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Homer Tribune/Cindy Barker

Internet is a basic commodity for most of U.S. consumers, but some remote Alaskan towns like Point Hope on the Chukchi Sea are just getting connected to the digital world. Other rural towns in Alaska have surprisingly been connected nearly as long as their peers in the Lower 48. 

The internet came to Homer in 1995, but it wasn’t a large internet provider that broke into the rural Alaskan market, it was a 20-year-old college student that saw the business opportunity.

Alaska State Troopers

An Anchor Point man is in jail after stealing an ATV and barricading himself inside a residence Tuesday. Alaska State Troopers in Anchor Point received a report of a stolen side-by-side from a location off the Old Sterling Highway near Anchor Point just a little after 1 p.m.

Troopers and the owner of the ATV followed the tracks to a location just north of Anchor Point off La Duquesa Lane.

Troopers Spokesperson Megan Peters said Troopers then followed footprints from the ATV to a trailer.

KBBI

The International Pacific Halibut Commission, or the IPHC, will kick off its annual meeting in Portland Monday. The international regulatory body is expected to slash the total allowable catch of halibut on the West Coast by 24 percent due to declining stocks. With potentially less Pacific halibut on the market, prices are likely to increase, but a new direct competitor on the East Coast may hamper the market’s ability to compensate for lower halibut stocks in Alaska.

Courtesy of Alaska Legislature

Alaska legislators will return to Juneau for the 2018 legislative session Tuesday. The top priority is to fix the state’s budget crisis. If lawmakers do nothing this year, the state’s savings will run out. Both the Senate and House agree on part of the plan to fix the problem, using Permanent Fund earnings to fund government, but legislators from both chambers disagree on how to fill the rest of the gap. Senate Republicans say budget cuts will fix the crisis, but members of the House say that isn’t enough and want to implement a broad-based tax.

Icy roads Saturday night delay Peninsula athletes return home

Jan 15, 2018

A charter bus carrying the Homer girls basketball team got stuck partially in the ditch in Cooper Landing, blocking traffic in both lanes for some time on Saturday night. No injuries were reported.

According to a Facebook post by Chad Felice, coach of the Lady Mariners, the road was so icy that the bus, moving at under 20 mph, just slid down with the grade of the road.

Renee Gross, KBBI News

The National Center for Biomedical Research and Training taught nearly 40 emergency responders this week on how to handle an active shooter situation. The three-day course began with lectures, but increasingly became more hands on and cumulated with an active shooting simulation. The center, which partners with the Department of Homeland Security, is housed at Louisiana State University but provides trainings all over the country free of charge.

Fire Chief Bob Painter applied for the training to come to Homer.

Image Courtesy of the City of Homer

The Homer Economic Development Advisory Commission has completed a survey of Homer businesses. The Commission wanted to know what were the largest issues facing small businesses and to see if the city can help.

The idea is that by focusing on retaining established business in the community rather than solely focusing on attracting new ones, there will be larger growth in the private sector. In turn, the city would see a larger economic boost.

Courtesy of Fish and Game

A sport and subsistence tanner crab fishery returned to Kachemak Bay and Cook Inlet for the first time in four years last fall. The season kicked off in October and will run through February.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game Sport Fish Management Biologist Carol Kerkvliet said about 1,100 permits have been issued so far.

“Since the fishery has been closed, we did expect fairly high participation because it provides a different opportunity for people in the winter months when there's not a lot going on,” Kerkvliet said.

Michele Smith Vasquez

In honor of the #MeToo movement, nearly twenty women gathered at the Soldotna Library for a panel discussion on sexual harassment and abuse Tuesday night. Many Voices, a local social justice group organized the get-together.

The panel, which included two doctors, pastors and an advocate, discussed destigmatizing experiences of abuse. Clinical Physiologist Dr. Pamela Hays said she sees survivors’ shame run deep:

HERC

The Homer City Council held a work session with the Park, Arts, Recreation and Culture Advisory Commission Monday to discuss the future of the Homer Education and Recreation Complex, also known as the HERC.

The city has debated what to do with the former school for years as bringing the building up to code and maintaining the building becomes more expensive.  Still, a vocal part of the community fights to keep it open, noting the importance of a recreational space.

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