Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

Those looking to get into the Christmas spirit will be able to kick off the season this weekend with several performances of the Nutcracker. Over 75 young dancers and actors have been working on this year’s performance since August.

Co-director Breezy Berryman is getting her dancers ready for the opening performance of the Nutcracker Saturday.

Young kids to teenagers are working through the steps as Co-director Jennifer Norton and Berryman look on, making sure every last detail is perfect.

Creative Commons photo by Ed Bierman

The International Pacific Halibut Commission, which regulates halibut fisheries in U.S. and Canadian waters, heard a presentation on reducing or eliminating the minimum size limit for commercially caught halibut at its interim meeting in Seattle Wednesday. It’s estimated removing the limit would boost the total catch across all districts by about 4 percent, but commissioners and fishermen questioned whether the change would reduce prices at the docks.

Courtesy of the City of Homer

The Homer City Council took an in-depth look at a preliminary design for a new police station Monday. The design plan calls for constructing a new facility at the corner of Heath Street and Grubstake Avenue. The $6 million building would be a vast improvement over the Homer Police Department’s current facility, but the plan does come with some drawbacks due to financial constraints.

Courtesy of the City of Homer

The Homer City Council made some adjustments to the 2018 draft budget Monday.

The council approved .5-percent cost of living adjustment for city employees. The Employee Committee initially asked the council for a 1-percent raise, but council member Heath Smith expressed concern over the $90,000 move.

He said it would eliminate a portion of future savings the city gained after voters approved using a road-and-trail-construction fund to pay for road maintenance this fall, which will go into effect in 2019.

Sugt'stun Word of the Week - Nov. 27, 2017

Nov 28, 2017
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Taaritet  -  Steam Bath Switch

Maqikumnuk-qaa taarisquten unuku?

When we take a steam bath tonight, would you like me to spank you with the steam bath switch?

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

Black Friday is one of the largest retail events of the year, and while most across the country is wading through crowds of people, a Homer woman is undoubtedly serving up the best deals. Casey Marsh puts on the Black Friday Giveaway in Homer, an event for people in need of warm clothes, toys for the kids or even a haircut.

Marsh founded the Homeless, Hungry and Hopeful for a senior project three years ago to raise awareness for homelessness in the Homer area.  

Courtesy of the Alaska Municipal League

A push to get Alaska’s Legislature to tighten up the law for recalling elected municipal officials made progress last week. The Alaska Municipal League passed a resolution asking lawmakers to revisit the grounds for recalling municipal officials. This comes after several recall efforts have sprung up around the state, one of which landed in court.  

Sugt'stun Word of the Week - Nov. 20, 2017

Nov 22, 2017
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Piinaq  -  Fermented Salmon Eggs

Alimpiadam piina piurcimalraa taagua ikllinalraa.

Olimpiada's fermented salmon eggs must be ready. Boy, they look delicious.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

Towns across Alaska have to grapple with what to do once a known sex offender returns to the community after serving their punishment. Though there are clear limits in some areas, there are massive gray zones, as well. Residents in Homer are struggling to balance fairness with safety ahead of one of the Kenai Peninsula’s biggest celebrations.

Every year, Homer hosts the Nutcracker Faire. The family-affair draws people from all over the Kenai Peninsula for a pre-holiday craft fair and children’s performance of the nutcracker.

Photo Courtesy of South Peninsula Hospital

The South Peninsula Hospital has been looking for ways to fill a budget gap after the state made a 5-percent cut to Medicaid reimbursement rates in September.

The program pays for low-income patients’ hospital bills with state and federal dollars. The cut extends to both inpatient and outpatient care given since July 1, potentially costing the hospital over $1 million dollars.


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