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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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.

Alaska State Troopers

The Alaska State Trooper that shot and killed a Nikolaevsk man Saturday has been identified. Troopers say Sergeant Daniel Cox responded to the house of Nikolai Yakunin Saturday evening for backup after Yakunin assaulted responding officer Luke Kumfer, a seven-year veteran.

Cox shot Yakunin when he arrived on the scene.

Courtesy of the City of Homer

Acting chief of the Homer Volunteer Fire Department Terry Kadel has been appointed to the position permanently. Kadel took over the position as acting chief in late January after former Fire Chief Bob Painter retired. He took on the position officially last week.

Kadel has eighteen years of experience as an EMT and came to the Homer fire department after working with the Girdwood Volunteer Fire Department for 20 years. He began as a volunteer there and eventually worked his way up to deputy fire chief in 2001.

Image courtesy of Alaska State Troopers

A Nikolaevsk man is dead and an Alaska State Trooper sustained serious injuries after an officer-involved shooting Saturday evening. Troopers say 42-year-old Nikolai Yakunin was shot after he assaulted an officer, but it’s unclear how the altercation happened and if Yakunin was armed.

Troopers in Anchor Point received a report that 42-year-old Nikolai Yakunin was in contact with a female who he was prohibited from speaking to under his probation conditions.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

As communities and students around the country participated in March for Our Lives gatherings in an effort to get state and federal legislators to pass tighter gun control measures, Homer residents held an impromptu gathering at Wisdom, Knowledge, Faith and Love Park in downtown Homer.

A local political group, Citizens Action Network, organized the gathering of about 60 people after members realized no march was planned. Hal Spence was one of the organizers of the impromptu gathering.

Image courtesy of Alaska State Troopers

A Nikolaevsk man is dead and one Alaska State Trooper is injured after an officer-involved shooting Saturday evening. Troopers received a report that 42-year-old Nikolai Yakunin was in contact with a female, a violation of his probation conditions.

Troopers received the report around 2:30  p.m. and responded about four and a half hours later at about 7 p.m.

Creative Commons photo by Ed Bierman

In January, disagreements on the International Pacific Halibut Commission came to a head. U.S. and Canadian commissioners are in agreement on one thing, halibut stocks are on the decline. But when it came to divvying up the catch between U.S. and Canadian waters, commissioners were at an impasse.

The fundamental disagreement comes down to whether halibut should be allocated solely based on the science or if social and economic considerations should also play a role. Next month commissioners will begin that conversation.

Image courtesy of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration removed a reference to renegotiating the “Halibut Treaty” between the U.S. and Canada from a press release Wednesday. NOAA issued the release Monday to announce the final regulatory rule for the 2018 halibut season, but later removed the reference.