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Alaska SeaLife Center Names Sea Lion Pup

A very special Stellar sea lion pup got a name last week at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward. He’s the result of a special breeding and research program looking into the decline of the endangered marine mammals in the state.

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September 15, 2014 - 5:21 pm

Search Suspended For Missing Kayaker

The official search has been suspended for a missing kayaker on the Kenai Peninsula, pending new information.

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September 12, 2014 - 4:39 pm

Extra-Tropical System Makes Way Up Alaska’s Southwest Coast

The storm system making its way up the southwestern coast of Alaska is bringing rain and high winds.

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September 11, 2014 - 5:29 pm
Extra-Tropical System To Bring Rain, Some Wind to Coastal AK

Extra-Tropical System To Bring Rain, Some Wind to Coastal AK

A tropical storm is making its way from Asia to Alaska. It’s expected to reach the Kenai Peninsula and Prince William Sound later this week.

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September 10, 2014 - 5:35 pm

Alaska Schools At Forefront Of FASD Prevention Effort

Today is National FASD Awareness day. FASD, or Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, is a type of developmental disability caused by being prenatally exposed to alcohol. Alaska and some of its schools are at the forefront of understanding and preventing it.

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September 9, 2014 - 5:26 pm

British Adventurer Begins 6,000 Mile Bike Ride Across North America

A British adventurer is making her way around the world in human-powered craft. She’s rowing, kayaking, and biking from London to London. She arrived in Homer two weeks ago after kayaking up the Aleutian Chain. Over the weekend, she started the next phase of her journey – a 6,000-mile bike ride from Alaska to the East Coast.

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September 2, 2014 - 5:49 pm

Complaints Filed Against Statewide Public Officials

Three Kenai Peninsula residents have filed complaints with the Alaska Public Offices Commission against statewide public officials for failure to disclose gifts.

September 1, 2014 - 4:03 pm

3 Officials Accused of Failing to Disclose Gifts

Three Kenai Peninsula residents have filed complaints with the Alaska Public Offices Commission against statewide public officials for failure to disclose gifts.

August 29, 2014 - 1:58 pm

Commercial Fishing Winds Down In Lower Cook Inlet

The season is wrapping up in the Southern, Outer, and Kamishak Bay districts. Sockeye returns were not very consistent over the lower Cook Inlet, but pinks did well overall, a Fish and Game biologist says.

August 28, 2014 - 7:00 am

Seldovia Tribe Awarded $40,000 For Cultural Preservation

The Seldovia Village Tribe was awarded a $40,000 grant from the National Park Service for cultural preservation.

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August 6, 2014 - 5:39 pm
(Photo by Shady Grove Oliver, KBBI - Homer)

Homer Chef to Represent Alaska at Alaska at National Seafood Cook-Off

A chef from Homer will be representing Alaska at the 2014 Great American Seafood Cook-Off Saturday. 19 chefs from around the country are heading to New Orleans to compete.

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August 1, 2014 - 5:22 pm

Commercial Fishing Season Ramping Up In Cook Inlet

In the Southern District, the Port Graham Subdistrict opened July 14 to commercial set gillnetting for the first time this season. Returns haven’t been especially high, so that fishery has been closed so far, says Glenn Hollowell, Fish and Game Finfish Area Management Biologist for the Lower Cook Inlet.

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July 15, 2014 - 5:25 pm

Rain Gives Crews Leg Up On Funny River Fire

Rain and cooler conditions have given firefighters a chance to strengthen their effort and get a step ahead in their battle with the Funny River fire on the Kenai. Officials are always trying to plan a few days in advance. But now, they are also looking ahead to the next few months and long-term management of the fire and its effects.

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May 30, 2014 - 4:08 pm

Funny River Residents Meet After Evacuation Order Lifted

Funny River residents met Wednesday night at the local community center for the first time since the evacuation orders were lifted. Fire management officials were there to update them on continuing operations and to help the community move forward.

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May 29, 2014 - 5:31 pm
(Image courtesy Alaska Inter-Agency Management Team)

Rain, Little Wind Helps Firefighters Combat Funny River Fire

Light rain and little wind has helped keep the Funny River fire from growing much for the past two days. It is 30 percent contained and as of Wednesday afternoon, it is estimated to have burned more than 183,000 acres on the central Kenai Peninsula.

May 28, 2014 - 5:45 pm

Evacuation Order Lifted for Kenai Residents

The fire management team lifted the evacuation order this morning for Funny River Road from Mile 7 to the end of the road. Homeowners near the road remain under an evacuation alert, which means they should be ready to leave again if the fire gets worse in that area. Residents of Funny River Road were evacuated over the weekend. Many left with just a few necessities and haven’t been back home since.

May 27, 2014 - 6:12 pm

Crews Continue to Battle Funny River Fire; Rain Forecasted

Video by Sonya Wellman – Alaska Public Media

The Funny River Fire continued to burn the central Kenai Peninsula this week. As of Monday afternoon, it’s estimated to have burned more than 158,000 acres with 30% containment. Funny River Road from Mile 7 to the end was evacuated on Sunday afternoon. The Kenai Keys were put on evacuation alert.

May 26, 2014 - 4:57 pm

AK: Cats

Ten years ago, Wrangell was crawling with feral cats. They roamed the streets, getting into trash and nesting in condemned buildings. Now, it’s hard to even find a cat downtown. That dramatic turnaround is due to the hard work of one woman who noticed the problem and decided to fix it. Dolores Klinke runs the St. Frances Animal Rescue, a non-profit that has saved hundreds of strays.

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April 25, 2014 - 5:45 pm

Wrangell Hospital Renovations Don’t Preclude New Facility

Like many hospitals in Southeast Alaska, Wrangell Medical Center is starting to look its age. A brand new hospital is still the long-term plan, but for now, the building is getting a much-needed makeover.

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April 16, 2014 - 5:47 pm

Paddle Making Workshop Illuminates State’s High Suicide Rate

Suicide rates in Alaskan communities are some of the highest in the country. Last weekend, the One People Canoe Society held a two-day paddle-making workshop in Wrangell. As part of the workshop, participants attended a behavioral health course on suicide prevention. Its goal is to bring communities together to both learn a traditional art and talk about a contemporary problem.

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March 20, 2014 - 5:54 pm