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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North Pacific Fishery Management Council

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council appointed two Homer-based fishermen to its Cook Inlet Salmon Committee last month. The council asked the committee to evaluate management options for Cook Inlet commercial salmon fishing in federal waters when it created the group earlier this year.

Dan Anderson and Hannah Heimbuch were both appointed to the committee during the NPFMC’s June meeting in Kodiak. The council also pointed three other commercial fishermen to the group, two of which are from Kasilof. All six members are drift gillnet permit holders.

Renee Gross, KBBI News/Alaska State Legislature

Today on the Coffee Table, KBBI News Director Aaron Bolton speaks with House District 31 candidate Henry Kroll, Republican, and incumbent Paul Seaton, non-partisan, about how Alaska's Legislature should move forward on the state's budget gap. 

Courtesy of Carol Hafner

Out of the field of six candidates running to unseat U.S. House Rep. Don Young this fall, there is one candidate who’s never set foot in Alaska. 

Carol Hafner is a Democrat running for Alaska’s sole U.S. House of Representatives seat.

She lists a South Dakota address on her filings with the state Division of Elections. That address belongs to a mail-drop service near Rapid City, South Dakota that maintains addresses for transient seniors.

Valdez Fisheries Development Association

After some back and forth during an Alaska Board of Fisheries emergency meeting Tuesday, a Prince William Sound pink salmon hatchery will be allowed to move forward with its plans to increase its production by 20 million eggs this summer. 

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Commercial fishermen in lower Cook Inlet are having a mostly average season so far this summer. Seiners have hauled in roughly 34,000 sockeye, which sits between the 2016 and 2017 harvests.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game Area Management Biologist, Glenn Hollowell said most of those fish are comprised of hatchery stocks.

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.

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