Daysha Eaton, KMXT - Kodiak

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Daysha Eaton is a contributor with the Alaska Public Radio Network. Daysha Eaton holds a B.A. from Evergreen State College, and a M.A. from the University of Southern California. Daysha got her start in radio at Seattle public radio stations, KPLU and KUOW. Before coming to KBBI, she was the News Director at KYUK in Bethel. She has also worked as the Southcentral Reporter for KSKA in Anchorage. Daysha's work has appeared on NPR's "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered", PRI's "The World" and "National Native News". She's happy to take assignments, and to get news tips, which are best sent via email. Daysha became a journalist because she believes in the power of storytelling. Stories connect us and they help us make sense of our world. They shed light on injustice and they comfort us in troubled times. She got into public broadcasting because it seems to fulfill the intention of the 4th Estate and to most effectively apply the freedom of the press granted to us through the Constitution. She feels that public radio has a special way of moving people emotionally through sound, taking them to remote places, introducing them to people they would not otherwise meet and compelling them to think about issues they might ordinarily overlook.

Nanwalek school bursting at the seams

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Nanwalek School is nearing 150 percent capacity, but the Kenai Peninsula Borough School district has no plan to expand the facility. It’s so crowded that next year, the principal plans to move one class into a re-purposed garage. Nanwalek is an Alutiiq/Sugpiaq community near the Southern tip of the Kenai Peninsula.

Dozens turnout to testify against Homer pot prohibition ordinance

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It was standing room only at the start of Monday evening’s Homer City Council meeting where dozens of people showed up to testify about an ordinance that would ban all commercial cannabis activity in Homer. Most who testified were against the ordinance introduced by Homer City Council Members Heath Smith and Gus Van Dyke.

Kachemak Selo highlights need for new school

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A new school for the town of Kachemak Selo is at the top of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s list of funding requests to the legislature. But with the state in financial crisis due to declining oil revenue, their request may go unmet. The tiny Russian Old Believer village is at the head of Kachemak Bay. Download Audio

Kachemak Selo: An Unmet Priority in Kenai School District

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A new school for the town of Kachemak Selo is at the top of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s list of funding requests to the legislature. But with the state in financial crisis due to declining oil revenue, their request may go unmet. The tiny Russian Old Believer village is at the head of Kachemak Bay

Eva Saulitis to be honored Friday in Homer

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The community of Homer is mourning the death of a beloved writer, scientist and teacher. Eva Saulitis died January 16th of cancer. Homer Council on the Arts will award Saulitis a lifetime achievement award, posthumously, on Friday. The Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College will hold a memorial reading in the evening. Download Audio

Homer police charge man with armed robbery

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Homer Police Chief Mark Robl says a man arrested last week after a chase is being charged with armed robbery. 30-year-old Dellan Vanbuskirk, of Homer is being charged with two counts, says Robl.

Kenai Peninsula power bills to go up in February

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Power bills are about to go up for communities on the Western Kenai Peninsula who are served by the Homer Electric Association.

Ninilchik: Future hub of Kenai public transit?

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Public transit service is coming to the Kenai Peninsula soon, according to Ninilchik Traditional Council – the governing body for the Ninilchik Tribe. The Federal Transit Administration recently awarded the organization a $300,000 grant to get the service started for tribal members and the general public. Download Audio

During Orthodox Christmas, old traditions stay strong

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January 7th is Orthodox Christmas, which is celebrated in many communities across Alaska. And the celebration is in full swing in the Alaska Native village of Nanwalek on the Southern Kenai Peninsula. Download Audio

Kenai school board weighs building lease for overcrowded school

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The community of Vosnesenka wants the Kenai Peninsula School District to pay to lease an additional building for their overcrowded school, but the district says they have a very tight budget this year and they're not sure if they can do it. Download Audio

Bacterial infection to blame in Kachemak otter die-off

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Tests results are back on dead sea otters from Kachemak Bay. About 82 percent of them had streptococcus syndrome, which is caused by a bacterial infection, according to biologists with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Download Audio

Murre die-off around Kachemak Bay in the thousands

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Die-offs of common murres have been taking place across Alaska since summer and the latest report is from Kachemak Bay, according to biologists with the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge in Homer. Download Audio

Exchange student from Cameroon visits Russian Orthodox community

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Homer High School is hosting a student from the West African country of Cameroon, this year. As part of his exchange program, 11th-grader, Nouredine Mama, is visiting schools and churches. Recently, he visited the school in the ‘Russian Old Believer’ community of Nikolaevsk, just outside Homer. Download Audio

Homer voters say ‘yes’ to using HART funds to shore up budget

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In Homer's special election, Tuesday, Proposition I passed - that's according to unofficial results released by the city Tuesday night.

Homer flocks to first indoor farmers’ market

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Homer’s first indoor farmers' market opened Saturday in a building that had been sitting empty downtown. The event was packed and offered local produce, baked goods, arts and crafts and more.

Fairbanks 4 parolee speaks out at AFN to standing ovation

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Marvin Roberts, one of the Fairbanks Four, received a standing ovation when he walked onto the stage at AFN, Saturday. It was the first time Roberts had spoken out in such a public venue about the case. Download Audio

At AFN, protesters slam Murkowski’s support for Arctic drilling

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During Sen. Lisa Murkowski’s speech at AFN, protesters marched dressed as a salmon, a caribou and a walrus. It was part of an effort to call out Murkowski for her support of Arctic oil drilling. Download Audio

‘Fairbanks 4’ supporters stage protest during Gov’s AFN speech

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Fairbanks Four supporters protested during Governor Bill Walker’s address to the crowds during opening day at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage Thursday. People held up four fingers, and held a banner reading “Justice Fairbanks Four." Download Audio

Kachemak sea otter deaths under investigation; Authorities seek public’s help

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Scientists continue to see large numbers of dead or sick sea otters turning up in the Kachemak Bay region. Officials with the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service say the agency has received about 200 reports of sick or dead otters over the past couple of months. They’ve teamed up with the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward and they’re running tests to try to find out the cause. In the meantime, they’re asking for the public’s help. Download Audio

UAA engineering program attracting more Native students

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As college freshmen dig into their studies at the state’s universities this fall, more native faces are appearing in science and engineering classrooms. That’s thanks to the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program, or ANSEP. Yup’ik students from the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta are among them. Cody McIntyre is one of them. He’s from the village of Tuntutuliak, or as he calls it, Tunt, and he really likes Math.