Photo Courtesy of South Peninsula Hospital

A proposal to change the South Kenai Peninsula Hospital Service Area now includes the shifting of two boundary lines. The ordinance originally proposed only to remove Ninilchik from the service area. But at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting Tuesday, assembly member Dale Bagley put forward a plan to include communities south of Kachemak Bay including Nanwalek, Port Graham and the areas surrounding Seldovia.

Renee Gross, KBBI News

The primary election for the Alaska House of Representatives is coming up this August, and candidates are already making their cases to the public. District 31 Republicans held a debate for their party’s three candidates on Saturday in Kasilof. 

John Cox, Sarah Vance and Henry Kroll are all running as Republican candidates to defeat Representative Paul Seaton.  Cox owns multiple businesses in Anchor Point, Vance homeschools her four children in Homer and Kroll is an author and fisherman in Soldotna.

Courtesy of Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Starting this summer, the Anchor River is going to receive some extra care. Stream Watch is expanding its river-stewardship program to Anchor Point.  The program trains volunteers to educate people about river systems and how to treat them.

Alice Main is the volunteer coordinator for the Stream Watch, and she says river-goers are often more receptive to receiving advice about best practices from a volunteer rather than from a government official.  

Courtesy of the City of Homer

The Homer Education and Recreation Complex Task Force met for the first time Tuesday. The seven-member group’s main order of business was to set the scope of its work. The city has been trying to decide what to do with the Homer Education and Recreation Complex, also known as the HERC, for years.

Alaska State Troopers say a boating accident in the Matanuska-Susistna Borough Saturday killed one woman and seriously injured two others. The Homer News reported that the two women injured in the crash are Homer residents Alice Rademacher and Rosie Robinson. 

Both work at the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve. KBBI reached out to the reserve but did receive a call back in time for this story. 

Kachemak Bay State Park

Part of two trails are closing in Kachemak Bay State Park due to an aggressive black bear with young cubs. Park staff say no one has been hurt, but the park closed both the Saddle and Glacier Lake trails earlier this week to prevent any potential incidents. 

On Thursday, the park re-opened the trails between the Glacier Spit and the tram and between the Saddle and Glacier Trail.

Alaska State Parks Ranger Jason Okuly says rangers began receiving reports about the bear last week.

Courtesy of the Homer Police Department

Homer Police arrested a local woman Tuesday for posing as a city employee while attempting to purchase $1,100 worth of building materials on a city account.

Twenty-four-year-old Homer resident Rheanna Tussey allegedly attempted to make the purchase at Spenard Builders Supply.

A cashier at the store reported Tussey to police after  realizing she was not a city employee. Police charged Tussey with several counts of forgery, theft, criminal impersonation and resisting arrest among other charges.

 

KBBI News

There’s more bad news for dip-netters and sport anglers in Southcentral Alaska. 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.

Fish and Game will also close sport fishing for reds in the Upper Copper River Drainage.

Holly Torres

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services is swamped with applications for programs such as Medicaid, food stamps and temporary assistance for families. But the backlog of applications for Medicaid is certainly the largest, and it’s hitting Alaskans with disabilities hard. Patients are often left without insurance and go weeks or even months just trying to get someone from the department on the phone.

Courtesy of the City of Seward

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.  

City Manager Jim Hunt said a strong tidal surge in the Gulf of Alaska combined with strong southerly winds sent waves crashing over Lowell Point Road during a high tide cycle in Resurrection Bay.

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