Recent News Stories

Robert Ruffner - Photo Courtesy of the Peninsula Clarion

Kenai Peninsula resident Robert Ruffner is on his way toward becoming the newest member of the Alaska Board of Fisheries. His name will now be forwarded to the joint legislative session for confirmation.

Libby Roderick Performs - Photo by Quinton Chandler/KBBI

The Kachemak Bay Conservation Society brought Alaskan Singer Songwriter Libby Roderick from Anchorage to their annual meeting last week to talk climate change. Roderick labels herself a climate change activist who uses music to share her views.

Homer Electric Association plans to increase consumer energy rates starting this month with another adjustment likely coming May 1st. HEA customers could see their monthly energy bill go up by about $13 starting in May.

Seldovia Sea Otters Win - Image Courtesy of

The Seldovia Sea Otters beat out the Scammon Bay Eagles for the men’s 1A Division State Championship two weeks ago. This is the first time the Sea Otters have brought home a state title. Coach Mark James complements his team describes the big win.

Earlier this month, public broadcasting survived an effort in the House to slash its state funding by half. Now, a subcommittee in the Senate has axed the appropriation entirely. The cuts would cause some stations in places like Homer and Kodiak to lose their federal funding and rural communities could lose their emergency alert system.

From Sam Weller's Presentation - Photo by Shady Grove Oliver/KBBI

Since January, Homer has had its nose in a book. That book is Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. For nine weeks, dozens of bookworms participated in the Big Read, a program to encourage community-wide literacy, which finished this month.

Image Courtesy of the City of Homer

The Homer City Council has at last reached the end of its search for a new City Manager to replace former manager Walt Wrede. The position first opened up in early October. By the time of Wrede’s departure in December nearly 50 candidates had applied. A special council meeting on Tuesday night marked the second round of interviews and the job was offered to current Economic Development Director Katie Koester. Despite the months’ long search and the loss of several potential candidates, council members say they’re more than satisfied with the final outcome.

A medical examiner has positively identified two of the four sets of human remains found over the weekend near a Kenai trail. Kenai Police released a statement Thursday positively identifying 37-year old Brandon Jividen and 23-year old Rebecca Adams.