Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

School start times are changing for students on the Southern Peninsula this fall. Younger students will be getting out earlier than in past years, and with the first day of school just a couple of weeks away, some parents are scrambling to find a place for their kids to go after school. A coalition of businesses and non-profits in the Homer area are working to solve that problem.


Iqallut  -  Fish

Tung'it anglikata iqallut iterciqut kuigmen.

When the tides get big, the fish will come into the river.


  A Texas-based oil company plans to pause its onshore drilling operation in Cook Inlet in September, leaving about 150 workers without a job for the time being. 


Currently, Blue Crest Energy has two wells drilled at its 38-acre drill site just north of Anchor Point and plans to finish a third before halting operations. CEO Benjamin Johnson says the company isn’t shutting down the field, but it won't drill any new wells until it is payed $75 million in tax credits it’s owed by the state, or finds funding elsewhere. 


Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

The state has been collecting data on prescription opioids and controlled substances since 2012, but until last month, prescribers and pharmacies have been volunteering that data. As part of an ongoing legislative effort, medical professionals prescribing controlled substances are now required to provide hard numbers. The effort will help the state grasp the size of the opioid crisis and doctors’ prescribing habits.


What are the responsibilities of a Homer City Council member?  What is the difference between a resolution and a memorandum?  Encouraging citizen participation in municipal government is the goal of this week's Coffee Table. Guests: Former Homer City Council Member Barbara Howard, City Manager Katie Koester and Mayor Bryan Zac lead the discussion on the structure of the City of Homer and its various departments and commissions.

Courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough

The Kenai Borough Assembly made two moves towards putting revenue measures on October’s ballot Tuesday. The assembly passed an underfunded budget earlier this spring, and it has been seeking ways to fill the remaining $4.1 million budget gap.

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Two seats on the Homer City Council are up for grabs in October. So far, just one candidate has officially filed to run.

Homer resident and stay-at-mother Sarah Vance officially declared her candidacy Tuesday morning. Vance became a local public figure when she took on the role of spokeswoman for Heartbeat of Homer, the political action committee that pushed for the recall of three current council members. This will be Vance’s first time running for public office.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

The Alaska Public Offices Commission – or APOC – has issued three violations against Heartbeat of Homer, the political action committee that pushed for the recent recall effort of three Homer City Council members.

Heartbeat Chairman Michael Fell was among those who collected petition signatures to initiate a recall election, targeting council members Donna Aderhold, Catriona Reynolds and David Lewis. Petitioners took issue with two resolutions the council members crafted and sponsored, namely a resolution regarding inclusivity.

Courtesy of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services is warning residents in the Kachemak Bay area to exercise caution when harvesting wild shellfish. The department received two reports in late July from individuals experiencing symptoms consistent with paralytic shellfish poisoning.

“We had some people who had harvested some shellfish recreationally and felt the symptoms of PSP, tingling, light headiness, numb feeling around their lips. They had called and let us know about that,” Lousia Castrodale said, an epidemiologist with the state’s health department.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

The Homer Medical Center is currently in the middle of a $3 million expansion, approved by voters last year. The 5,000-square-foot building was built 30 years ago to serve about 2,000 patients annually, but over 9,000 individual consumers have relied on its services over the past three years.  The expansion will provide more than extra space. Patients are likely to see expanded services and decreased wait times.