Aaron Bolton

News Director

Aaron Bolton is excited to come on board at KBBI after spending his first year reporting in the state at KSTK in Wrangell. He grew up in southern Minnesota and graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2015 with a degree in professional journalism.

Prior to Alaska, Aaron reported for Radio K in Minneapolis. He spent his free time going to local concerts and promoting shows and music festivals. Since making the move, he has spent his time in the backcountry snowboarding whenever possible.

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Photo courtesy of the City of Homer

The Homer Volunteer Fire Department and Kachemak Emergency Services responded to a house fire in Homer early Friday morning.

The Homer Fire Department was notified of the fire off East Danview Avenue at about 5:23 a.m. According to Homer Fire Chief Terry Kadel, the blaze was likely caused by a citronella candle burning on the front porch of the home.

Courtesy of Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Just as three rivers on the Kenai Peninsula are set to reopen to sport fishing next week, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game issued more restrictions for sport anglers today/Friday.  

Kenai Peninsula Borough

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is hoping to settle a longstanding border battle Tuesday. The assembly has considered several proposals to expand Central Peninsula Hospital’s service area boundary towards the south over the last few years. Assembly members from the southern peninsula have historically opposed the move, but both sides seem to have found a suitable compromise.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

A conflict is intensifying over hatcheries in Prince William Sound.

For the second time this year, Alaska’s Board of Fisheries is weighing an emergency petition to block a hatchery from increasing its production. This is the latest skirmish in a battle over whether pink salmon hatcheries are causing more harm than good.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

David Gerard is an aspiring guitar maker who passes his skills onto young students around Homer. Earlier this year, Gerard was one of three from the Homer area to receive project grants from the Rasmuson Foundation. This is the second time Gerard has won a Rasmuson grant, and he said this time, he wants to use that money to try his hand at building other stringed instruments.

Image Courtesy of the City of Homer

On Monday, the Homer City Council certified the results of a special election in June.  Voters headed to the polls to decide whether the city should raise sales taxes to build a new $7.5 million police station. The Election Canvas Board tallied up the votes last week.

Roughly 800 people voted both during early voting and on election day. Voter turnout was at about seventeen percent. Roughly 64 percent of votes were cast in favor of the new police station.

Valdez Fisheries Development Association

The Homer City Council decided against weighing in on an ongoing debate about pink salmon hatcheries during a special meeting Monday. Council members Heath Smith and Shelly Erickson called the emergency meeting last week to consider a resolution urging the Alaska Board of Fisheries to delay its discussion about increased production at a Prince William Sound pink salmon hatchery.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

The Homer City Council is set to consider whether or not it wants to wade into an ongoing battle between salmon hatcheries and their critics during a special meeting Monday.

Council members Heath Smith and Shelly Erickson are sponsoring a resolution asking the Alaska Board of Fisheries to delay its consideration of an emergency petition in July.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will close the commenting period of its scoping process for the Pebble Mine Project Friday evening. As the last of the comments trickle in, some critics of the mine are taking issue with some changes that were made during the scoping period.

The comments the Army Corps of Engineers collected from the public will set the stage for what it will study as it compiles the Environmental Impact Statement.

Shahla Farzan, KBBI News

A majority of Homer residents who voted in a special election Tuesday gave the city the green light to build a new $7.5 million police station. Absentee ballots are extremely unlikely to shift Tuesday’s results, and the city is gearing up to begin the design and construction process.

The bond proposition asked residents to approve raising the city’s sales tax .35 percent to pay for $5 million of the project.