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 Clayton Arndt

About 130 Homer High School students walked out of class Wednesday to show solidarity with the 17 victims of the shooting in Parkland Florida earlier this month. Several students walked out of the school with signs supporting gun control, but student organizers say the walkout wasn’t just about the contentions debate over guns in the U.S. and that it was aimed at promoting change around safety in schools.

Sign announcing Auction Block's closure on its front door.Credit Aaron Bolton, KBBI NewsEdit | Remove

With the halibut and the summer fishing seasons just around the corner, the immediate outlook for a large, closed down fish buyer and processor on the Homer Spit is grim. But there is hope the business may be sold and back in operation within in the year.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

The sale of Auction Block, a large fish buyer and off-loader on the Homer Spit, was approved last month. Auction Block closed its doors late last year after it entered bankruptcy as part of a deal to sell the business to California-based Southwind Seafoods. But there may no longer be a buyer, and its doors remain closed as the summer fishing season approaches.


Image Courtesy of the City of Homer

Two resolutions aimed at revisiting water and sewer rates were removed from the Homer City Council’s agenda Monday. Both resolutions said that commercial users were impacted negatively after the city moved to a uniform rate for both residential and commercial users in 2013 and it called for a task force to look into the issue.

Courtesy of the University of Alaska Fairbanks

Over the last year, warm water temperatures in the Gulf of Alaska, infamously known as the blob, have dissipated. Warmer water temps are thought to have a hand in massive bird die-offs and a decline in Pacific cod stocks. Now that the three-year period of summer-like marine conditions is over, scientists and fishery managers are eager to assess the full impact of the blob.

  The Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council, which assesses the impact of tourism on the Kenai Peninsula annually, has a better idea of just how much economic stimulus tourists bring with them.


For the first time, KPTMC commissioned a Kenai Peninsula-specific report from the McDowell Group, which collects statewide data every five years for the Alaska State Visitor Statistics Program.

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The Homer Mariner hockey team ended its season and its dreams of heading to the state tournament Friday. The Mariners went into the North Star Hockey Championship in Soldotna as the second seed and faced off against the third-seed Wasilla Warriors for a chance to advance in the tournament and onto state.

The Warriors struck first, but Homer tied the game, 1-1, heading into the second period. Wasilla followed up in the second with two goals, but Homer answered back early in the third period.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

A water main along East End Road sprung a leak early Monday morning near Paul Banks Elementary.

Public Works Director Carey Meyer says water flowing through the area spiked about 1,000 gallons per minute around 2 a.m., indicating there was a leak in the system.  

City staff worked through the early morning hours to locate the leak by shutting off portions of the system, causing a few residents to wake up without water.

Courtesy of the Pratt Museum

The Pratt Museum is turning fifty this year and both current and past museum staff are kicking of the celebration Friday. Pratt Exhibits Curator Scott Bartlett said the first in a series of exhibits pays homage to the museum’s past.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The state Marijuana Control Board unanimously denied a Homer-based marijuana cultivation facility’s application last week. The business, Alaska Loven It, was nearly ready to open its doors, but the Homer City Council and the control board both denied the application.