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The Alaska SeaLife Center

The Alaska SeaLife Center’s family of octopuses is growing. A giant Pacific octopus, named Gilligan, laid thousands of eggs about a year ago. Less than a hundred hatched this month. Aquarium curator Richard Hocking expects the remaining eggs to hatch by the end of May.

Once the eggs hatch, staff transport them to a separate tank where they can feed on zooplankton.

Young giant Pacific octopuses are about a quarter-inch long and have fully developed eyes. An adult is between nine and 16 feet long.

Alaska State Troopers

Alaska State Troopers responded to a burglary at McNeil Canyon Meats Wednesday. The store is about 12 miles from down East End Road from Homer.

Troopers are releasing few details, but said that two men entered the store early Wednesday morning. Troopers say the items taken are worth several thousands of dollars.

McNeil Canyon Meats could not be reached in time for this story.

Editor's note: This is an ongoing story. Check back for more details. 

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

The Kenai Peninsula Borough is struggling to fill a $4.5 million budget gap. It collects millions of dollars of sales tax each year. But some of that money is given back to businesses who remit sales tax on time. As part of a new question and answer series, one KBBI listener asked whether ditching that tax incentive could help the borough with its budget woes.  

Image Courtesy of Homer Electric Association

Phone scammers posing as Homer Electric Association employees are targeting businesses in the Homer area. According to an HEA press release, businesses are reporting calls from scammers requesting payments for a fake bills. The caller threatens to turn off electrical services immediately if the bill is not paid.

HEA says it will never threaten to suspend services immediately and will give notice of an overdue bill before calling.

Photo Courtesy of South Peninsula Hospital

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will host a public hearing at the Ninilchik School Thursday evening on an ordinance that would move the Central Peninsula Hospital’s service area boundary south of Ninilchik.

The current boundary sits just south of Clam Gulch at about mile 119 on the Sterling Highway.

Image Courtesy of the City of Homer

The Homer City Council’s plan to fund a new police station changed course Monday. The council wants to implement a .35-percent year-around sales tax instead of a seasonal sales tax. It also plans to ask voters to approve spending $5 million on the project during a special election in June.  

The council introduced three ordinances related to the police station project and spent the majority of its time Monday focusing on its $5 million bond proposal, which would fund most of the $7.5 million project.  

Courtesy of the City of Homer

The Homer City Council formed a task force Monday that will evaluate what can be done with the Homer Education and Recreation Complex or the HERC.

The council gave the newly minted task force a $3,000 budget to assess how much it will cost to bring the building up to code and what portions are ready to be utilized. The council also tasked the group with exploring whether the city can lease or sell the property among other questions.

Courtesy of the International Pacific Halibut Commission

U.S. and Canadian members on the International Pacific Halibut Commission, or IPHC, met earlier this month in an effort to resolve their differences over how Pacific halibut are distributed between regulatory areas.

The commission shocked the fishing industry in January after it could not agree on catch limits for 2018, bringing years of disagreement to a head.

Abigail Kokai

The Bunnell Street Arts Center is piloting a new program to support Alaskan artists and collectors. The nonprofit established the new art-sharing program, known as Community Supported Art, earlier this month. It’s inspired by a similar business model that helps small farmers sell their crops to area residents. 

People can buy a share, and in turn they receive products from farmers in their area, but instead of getting a box full of local produce, shareholders in this program can expect a box full of small art pieces.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

A local bar and restaurant may lose its liquor license because it owes thousands of dollars in delinquent property and sales taxes.

The Alcohol & Marijuana Control Office notified the city last month that Young’s Downtown Restaurant & Inn applied to renew its liquor license. According to the control office, Ock Kyung Lee is the current business license holder.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough’s finance department sent a letter later that month to let the city know that Lee owes about $23,000 in back taxes to the city and borough.

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