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Farmers in Homer cultivate a north-hardy strain of garlic

Farmers in Homer cultivate a north-hardy strain of garlic

A local farming couple is trying to change the way the state grows garlic by developing special strains resilient in the northern climate.

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August 27, 2015
Lori Jenkins of Synergy Gardens holds garlic scapes her WWOOFers helped harvest - Photo by Shady Grove Oliver/KBBI

WWOOFers Bring Transient Farming Culture to Alaska

Every summer, Homer and the surrounding area are inundated by a transient population that’s come to work for eco-friendly businesses. They’re called WWOOFers, and they spend weeks in different places around the world learning how to live sustainably.

August 23, 2015
Nanwalek School - Photo by Shady Grove Oliver/KBBI

Transforming teaching: Nanwalek School received Apple tech grant

For students and teachers in the village of Nanwalek, this academic year will likely be very different from years past. They are the recipients of a technology grant from Apple that could change the face of education in the village entirely.

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August 20, 2015
AK: Like A Seafaring Santa, Kachemak’s Mailman Always Makes His Route

AK: Like A Seafaring Santa, Kachemak’s Mailman Always Makes His Route

Like many rural areas, the south side of Kachemak Bay doesn’t get traditional mail service. Instead, its communities rely on a mail boat to deliver to small postal drop offs. It’s the kind of job that attracts a special type of person who’s willing to make the trek across the bay, rain or shine, snow or ice, twice a week, every week, year-round. There the mailman takes the shape of a 60-something ex-fisherman who’s been on the job for nearly 30 years.

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August 7, 2015
Sandor Katz. Photo by sandiegofermentationfestival.com. Shared via kbbi.org.

Harnessing the Fizz of A Ferment: Homer Gets A Lesson From A Pro

A fermentation specialist stopped in Homer this week. He’s making his way up Alaska, teaching about the crossover among food preservation, microbiology, and community. He taught an intensive fermentation workshop on a local farm.

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August 6, 2015

Seward Highway crash leaves one dead, several injured

A multi-vehicle crash on the Seward Highway Friday has left one person dead and several others injured. According to Alaska State Troopers, the crash was reported just after noon on Friday, at mile 80 of the highway in Girdwood.

August 3, 2015
6.3 Earthquake Shakes Much of Alaska Tuesday Evening

6.3 Earthquake Shakes Much of Alaska Tuesday Evening

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake shook much of Alaska Tuesday night. It was felt from the Alaska Peninsula to Fairbanks. According to the U.S. Geological Survey earthquake site, the quake occurred just after 6:35 p.m.

July 29, 2015
Woman Dead after Shooting Herself at Spring Creek Correctional Center

Woman Dead after Shooting Herself at Spring Creek Correctional Center

A woman is dead after shooting herself in front of a Kenai Peninsula correctional facility on Monday. The woman has been identified as 31-year old Amanda Bee of North Pole.

July 29, 2015
4 Charged with Theft of Oysters from Kachemak Bay Farm

4 Charged with Theft of Oysters from Kachemak Bay Farm

Four local residents are being charged with criminal trespass and theft for stealing oysters from a farm on the south side of Kachemak Bay on 4th of July.

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July 23, 2015
Tutka Bay Lodge - Photo courtesy of withinthewild.com, shared via KBBI.org

Two Alaska Lodges Make National Geographic’s ‘Most Unique in the World’ List

Two remote Alaska lodges have been given an international nod with a listing from National Geographic as some of the most unique in the world.

July 23, 2015
Fire in Little Jakolof Bay - Photo courtesy of Jan Flora

Fire Destroys Oyster Company Boat, Dock, Equipment in Little Jakolof Bay

A fire destroyed a sailboat, part of a dock, and some equipment owned by the Jakolof Bay Oyster Company last night. There have been no reported injuries.

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July 20, 2015
Ocean Acidification: A Grim Reaper For Wild Shellfish Stocks?

Ocean Acidification: A Grim Reaper For Wild Shellfish Stocks?

According to a recent NOAA study, Alaskan shellfish hatcheries risk becoming unsustainable by 2040 because of ocean acidification. Over the last week, we’ve heard how a hatchery in Oregon is dealing with changes in ocean chemistry and about groundbreaking genetic research on shellfish adaptability. But the big questions still remain- how far-reaching will the effects be and can we mitigate them before it’s too late?

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July 15, 2015
Diagram of upwelling which is a cycle of seasonal winds pushing newer oxygen-rich water off the surface of the ocean and older, nutrient and CO2 rich water rising up to take its place causing a lot of pH fluctuation. (Image courtesy of NOAA)

Shellfish genetics could be the key to climate change adaptation

A recent NOAA study found that by 2040, Alaskan shellfish hatcheries may no longer be sustainable because of ocean acidification, unless serious mitigation efforts are put in place. We recently reported on a hatchery in Oregon that’s become a model for adapting to these different conditions. But the long term solution may actually lie in shellfish genes.

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July 14, 2015
Lessons for Alaska: Oregon Shellfish Hatchery Tackles Ocean Acidification

Lessons for Alaska: Oregon Shellfish Hatchery Tackles Ocean Acidification

A recent NOAA study pegged 2040 as the date for the potential end of Alaskan shellfish hatcheries. That is, unless serious mitigation efforts are put in place to combat ocean acidification. Last week we reported on the research, done at the Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery in Seward. Now, we’ll take a look at what a hatchery on the Oregon coast is doing to deal with these harmful changes in ocean chemistry.

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July 13, 2015
Ocean Acidification Threatens Shellfish Hatcheries

Ocean Acidification Threatens Shellfish Hatcheries

New research paints an unsettling picture of the future of shellfish in coastal Alaska. The effects of ocean acidification are worsening and could mean the end of hatcheries in the next 25 years if costly mitigation efforts aren’t put in place.

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July 8, 2015
Sea Shanties, Scurvy, and a Sailboat Regatta without Wind

Sea Shanties, Scurvy, and a Sailboat Regatta without Wind

Fair winds and following seas. A blessing for sailors, heading out onto the water, at the mercy of time and tides. It was what we hoped for the Arctica, a small but mighty sailboat, with its motley crew of recent surgery patients, pregnant women, and greenhorns.

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July 2, 2015

State assistance programs approved for Kenai Peninsula fire victims

Governor Bill Walker has approved a number of state assistance programs to help victims of Kenai Peninsula wildfires.

July 1, 2015

Soldotna Lodge Opens Doors to Fire Victims 2 Years Running

The Card Street fire near Sterling is diminishing and many evacuees are returning to their homes this week. Across the central peninsula, hotels and restaurants that helped with relief efforts are getting back to business as usual. But for one hotel in Soldotna, this isn’t the first time they’ve stepped up and the community now knows where to turn for help, year after year.

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June 25, 2015
Conflicting Water Rights at the Heart of Chuitna Mining Debate

Conflicting Water Rights at the Heart of Chuitna Mining Debate

PacRim Coal is proposing a strip mining operation on the west side of Cook Inlet, in the Chuitna watershed. It proposes removing the water completely from a tributary of the Chuitna River, which is a salmon stream.

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June 22, 2015

Kenai Peninsula fires slowly coming into containment

The Card Street fire near Sterling and two fires near Cooper Landing continue to burn on the Kenai Peninsula. As of Sunday morning, the Card Street fire was estimated to be around 7,700 acres.

June 22, 2015