Courtesy of Alaska Legislature

Alaska State Representative Paul Seaton of Homer spoke with Renee Gross on Feb. 2 about Medicaid costs, tax on oil and gas and potential penalties for not passing the budget on time.

 

Courtesy of the Pratt Museum

The Pratt Museum is turning fifty this year and both current and past museum staff are kicking of the celebration Friday. Pratt Exhibits Curator Scott Bartlett said the first in a series of exhibits pays homage to the museum’s past.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The state Marijuana Control Board unanimously denied a Homer-based marijuana cultivation facility’s application last week. The business, Alaska Loven It, was nearly ready to open its doors, but the Homer City Council and the control board both denied the application.

Chuck the Monk

Homer, commonly known as the Cosmic Hamlet by the Sea, is a beacon for artists around Alaska, but it also attracts others from Outside who are looking for a place to work on their craft. Colombian writer Carlos Valencia is one of those artists. He travels around the world writing a comic strip about a Buddhist cat named "Chuck the Monk" and is giving a talk on it at Many Rivers on Friday. Chuck is based on Valencia, who also happens to be a brain scientist. 

Creative Commons photo by Ed Bierman

There’s a bit of uncertainty heading into this year’s halibut season after U.S. and Canadian members of the International Pacific Halibut Commission failed to reach an agreement on quotas for 2018.

For now, each country is setting its own catch limits for halibut, and that has some U.S. commercial fishermen worried about overfishing in Canada and whether the U.S. rulemaking process will be nimble enough to enact quotas in in time for the commercial season opener.

Courtesy of the City of Homer

Homer City Council members made headway on plans for a new police station Monday during a facilitated work session. The council has been at odds over site selection, the scale and cost of the project, and had previously set its sights on a $6 million building. But council members agreed Monday that the cheaper option left out important features and hampered future expansion.

Creative Commons/ image by, paswordis0000

Anyum Sugaa  -  Snowman

Suliinguarluk anyumek.

Translation: Let's build a snowman.

Renee Gross, KBBI News

Homer’s emergency management officials gathered on Thursday for a debrief on the tsunami warning earlier this week. Officials agreed the evacuation went well as residents heeded the warning. But Fire Chief Bob Painter said there was still talk of what could be approved upon. 

"One of the things that we wish we would've had done was to early on appoint a public information officer for the city that could better track the incoming and outgoing information during the event rather than us trying to do that in-house," he said. 

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

When a powerful 7.9 magnitude earthquake in the Gulf of Alaska hit early Tuesday morning, it sent a host of people and systems into motion. Tsunami sirens were blaring and Emergency Alert System, or EAS, messages were broadcasting over radio and TV stations. But there were parts of the EAS that failed. Local, state and federal officials are now working to sort out those kinks.

Courtesy of Alaska Legislature

Alaska State Representative Paul Seaton of Homer spoke with Renee Gross on Jan. 26 about education funding, crime bills and sexual harassment policy in the Legislature.   

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