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Courtesy of the City of Homer

An ethics complaint filed in early July against Homer City Council Members Donna Aderhold, Catriona Reynolds and David Lewis was thrown out last week.

The complaint followed a failed recall attempt this summer. Recall petitioners argued that Aderhold, Reynolds and Lewis committed misconduct in office after crafting and sponsoring two resolutions regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline and inclusivity for minority populations and immigrants.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

Two Japanese naval destroyers are anchored in Kachemak Bay near Homer. The ships are passing through on their way to Anchorage for a “good-will” port call.

The Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force has been traveling the world since May, making port calls in South America, Canada, along the East Coast and even Pearl Harbor. About 500 sailors are on board both ships, but the six-month tour is primarily part of an effort to train 200 new cadets.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

With Homer’s local election under two weeks away, six of the seven candidates for two Homer City Council seats met Thursday at Kachemak Bay Campus for a town-hall style forum. Candidates took questions from the audience as well as Homer News and KBBI. Topics ranged from capital projects to the budget and jobs.

When it came to capital projects, the police station, a new harbor and a haul out facility for large vessels topped the list. The city still needs to secure about $4.5 million to complete the haul out facility and the price tag for a new harbor is about $100 million.

Courtesy of Army Corps of Engineers

The Army Corps of Engineers put out public notice Monday for a substantial dock project in China Poot Bay. A family from California plans to build a private home on the 26-acre property with future plans for 10-bed commercial lodge and a restaurant. In order to gain access, the family wants to install a 125-foot dock in the bay, but some have concerns over the project limiting access to China Poot and wonder if a dock can handle conditions in the area.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

Pink salmon seem to be showing up everywhere in creeks and along beaches all around Kachemak Bay and the outer coast of the Peninsula. Pinks are returning to systems that have historically never supported salmon. That has caused some head scratching in the fishing community, and there are differing theories as to why pinks are colonizing new systems.

Courtesy of the City of Homer

Rachel Lord is a small business owner who is running for Homer City Council. The business minded candidate wants to focus on a new police station and other marine-based capital projects.

When it comes to community involvement, Rachel Lord’s resume is lengthy.

Zoe Sobel KUCB, Unalaska

This week's Coffee Table spotlights the  75th anniversary of the Battle of Attu. The Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge and The National Park Service traveled to Attu with descendants of people evacuated, to hold a ceremony of rememberance and  collect information about Attu, it's people and the battle.
Guests: Marianne Aplin from AMNWR
Author Jeff Dickrell
Descendant of Attu, Crystal Dushkin
Rachel Mason from NPS
and reporter Zoe Sobel from KUCB, Unalaska.
 

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

A new ethics complaint has been filed in relation to Homer’s recent recall election. Three Homer City Council members were up for recall in June, but all three retained their seats. The complaint argues that the council members should have recused themselves from certifying the election results.

Courtesy of the City of Homer

Dwayne Nustvoldt Jr. is running for a spot on the Homer City Council and has been living in Homer on and off for 20 years. The former businessman has new ideas for improving the homer economy while maintaining conservative values.

“My main goal is to bring infrastructure here,” Nustvoldt says.

Nustvoldt has owned companies in asphalt, trucking, and landscaping.  He takes pride in his ability to outcompete with chain stores and wants to use his skillset on improving Homer’s harbor.

Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly met in Homer Tuesday for its annual visit and convened in the Homer City Council Chambers. The agenda was fairly light, but there was some contention over funding a new emergency service area, stretching from the northern boundary of the borough to just west of Seward and east of Sterling.

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