Courtesy of Homer Council on the Arts

The Homer Council on the Arts is one step closer to fully funding its yurt project. The Rasmuson Foundation is awarding the council $130,000 to help cover construction costs.

The yurt, which will be added onto HCOA’s main building, will comfortably fit 200 people and will hold a variety of classes, workshops and events. HOCA Executive Director Peggy Paver said it was incredibly uplifting to hear the Rasmuson would fund such an exciting project.

Skip Gray, 360 North

After a recent move to block District 31 House Rep. Paul Seaton of Homer and two other House representatives from next year’s Republican primaries, which the state has denied, district party leaders on the southern Kenai Peninsula are actively recruiting candidates to run against Seaton next fall.

Photo Courtesy of Holland Dotts & the Alaska Marine Conservation Council.

A dramatic decline in Gulf of Alaska Pacific cod stocks forced regulators to hack the fishery’s total allowable catch by about 80 percent Saturday. The large cut will likely hit the commercial fishing industry in the Gulf hard.

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council, which regulates groundfish in the Gulf and Bering Sea,  made the move due to a roughly 70-percent decline in Pacific cod. Cod is Alaska’s second largest commercial fishery by volume, bringing in $186 million in 2015.

Truck spills diesel into Anchor River

Dec 8, 2017
Cook Inletkeeper

A semi-truck slid off Nikolaevsk Road into the Anchor River on Dec. 4., spilling about 15 gallons of diesel into the river. The truck is owned by Alaska Trucking of Soldotna and was contracted to haul appliances. 

The driver did not report the accident to Alaska State Troopers or the Department of Environmental Conservation.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has been trying to find out if hatchery fish from operations in Tutka Bay Lagoon and Port Graham have been straying into wild fish habitat, and over the past four years, they found that very few of those fish are colonizing wild streams. But scientists found that a number of hatchery fish from Prince William Sound are winding up in streams around Kachemak Bay and Cook Inlet. That trend has left scientists and regulators with more questions than answers.

Photo courtesy of Hannah Heimbuch

New regulations on the Gulf of Alaska halibut charter industry could reduce the number of days operators are able to spend on the water.

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council, which regulates the charter industry in the Gulf and Southeast Alaska, unanimously approved shutting down fishing on seven Tuesdays between June 19 and Aug. 21 at its annual meeting Thursday.

Alder Seaman

State Representative Paul Seaton is this week's guest. KBBI News Director Aaron Bolton reviews the budget, this year's session and special sessions, as well as the recent vote within the state Republican party to block Seaton and two other Republicans from running on the party's ticket.

Image Courtesy of The Atlantic

The window to sign up for healthcare through Alaska’s insurance marketplace may be smaller this year, but Alaskans seem to be aware of the deadline to get healthcare coverage. About 2,000 more people have signed up in the first month of the enrollment period compared to last year.

Jessie Menkens works for the Alaska Primary Care Association, which helps guide people outside of the Anchorage area through the application process.

Jamie O'Connor

The Alaska Marine Conservation Council and the Alaska Young Fishermen’s Network are welcoming their inaugural class of young fishing fellows. The non-profits created the fellowship to support the next generation of fishing leaders by providing mentorship, support and hands-on learning through fisheries-related projects. Current Homer resident Jamie O’Connor is one of the five people chosen for the fellowship.   

O’Connor is a fifth generation fisherman from Dillingham. She grew up hearing a lot of misconceptions about her profession.

Courtesy of Alaska Legislature

Alaska Republican Party leaders voted Saturday to block Homer Rep. Paul Seaton, Anchorage Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux and Rep. Louise Stutes of Kodiak from running in the party’s 2018 primaries.  

All three representatives joined Democrats and independents last fall to form a bipartisan coalition, taking control of the House away from Republicans. The Republican Party’s state central committee said that violated a party rule about caucusing with other political parties and that the legislators misled voters when the joined the coalition.

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