Recent News Stories

A busy Saturday afternoon at the Homer harbor was interrupted over the weekend by a report of a natural gas leak. The report came in shortly after noon. Harbormaster Bryan Hawkins says the leak forced an immediate evacuation of most of the harbor area.

Fishermen who were around Kachemak Bay before the 1980s probably remember a time when king crab was the dominant fishery in the area. A new exhibit at the Pratt Museum in Homer takes a closer look at the time “When Crab Was King.”

Alaskans who make an annual habit of digging for razor clams on the Kenai Peninsula may have noticed something odd over the last few years – there just doesn’t seem to be as many clams on the beaches as there used to be. Scientists have also noticed the trend.

The sinking of two commercial fishing vessels in Jakalof Bay near Homer has local oyster growers concerned about possible environmental effects. A Coast Guard spokesperson says the F/V Leading Lady is reported to have about 50 gallons of diesel fuel and an unknown quantity of hydraulic oil on board.

This year’s session of the Alaska State Legislature has reached its halfway point and so far, the big topic has been education. KBBI’s Aaron Selbig checked in with a pair of Kenai Peninsula legislators to get their thoughts on education funding and the concept of “school choice.”

For the last few weeks the Homer United Methodist Church has taken the lead on an effort distributing food to teens in need. Volunteers have been working with other organizations and community members to have free food on hand to pass out each Friday.

The state Board of Game continues its meeting in Kenai this week. Beginning last Friday, the Board heard research updates from area biologists and two days of public testimony. Dwindling moose numbers on the Central Peninsula and what to do about it was a central topic.

Since 2008, Homer residents have enjoyed a seasonal tax holiday on non-prepared foods, meaning no borough or city taxes at the grocery store between September 1st and May 31st of each year. But the 4-point-5 percent city sales tax might be making a comeback.

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