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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Fish and Game

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is forecasting 2018’s lower Cook Inlet pink salmon run to be a modest one despite disastrous runs in 2016, this year’s parent year. A number of 2016 pink salmon runs were declared a federal disaster.

Area Management Biologist Glenn Hollowell said the commercial harvest was limited to about 70,000 pinks that year.

Voting will start for the Homer Electric Association’s Board of Directors in a just a few weeks. Anchor Point resident Roy Champagne is running unopposed for a seat representing Homer. The seat was left vacant after board member Don Stead resigned last month.  

The board consists of nine directors: three from each of the three districts that make up the service area. Members can only vote for directors in their area.

Creative Commons photo by Ed Bierman

The total allowable catch for the 2018 Pacific halibut season in the Gulf of Alaska and Southeast will be set slightly lower than what U.S. commissioners on the International Pacific Halibut Commission had asked for.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will publish a final rule in the Federal Register Tuesday setting combined charter and commercial quotas in Southeast, area 2C, at 4.4 million pounds. That’s about a 17-percent drop from the total allowable catch in 2017.

Courtesy of the International Pacific Halibut Commission

The National Marine Fisheries Service announced nominees to fill two seats on the International Pacific Halibut Commission Thursday. Four Alaskans were nominated to fill two upcoming vacancies on the commission.

Current Commissioner and Executive Director of the Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association Linda Behnken is among the list of six names.

Commissioner Robert Alverson of Washington and general manager of the Fishing Vessel Owners’ Association in Seattle was also nominated.

Both Behnken and Alverson’s terms expire at the end of the month.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

Homer City Manager Katie Koester told Homer residents Tuesday that the city is keeping its head above water as the state fiscal crisis and recession continues.

Koester gave a State of the City speech to residents during a Homer Chamber of Commerce luncheon at the Best Western Bidarka Inn.

She highlighted Homer’s diverse economy and steady population growth.

Photo by Daysha Eaton/KBBI

Public transportation in rural areas can be cost prohibitive, but the Ninilchik Village Tribe is trying to help solve that problem on the western Kenai Peninsula. 

The tribe’s Basic Unified Multi-Path Service, or BUMPS, has been providing transportation between Homer and Kenai, and after six months of providing rides, tribal staff say its bus service is ready for the summer months.

Courtesy of Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association

The Alaska Board of Fisheries re-established a committee on hatchery operations Friday at its meeting in Anchorage. The board took up the issue after an emergency petition was filed in December calling for a committee to look into issues of straying hatchery fish and the impact on wild stocks.

Creative Commons photo by Ed Bierman

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, published an interim rule for the 2018 halibut season Friday.

It set the season opening and closing dates on March 24 and November 7. The rule also put quotas from 2017 in place, but that is likely to change.

The International Pacific Halibut Commission, which regulates halibut in U.S. and Canadian waters, typically sets both season dates and quotas.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has been conducting a limited study on straying hatchery pink salmon around lower Cook Inlet and Kachemak Bay to see whether fish from the Tutka Bay Lagoon and Port Graham hatcheries have been spawning in wild streams, but to its surprise, it discovered Prince William Sound hatchery fish in several local systems. But hatchery pinks from the Sound are also winding up in the commercial harvest.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

The state Office of Substance Misuse and Addiction is making the rounds around the state to get a better idea of how communities are handling opioid and heroin addiction.


Misuse and Addiction and state opioid task force representatives stopped in Homer Wednesday for a five-hour community discussion. Homer area residents gathered in groups to discuss prevention and response to opioid issues in the community, their perceptions of the issue and what factors make it unique in Homer.