Owen Duffy

Host / News Intern

Owen Duffy was born and raised in Homer. He began volunteering at KBBI in late 2013, his senior year at Homer High School. After graduating in 2014, he began working at KBBI as a fill-in host. He has hosted Weekend Edition, Morning Edition, and All Things Considered. This year he started a reporting internship with the News Department and plans to study journalism in college.

Duffy is currently attending Kenai Peninsula College. He also works for Coal Point Seafoods. In his off hours he enjoys playing jazz and acting on stage.

Kenn Carpenter was appointed by secret ballot to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly at their meeting Tuesday, March 7. Carpenter will be replacing Brandii Holmdahl in the District 6 seat, which covers Seward, Moose Pass, Hope, Cooper Landing and part of Sterling.

Holmdahl has occupied that seat since 2015, when she ran against Carpenter. Holmdahl announced in January that she was resigning to move to Boston for work.

Better Business Bureau

A common phone scam is making a reappearance on the Kenai Peninsula.

According to Homer Police, a Bay Avenue caller reported the scam on Tuesday. Sergeant Larry Kuhns says this is a common complaint.

“Just before 11 a.m. a local Homer resident reported that he had gotten a call from somebody indicating that they had won Publishers Clearing House and that the person who came in needed to send these folks money to cover the taxes, [and] then they would release his money,” said Kuhns.

Kachemak Bay Campus

Homer residents gathered at the Kachemak Bay Campus on Jan. 16 for the annual Civil Rights Day and Martin Luther King Day event.

This year’s program, “Celebrating the Fundamental Ideas of Democracy,” was a nonpartisan community conversation that included readings of classic civil rights texts, personal essays about the democratic process and even some poetry.

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The Homer chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Center hosted a tree lighting ceremony on December 2nd. About 150 people attended the annual event. Jan Knutson, the manager of the Visitor’s Center, said it was volunteers who made the event a success.

The lighting is the traditional response to Homer Mayor Bryan Zak’s proclamation to “Light up the town”, issued in late October, and Knutson says she’s impressed at the displays from fellow citizens.

Image Courtesy of HEA.

Homer Electric Association members voted overwhelmingly against deregulation and the cooperative will remain under the oversight of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska.

HEA officials made the announcement Tuesday. They say almost seven thousand votes were received and certified. The final count was 2,041 yes votes and 4,853 no votes.

Almost one third of the membership voted. The HEA cooperative is the sole provider of electricity to nearly 23,000 members on the Kenai Peninsula.

Owen Duffy

The Homer chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Center hosted a tree lighting ceremony on December 2nd. About 150 people attended the annual event. Jan Knutson, the manager of the Visitor’s Center, said it was volunteers who made the event a success.

The lighting is the traditional response to Homer Mayor Bryan Zak’s proclamation to “Light up Homer for the Holidays”, issued in late October, and Knutson says she’s impressed at the displays from fellow citizens.

Photo courtesy of the SPARC Facebook page.

Editor's note: A previous version of this story said the SPARC building would be complete by the end of 2016. The structure of the building will be finished by December 2016, with additional amenities added in the spring of 2017.

At the former Homer Middle School softball field, a steel skeleton of the future South Peninsula Athletic and Recreation Center (SPARC) stands tall.

Volunteers and contractors have been developing the site since early September. The prefabricated steel structure, which measures 75 feet wide by about 160 feet long, has been erected. The project coordinators hope to wrap fabric walls around it by mid-December. 

Photo by Owen Duffy

Demonstrators in Homer and across the country protested against the Dakota Access Pipeline on Nov. 15.

Bob Shavelson with the nonprofit Cook Inletkeeper attended the protest at WKFL Park in Downtown Homer. He said the Standing Rock issue is part of the larger problem of climate change.   

“From a larger context, it’s about climate change and ocean acidification. And those are affecting all life forms on the planet," said Shavelson.

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Homer has a new pharmacy. Scotts Family Pharmacy opened in October. The new pharmacy will soon have a drive-through and offer compounding, both firsts for the community. 

Dr. Nathan Scott and his wife Gina Scott are co-owners of Scott’s Family Pharmacy. They say although there are two existing pharmacies in Homer, this new  one will offer services and products you can’t find here. Doctor Scott says his vision for the pharmacy is to make it a one-stop-shop.

Image courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

The Kenai Peninsula School District will meet with the public on Oct. 13 to discuss their budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The meetings will be held in schools across the Kenai Peninsula.

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