Aaron Selbig, KBBI - Homer
Municipalities across the state held elections Tuesday. Homer’s ban on lightweight plastic shopping bags went into effect January 1st but nine months later, the ban appears to be history. Homer residents voted to repeal the ban in yesterday’s municipal election. Download Audio
As scientists attempt to better understand the endangered Cook Inlet beluga whale, they are taking a closer look at what the whales eat, but studying the dining habits of beluga whales is harder than you might think.
Buccaneer Energy’s jack-up rig Endeavour has moved from the Cosmopolitan Unit in Cook Inlet to the Southern Cross Unit, but has yet to spud a well. Onshore, the company is planning to move the Glacier drilling rig from Kenai to the West Eagle Unit east of Homer.
A family of outdoor adventurers from Seldovia has completed its latest epic adventure. Erin McKittrick and Bretwood Higman – joined by four-year-old Katmai and two-year-old Lituya – hiked and packrafted more than 800 miles around the entirety of Cook Inlet. Download Audio
A new book by longtime Alaska journalist Tom Kizzia hits bookstores Tuesday. “Pilgrim’s Wilderness: A True Story of Faith and Madness on the Alaska Frontier” details the story of Robert Allen Hale – better known to Alaskans as “Papa Pilgrim” – who for years terrorized his family in the remote mountains of Wrangell-Saint Elias National Park. Download Audio
Every summer, thousands of visitors travel to Katmai National Park and Preserve, most of them there to see the park’s number one attraction – the brown bears that fish for salmon at Brooks Falls. Now, thanks to a new project, people all over the world can watch the famous bears, too. Download Audio
If you’ve ever visited Homer, chances are you’ve stopped by the Salty Dawg Saloon – or at least seen the T-shirts and hoodies that have made their way all over the world. The bar itself is a 105-year-old relic of days gone by on the Homer Spit and a sort of living museum to Alaska’s homesteader days. KBBI’s Aaron Selbig takes a closer look inside one of Alaska’s best-known buildings and shares some of its secrets. Download Audio
Since the first of this year, shoppers in Homer have had to get used to a new law prohibiting plastic shopping bags. Similar to existing laws in Seattle and San Francisco, the ban was passed by the Homer City Council last year as a way to cut down on litter and protect the marine environment. But Homer voters may end up having the final say on whether Homer’s ban lasts through the year.
A large oil spill in Cook Inlet is the stuff of nightmares for Alaskans who call the area home. One of the organizations dedicated to cleaning up potential spills is CIRCAC, the Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council. CIRCAC has a new tool in its clean-up toolbox that it’s calling a “game changer.” Download AUdio
A new batch of bacterial infections has again been traced to a raw milk operation on the Kenai Peninsula. Download Audio
As the Memorial Day weekend approaches, Clam diggers on the Kenai Peninsula will have to keep in mind a new set of rules for harvesting razor clams. For the first time in a decade, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game is reducing the bag limit for razor clams from 60 per day all the way down to 25. Download Audio
A Homer flightseeing operator with visions of operating a heliport on the Homer Spit is one step closer to his goal. The Homer City Council narrowly defeated an effort to exclude heliports form a series of new zoning rules.
Alaskans who make an annual habit of digging for razor clams on the Kenai Peninsula may have noticed something odd over the last few tears – there just doesn’t seem to be as many clams on the beaches as there used to be. Scientists have also noticed the trend. Download Audio
The Higman-McKittrick family from Seldovia is making progress on its 800-mile journey around Cook Inlet. The family stopped by KBBI’s studios in Homer last week and visited with Aaron Selbig. Download Audio
Alaska author Dana Stabenow has big plans – and they have nothing to do with the plot of her next crime fiction novel. Stabenow hopes to turn her 10-acre property outside of Homer into a writers retreat dedicated to fostering the skills of female writers. Download Audio
A Seldovia family that has made a habit of taking on long journeys around some of the wildest parts of Alaska is at it again. Later this month, they’ll be taking off from their yurt on the south side of Kachemak bay for an 800-mile walk along the entire coast of Cook Inlet. Download Audio