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South Peninsula Behavioral Health Services

South Peninsula Behavioral Health Services is kicking off the first DeStig Cinema Series on Thursday with the romantic comedy, “Benny and Joon.” Health services, better known as the center, will be showing one free movie a month about mental illness, substance use and disabilities at the Homer Theater for the next four months. Head of the center, Jay Bechtol, said he hopes it will jumpstart conversations about stigmatized identities. 

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The Homer Fire and Police Departments responded to an accident Monday evening around six p.m. A vehicle rolled over on the east end of Beluga Lake and the driver suffered serious injuries. He was medevacted to Anchorage and his name was not released. 

Renee Gross, KBBI News

The tsunami warning on Tuesday sent people along the Gulf of Alaska scrambling to find higher ground. In Homer, residents evacuated to the north side of Pioneer and over 60 people waited out the warning in the South Peninsula Hospital and Homer High School.

Chuck Hagen was asleep at his home on Bay Avenue when he realized something was wrong.

“I heard the sirens going and I turned the radio on and it said a tsunami was coming this way,” he said.

Renee Gross, KBBI News

Homer residents evacuated to higher ground early Tuesday morning after the National Weather Service’s Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer issued a tsunami warning for the Gulf of Alaska. The Homer Spit and other low-lying areas were evacuated, but Homer didn’t experience a wave, and no major damage was reported.

City officials say it was a good experience for residents and emergency responders.

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A potential marijuana cultivation facility’s future in Homer may be in jeopardy after it was found growing several marijuana plants before it was officially approved.

Alaska Loven It, a hopeful standard cultivation business on Kachemak Drive, was set to be considered for approval by the Homer City Council Monday.

Both City Planner Rick Abboud and Homer Police Chief Mark Robl had signed off on owner Dan Coglianese’s application, recommending its approval by the council before heading onto the Marijuana Control Board later this week.

Renee Gross, KBBI News

Homer residents woke up to tsunami sirens in the early morning hours Tuesday. The National Weather Service Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer issued a tsunami warning for the Gulf of Alaska after an 7.9 magnitude earthquake was recorded about 175 miles southeast of Kodiak City at 12:32 a.m.

Many Homer residents evacuated, loading their family and pets into cars and headed to higher ground. Several gathered at the South Peninsula Hospital and more congregated at the Homer High School after the city opened it to shelter evacuated residents.

Latest update: 3:30

The National Weather Service Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer has downgraded the tsunami warning to an advisory. Homer City Manager Katie Koester says Homer residents in low-lying areas can return home. Residents are advised to stay out of the water as currents could be strong.

No wave was reported in Homer, but the National Weather Service reported a wave under a foot in Kodiak's harbor. Seward and Yakutat also saw waves measuring at about half of a foot. 

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Salmon runs in Prince William Sound are predicted to be average or below average in 2018.

 

For seiners, wild pinks are expected to come in about 20 percent under the 10-year average for even years, but Alaska Department of Fish and Game Area Management Biologist Charlie Russell said hatchery fish are expected to pick up some of the slack.

Calls for unity at Women's March

Jan 22, 2018
Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

Over 600 people attended the Women's March in Homer on Saturday. It was one of  the many protests nationwide where community members spoke out on a host of progressive issues. The initial march last year was a response to Donald Trump’s inauguration, but this year the focus was on unity and getting out the vote.

Volunteer Angie Newby watched hundreds of women, men, and children carry signs on Pioneer Avenue and directed them toward the Wisdom, Knowledge, Faith & Love Park in downtown Homer.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The City of Homer may have its first marijuana cultivation facility next December. Dan Coglianese and Janiese Stevens, owners of Alaska Loven It, applied for a standard marijuana cultivation license to operate out of a 5,000 square foot building on Kachemak Drive.

Coglianese said they’re aiming to offer better quality cannabis than other facilities by testing out their product out before selling it.

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