Shady Grove Oliver, KBBI - Homer
The Alaska Ocean Observing System recently rolled out a new information hub that’s all about beluga whales. The Cook Inlet Beluga Ecosystem Portal is a one-stop shop for beluga data that its creators hope will help scientists and the public make more informed decisions in the future. Download Audio
A couple in Nanwalek is sharing their story to help create a supportive space for others in the village on the path to recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Download Audio:
The village of Nanwalek recently held its annual Fun in the Sun festival. For the kids, it’s a weekend of swimming, lawn games, face painting, and contests. But for the adults, it’s a way of teaching traditional values to the next generation.
A local farming couple is trying to change the way the state grows garlic by developing special strains resilient in the northern climate. Download Audio
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.
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. Download Audio
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. Download Audio:
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. Download Audio
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.
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.
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.
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. Download Audio
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.
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. Download Audio
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? Download Audio
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. Download Audio:
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. Download Audio:
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. Download Audio:
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. Download Audio
Governor Bill Walker has approved a number of state assistance programs to help victims of Kenai Peninsula wildfires.