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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Courtesy of Fish and Game

Commercial fishing for coho salmon is winding down in Prince William Sound. Gillneters at the mouth of the Copper River are seeing a relatively average year with about 170,000 fish harvested so far. While the harvest is typical, the price this year is not. Coho are fetching about $1.50 per pound at the docks, about double the average price.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game Area Management Biologist Jeremy Botz expects fishing to stay open another week.

Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly

As candidates campaign for mayor, city council and borough assembly seats around the Kenai Peninsula Borough, there are other important decisions being put to voters. There are three propositions on the ballot this October asking voters about everything from marijuana to raising the tax cap, and Borough Mayor Mike Navarre has been giving presentations around the peninsula to educate voters on those decisions.

Courtesy of Homer Hockey Association

Winter is coming which, means good news for hockey fans. Homer’s ice rink, Kevin Bell Arena, is offering some ice time this month, but most programs will begin in October.

President of the Homer Hockey Association Jan Rumble notes that the organization is also starting this year with a strong financial plan.

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As Hurricane Irma barrels through the Caribbean and onwards to the Southeastern U.S., the relief effort is still underway in Texas after hurricane Harvey devastated Houston. A former Anchor Point resident, who now lives on the southwest corner of the city, spent three days responding to the disaster. Now that the waters have receded, he doesn’t want Alaskans and the rest of the country to forget about the mountain of work left to do.

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Detox beds are not a dime a dozen in Alaska. With just 30 beds statewide dedicated to those looking to get clean from opioids and other drug addictions, emergency rooms are taking the brunt of a growing opioid crisis, but the Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna is responding to the problem with a new six-bed detox facility. 

The 2017 tourism season in Homer and on the Kenai Peninsula is heading into its final two weeks, with most business owners closing up their shops after Labor Day. By most accounts, this year was on par with the last two years, but it all depends on where you’re standing or your business that is.  

Anecdotally, there was no shortage of tourists in Homer during peak season, around July and August.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

The Cook Inlet Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, or CICADA, is looking to expand its Homer operation. CICADA provides out-patient care for drug addiction and mental health services from Moose Pass down to the Homer area.

The Kenai-based non-profit corporation currently operates the Homer satellite office just two days per week with staff from the Central peninsula. It’s looking to hire a substance abuse counselor for part-time work five days per week.

Image Courtesy of the City of Homer

The Homer City Council passed a resolution Monday asking Alaska’s Legislature to tighten up the legal grounds for recalling elected municipal officials.  The council also approved sending a companion resolution to the Alaska Municipal League, but both were pulled for reconsideration Tuesday morning.

Both measures, sponsored by council members Donna Aderhold and Heath Smith, were passed without any controversy or discussion.

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Annie Poso no longer wants to run for one of two spots on the Homer City Council this fall. Poso was one of the first few candidates to file earlier this month.

She explains she formally announced her candidacy after seeing just two people on the ballot.

“Initially, I listened to a story on KBBI that only two candidates had filed, and I felt that there needed to be some more viable options. So, I put my hat in the ring,” Poso explained.  

Over the next two weeks, five additional candidates joined the race, which gave Poso confidence that she was no longer necessary.

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Communities around the state have been trying to find ways to deal with opioid addiction. Stakeholders have been forming community-based task forces as a way to combat the problem, aggregating available services, providing help lines and filling in the blanks on the road to recovery. There are still a lot of blanks for those seeking treatment on the Southern Kenai Peninsula, but a group of Homer agencies and community members hope to change that.