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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.

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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..  

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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.


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

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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.

Saaralaq  -  sugar

Saaralirpakan 'tllkiu sarsaa elliin saralarlaraa.

Don't put too much sugar in his tea
                                         because he's diabetic.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

Clam diggers from the Kenai River to the Homer Spit hoping for the return of razor clams were sorely disappointed this summer. This year was the third season in a row the Alaska Department of Fish and Game issued an emergency order closing popular razor clam fisheries, but there is a tiny glimmer of hope the tasty morsels are making a comeback.

Photo courtesy of LGL Alaska Research Associates

The beluga whale population in Cook Inlet has been steadily declining since the 1970s. The number of whales in the area today is just a third of what it once was, and the Alaska Department of Fish Game wants to help belugas recover.

In order to do that, Fish and Game needs to answer other questions about mating and their habitat, and two new studies aim to do just that.

Back in the 1970s, beluga whales were common around Cook Inlet, with a count of about 1,300 in the area. Now that number is closer to 340. 

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The Southern Kenai Peninsula’s first retail marijuana shop is one step closer to opening its doors. The Homer City Council approved a memorandum voicing its non-objection to Uncle Herb’s setting up shop on Ocean Drive, a formal step taken after the state Marijuana Control Board approved the retail store earlier this month.

Owner Loyd Stiassny expressed his gratitude to the council at the end of the meeting. Stiassny has already opened another retail shop in Anchorage under the same name.

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Homer City Council Candidate Sarah Vance grew up in Homer and is currently raising a young family here. KBBI spoke to Vance about capital projects, recreational cannabis, and what type of city council she would like to see.

Vance wants to bring a communal feel back to the city council.

“More than anything, just having a common sense for listening to the voice of the people and wanting to retain our core values and what’s important,” she said.