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Aaron Selbig, KBBI - Homer

Aaron Selbig is a reporter at KBBI in Homer.

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 - 11:38 am

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 - 5:42 pm

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 - 5:59 pm
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 - 10:52 pm

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 - 11:25 am

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 - 5:04 pm

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 - 5:04 pm

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 - 12:09 pm

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 - 1:13 pm

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 - 5:08 pm

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 - 9:47 am

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 - 3:17 pm
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 - 5:31 pm

Jack-Up Rig May Have Carried Invasive Species With It

A Chinese heavy-lift vessel brought the “Endeavour” jack-up drill rig to Kachemak Bay from Singapore, but it appears the rig itself might have carried its own unique and unwanted cargo.

September 14, 2012 - 5:33 pm

‘The Village’ Documents Life In Old Fangak

For five years, a group of Alaskans has been struggling to help people a world away in Old Fangak, a thousand-year-old village in the new country of South Sudan. Last week, theatergoers in Homer had a chance to see the premier of “The Village,” a film that documents life in Old Fangak and the remarkable efforts of the Alaska Sudan Medical Project.

September 11, 2012 - 5:02 pm

Troopers Arrest Suspect In Deadly July Shooting

Alaska State Troopers have made an arrest in the suspected murder of Damien Sagerser, an Anchor Point man who was found shot to death July 8. On Friday, members of the Alaska Bureau of Investigation arrested 20-year-old Demarqus Deshean Green at his Anchorage residence.

September 4, 2012 - 10:14 am

Girdwood Man Dies In Kachemak Bay Plane Crash

A Girdwood man is dead after his small plane crashed Friday on the south side of Kachemak Bay. Alaska State Trooper spokesperson Beth Ipsen says that 66-year-old George Vonderheide was found by Troopers Friday afternoon in the wreckage of his aircraft near the Wosnesenski River southwest of China Poot Bay.

September 4, 2012 - 10:10 am

Homer Woman Crowned Mrs. America

A new Mrs. America was crowned Wednesday night following a glitzy, glamorous show in Tucson, Arizona, presided over by actress Florence Henderson of “Brady Bunch” fame.

August 31, 2012 - 5:13 pm

Homer Bans Plastic Shopping Bags

The City of Homer has joined a growing list of American cities to ban the use of plastic shopping bags.

August 29, 2012 - 5:19 pm

Buccaneer Energy Drill Rig Enters Kachemak Bay

Residents of Homer have had a few days to get used to an unusual sight on Kachemak Bay – the presence of an enormous, 400-foot-tall jack-up drilling rig. The rig belongs to Buccaneer Energy, which plans to put it to use in Cook Inlet in the coming weeks.

August 28, 2012 - 5:27 pm