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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As the dust settles from Homer’s election, two candidates are soaking in their landslide victories. Candidates Caroline Venuti and Rachel Lord both clinched seats on the Homer City Council, beating out five other candidates. Both Lord and Venuti say they’re ready to take current council members David Lewis and Catriona Reynolds’ seats.

Voter turnout was higher than usual Tuesday. Including absentee and special needs ballots, about 37 percent of registered voters flocked to the polls.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

Unofficial results are in for Homer’s local election. There were a couple of contested races for seats on the Homer City Council. Candidates Caroline Venuti and Rachel Lord came away with about 770 votes each, about 64 percent of the vote. Sarah Vance is in third with 331 votes.

It’s unknown how many questioned ballots were cast Tuesday, but about 420 absentee ballots will be counted on Friday, making it unlikely for results to shift.

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The Cook Inlet Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse, or CICADA, has expanded hours at its Homer satellite office. The Kenai-based non-profit hired one part-time provider in late-September, expanding its out-patient services to five days per week.

In the past, CICADA has staffed the Homer location with providers from Kenai just two days per week. Executive Director Sara Fann said the move is just the first step to provide more services on the southern peninsula.  

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

Five of the seven candidates running for two seats on the Homer City Council squared off one final time before Election Day Thursday. Candidates took both prepared and audience questions on a range of issues, but concerns about the current business climate, economic growth and capital projects stole the show.

City council candidates Andrew Kita and Kimberly Ketter were both absent, but the remaining five candidates gathered at the Homer Elks Lodge for the Homer Chamber of Commerce’s city council forum.

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Seldovia is beginning its hunt for a new city manager. Current manager Tod Larson accepted the city manager position in Dillingham earlier this month.

Larson came on board in Seldovia little over a year ago. Prior to that, he managed a 106-bed jail in Wyoming and served 25 years in the military. Larson says he wasn’t looking for a new position when he heard about the Dillingham job, but thought it would be a good opportunity after a friend emailed him the listing.

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Homer City Council candidates met at Kachemak Bay Campus to answer questions from the public and from reporters representing KBBI and Homer News.
The forum was broadcast live and recorded on September 21, 2017. Candidates participating: Kim Ketter, Andy Kita, Rachel Lord, Dwane Nustvold, Sarah Vance and Caroline Venuti. Candidate Stephen Meuller was unable to attend. The KBBI Candidates Forum will be rebroadcast on AM 890 on Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 10 a.m. Stream it here at kbbi.org.

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Homer residents will be making plenty of decisions when they head to the ballot box next Tuesday. Besides voting for a new borough mayor and city council candidates, voters will also have some important fiscal questions to answer. For Homer voters it’s Proposition 1, and the city administration says it’s big step towards filling a looming $1.2 million budget gap.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

Clam diggers from the Kenai River to the Homer Spit hoping for the return of razor clams were sorely disappointed this summer. This year was the third season in a row the Alaska Department of Fish and Game issued an emergency order closing popular razor clam fisheries, but there is a tiny glimmer of hope the tasty morsels are making a comeback.

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The Southern Kenai Peninsula’s first retail marijuana shop is one step closer to opening its doors. The Homer City Council approved a memorandum voicing its non-objection to Uncle Herb’s setting up shop on Ocean Drive, a formal step taken after the state Marijuana Control Board approved the retail store earlier this month.

Owner Loyd Stiassny expressed his gratitude to the council at the end of the meeting. Stiassny has already opened another retail shop in Anchorage under the same name.

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An ethics complaint filed in early July against Homer City Council Members Donna Aderhold, Catriona Reynolds and David Lewis was thrown out last week.

The complaint followed a failed recall attempt this summer. Recall petitioners argued that Aderhold, Reynolds and Lewis committed misconduct in office after crafting and sponsoring two resolutions regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline and inclusivity for minority populations and immigrants.

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