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Paddlers Steer Towards Shore - Photo by Quinton Chandler/KBBI

The Center for Water Advocacy and the Kachemak Bay Water Trail Association successfully launched their first paddle of the year along the Homer Spit this weekend. The water was smooth and the paddlers reached their destination without mishap. After their successful trip the paddlers celebrated with a simple beach-side barbecue.

The 2015 groundfish fisheries outlook is here for Prince William Sound and Cook Inlet. The guideline harvest level isn't set yet for Prince William Sound sablefish, while the GHL decreases for sablefish in Cook Inlet. Pacific cod in Cook Inlet will see a higher GHL than in 2014. Many of the other fisheries will stay relatively unchanged from last year.

Happy New Year from KBBI News!

2014 was a big year for peninsula news. From wildfires to elections to unbelievable adventures, the Kenai was buzzing with hot stories from January to December. Here's a look at 2014, the year in review!

The National Marine Fisheries Service held outreach meetings in Kodiak and Homer in December. Fishermen and NMFS representatives discussed the North Pacific Groundfish and Halibut Observer program including upcoming changes for 2015 and feedback from fishermen.

Alice's Bar - Photo by Shady Grove Oliver/KBBI

The Homer icon, Alice’s Champagne Palace, had its grand opening under new owners on Solstice weekend. The classic bar and eatery was packed from opening to closing. Visitors to the "new" Alice's were happy to see the old bar back in business, but with some marked improvements.

Image Courtesy of the City of Homer

The City of Homer will say farewell to long time City Manager Walt Wrede this month. Wrede’s replacement hasn’t been hired yet, but the city has taken on a temporary replacement. Recently, incoming Interim City Manager Marvin Yoder sat with KBBI to discuss his qualifications, his thoughts on the transition, and his plans to serve Homer as a temporary city manager.

Angelica Haakenson - Photo Courtesy of gofundme.com/angelicahaakenson

An Anchor Point girl is in stable condition after losing both of her legs in a traffic accident on Christmas Day. By Monday afternoon, the online campaign had raised more than $41,000 from about 600 donors, including local residents, peninsula businesses, and area emergency services. Angelica Haakenson is a sixth-grader at Chapman Elementary School in Anchor Point. You can find out more at http://www.gofundme.com/angelicahaakenson.

Black Turnstones in Flight - Photo Courtesy of Kachemak Bay Birders

This weekend the Kachemak Bay Birders and the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge sponsored Homer’s contribution to the 115th Audubon Christmas Bird Count. Groups of divided up areas of Homer to survey. Their goal was to count each bird they saw and categorize them by species. The information they gathered will be compiled with similar bird counts conducted across America. Researchers will be able to study the data to discover population trends.

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