The Copper River commercial sockeye fishery is likely to fall below forecast for the second year in a row. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game closed one of the fishery’s 12-hour openings last week due to low escapement and abysmal harvest levels.

That trend continued this week with a slow fishing period on Monday, and the department announced Wednesday that it’s closing the fishery on Thursday for the second week in a row.

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It’s been a busy few days for area fire fighters. A cabin burned to the ground Tuesday and two homes off East End Road were threatened by another fire Sunday.

Kachemak Emergency Services Fire Chief Bob Cicciarella said a neighbor reported Tuesday’s fire off Eagleaerie Wilderness Road at about 10 a.m.

“There was nobody home at the time, somebody renting that cabin. A neighbor had called it in, saw that the building was pretty much fully involved when they noticed it,” he explained.

Several women have brought forth allegations against a South Peninsula Hospital department manager in Homer, describing an environment of bullying and sexual harassment.


The allegations against Douglas Westphal, the former director of the hospital’s rehab department, also include one instance of alleged sexual assault. Complaints have also been filed with the state Division of Professional Licensing, the local union and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Bird Rhythms: Wilson's Snipe

May 28, 2018
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Fledgling birders Landon & Nolan Bunting host this episode of Bird Rhythms. They're highlighting Wilson's Snipe, May's Bird of the Month, brought to you by Kachemak Bay Birders. To learn more about local birding, visit

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On this Kachemak Science, sea star wasting is the topic for discussion with Seth Spencer from the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies and Katrine Iken and Brenda Konar from University of Alaska Fairbanks. Also, Science Director Sue Mauger from Cook Inletkeeper tells the story of her recent expedition to Antarctica.

Sugt'stun Word of the Week - May 28, 2018

May 28, 2018
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Engarpakarluni  -  He laughed too hard.

Qurmicaggamalraa etqicaulluni!

He laughed too hard and peed in his pants.


North Pacific Fishery Management Council

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council will meet in Kodiak June 4 through the 11.

The council was set to discuss the seemingly growing number of unguided rental boats within the halibut charter industry, but council member Andy Mezirow – owner of Gray Light Charters in Seward – said the agenda item will likely be postponed until the fall in order to collect more information.  

Mezirow said the council is concerned that halibut charters are bypassing the reduced number of fishing days during the summer and other regulations by offering unguided rental boats.

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The Mariners boys soccer team won its first game in the Division II state soccer championship Thursday. The Mariners defeated Grace Christian five to one in Anchorage. Six teams are competing for the championship title.

It’s high school senior’s Charles Rohr’s third time going to state. But the excitement hasn’t worn off.

“I was ecstatic,” he said. “We had our first game in the semifinals. We knew if we won that we would go and if we lost that we wouldn't. But as soon as we won that game I was ecstatic.”

Courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough

A proposal to create a borough-wide bed tax has been revived, but the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly may scrap the idea if it approves putting another revenue measure on the October ballot at its next meeting.

The ballot proposition would call for a 12-percent bed tax, but it would relieve the lodging industry from collecting sales tax for the borough.

Assembly member Kelly Cooper, who owns Glacier View Cabins and Coops Coffee, opposed the bed tax at the Homer Chamber of Commerce Wednesday as she spoke to a group of lodging industry members.

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Homer’s first marijuana retail shop is set to open Thursday. Uncle Herb’s was approved by the state Marijuana Control Board back in September, and the shop will open its doors just in time for the busy summer season.

Store manager Aaron Stiassny will run the shop in Homer for his father Loyd. Stiassny currently manages the family’s shop in Anchorage under the same name.

The display cases in Homer were empty Wednesday evening, but Stiassny said the shop will be stocked and ready to go.