Aaron Selbig, KBBI - Homer

Aaron Selbig is a reporter at KBBI in Homer.

A Chinese heavy-lift vessel brought the “Endeavour” jack-up drill rig to Kachemak Bay from Singapore, but it appears the rig itself might have carried its own unique and unwanted cargo.

For five years, a group of Alaskans has been struggling to help people a world away in Old Fangak, a thousand-year-old village in the new country of South Sudan. Last week, theatergoers in Homer had a chance to see the premier of “The Village,” a film that documents life in Old Fangak and the remarkable efforts of the Alaska Sudan Medical Project.

Alaska State Troopers have made an arrest in the suspected murder of Damien Sagerser, an Anchor Point man who was found shot to death July 8. On Friday, members of the Alaska Bureau of Investigation arrested 20-year-old Demarqus Deshean Green at his Anchorage residence.

A Girdwood man is dead after his small plane crashed Friday on the south side of Kachemak Bay. Alaska State Trooper spokesperson Beth Ipsen says that 66-year-old George Vonderheide was found by Troopers Friday afternoon in the wreckage of his aircraft near the Wosnesenski River southwest of China Poot Bay.

A new Mrs. America was crowned Wednesday night following a glitzy, glamorous show in Tucson, Arizona, presided over by actress Florence Henderson of “Brady Bunch” fame.

The City of Homer has joined a growing list of American cities to ban the use of plastic shopping bags.

Residents of Homer have had a few days to get used to an unusual sight on Kachemak Bay – the presence of an enormous, 400-foot-tall jack-up drilling rig. The rig belongs to Buccaneer Energy, which plans to put it to use in Cook Inlet in the coming weeks.

Investigators are taking a closer look at the airplane crash on Beluga Lake in Homer that killed former state representative Cheryll Heinze last week. On Monday, officials from the National Transportation Safety Board released a preliminary report on the accident.

A woman was wounded by an Alaska State Trooper after an exchange of gunfire on the Sterling Highway near Anchor Point Sunday night. Alaska State Troopers spokesperson Megan Peters says the shooting began Sunday evening on the Sterling Highway near Happy Valley – about 10 miles north of Anchor Point – after Troopers received multiple calls from motorists concerning the erratic driving of a yellow SUV.

A floatplane accident in Homer Tuesday night claimed the life of former Alaska state legislator Cheryll Heinze, who represented Anchorage for one term in 2003 and 2004. Federal investigators are unsure what exactly caused the Cessna 206 carrying Heinze and four others to flip over while attempting to land on Homer’s Beluga Lake.

Powerful tides and currents have long made Cook Inlet a hotspot for studying tidal energy. A new project recently launched in the inlet might bring the promise of tidal energy a few steps closer...

The cruise ship M/S Amsterdam is set to make the first of seven visits to Homer this weekend. But as KBBI’s Aaron Selbig reports, Holland America cruise lines – has decided the ship will not be visiting Homer, Kodiak or Anchorage after this year.

When a Florida couple found themselves in a desperate situation after a bicycle ride up a Hawaiian volcano turned bad in a hurry – the last thing they probably expected was to be rescued by a couple from Homer, Alaska. But, that’s exactly what happened.

An oil tanker docked in icy waters at Nikiski had what investigators are calling a "near miss" when it was accidentally set adrift while loading oil from the Tesoro tank farm. KBBI's Aaron Selbig reports on the January incident, which came to light last week following the release of an internal Tesoro investigation.

Alaskans in coastal areas – including Homer – will hear a test of local tsunami sirens Wednesday. The tests coincide with “Tsunami Awareness Week” and are designed to educate the public about tsunami preparedness.

A recent spike in seismic activity at Iliamna Volcano led scientists from the Alaska Volcano Observatory to raise the volcano’s alert level to “yellow” Friday afternoon.

One of the emerging players in the recent renaissance of Cook Inlet oil and gas exploration is the Houston, Texas-based Apache Corporation. One of the leaders at Apache is John Hendrix, an Alaskan who graduated from Homer High School in 1975. Hendrix returned to his hometown Monday to make a presentation to the Homer City Council about his company’s intentions.

Emergency responders are getting some practice this week in responding to a statewide disaster in Alaska. KBBI’s Aaron Selbig reports on how “Alaska Shield 2012” could lead to improved response in the event of a real-world disaster.

Buccaneer Alaska is nearing its goal of bringing a jack-up rig into Cook Inlet later this year – to join a rig owned by Escopeta Oil and Gas Company that arrived last year.

A crowd of about 30 people who braved chilly temperatures at the tip of the Homer Spit Monday morning were treated to a rare sight – the release of a fully rehabilitated sea otter back into the wild.