Aaron Bolton, KBBI - Homer

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FEMA assesses issues after national emergency alert test

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“Some people didn’t receive it at all. Some people received it multiple times. Some people had their phone on silent and only heard a vibration. Other people didn’t hear anything at all,” a FEMA official explained. Listen now

Homer City Council revisits plastic bag ban

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The Homer City Council is contemplating a ban on thin single-use plastic bags. The move would follow other communities that have passed similar ordinances. Listen now

Homer residents experiment with a tree from Alaska’s prehistoric past

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Could climate change take forests back in time? Kenai Peninsula residents and scientists see evidence that warmer weather is bringing back at least one tree that hasn’t populated Alaska for millions of years. Listen now

Southeast sport fishing lodge owner appointed to halibut commission

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Richard Yamada owns a lodge on Shelter Island. He’s been involved in the charter fishing industry for 37 years and currently serves on the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s Juneau-Douglas Advisory Committee. Listen now

What risk do hatchery fish pose to Prince William Sound’s pinks?

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An Alaska Department of Fish and Game study is about to take a step toward answering a question central to the debate: do hatchery fish that spawn with wild populations pose a threat to those stocks? Listen now

Chinese buyers hesitant to buy Alaska seafood as U.S. weighs another round of tariffs

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In the first round of what seems to be an escalating trade dispute between the U.S. and China, tariffs have been levied on billions of dollars worth of goods in both countries. Listen now
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Troopers seize 33,000 pounds of illegal salmon near Homer

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Alaska State Troopers say five commercial fishing vessels illegally caught and transported thousands of pounds of salmon near Homer in late July. Listen now

Whittier police arrest two men with 33-pound bag of meth

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Whittier Police arrested two men who allegedly possessed a backpack filled with 33 pounds of methamphetamine Thursday. Listen now

Will online sales taxes incentivize Alaskans to shop local?

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The U.S. Supreme Court changed course on taxing online sales this summer. Now, the Kenai Peninsula Borough is working towards taxing major online retailers, namely Amazon. Listen now

A woman seeks Don Young’s seat in Congress. And she’s never been to Alaska

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Out of the field of six candidates running to unseat U.S. House Rep. Don Young this fall, there is one candidate who’s never set foot in Alaska. Listen now

Hatchery debate wages on as research continues

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A conflict is intensifying over hatcheries in Prince William Sound. Listen now

Sport and personal-use fishing closes on the Copper and Chitina rivers

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The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced Wednesday that it will close the Chitina River to dip-netting due to this year’s abysmal sockeye return to the Copper River. Listen now

Seward receives funding relief for December storm damage

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, is awarding the City of Seward disaster relief after a storm in December severely damaged a road that leads to a small village south of town. Listen now

LGBTQ mayoral proclamation causes controversy in Homer

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The Homer City Council’s meeting was canceled Monday after a mayoral proclamation celebrating the LGBTQ community in Homer caused some controversy. Listen now

Kachemak Selo School bond proposition up for voter approval

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Voters in the Kenai Peninsula Borough will decide in October whether the small Russian Old Believer village of Kachemak Selo, also known as K-Selo, will get a new school. Listen now

Prices are up, but commercial salmon harvests and forecasts are down

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As a number of commercial salmon fisheries around the state kick off this week, the outlook for ex-vessel prices is looking good. But that doesn’t necessarily mean commercial fishermen will earn more this season compared to last year. Listen now

Seaton files to run as non-partisan in Democratic primary

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House Rep. Paul Seaton of Homer has represented House District 31 on the Kenai Peninsula as a Republican since 2002, but he filed Thursday to run as an independent in the Democratic primary. Listen now

Number of complaints against South Peninsula Hospital dept. manager grows

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Several women have brought forth allegations against a South Peninsula Hospital department manager in Homer, describing an environment of bullying and sexual harassment. Listen now

Homer’s first pot shop set to open Thursday

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Uncle Herb’s joins the roughly 30 marijuana cultivation, manufacturing and retail businesses in the Kenai Peninsula Borough. Listen now

Alaskan fishermen aren’t the only ones noticing the rise of Atlantic halibut

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Historically, Atlantic halibut has not competed with its close relative on the West Coast since New England and Canadian fishermen overfished stocks in the late 1880s. Listen now