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Alaska State Representative Paul Seaton of Homer spoke with Renee Gross on Feb. 9 about updates to the House education funding bill, options for funding Kachemak Selo's new school and Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice Craig Stowers' State of the Judiciary speech. 

Bede Mountain: Latitude: 59° 18' 24" (59.3067°) north Longitude: 151° 55' 17" (151.9214°) west Elevation: 2,736 feet (834 meters)Credit NOAAEdit | Remove

Yuyaak  -  Bede Mountain

Yuyaak kwiinguasanet amlerqanek penqerllartuq

Translation:
Mt. Bede had lots of small creeks.

 

Daysha Eaton, KBBI News

Kachemak Selo, a small Russian Old Believer village at the head of Kachemak Bay on the Kenai Peninsula, has been dealing with deteriorating school buildings for years. The school, built about 30 years ago, has cracks in the walls and students have testified at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly that they feel they’re at risk every time they enter the buildings. The state dedicated a little over $10 million for a new school about two years ago, but the borough hasn’t had the money to fund the rest of the roughly $16 million project.

  The Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council, which assesses the impact of tourism on the Kenai Peninsula annually, has a better idea of just how much economic stimulus tourists bring with them.

 

For the first time, KPTMC commissioned a Kenai Peninsula-specific report from the McDowell Group, which collects statewide data every five years for the Alaska State Visitor Statistics Program.

"Blue Ice" music video

The Homer Youth String Orchestra Club is performing Wednesday night at a fundraiser to support music programming. Those in attendance will hear one of its latest pieces, “Blue Ice.” The song is about one of the most popular sites across Kachemak Bay, Grewingk Glacier. Written by Johnny B., the students have worked hard on the song. They even recorded a music video at the glacier, which was selected by three film festivals in Alaska, Colorado and South Carolina.

An 80-year-old Homer resident drowned on a Hawaiian beach on Saturday.  Maui Fire Chief Edward Taomoto said the man was traveling with family members but went snorkeling alone at Ulua Beach. Ocean conditions were rough and body boarders found the man floating in the water. They brought him to shore where bystanders gave him CPR. Firefighters and a paramedic crew responded to the scene but could not revive him.  The Fire Department did not release his name. 

Alaska State Troopers

Alaska State Troopers arrested two Homer and Anchor Point residents for unrelated crimes over the past few days.

Troopers arrested 33-year-old Anchor Point Resident Colter Demers on Friday for allegedly crashing a stolen vehicle near Anchor Point on January 19. The vehicle was initially reported stolen from Anchorage on New Year’s Day.

Photo from KBBI Database

The Homer Mariner hockey team ended its season and its dreams of heading to the state tournament Friday. The Mariners went into the North Star Hockey Championship in Soldotna as the second seed and faced off against the third-seed Wasilla Warriors for a chance to advance in the tournament and onto state.

The Warriors struck first, but Homer tied the game, 1-1, heading into the second period. Wasilla followed up in the second with two goals, but Homer answered back early in the third period.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

A water main along East End Road sprung a leak early Monday morning near Paul Banks Elementary.

Public Works Director Carey Meyer says water flowing through the area spiked about 1,000 gallons per minute around 2 a.m., indicating there was a leak in the system.  

City staff worked through the early morning hours to locate the leak by shutting off portions of the system, causing a few residents to wake up without water.

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Two education-funding bills are working their way through Alaska’s Legislature. Both aim to wrap up education funding early during budgeting process so that school districts can make informed hiring decisions in the spring. The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District (KPBSD) was in limbo last year when the budget didn’t pass until summer. Now, the district is anxious for a timelier confirmation of its funding.

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