the weekend. Volunteers and paid firefighters from 14 departments participated in Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Board’s marine firefighting symposium. After two days of classroom training and small exercises, firefighters got their chance to put it all together and fight a fake boat fire.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

The group leading a recall effort to oust three Homer City Council members held a rally Saturday in downtown homer. Heartbeat of Homer, the newly formed political action party, has also been granted standing in a lawsuit against the city.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

Hospice of Homer has a new executive director after Darlene Hilderbrand retired last month. Hilderbrand started as the volunteer coordinator 18 years ago before becoming director.

Jessica Golden started working with Hilderbrand last month and took over the volunteer-based operation May 1. Golden has worked in the non-profit field since 2008 doing public relations work for Blood Bank of Alaska and most recently as the events manager for the American Lung Association’s Alaska branch.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

The Kachemak Bay College Campus held its graduation ceremony Wednesday. Family and friends gathered in Homer High School’s auditorium to watch 13 GEDs and 21 certificates awarded. Nineteen graduates also received associate, bachelor and master’s degrees.

Retiring Associate Professor of Mathematics Sara Reinert was set to address the graduating class, but was unable to attend. Campus Director Carol Swartz spoke to Reinert’s impact on campus.

The AK Budget Breakdown with guests Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly President Kelly Cooper and District 31 State Representative Paul Seaton.

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What are the challenges businesses face in Homer? That’s what the Homer Economic Development Advisory Commission hopes to answer by surveying business owners in the city.

Commissioner Rachel Lord presented a plan to the Homer City Council Monday that would survey businesses within city limits.

The commission hopes the data collected will help the city better understand ways it can help businesses.

“Our job growth and our economic development really is going to likely come most from the success and retention of the businesses we currently have,” Lord said.

Photo by KBBI.

Homer’s Library Advisory Board has been trying to figure out a way to either reduce the Library’s roughly $900,000 budget or find additional funds. The Homer City Council tasked the panel during the budgeting process last fall to find ways in which non–Homer residents could contribute more.

Library board Vice Chair Marcia Kuszmaul explained about half of all cardholders live outside of the community. Homer and area residents support a large portion of the budget through sales taxes, but city residents account for about 30 percent by way of property taxes.

Renewable energy is a priority for Jim Levine of Homer. As the District 3  representative on Homer Electric Association's Board of Directors, he is working on a community solar energy project.

Levine sat down with KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson to talk about his board service and about renewable energy in Homer.

Alaska State Representative Paul Seaton of Homer joined KBBI's Carolyn Norton Friday morning, May 5th for a progress report on the state budget.

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