Bunnell Street Arts Center

Arts in Community is the topic
for this week's Coffee Table.
Our guests are Adele Person from Bunnell Street Arts Center, Susan Johnson from Homer Council on the Arts and Laurie Stuart from The Pratt Museum.

The Accessible Icon Project

This week's Coffee Table is on accessibility in Homer. Tess Dally, an advocate for people with disabilities, Tela Bacher, Trails coordinator at the Independent Living Center, and Devony Lehner, Trails activities facilitator at the Independent Living Center, say people's attitudes toward accessibility are changing but the city still has a long way to go toward becoming more disability friendly. 

R.E.C. Room

This year, Homer Middle School’s seventh and eighth graders were posed a question: what do you want adults to know about substance use and abuse?

A local initiative, called the Substance Misuse Prevention Lessons, asked the question as part of a new curriculum that was implemented earlier this school year. Roughly a third of students said they were concerned about their parents’ use of substances.

Assembly rejects mayor's budget plan

May 2, 2018
Shaylon Cochran, KDLL News

Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce’s budget plan took a $4.5 million hit at Tuesday night’s meeting.

Pierce had proposed using more than half of the borough’s $7.5 million land trust fund to help fill the borough’s ongoing budget gap and provide flat funding to the school district. But the assembly voted down that move.

Photo Courtesy of South Peninsula Hospital

A proposal to remove Ninilchik from the South Peninsula Hospital service area has been delayed, and more changes could accompany the measure.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly postponed its vote Tuesday on an ordinance that would move SPH’s service area boundary south of Ninilchik. That move would cost the hospital about $220,000 per year in tax revenue and would balloon to about $430,000 as Ninilchik residents slowly stop paying for some of SPH’s debt over time.

Courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough

After a large earthquake sounded tsunami alarms around the Gulf of Alaska in January, communities put their emergency plans and equipment to the test, and some communities found shortcomings.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough’s Department of Emergency Management had issues with its emergency notification system, Rapid Notify, which calls landlines and subscribed cell phones with automated messages.

Dan Nelson is the head of the department. He said some Kenai Peninsula residents never received a call, or received it hours after the tsunami warning was no longer in effect.

KBBI file photo

Commercial fishing in lower Cook Inlet will kick off with regular openings in about a month.  

The set gillnet season will begin in the southern district with one 24-hour-opening on June 1. The season will continue with regular 48-hour fishing periods, each kicking off at 6 a.m. on Mondays and Thursdays.

Seiners in the eastern district will begin their season with a Monday-through-Friday schedule and 16-hour fishing periods on July 5.

Renee Gross, KBBI News

The Kenai Peninsula’s last bowling alley has closed down. Homer bowlers had their final chance to throw 10 frames Saturday at Kachemak Bowl before the building was turned over to Regent Life Church. That’s left several bowlers in Homer unsure about what they’ll do without the sport.

Richard Everett was playing on one of the few lanes at Kachemak Bowl Thursday that he said works well. He said the other lanes have some quirks.  

Trooper charged with attempted sexual abuse of minor

May 1, 2018
Casey Grove, Alaska Public Media

An Alaska State Trooper is charged with attempted sexual abuse of a minor after allegedly trying to meet a 16-year-old girl at an Anchorage hotel Sunday, according to a written statement from the Department of Public Safety.

Creative Commons

On this membership drive edition of Kachemak Science , Kachemak Bay Birders name the lesser sandhill crane their Bird of the Month on Bird Rhythms.
Also,  McNeil Canyon Elementary students, Hudson Loboy and Gautoma "Bubba" Schuett-Iwamura, present their data on dissolved oxygen and macroinvertebrates.  And, you'll hear part one of Sue Mauger's conversation with Kachemak Science on her recent trip to Antarctica.