PenAir

The City of Homer says it’s ready to welcome Peninsula Airways, better known as PenAir, to the Homer Airport. The Homer City Council passed a resolution in May giving the city the authority to negotiate a lease with the airliner.

The city last communicated with PenAir in early June and is waiting for the company’s final decision. 

A Kenai man drowned in Cook Inlet after falling overboard from a commercial fishing boat on Thursday morning. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, 62 year-old Anthony Walsh spent between 10-30 minutes in water north of Kodiak while the other fisherman on the boat attempted to get him aboard.

Kevin Loran of Anchorage did not immediately hear Walsh go overboard, said Alaska State Trooper spokesperson Megan Peters. She says Walsh was not wearing a life jacket.

Lisa Hupp/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

This year marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of the battle of Attu, and this summer Homer will be able to remember the only battle fought on American soil during World War II with an art exhibition.

“Reflections on Attu” features three artists who visited the Aleutian Islands as part of the Voices of the Wilderness Artist-in-Residence Program. 

Homer resident Nancy Lord and Irene Owsley of New Mexico spent a week in Adak and roughly a week traveling and visiting Kiska and Attu. Owsley took pictures and Lord wrote accompanying essays. 

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

David Gerard is an aspiring guitar maker who passes his skills onto young students around Homer. Earlier this year, Gerard was one of three from the Homer area to receive project grants from the Rasmuson Foundation. This is the second time Gerard has won a Rasmuson grant, and he said this time, he wants to use that money to try his hand at building other stringed instruments.

Renee Gross, KBBI News

Sample ballots for this year’s primary and midterm elections will be translated into Sugt’stun for several southcentral and southwestern Alaska communities.

The federal government was required to provide the translated ballots for several Sugpiaq communities after the 2016 census. 

Image Courtesy of the City of Homer

On Monday, the Homer City Council certified the results of a special election in June.  Voters headed to the polls to decide whether the city should raise sales taxes to build a new $7.5 million police station. The Election Canvas Board tallied up the votes last week.

Roughly 800 people voted both during early voting and on election day. Voter turnout was at about seventeen percent. Roughly 64 percent of votes were cast in favor of the new police station.

Valdez Fisheries Development Association

The Homer City Council decided against weighing in on an ongoing debate about pink salmon hatcheries during a special meeting Monday. Council members Heath Smith and Shelly Erickson called the emergency meeting last week to consider a resolution urging the Alaska Board of Fisheries to delay its discussion about increased production at a Prince William Sound pink salmon hatchery.

Bird Rhythms: Golden Crowned Sparrow

Jul 1, 2018
Wikimedia Commons

Michelle Michaud delivers June's
Bird of the Month profile
from The Kachemak Bay Birders.
To learn more about local birding, go to kachemakbaybirders.org.

NOAA

This month on Kachemak Science,
Dr. Ryan Sharp from Kansas State University and Dr Matthew Brownlee from Clemson University introduce their study of visitors to Katmai and Lake Clark National Preserves. Also, Homer author Nancy Lord reads from her latest book "pH". She makes a few recommendations for great science writing and talks about her science writing seminar at the 2018 Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

The Homer City Council is set to consider whether or not it wants to wade into an ongoing battle between salmon hatcheries and their critics during a special meeting Monday.

Council members Heath Smith and Shelly Erickson are sponsoring a resolution asking the Alaska Board of Fisheries to delay its consideration of an emergency petition in July.

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