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Rock Walk Challenge Participants and their Stones - Photo by Quinton Chandler/KBBI

A handful of people came together to perform a simple symbolic act Sunday to take a stand against sexual violence. The participants hope their actions shine a light locally on a problem that numbers show is out of control in Alaska.

Damaged Section of Kachemak Drive - Photo Courtesy of Brandy McGee

 

     Heavy rain washed out a portion of Kachemak Drive in Homer and the road has been closed to through traffic. The pavement caved in about a half mile from the intersection of Spit Road and Ocean Drive. 

     The Department of Transportation, Homer Police, and the Homer Volunteer Fire Department were on scene assessing the damage Sunday. Officials are directing drivers to use East End Road access until further notice.

 

 

Kachemak Drive Collapse - Photo by Brandy McGee

 

     For the past week, the weather has been erratic on the southern peninsula. Heavy winds followed by lots of rain and snow have brought down dry branches and flooded coastal plains in the Homer area. But right now, there’s no official word yet on whether or not the weather played a part in the slide that took out part of Kachemak Drive in Homer over the weekend.

Peninsula resident Robert Ruffner will not sit on the Alaska Board of Fisheries this term. The joint session voted against confirming Ruffner Sunday. His appointment failed by a single vote, with 29 for and 30 against. He was Governor Walker’s second failed appointment this year to fill the seat vacated by Karl Johnstone.

Kachemak Bay State Park Chief Ranger Roger MacCampbell attended the first annual Trails Symposium. He was there to talk about the state of state parks and says the recent drop in oil prices, which has caused a flurry of statewide budget cuts, is affecting the park.

Image Courtesy of the Kenai Watershed Forum

 

     12 Kenai Peninsula Borough Schools students took the stage at Kenai Central High School’s Little Theatre Thursday, April 16th to present their ideas in the final round of the Caring for the Kenai competition. The annual contest is an engine that drives students to either create practical solutions for environmental problems, or improve existing safeguards against natural disasters. 

Kenaitze Candlelight Vigil - Photo by Shady Grove Oliver/KBBI

April is national sexual assault awareness month. The Kenaitze Indian Tribe last week held a candlelight vigil to raise awareness about the issue on the Kenai Peninsula.

The Alaska Food Policy Council is wrapping up more than a year of food system research across the state. As part of the survey, the council held a series of town hall meetings from Nome to Juneau to find out how these diverse communities felt about food in their areas.

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