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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.

Image Courtesy of the Department of Public Safety / Alaska State Troopers

Many Anchor Point residents are fed up with crime in the community. Residents say they are angry with not only what seems to be a high level of thefts and break-ins, but also by what they see as an inadequate response from Alaska State Troopers. 

Kristin Craver has hit a breaking point with crime in the community.  She said there have been thefts in her neighborhood, and she regularly hears about break-ins, stolen vehicles and other crimes.

Courtesy of the Homer Police Department

It’s official—Homer will be getting a new police station.  Voters headed to the polls during a special election Tuesday 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 Friday.

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.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will close the commenting period of its scoping process for the Pebble Mine Project Friday evening. As the last of the comments trickle in, some critics of the mine are taking issue with some changes that were made during the scoping period.

The comments the Army Corps of Engineers collected from the public will set the stage for what it will study as it compiles the Environmental Impact Statement.

Shahla Farzan, KBBI News

A majority of Homer residents who voted in a special election Tuesday gave the city the green light to build a new $7.5 million police station. Absentee ballots are extremely unlikely to shift Tuesday’s results, and the city is gearing up to begin the design and construction process.

The bond proposition asked residents to approve raising the city’s sales tax .35 percent to pay for $5 million of the project.

Correction: An earlier version incorrectly stated the number of candidates running in the U.S. House Democratic Primary. There are four. 

Four candidates are running in the Democratic primary for Alaska's single seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Democrat Dimitri Shein and Independent Alyse Galvinspoke on this week's Coffee Table. They discussed education, jobs and climate change among other issues. 

Photo courtesy of Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO

Homer residents headed to polls Tuesday in a special election to decide whether the city should build a new $7.5 million police station. Just over 600 voters cast their ballots at the polls throughout the day.  Including absentee ballots, voter turnout was at about 16 percent.

Roughly 64 percent of ballots cast on Tuesday, 386 votes, were cast in favor of raising the city’s sale tax .35 percent to pay for $5 million of the project. Just over a third, 218 votes, opposed raising the sales tax to pay for a new station.

Shahla Farzan / KBBI

Homer residents headed to polls Tuesday in a special election to decide whether the city should build a new $7.5 million police station. The city is asking Homer residents to pay for $5 million of the project via a .35-percent sales tax increase.

As voters left the polls Tuesday afternoon, several who voted both for and against a new police station expressed concern about the overall cost and the tax increase that would accompany the new building.

Image Courtesy of the City of Homer

The Homer City Council updated the city’s leasing policy for public lands Monday. It hopes to streamline the process and give the council more say in approving leases.

Homer Harbormaster Bryan Hawkins was involved in reviewing the policies, and he said the city council will be more involved in the process under the new code.

They would give the city manager direction to negotiate and sign a lease," he said. "In the code, we've changed that so that the city manager will negotiate and then bring the final document to city council for signing."

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