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Aaron Selbig, KBBI - Homer

Aaron Selbig is a reporter at KBBI in Homer.

Buccaneer Energy Files Countersuit Against Archer Drilling

Buccaneer Energy Alaska has filed litigation countering a lawsuit brought by a subcontractor in December concerning work on the jack-up rig Endeavor. The Endeavor is currently in Homer. KDLL’s Shaylon Cochran has the details.

March 15, 2013

City Officials Express Relief Following Dietzmann Verdict

Homer city officials are expressing relief over a jury’s verdict Thursday exonerating the actions of Homer Police Department officers during a 2006 shootout at the Homer Airport, although attorneys for the plaintiff have promised to appeal the case.

March 11, 2013

Jury Rules In Favor of City In Homer Airport Shooting Case

A jury today ruled in favor of the City of Homer and three Homer Police officers who were accused of acting recklessly during a 2006 shootout at the Homer Airport.

March 7, 2013

Traffic Stop Uncovers Mobile Drug Lab, Police Say

A routine traffic stop in downtown Homer Saturday afternoon turned into an emergency situation when an Alaska State Trooper found a methamphetamine laboratory inside a vehicle.

February 28, 2013

Charter Boat Captain Convicted of Distributing Drugs

A Homer charter boat captain who pled guilty to distributing drugs to minors and possession of child pornography has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. The captain, 34-year old Randall Hines also will have to pay $160,000 in restitution.

February 18, 2013

Micciche Says He Does Not Support Parnell Oil Tax Plan

Since his election to the Alaska State Legislature last year, Senator Peter Micciche has found himself neck-deep in oil and gas issues, something he knows about as a long-time employee of Conoco Phillips.

February 15, 2013

New Reality Show To Feature Russian Old Believers

The latest installment of Alaska reality TV will feature the small, isolated communities of Russian Old Believers that call the Kenai Peninsula home. National Geographic Channel is interested in profiling families who live in the Old Believer villages and are specifically looking for “big personalities.”

January 28, 2013
Sunken Vessels Lifted, Removed from Jakalof Bay

Sunken Vessels Lifted, Removed from Jakalof Bay

A pair of commercial fishing vessels that sank in Jakalof Bay on Christmas Eve have been removed and transported to the Homer harbor. The vessels F/V Kupreanof and F/V Leading Lady were safely refloated last weekend by a team of experts, including people from the U.S. Coast Guard, the Homer and Seldovia Harbormaster’s offices, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation and Global Diving and Salvage.

January 25, 2013

Pair Of Vessels Sink In Jakalof Bay

The sinking of two commercial fishing vessels in Jakalof Bay near Homer has local oyster growers concerned about possible environmental effects.

January 2, 2013

Buccaneer, Archer Drilling Argue Over Worker Compensation

A war of words has erupted between two oil and gas industry players over who exactly was responsible for paying workers on Buccaneer Energy’s jack-up rig “Endeavour.” While the rig sits idle at the Homer harbor more than four months after its arrival in Alaska, a lawsuit between Buccaneer and the “Endeavour’s” former operator – Archer Drilling – has been filed in Texas court.

December 20, 2012
Buccaneer Behind On Payments, Says City Manager

Buccaneer Behind On Payments, Says City Manager

Buccaneer Energy has experienced another setback in its efforts to deploy the Endeavor jack-up rig, which has been docked at the Homer Harbor about four months longer than originally planned. The company was forced to replace the operator of the rig after local workers complained about not being paid.

December 18, 2012

Seaton Named Chair of Fisheries Committee

With the next session of the Alaska State Legislature approaching, Homer Representative Paul Seaton has been named to a handful of key positions in the House.

November 20, 2012

One-Third Of Local Students Overweight Or Obese, Study Finds

About 36 percent of students in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District are overweight or obese – that according to a new study published by the Alaska Division of Public Health.

November 15, 2012

Homer Residents Express Growing Frustration with Endeavor Oil Rig

A public meeting between representatives of Buccaneer Energy and concerned Homer citizens turned contentious Tuesday night, with many people wondering why the company’s ‘Endeavor’ jack-up rig is still parked at the Homer harbor nearly two months after its arrival. Company officials say the rig will soon be moving to drill in the Cosmopolitan Unit near Anchor Point but as KBBI’s Aaron Selbig reports, the State of Alaska says that’s not likely to happen.

October 30, 2012

Endeavor Departure Date In Question

A public meeting between representatives of Buccaneer Energy and concerned Homer citizens turned contentious Wednesday night, with many people wondering why the company’s ‘Endeavor’ jack-up rig is still parked at the Homer harbor nearly two months after its arrival. Company officials say the rig will soon be moving to drill in the Cosmopolitan Unit near Anchor Point but the State of Alaska says that’s not likely to happen.

October 29, 2012

Troopers Make Third Arrest In Homer Sexual Assault Case

Another arrest has been made in an ongoing sexual assault case that stems from a teenage party in Homer last month. Alaska State Troopers said in a statement Monday that an unidentified 16-year-old male was taken into custody at a private residence Sunday night.

October 15, 2012

Organizations Attempt To Start Dialogue Around Homer Sexual Assault Incident

The community of Homer is still reeling from an alleged sexual assault that occurred at a teen drinking party last month. Several organizations in Homer have attempted to spur a community dialogue around the incident.

October 11, 2012

Buccaneer Scraps Plans For Tyonek Drilling

It’s been more than six weeks since Buccaneer Energy’s jack-up rig Endeavour arrived in Alaska to begin drilling for oil and gas in Cook Inlet. But the rig remains tied up at the Homer harbor and plans for it to drill this year near Tyonek have now been scrapped.

October 11, 2012

Chickenpox Outbreak Hits Homer, Soldotna

An outbreak of chickenpox in Soldotna and Homer has state public health officials worried about the high number of local children who are not receiving vaccinations.

October 1, 2012
Endeavor jack-up rig. Photo by Bill Smith

Jack-Up Rig ‘Endeavor’ Lowers Legs Into Kachemak Bay

Buccaneer Energy’s jack-up rig “Endeavor” was originally supposed to be in Kachemak Bay for only six days before moving on to drill near Tyonek on the west side of Cook Inlet. Due to work being done to the massive rig, however, it has been in place outside the Homer harbor for almost a month. And now, the rig has done something that is normally not allowed in Kachemak Bay – it has lowered its 410-foot legs down to the sea floor.

September 18, 2012