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Maps Merge Data on Birds and Ships to Mitigate Oil Spills

Maps Merge Data on Birds and Ships to Mitigate Oil Spills

A local scientist and entrepreneur is leadinga mapping project to find out where potential oil spills could have the worst effects on seabirds.

May 20, 2015
Bandit the Runaway Wave Buoy Back in Service

Bandit the Runaway Wave Buoy Back in Service

A popular, yet troublesome, ocean monitoring buoy went back in service this spring in southern peninsula waters after being out of service for a year and a half.

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May 19, 2015

Self-Determination for the Future of Native Game Development

Indigenous game designers, coders, and artists will be in Santa Clara, California on Friday to talk about the future of the native gaming industry.

May 19, 2015

NOAA Seeks Public Comment on Beluga Whale Recovery Plan

NOAA Fisheries is seeking public comment on a draft recovery plan for Cook Inlet beluga whales. According to a release from NOAA, the plan will structure efforts to bring the whales back up to a healthy population size. Once there, the hope is to remove them from the federal endangered species list.

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May 15, 2015

KPBSD Schools Receive Threatening Automated Phone Calls

Two Kenai Peninsula Borough schools received threatening phone calls the afternoon of Wednesday, May 13th, which were later determined not to be credible. That’s according to a release from the district.

May 14, 2015
Ninilchik Community Library Hires New Director

Ninilchik Community Library Hires New Director

This spring, the Ninilchik community library brought its number of paid staff up to… one. It hired a new director at 15 hours per week. Like many small libraries around the state is has a minuscule budget and relies primarily on volunteers to keep it running.

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May 11, 2015

Crews Continue Working on Nikolaevsk Fire, Now Contained

The fire started just before 4 p.m. Monday in the Jim Howard Road area near Nikolaevsk. Anchor Point Assistant Fire Chief Doug Loshbough says the wildfire grew to about five acres before it was contained.

May 6, 2015

Missing Boater Found Dead Near Seldovia

Sixty-eight-year old Robert Purpura, of Seldovia, was identified Monday night after an extensive search throughout the day.

April 29, 2015
Town Hall Meetings Tackle Alaska’s Food Security Issues

Town Hall Meetings Tackle Alaska’s Food Security Issues

Since January 2014, representatives of the Alaska Food Policy Council have been crisscrossing the state, getting a taste of local foods, food issues, and food successes.

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April 21, 2015

Homer Road Sloughs After Rain

A bluff near the Homer waterfront partially collapsed Sunday morning. No one was injured in the slough, but portions of road are now closed indefinitely.

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April 20, 2015
Kenaitze Candlelight Vigil Raises Awareness about Sexual Assault

Kenaitze Candlelight Vigil Raises Awareness about Sexual Assault

Members of the Kenaitze, health and social service professionals, and community members joined together Friday at the Tyotkas Elder Center to talk about an issue that’s often kept in silence.

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April 15, 2015
Citizen Group Seeks Water Rights in Proposed Mining Area

Citizen Group Seeks Water Rights in Proposed Mining Area

The public comment period closes Thursday on a water-rights petition from a citizen group fighting a proposed coal mine in the Chuitna watershed on the west side of Cook Inlet.

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April 9, 2015

Division of Forestry Stresses Being ‘Firewise’ This Season

2015 will likely be a year with higher than usual fire risk on the peninsula. Conditions this year are reminiscent of last year, before the Funny River fire.

April 8, 2015
Seaton Suggests Income Tax for Diversification of Revenue Sources

Seaton Suggests Income Tax for Diversification of Revenue Sources

Peninsula Representative Paul Seaton, a Homer Republican, filed a bill Friday to bring back an income tax to Alaska. Representative Bryce Edgmon, a Dillingham Democrat, co-sponsored the bill.

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April 7, 2015

School District Faces Potential Revenue Loss of $8 Million

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is facing a potential revenue loss of nearly $8 million, if current proposed budget cuts stand.

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April 6, 2015
AK: The Middle Ages

AK: The Middle Ages

Feasts, jousting, and medieval dress are just your average afternoon for members of the Society for Creative Anachronism. Participants are dedicated to researching and recreating the arts and culture of pre-17th century Europe. KBBI’s Shady Grove Oliver joined the Alaska contingent for its annual Bi-Baronial Collegium in Wasilla and reports it’s about values, family, and finding a place to fit in.

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March 27, 2015

Human Remains Found on Kenai Trail May Link to Missing Family

According to a release on Sunday, Kenai police were notified by a motorist Saturday evening of human remains and clothing found on a local trail.

March 23, 2015

Board of Fisheries Nominee Withdraws

Governor Bill Walker’s nominee to the Board of Fisheries has withdrawn his name from consideration. A spokesperson for Senate Majority Leader John Coghill’s office confirmed the withdrawal of Dr. Roland Maw but couldn’t provide additional details.

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February 20, 2015

Fishermen Test Experimental Cook Inlet Pollock Fishery

Since December, a few intrepid Cook Inlet fishermen have been trying something new. They’ve been fishing for pollock in state waters using seine gear. It’s an experiment to determine the viability of establishing a future fishery in the area.

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February 3, 2015
Curling stone. (Photo by Shady Grove Oliver, KBBI - Homer)

AK: Curling

A warmer winter has pushed many Homer residents inside the local ice rink, looking for a blast of cold air and a good winter sport. And curling seems to be just the ticket. It’s a centuries old game that can be played by people young and old, highly athletic or not, by rookies and experienced players alike. KBBI’s Shady Grove Oliver stopped by an open curling night at the rink to find out just what attracts new people to this unique sport and keeps them coming back.

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January 30, 2015