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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, published an interim rule for the 2018 halibut season Friday.

It set the season opening and closing dates on March 24 and November 7. The rule also put quotas from 2017 in place, but that is likely to change.

The International Pacific Halibut Commission, which regulates halibut in U.S. and Canadian waters, typically sets both season dates and quotas.

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The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has been conducting a limited study on straying hatchery pink salmon around lower Cook Inlet and Kachemak Bay to see whether fish from the Tutka Bay Lagoon and Port Graham hatcheries have been spawning in wild streams, but to its surprise, it discovered Prince William Sound hatchery fish in several local systems. But hatchery pinks from the Sound are also winding up in the commercial harvest.

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Alaska State Representative Paul Seaton of Homer spoke with KBBI's Renee Gross on March 9 about public testimonials on the budget, amendments to the budget and Medicaid funding. 


The question of what to with the Homer Education and Recreation Building, better known as the HERC, has been a heated subject for years. The former school building isn’t up to code and the city has mulled over whether to remodel the building, convert it into a new police station or simply sell the property.

The City of Homer Parks, Art, Recreation and Culture Advisory Commission is working through recommendations on what to do next. It held tours of the HERC Wednesday as a way to inform the public on the cost and benefits of all the options and receive input. 

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The state Office of Substance Misuse and Addiction is making the rounds around the state to get a better idea of how communities are handling opioid and heroin addiction.


Misuse and Addiction and state opioid task force representatives stopped in Homer Wednesday for a five-hour community discussion. Homer area residents gathered in groups to discuss prevention and response to opioid issues in the community, their perceptions of the issue and what factors make it unique in Homer.


Alaska State Troopers arrested a Homer man on Sunday for allegedly threatening to burn a house down with an occupant of the house still inside it. According to a Trooper dispatch, law enforcement responded to a report from a Skyline Drive house in the morning. After an investigation, they arrested 73-year-old Raymond Bellamy for assault and resistance to arrest. He was taken into custody at the Homer Jail.

Sugt'stun Word of the Week - March 5, 2018

Mar 8, 2018
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Kaltuggaq  -  Potato

Qupilngaat piturait uksumen llillepet, enam aciani.

The mice are eating the potatoes stored for winter under the house.


This week on The Coffee Table, early childhood development and parenting support systems are the topics for discussion. KBBI's Renee Gross talks with Jill Lush and Susie Amundson from Sprout Family Services.


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The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, once again, took up the topic of new taxes Tuesday in order to fill the roughly $4 million fiscal gap it’s facing going into budget season. The assembly had two tax items on its agenda, a bed tax, which it declined to send to voters, and a sales tax increase, which will be hashed out next month. The assembly heard from the Southern peninsula lodging industry and residents who said a bump to the sales tax was the most appealing option.

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The Kenai Peninsula Borough will now recover some of the money it spends on providing administrative support to service areas. The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly  passed a resolution Tuesday that will reestablish a 2.5-percent fee as a way to pay for borough staff time.

The resolution is similar to another passed in 2006 that was later eliminated in the 2010 budget.


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