Shahla Farzan, KBBI News

As the Legislature debates criminal justice reform, pieces from last year’s major reform bill, Senate Bill 91, are still being put into place. The Alaska Department of Corrections is working to launch its pretrial enforcement division by next year, which will shift Alaska’s protocol for releasing defendants before trial to a risk-based system, rather than releasing only those who can afford bail.

The DOC is looking to contract local police departments to provide pretrial services, but some police departments are reluctant to sign onto the program.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

The digital divide, the gap between those who have access to internet and technology and those who don’t, is more present in Alaska than most of the country. Along with that divide comes a lack of computer education, but some in Homer are trying to fill that gap. The Homer Public Library was one of 28 libraries across the U.S. to receive a grant from Google and the American Library Association aimed at teaching kids computer code, to build apps and learn more about computer science.

Courtesy of the City of Homer

A small Alaska-based hotel chain is looking to build its next location in Homer. Aspen Hotels wants to build a 72-room hotel across the Sterling Highway from Safeway.

The Homer Planning Advisory Commission approved a conditional use permit for construction of the 43,000-square-foot facility Wednesday. City code requires approval of any building larger than 8,000 square feet.

Local members of Alcoholics Anonymous are the guests on this week's Coffee Table.
They drop in to the studio once a year to reach out to folks with information about 12 step recovery.

A couple of other 12 step resources:
Alanon meets in Homer on Tuesdays at noon and Thursday at 6:15 p.m. at Homer Methodist Church.

Overeaters Anonymous meets Fridays at noon
at Homer Methodist Church
770 East End Road in Homer.

 

Sugt'stun Word of the Week - Oct. 30, 2017

Nov 2, 2017
Creative Commons

Egiiyaq - Jam

Egiiyarki ukut gguani atsat.

Translation:
Make jam out of these blueberries.

Courtesy of the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration

Last month, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, which regulates groundfish in Alaska and other federal fisheries, received some shocking news. Pacific cod stocks in the Gulf of Alaska may have declined as much as 70 percent over the past two years. That estimate is a preliminary figure, but it leaves plenty of questions about the future of cod fishing in Gulf of Alaska.

The first question that comes to mind when you hear the number of Pacific cod in the Gulf dropped by about two-thirds is what happened?

Courtesy of the City of Homer

The Homer City Council got its first look at preliminary design plans for a new police station Monday. The council contracted Stantec to design a rough $6 million layout in August, but the design firm came back with both an $8 million and $6 million option.

A task force recommended building a $6 million or $9 million dollar building at the corner of Heath Street and Grubstake Avenue earlier this summer, but the council has focused on the cheaper option due to concerns over the cost of maintaining a larger building.

Courtesy of the City of Homer

The Homer City Council introduced an ordinance Monday that would settle a four-year land dispute between Homer and the Alaska Mental Health Trust Land Office. The Trust Land Office  claims Mental Health owns land at the mouth of Homer’s harbor. If the ordinance is approved, the city would pay about $550,000 for the disputed land.

The disagreement dates back to 2013 when the city requested an easement through a lot on the Homer Spit that the Alaska Department of Natural Resources and Mental Health both own.

Pierce maintains slim lead in KPB mayor race

Oct 27, 2017

A three-way race for Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor on October 3rd ended in a runoff. But the runoff Tuesday between Charlie Pierce and Linda Farnsworth-Hutchings was so close, that an abnormally high number of absentee ballots would have to determine the outcome.

Going into Friday, Hutchings trailed by just 223 votes. The clerk’s office counted 1,651 absentee and questioned ballots. Pierce took almost 900 of them and as of Friday afternoon, still had a 51 vote lead over Hutchings.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

A recommendation to open the Homer Spit to the commercial marijuana industry passed through the Port & Harbor Advisory Commission Wednesday.

The Cannabis Advisory Committee pushed the recommendation to the harbor commission and the Advisory Planning Commission back in August, but the Homer City Council will have the final say on the matter.

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