Courtesy of the City of Homer

The Homer City Council expanded the Homer Education and Recreation Complex Task Force Monday to include a member of the Parks, Art, Recreation and Culture Advisory Commission.

Several Homer residents took issue with the original list of seven members when Mayor Bryan Zak appointed them to the task force in May. Residents argued that a member from the advisory commission should be assigned to the task force because of the group’s past experience with the Homer Education and Recreation Complex, also known as the HERC.

Renee Gross, KBBI News

Homer’s first pride parade took place Saturday. Nearly 300 people marched from Wisdom, Knowledge, Faith and Love Park to the Grace Ridge Brewing Company to celebrate Homer’s LGBTQ community.

WKFL park was filled with rainbow flags, bubbles and signs saying, “Love is Worth Fighting For” and “Queer and Still Here.”

It’s Falcom Greear’s first pride parade, and he says it’s amazing.

I'm homosexual and I love everyone in this community,” he said. “I never knew how many people really cared about pride.”

Renee Gross, KBBI News

Last week, Mayor Bryan Zak declared pride month in Homer. Three city council members did not show up to the proclomation, saying that even though they don’t have anything against the LGBTQ community, they find the reconition to be divisive.

Some in Homer are applauding that decision, but others wish all council members showed up and supported the proclomation. 

Sayora Van Reed lives in Homer but she was at band camp in Anchorage when her mom called her to tell her about Mayor Zak recognizing Pride Month.

Courtesy of Robert Gibson and the R.E.C. room

A Homer teenager died in a small-plane crash in California on Friday. Fifteen-year-old Robert Parker Gibson, known as Parker, was about to be a junior at Homer High School. 

A handful of Gibson’s closest friends are at KBBI studio dedicating a memorial show to him. They’re  talking about Gibson’s welcoming manner, his intelligence and his passion for music.

“That was his way to connect with people was through music and through art, and it was just so beautiful to watch,” said Zoe Cramer, one of Gibson’s friends.

Photo Courtesy of South Peninsula Hospital

A proposal to change the South Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area now includes the shifting of two boundary lines. The ordinance originally proposed only to remove Ninilchik from the service area. But at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting Tuesday, assembly member Dale Bagley put forward a plan to include communities south of Kachemak Bay including Nanwalek, Port Graham and the areas surrounding Seldovia.

Renee Gross, KBBI News

The primary election for the Alaska House of Representatives is coming up this August, and candidates are already making their cases to the public. District 31 Republicans held a debate for their party’s three candidates on Saturday in Kasilof. 

John Cox, Sarah Vance and Henry Kroll are all running as Republican candidates to defeat Representative Paul Seaton.  Cox owns multiple businesses in Anchor Point, Vance homeschools her four children in Homer and Kroll is an author and fisherman in Soldotna.

Courtesy of Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Starting this summer, the Anchor River is going to receive some extra care. Stream Watch is expanding its river-stewardship program to Anchor Point.  The program trains volunteers to educate people about river systems and how to treat them.

Alice Main is the volunteer coordinator for the Stream Watch, and she says river-goers are often more receptive to receiving advice about best practices from a volunteer rather than from a government official.  

Courtesy of the City of Homer

The Homer Education and Recreation Complex Task Force met for the first time Tuesday. The seven-member group’s main order of business was to set the scope of its work. The city has been trying to decide what to do with the Homer Education and Recreation Complex, also known as the HERC, for years.

Alaska State Troopers say a boating accident in the Matanuska-Susistna Borough Saturday killed one woman and seriously injured two others. The Homer News reported that the two women injured in the crash are Homer residents Alice Rademacher and Rosie Robinson. 

Both work at the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve. KBBI reached out to the reserve but did receive a call back in time for this story. 

Kachemak Bay State Park

Part of two trails are closing in Kachemak Bay State Park due to an aggressive black bear with young cubs. Park staff say no one has been hurt, but the park closed both the Saddle and Glacier Lake trails earlier this week to prevent any potential incidents. 

On Thursday, the park re-opened the trails between the Glacier Spit and the tram and between the Saddle and Glacier Trail.

Alaska State Parks Ranger Jason Okuly says rangers began receiving reports about the bear last week.

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