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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. Download Audio

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. Download Audio

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. Download Audio

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. Download Audio

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.

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. Download Audio

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. Download Audio

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. Download Audio

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.

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Governor Bill Walker’s nominee to the Board of Fisheries has withdrawn his name from consideration.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. Download Audio

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. Download Audio

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. Download Audio

Kenai Peninsula Borough Takes on Cannabis Cultivation Outside City Limits

Kenai Peninsula residents overwhelmingly turned out in support of establishing cannabis agribusiness in the borough, or at least not restricting it too much this early in the game.

Environmental Groups Support EPA’s Proposal on Chemical Dispersant Use

The Environmental Protection Agency released a proposal last week to review the use of chemical dispersants in oil spill response. An environmental group based in Homer was part of the first push to change the existing dispersant rules. Download Audio

Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race Postponed

Wind, heavy rain, and temperatures at times nearing 50 degrees on the Kenai Peninsula mean the Tustumena 200 sled dog race won’t be running February 7th as planned. And race coordinators aren’t even confident it will run at all this year. Download Audio

Local Filmmaker to Document Cook Inlet Trek

Bretwood Higman and Erin McKittrick are well known in Alaska for taking daring expeditions with their two young children, Katmai and Lituya. Now, a Homer filmmaker is producing a documentary about one of their most adventurous trips- around Cook Inlet. Download Audio

North Pacific Groundfish and Halibut Observer Program Sees Changes in 2015

The National Marine Fisheries Service held outreach meetings in Kodiak and Homer in December. Fishermen and NMFS representatives discussed the North Pacific Groundfish and Halibut Observer program. Download Audio

$41,000 Raised for Victims of Christmas Day Crash

An Anchor Point girl is in stable condition after losing both of her legs in a traffic accident on Christmas Day. Download Audio

Alice’s Champagne Palace to Open Solstice Weekend

The Homer icon, Alice’s Champagne Palace, will open for the first time under new management on December 19th. Download Audio

State Releases Design Study For Tustumena Ferry Replacement

The ferry Tustumena is getting old. For the last few years, the state has been looking into options for repairing or replacing the aging vessel, which serves parts of Southcentral and Southwestern Alaska, Kodiak Island, and the Aleutian chain. On Dec. 2, the Department of Transportation released the design study report for a replacement vessel with an estimated construction cost of $237 million. Download Audio