Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

Emergency responders from around the Homer area responded to a worst-case scenario Saturday, a fake bomb threat on a plane, followed by a live mock crash at the Homer Airport. The drill, organized by state officials and local authorities, not only allowed the city to test its disaster response plan, but it also maintained certifications that allow Homer to provide vital emergency services.

“Without this exercise every three years, we’re not in compliance with our firefighting program for FAA,” said Kevin Jones, manager of Homer’s airport.

Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies

16 cranes  gathered on a meadow at Inspiration Ridge off East Skyline Drive when Nina Faust of Kachemak Crane Watch welcomed KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson to the 650 acres dedicated to the preservation of sandhill cranes and their habitat. 
Faust is calling all birders and citizen scientists to participate in the annual Crane Count, beginning Saturday, August 26th.

Photo courtesy of Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

The first day of school is just a few days away for students on the Kenai Peninsula. As kids enjoy the last days of summer, teachers are already setting up classrooms and gearing up for the school year. There will be a few changes for students on the Southern peninsula, but a focus on individualized learning will be among the more notable changes.

Courtesy of James Bennett

This past weekend, Homer resident Obadiah Jenkins was spending his 33rd birthday kayaking Six-Mile Creek in Hope at the 10th-annual Whitewater and Bluegrass Festival. Kayakers hold a friendly race as part of the festivities. Jenkins was taking a practice run through the class four rapids when a bystander filming the event, noticed another participant, 64-year-old Daniel Hartung of Indian Valley, flipped out of his kayak and became pinned under a log. Jenkins wasted no time organizing a rescue effort to save the man’s life.

Fish and Game

This year’s pink salmon return in Lower Cook Inlet has been a good one. About 1 million fish have been harvested in the southern and outer districts around Kachemak Bay.  Alaska Department of Fish and Game Area Management Biologist Gelnn Hollowell said the return is coming in strong, but it hasn’t overwhelmed the fleet.

Homer Volunteer Fire Department Chief Bob Painter is the guest on this week's Coffee Table. He talks about the department's emergency response drill this weekend and invites citizens of Homer to sign up for firefighter/EMT training, slated to begin in October.
The volunteer roster for this weekend's drill is now complete. Thanks to everyone who called to put their name on the list.

ACS wireless broadband begins testing this fall

Aug 17, 2017

Alaska Communications System, better known as ACS, will be testing a new wireless broadband internet service for rural areas of the Kenai Peninsula this fall.

Heather Cavanaugh and Stan Masneri presented a brief overview of the plan to the borough assembly at its meeting Tuesday night in Soldotna. They stressed the importance of meeting timelines set by the FCC, which is paying for the project through the Connect America Fund.

Sugt'stun Word of the Week - August 14, 2017

Aug 17, 2017
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Atsat - Blueberries

Atsat qiu 'ut.

The blueberries are ripe.

Welles resigns, borough ballot finalized

Aug 16, 2017

Though his term was set to expire in October, Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member Stan Welles has resigned.

He’s represented the Sterling and Funny River areas in district five since 2014. He cited health concerns, having undergone open heart surgery earlier this year, and a slower-than anticipated recovery. His seat, along with two others are up for grabs in October, while two seats on the southern and eastern peninsula go uncontested.

Courtesy of Fish and Game

Sport and subsistence fishermen around the Kachemak Bay area will be able to target tanner crab for the first time in four years this fall. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game received permission from the state Board of Fisheries to reopen the fishery this spring, and the crabbing season will open in October.

Sport and subsistence crabbing in Kachemak Bay, along the outer coast of the Kenai Peninsula, and in Cook Inlet has been closed for about four years.