Homer News, Clarion and Empire change hands again

Apr 11, 2018
Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

The Peninsula Clarion, Juneau Empire and weekly Homer News are being acquired by a Canadian chain just six months after being sold to GateHouse Media.

The Alaska papers were sold by longtime owner Morris Communications for $120 million last fall.

The newest owner is Sound Publishing, a Seattle-based subsidiary that owns papers in the states of Washington, California and Hawaii. It's a subsidiary of Black Press, based in British Columbia.

In recent months, the trio of Alaska papers shared a top executive. But he's staying with GateHouse

Courtesy of Drew Hamilton

As the scoping process for the Pebble Mine moves forward, Cook Inletkeeper is hosting several workshops in Homer in an effort to broaden public comments given to the Army Corps of Engineers. Inletkeeper held a session Monday about how Pebble’s infrastructure may affect bears on the western side of Cook Inlet. Bear viewing operations, biologists and others from the tourism industry fear the project would lead to population declines in the area.

Alaska High School Hall of Fame

Two former teachers and one former student from Homer will be inducted to the 2018 Alaska High School Hall of Fame. The Alaska School Activities Association honors individuals who have made exemplary contributions to athletics and activities in Alaska. This year the association is inducting former Band Director William Searle, former Choir Director Mark Robinson and former student Andrew Vait.

Courtesy of the City of Homer

The Homer City Council is poised to create a task force to explore the cost of updating the Homer Education and Recreation Complex, or the HERC, for future use. But it postponed its decision on the matter Monday.

The HERC was previously evaluated as a potential site for a new police station, but that idea was scraped over concerns about hazardous material in the building. The gym is currently the only portion of the HERC the community uses.

Valdez police say a drunk driver ran over and killed a woman Sunday morning outside of a local bar. Police arrested Ero Walli for allegedly striking and killing Chellsie Hoffman, a 31-year-old mother of four, with his pickup before fleeing the scene.

According to a press release from the Valdez Police Department, officers responded to a hit-and-run call involving a pedestrian outside of the Boardroom Bar at 2:30 a.m. Sunday. KBBI reached out to Valdez Police, but officers were not immediately available for comment.

Courtesy of the Alaska Humanities Forum

The Alaska Humanities Forum announced 16 new additions to its Alaska Salmon Fellows program last week. Two Homer residents were selected for the second round of the program. Homer City Council member and Gulf Watch Alaska Science Coordinator Donna Aderhold was among those selected throughout the state. Homer commercial fisherman Catie Bursch and Kenai Peninsula Borough Land Manager Marcus Mueller were also on the list.

Sugt'stun Word of the Week - April 9, 2018

Apr 9, 2018

Qayat Pelistanat - Dock for boats

Allrak, camiinugaq, Nanwalek piincequq qayat pelistanatnek.

Maybe someday Nanwalek will get a boat dock.

The Alaska Marine Highway System’s ferry Kennicott near Ketchikan in August 2010.Credit Creative Commons, photo by Jay GalvinEdit | Remove

Fish and Game

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council formed a committee Thursday to explore management options for salmon in the federal waters of Cook Inlet. The court-ordered move comes after the council lost a lawsuit in 2016 against an industry group. The lawsuit first began in 2013 after the council gave control of federal salmon fisheries in Cook Inlet to the state. Here’s NPFMC council member Glenn Merrill.

Legislative call-in with Rep. Paul Seaton

Apr 6, 2018
Courtesy of Alaska Legislature

Alaska State Representative Paul Seaton of Homer spoke with KBBI's Renee Gross on April 6 about the budget, the Permanent Fund Dividend and education funding.