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Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

The logging industry in Southeast Alaska has been on the decline for years. Timber sales are shrinking, and there are very few jobs to be had at the lone commercial sawmill still in operation, but logs from the Tongass are being milled elsewhere in Alaska. One Homer resident is trying to carve out his spot in the logging industry with what the tide brings.

“One of my favorite things about cutting cedar, the wonderful smell of cedar,” Homer resident Scott Dickerson said as he pulled the rain cover off his sawmill on a clear fall day.

Courtesy of the Homer Police Department

Homer Police are asking for help identifying a vehicle involved in a hit and run with a man on a bicycle. The incident happened around 11 a.m. Tuesday morning at the corner of Sterling Highway and Heath Street.

The victim was transported to the South Peninsula Hospital with injuries. It’s unknown whether they are life threating. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the police department at 235-3150. Those who wish to remain anonymous can call 283-TIPS. 

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Fishermen wondering about this year’s pink return in Lower Cook Inlet will have to wait another week to get their answer, but so far, the signs are good.

“However, there are a couple of things that give us pause,” said Glenn Hollowell, an Alaska Department of Fish and Game fisheries biologist. “One of which, is last year’s pink return, which was really quite abysmal. It was one of the worst on record for this area for many returns,”

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The Alaska Department of Natural Resources is beginning to work through tideland lease applications for the mariculture industry.  Current and potentially new farmers are applying to use state tidelands to grow Pacific oysters and geoducks. Those are all typical requests, but what’s different this year is the acreage farmers are requesting and the increasing interest in kelp farming.

The number of applications for mariculture tideland leases this year are the highest DNR Leasing Unit Manager Christy Colles can remember.

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Little more than a week has passed since the special election results were certified in the Homer City Council recall. The political action committee that pushed for the recall of council members Catriona Reynolds, David Lewis and Donna Aderhold has become active in the matter again.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

The votes are all in for Homer’s recall election of three liberal city council members. But the results are not yet clear. The politically divided town will remain in limbo until absentee votes are counted Friday.

As the ballots came in Tuesday evening, it quickly became clear the election is too close to call.

Just over a thousand voters went to the polls to decide the fate of Homer City Council members Donna Aderhold, Catriona Reynolds and David Lewis.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

Homer residents are deciding the fate of three city council members today. Absentee voting was high and there were long lines at the polls this morning. Supporters on both sides of the fence also gathered along Pioneer Avenue, waving signs and soliciting honks from passing traffic.

Homer residents are voting on whether to recall city council members Donna Aderhold, Catriona Reynolds and David Lewis.

Shahla Farzan / KBBI

An Anchorage Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday against three Homer City Council members seeking to halt a recall election next month. Council members Donna Aderhold, David Lewis and Catriona Reynolds are subjects of a recall election sparked over two resolutions they crafted and sponsored. The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska represented the council members and is still weighing the possibility of an appeal.

Courtesy of Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association

Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association has been working to move a majority of its Tutka Bay Lagoon Hatchery operation into the head of Tutka bay for about four years. About 100 people crowded the Alaska Oceans and Islands Visitor Center Monday for a listening session. DNR and Alaska Department of Fish and Game officials got an earful, hearing nearly three hours of testimony from concerned and supportive residents.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

Hospice of Homer has a new executive director after Darlene Hilderbrand retired last month. Hilderbrand started as the volunteer coordinator 18 years ago before becoming director.

Jessica Golden started working with Hilderbrand last month and took over the volunteer-based operation May 1. Golden has worked in the non-profit field since 2008 doing public relations work for Blood Bank of Alaska and most recently as the events manager for the American Lung Association’s Alaska branch.

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