Renee Gross

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Kenai Peninsula Borough Planning Department

It’s rare for the Kenai Peninsula Borough Planning Commission to deny a permit request for a gravel pit, but it denied an application to excavate nearly 30 acres near the mouth of the Anchor River. The commission denied the request due to concerns about noise and how it might change the scenic recreation area. 

Emmitt Trimble, who manages Beachcomber LLC, wants to dig a roughly 20-foot deep gravel pit off Danver Street and Anchor Point Road, roughly 500 feet from the Anchor River.

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Voters will have a chance to decide whether to expand two hospital service areas this fall. The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted unanimously Tuesday to pass an ordinance that will put two propositions on the ballot. One would propose to shift the Central Peninsula Hospital service area south and the other would propose shifting the South Peninsula Hospital service area to include areas on the south side of Kachemak Bay.

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A pilot program to prevent Type 2 diabetes will launch at the end of the month in the Kenai Peninsula. Prevent T2 Diabetes Prevention Program is part of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s national effort to bring prevention counseling to underserved areas.

Nim Ha is the program manager for the State of Alaska Diabetes Prevention and Control Program, and she says right now, the Kenai Peninsula has one in-person service in Seward.  

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If you’ve seen those quirky stuffed whales made out of recycled materials in gift shops around Alaska, chances are they’re made by Abigail Kokai. She’s started the company Homer Whales a few years ago. But this winter, she wants to do something a little different.

Kokai was one of the three people to win a Rasmuson Foundation grant earlier this year. She said she will use that money to pursue quilting.

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Some residents on the south side of Kachemak Bay had their power restored Friday after multiple power outages left some without electricity over the past week.

Bruce Shelley is the director of member relations for Homer Electric Association. He said a majority of the outage came from downed power lines near Stonehocker Creek. He said HEA began receiving calls about the outages Sunday.

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The Democratic Primary Debate this week featured two of the candidates running for Alaska’s single seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. Independent Christopher Cumings from Ketchikan was not able to take part in the formal debate, but he did campaign and mingle with Kenai Peninsula residents outside of the event. 

KBBI’s Renee Gross caught up with Cumings to talk about his campaign. 

A note on this story: The government is planning to spend roughly $700 billion in military expenses this year.

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Over 100 hundred people showed up for a debate between two candidates running in the Democratic primary for Alaska's lone spot in the U.S. House of Representatives. Independent Alyse Galvin and Democrat Dimitri Shein squared off on topics ranging from jobs and the economy to renewable energy.

The most striking difference between Galvin and Shein during Tuesday’s debate was healthcare.

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s plan to add more mental health services and additional safety precautions will not move forward. On Friday, Mayor Charlie Pierce vetoed roughly $650,000 that would have gone to boosting mental health services for elementary students and safety evaluations at schools throughout the district.

“As evidenced by the recent incidents across our country and schools, it is pretty clear that the safety needs for the students in our schools today have increased tremendously and need to be addressed," said assistant superintendent Dave Jones.

PenAir

The City of Homer says it’s ready to welcome Peninsula Airways, better known as PenAir, to the Homer Airport. The Homer City Council passed a resolution in May giving the city the authority to negotiate a lease with the airliner.

The city last communicated with PenAir in early June and is waiting for the company’s final decision. 

A Kenai man drowned in Cook Inlet after falling overboard from a commercial fishing boat on Thursday morning. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, 62 year-old Anthony Walsh spent between 10-30 minutes in water north of Kodiak while the other fisherman on the boat attempted to get him aboard.

Kevin Loran of Anchorage did not immediately hear Walsh go overboard, said Alaska State Trooper spokesperson Megan Peters. She says Walsh was not wearing a life jacket.

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