Courtesy of Ginger Frizzell

What if you could get paid for simply agreeing to not develop any wetlands on your property? The idea is to store carbon in marshes and bogs, preventing the greenhouse gas from entering the atmosphere, and the Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve wants to know if enough carbon is stored around Kachemak Bay to turn a profit.

Charles Williams

The Cook Inlet Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse, or CICADA, has expanded hours at its Homer satellite office. The Kenai-based non-profit hired one part-time provider in late-September, expanding its out-patient services to five days per week.

In the past, CICADA has staffed the Homer location with providers from Kenai just two days per week. Executive Director Sara Fann said the move is just the first step to provide more services on the southern peninsula.  

Kenai Peninsula Borough ballot propositions are the topic on this week's Coffee Table. The guests are Borough Mayor Mike Navarre and Borough President Kelly Cooper.

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Early Thursday morning, a Dodge Nitro SUV parked outside Sarge’s Auto Repair Shop in Anchor Point was stolen and used to rob the Useful Things Pawnshop.

The assailants used the SUV to drive to the shop, break in, and the vehicle was later abandoned.

Mike Slaughter owns the pawnshop and he estimates $20,000 worth of merchandise was taken from the store. 

“We had five handguns taken, some rings, miscellaneous jewelry, some old bills, some high-end knives,” Slaughter listed.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

Five of the seven candidates running for two seats on the Homer City Council squared off one final time before Election Day Thursday. Candidates took both prepared and audience questions on a range of issues, but concerns about the current business climate, economic growth and capital projects stole the show.

City council candidates Andrew Kita and Kimberly Ketter were both absent, but the remaining five candidates gathered at the Homer Elks Lodge for the Homer Chamber of Commerce’s city council forum.

Courtesy of KPEDD

Seldovia is beginning its hunt for a new city manager. Current manager Tod Larson accepted the city manager position in Dillingham earlier this month.

Larson came on board in Seldovia little over a year ago. Prior to that, he managed a 106-bed jail in Wyoming and served 25 years in the military. Larson says he wasn’t looking for a new position when he heard about the Dillingham job, but thought it would be a good opportunity after a friend emailed him the listing.

Photo courtesy of the City of Homer

Kadel is Homer Fire Department’s new Assistant Fire Chief. Before working in Homer, Kadel was a Deputy Chief in Girdwood for 20 years. 

Kadel says he is excited to get to work and wants to focus on capacity building.

He plans to start teaching an introductory firefighting class for about eight new recruits from Homer, the Anchor Point Fire Department and Kachemak Emergency Services.

Even though Kadel just got here, he has already received fan mail.

“This is a card I just received yesterday. It says, ‘You’re an angel, a star and a blessing,” Kadel read..  

Courtesy of the City of Homer

Kimberly Ketter is running for one of two seats on the Homer City Council this fall. Ketter also ran for a seat in 2016.

She says she doesn’t like the way things are running currently and hopes to make a change. Ketter thinks the current council does not consider the views of every citizen in Homer.

KBBI News

Homer City Council candidates met at Kachemak Bay Campus to answer questions from the public and from reporters representing KBBI and Homer News.
The forum was broadcast live and recorded on September 21, 2017. Candidates participating: Kim Ketter, Andy Kita, Rachel Lord, Dwane Nustvold, Sarah Vance and Caroline Venuti. Candidate Stephen Meuller was unable to attend. The KBBI Candidates Forum will be rebroadcast on AM 890 on Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 10 a.m. Stream it here at kbbi.org.

Image Courtesy of the City of Homer

Homer residents will be making plenty of decisions when they head to the ballot box next Tuesday. Besides voting for a new borough mayor and city council candidates, voters will also have some important fiscal questions to answer. For Homer voters it’s Proposition 1, and the city administration says it’s big step towards filling a looming $1.2 million budget gap.

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