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.

Ways to Connect

Courtesy of the Alaska Humanities Forum

The Alaska Humanities Forum announced 16 new additions to its Alaska Salmon Fellows program last week. Two Homer residents were selected for the second round of the program. Homer City Council member and Gulf Watch Alaska Science Coordinator Donna Aderhold was among those selected throughout the state. Homer commercial fisherman Catie Bursch and Kenai Peninsula Borough Land Manager Marcus Mueller were also on the list.

The Alaska Marine Highway System’s ferry Kennicott near Ketchikan in August 2010.Credit Creative Commons, photo by Jay GalvinEdit | Remove

Fish and Game

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council formed a committee Thursday to explore management options for salmon in the federal waters of Cook Inlet. The court-ordered move comes after the council lost a lawsuit in 2016 against an industry group. The lawsuit first began in 2013 after the council gave control of federal salmon fisheries in Cook Inlet to the state. Here’s NPFMC council member Glenn Merrill.

Image courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard

The body of a missing Anchorage man was found Tuesday in waters near the Whittier Harbor. The Whittier Harbormaster reported Karl Stoltze, 53, overdue Saturday evening. Stoltze left the harbor earlier that day in a red 16-foot skiff to tend crab pots just north of the harbor.

Courtesy of the Friends of the NRA

This week's Coffee Table features the Friends of the NRA Homer chapter. FNRA Chairman Greg Collins explains the difference between the national political arm of the NRA and the runs through programs the FNRA provides locally. Local NRA member Ralph Crane also speaks about current gun control legislation in the state Legislature and the national discussion on gun control. 

Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is once again grappling with the budget and looming deficits. The borough is facing a $4 million spending gap while the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District hopes to fill a $3 million hole in its budget. But on Tuesday, the assembly postponed a sales-tax increase proposal and a proposed $3 million transfer from the borough’s land trust fund in order to weigh all options.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the City of Homer

Three candidates are now planning to run against Homer Rep. Paul Seaton in the 2018 Republican primaries. Anchor Point resident John Cox was the first to file his letter of intent in July of last year.

Two other contenders filed their letters of intent last week. Kasilof resident Robert Ruffner filed Wednesday and Homer resident Sarah Vance filed Tuesday.  

Image courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard

The U.S. Coast Guard called off the search for an overdue boater near Whittier Sunday evening. A boater in a red 16-foot skiff went missing near Passage Canal while tending crab pots just north of town.


The Whittier harbor master altered the Coast Guard of the missing boater Saturday afternoon. The harbor master told the coast guard that the boater typically returns by 1 p.m.


Courtesy of Alaska Legislature

It’s Friday which means it’s time for our weekly legislative call in. KBBI's Aaron Bolton spoke with Homer Rep. Paul Seaton this morning about tensions in majority House coalition over permanent fund dividends and the path forward on the budget.

Courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is set to introduce an ordinance that would move the boundary of the Central Peninsula Hospital service area south to include all of Ninilchik. The current boundary sits just south of Clam Gulch at about mile 119 on the Sterling Highway. The move would mean less tax revenue for the South Peninsula Hospital, but it would also significantly lower property taxes for Ninilchik residents, setting up a discussion that played out back in 2016 when a similar proposal failed.