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Courtesy of Alaska Legislature

It’s Friday which means it’s time for our weekly legislative call in. KBBI's Aaron Bolton spoke with Homer Rep. Paul Seaton this morning about tensions in majority House coalition over permanent fund dividends and the path forward on the budget.

Pebble Limited Partnership Army Corps of Engineers application

The discussion around the proposed Pebble Mine in Southwestern Alaska has primarily been focused on Bristol Bay. But the effect the project will have on Cook Inlet and Homer is still unclear. The Army Corps of Engineers is preparing an environmental impact statement analyzing the impacts of Pebble Limited Partnership’s proposal. They will gather input on what to include in the EIS from the public during several scoping sessions throughout April. Homer environmentalists want to make sure the Corps studies any potential implications for the Homer area.

Courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is set to introduce an ordinance that would move the boundary of the Central Peninsula Hospital service area south to include all of Ninilchik. The current boundary sits just south of Clam Gulch at about mile 119 on the Sterling Highway. The move would mean less tax revenue for the South Peninsula Hospital, but it would also significantly lower property taxes for Ninilchik residents, setting up a discussion that played out back in 2016 when a similar proposal failed.

The Coffee Table - March 26, 2018

Mar 29, 2018
Homer Garden Club

This week's Coffee Table answers your questions about ornamental and edible gardening in the many and varied climate zones of the lower Kenai Peninsula. Host Jeff Lockwood welcomes Brenda Adams, Tony Burgess and Donna Rae Faulkner from the Homer Garden Club.

Image Courtesy of the City of Homer

The Homer City Council moved forward with discussions on how to pay for a new police station Tuesday. During a work session, council members leaned toward a seasonal sales tax to pay for part of the roughly $7.5 million project. However, several details still need to be ironed out.

The council was presented with a range of options on how to pay for a new police station from increasing property taxes, a seasonal sales tax to a year-around sales tax option.  

Alaska State Troopers

The Alaska State Trooper that shot and killed a Nikolaevsk man Saturday has been identified. Troopers say Sergeant Daniel Cox responded to the house of Nikolai Yakunin Saturday evening for backup after Yakunin assaulted responding officer Luke Kumfer, a seven-year veteran.

Cox shot Yakunin when he arrived on the scene.

Courtesy of the City of Homer

Acting chief of the Homer Volunteer Fire Department Terry Kadel has been appointed to the position permanently. Kadel took over the position as acting chief in late January after former Fire Chief Bob Painter retired. He took on the position officially last week.

Kadel has eighteen years of experience as an EMT and came to the Homer fire department after working with the Girdwood Volunteer Fire Department for 20 years. He began as a volunteer there and eventually worked his way up to deputy fire chief in 2001.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

Fishermen from across the state and country descended onto Homer Saturday for the twenty-fifth annual Homer Winter King Salmon Tournament.  Over 1,200 anglers competed to catch the largest King Salmon.

Charlie Edwards won first place with a 24.6 pound king salmon. His winnings totaled roughly $57,000. Edwards, who lives in Fritz Creek, has fished the tournament for the past 25 years.

Jerry Huff took second place with a 20.9 pound catch. The Soldotna angler fished with the 2017 Champion Ron Johnson. Huff’s winnings totaled  roughly $35,000.

Image courtesy of Alaska State Troopers

A Nikolaevsk man is dead and an Alaska State Trooper sustained serious injuries after an officer-involved shooting Saturday evening. Troopers say 42-year-old Nikolai Yakunin was shot after he assaulted an officer, but it’s unclear how the altercation happened and if Yakunin was armed.

Troopers in Anchor Point received a report that 42-year-old Nikolai Yakunin was in contact with a female who he was prohibited from speaking to under his probation conditions.

SHAHLA FARZAN KBBI News

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District honored Port Graham teacher Devin Michel Way with a Golden Apple Award earlier this month. The annual award shines a spotlight on educators, volunteers or community members that go the extra mile to support education.

Way teaches kindergarten through fourth grade which would be a daunting task to many. But the district says she is a master of personalizing instruction to every student’s needs. The district notes she may be soothing a crying kindergartner while chatting with fourth graders about a novel’s theme.

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