Aaron Selbig, KBBI - Homer

Aaron Selbig is a reporter at KBBI in Homer.

Wednesday marked one week since the Funny River fire began burning on the Kenai Peninsula. Very early on in the fire, one group - Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team - from Fairbanks has been in control of the firefighting efforts.

Officials overseeing the Tyonek wildfire on the west side of Cook Inlet said today that most firefighting personnel were being released from the fire, with some of them headed to the Kenai Peninsula to work on the Funny River fire.

A pair of large wildfires have blazed through hundreds of acres in Soldotna and Tyonek. As of 10 p.m. Monday, a fire located near Funny River Road near Soldotna had burned more than 900 acres.

A Nikiski teacher accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student was the subject of a law enforcement manhunt Thursday afternoon. After the man threatened to commit suicide, two local schools were placed on lockdown. Alaska State Troopers caught the man on Friday.

Firefighters with the Alaska Division of Forestry are responding to a wildfire near Caribou Lake today. Download Audio

A testing and inspection company with facilities in Kenai is in trouble with the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission. A surprise inspection of Acuren’s facility earlier this month revealed high levels of radiation outside the building. Download Audio

Moviegoers across the country got an up-close look at the wild Grizzly bears of Katmai National Park over the weekend. After a two-year shoot at Hallo Bay Bear Camp, Disney’s wilderness feature “Bears” opened Friday. Download Audio

NOMAR Manufacturing in Homer has been churning out gear for fishermen, hunters, oilmen and outdoor enthusiasts for more than 35 years. The company was recognized for its work a few weeks ago, when it was named “Alaska Manufacturer of the Year” by the “Made In Alaska” organization. Download Audio

The ConocoPhillips LNG plant in Nikiski may be re-opening soon, thanks to a boost from the federal government. The Department of Energy announced Monday that it has approved a request from the company to resume LNG exports to Japan. Download Audio

A proposal that would ban smoking in most public places in Alaska is making headway in the state Senate. Senate Bill 209 passed out of the Senate State Affairs Committee last week. Download Audio

Alaska State Troopers say a Homer man fatally shot himself after he grabbed a trooper’s gun during a struggle following a domestic violence call. Download Audio

The Kachemak Bay Critical Habitat Area just became a little bit smaller. Governor Sean Parnell signed a bill into law Tuesday that excludes the Port and Harbor of Homer from the habitat area.

The 1964 earthquake caused immediate devastation in many communities in Southcentral Alaska. In Seldovia, on Kachemak Bay, the story was different. The town didn’t initially notice much damage from the disaster. But that changed when the spring high tides came in. Download Audio

The board of directors for Buccaneer Energy may be taking the company in a new direction. Last week, the board suspended CEO Curtis Burton.

A bill that would place a priority on personal-use dipnet fishing has been working its way through the system since it was introduced in the state legislature last year. The bill had a hearing in the House Fisheries Committee Tuesday. Download Audio

Since Buccaneer Energy arrived on the scene in Alaska in the summer of 2011, it has seen a few victories and a host of unexpected problems.

Buccaneer Energy has experienced another setback in its oil and gas exploration efforts in Alaska. After spending millions of dollars to begin an onshore project east of Homer, the company is pulling up stakes and abandoning its only well at the site.

A proposal to build a 160-foot microwave tower atop the Homer bluff has residents in the area concerned about their property values and views of Kachemak Bay. The City of Homer Planning Commission has already signed off on the project but it could still get hung up in the legal system.

Homer residents may have noticed a petition circulating around town recently, calling for the formation of a charter commission. If the petition effort is successful, that commission would then be tasked with writing a new city charter for Homer.

Passengers aboard an Era Alaska flight got quite a scare Wednesday when their aircraft’s landing gear collapsed shortly after landing at the Homer Airport.