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Public transportation on the southern Kenai Peninsula has dwindled over the past year, but there may be a plan to bring some services back.

Two taxi voucher programs ended their services since last summer. The Central Area Rural Transportation System, or CARTS, ran one of those programs.

CARTS hosted a meeting with various stakeholders in Homer Friday to see how the nonprofit can provide more public transportation services. It’s in the midst of developing a five-year public transportation plan for the south peninsula communities.

Courtesy of Alaska Legislature

Alaska State Representative Paul Seaton of Homer spoke with KBBI's Renee Gross on May 4 about the Alaska Legislature's proposal to draw from permanent fund earnings to pay for government spending. 

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It can be difficult for seniors and people with disabilities in rural communities to get around. For those on the southern Kenai Peninsula,  it isn’t getting any easier. A program that provided taxi vouchers ended in March due to lack of funding. While the loss of service may be temporary, the program’s absence has left about 100 southern peninsula residents without a ride.

Joy Zuke loves Homer.  She loves the mountains, the beach, and the summer days. She even gets a kick out of Safeway.

The Accessible Icon Project

This week's Coffee Table is on accessibility in Homer. Tess Dally, an advocate for people with disabilities, Tela Bacher, Trails coordinator at the Independent Living Center, and Devony Lehner, Trails activities facilitator at the Independent Living Center, say people's attitudes toward accessibility are changing but the city still has a long way to go toward becoming more disability friendly. 

R.E.C. Room

This year, Homer Middle School’s seventh and eighth graders were posed a question: what do you want adults to know about substance use and abuse?

A local initiative, called the Substance Misuse Prevention Lessons, asked the question as part of a new curriculum that was implemented earlier this school year. Roughly a third of students said they were concerned about their parents’ use of substances.

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The Kenai Peninsula’s last bowling alley has closed down. Homer bowlers had their final chance to throw 10 frames Saturday at Kachemak Bowl before the building was turned over to Regent Life Church. That’s left several bowlers in Homer unsure about what they’ll do without the sport.

Richard Everett was playing on one of the few lanes at Kachemak Bowl Thursday that he said works well. He said the other lanes have some quirks.  

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A new organization dedicated to destigmatizing addiction, sharing stories of recovery and educating people on treatment recourses held its first event at the Homer Public Library Friday.

The Bearded Sister, in conjunction with Recover Alaska, showed a documentary called “The Anonymous People” and facilitated a conversation about the film and addiction.

The movie celebrates people in recovery, and that is something The Bearded Sister aims to do as well. Hannah Heimbuch is a co-founder of the organization.

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Alaska State Representative Paul Seaton of Homer spoke with KBBI's Renee Gross on April 27 about multiple bills making their way through the legislature including one that would crack down on derelict boats. They also spoke about the operating budget and North Slope Oil's rise in price. 

The Alaska SeaLife Center

The Alaska SeaLife Center’s family of octopuses is growing. A giant Pacific octopus, named Gilligan, laid thousands of eggs about a year ago. Less than a hundred hatched this month. Aquarium curator Richard Hocking expects the remaining eggs to hatch by the end of May.

Once the eggs hatch, staff transport them to a separate tank where they can feed on zooplankton.

Young giant Pacific octopuses are about a quarter-inch long and have fully developed eyes. An adult is between nine and 16 feet long.

Image Courtesy of Homer Electric Association

Phone scammers posing as Homer Electric Association employees are targeting businesses in the Homer area. According to an HEA press release, businesses are reporting calls from scammers requesting payments for a fake bills. The caller threatens to turn off electrical services immediately if the bill is not paid.

HEA says it will never threaten to suspend services immediately and will give notice of an overdue bill before calling.

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