Homer Residents packed the Alaska Islands and Ocean Auditorium Monday night waiting for their chance to engage the Southern Peninsula’s two legislative delegates on the hot political issues of the day. Representative Paul Seaton and Senator Gary Stevens held the town hall meeting to update their constituents on the current special session. Governor Bill Walker ordered the session with goals of securing a balanced budget, passing Medicaid Expansion and Erin’s Law. But, the legislators say the state budget will likely receive the brunt of their attention this session and the other bills could be pushed back to the fall. KBBI’s Quinton Chandler has more.
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The Anchor Point Library held an open house to showcase its new building Saturday May 9th. The new facility is on lease to the library director and she will officially lease it out to the library in the future. In the meantime Laura Craig is more than happy to see the building become a new entertainment center for the Anchor Point Community. KBBI’s Quinton Chandler has more.
A popular, yet troublesome, ocean monitoring buoy went back in service this spring in southern peninsula waters. KBBI’s Shady Grove Oliver has the story of Bandit the runaway wave buoy that’s been out of service for a year and a half.
NOAA Fisheries is seeking public comment on a draft recovery plan for Cook Inlet beluga whales.Cook Inlet beluga whales have been on the endangered species list since 2008. Since 2011, the inlet has been designated a critical habitat for the species. According to NOAA Fisheries, the population is estimated to be only 340 animals and there has been a steady decline in the species over the last decade. KBBI's Shady Grove Oliver reports.
Two Kenai Peninsula Borough schools received threatening phone calls the afternoon of Wednesday, May 13th, which were later determined not to be credible. That’s according to a release from the district. KBBI’s Shady Grove Oliver has more.
Homer’s newest trail was dedicated over the weekend at the top of Skyline Drive. KBBI’s Shady Grove Oliver attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony and has the story.
A group of Kenai Peninsula residents is pushing the borough to take a more active role in animal welfare. The group, called Alaskans for Domestic Animal Protection, used social media to organize what they called a “Show of Animal Support” at the assembly meeting Tuesday night. KBBI’s Shady Grove Oliver has the story.
Bob Dietrich and Lisa Moorhead have made Homer’s Shorebird Festival their destination since the very first one 23 years ago. They are avid birders each with their own list of Life Birds or birds they want to see at least once. KBBI’s Quinton Chandler found the two hunting for more of their winged friends with a tripod mounted scope right in the middle of the Homer Spit.