Shahla Farzan, KBBI - Homer

Shahla Farzan, KBBI - Homer
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Shahla Farzan is a reporter with KBBI - Homer. Shahla first caught the radio bug as a world music host for WMHC, the oldest college radio station operated exclusively by women. Before coming to KBBI, she worked at Capital Public Radio in Sacramento and as a science writer for the California Environmental Legacy Project. She is currently completing her Ph.D in ecology at the University of California-Davis, where she studies native bees. When she's not producing audio stories, you can find Shahla beachcombing or buried in a good book.

Kenai Peninsula invocation lawsuit has roots in New York case

For the past six months, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly has debated whether it should restrict who gives the opening prayer at each assembly meeting. They’re not alone; similar disputes are taking place across the country. Several years ago, a lawsuit over prayer in public meetings consumed a town in upstate New York, eventually making its way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Listen now

Homer City Council votes down ‘inclusivity’ resolution

Homer City Council heard a resolution on Monday that would have officially expressed the town’s commitment to fighting discrimination and maintaining a safe, inclusive city. Dozens of residents turned out to provide public testimony, highlighting sharp divides within the community. Listen now

Students work to reduce ocean trash, one spork at a time

A new educational program is working to stop marine debris before it starts. Students from schools across the Kenai Peninsula have partnered with the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies to cut down on their consumption of single-use plastics. Listen now

Carbon monoxide a factor in Soldotna deaths

The deaths of two Soldotna residents found in a burned truck in November have been ruled accidental. Listen now

After die-off, sea stars face uncertain future

Sea star wasting syndrome was first documented in Kachemak Bay in 2014, but it wasn’t until last summer that the mysterious infection began killing sea stars in large numbers. Listen now

Alaska’s gender wage gap among largest in U.S.

Alaska has one of the largest wage gaps between men and women in the country, according to a new report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics released Tuesday. Listen now

Kenai Borough Assembly to consider eliminating religious invocation

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted to introduce an ordinance on Feb. 14 that would put an end to the invocation that begins each meeting. Listen now

AK: Options dwindle for orphaned sea otters

In coastal Alaska, a bacterial infection has caused adult sea otter die-offs in record numbers. Meanwhile, researchers have seen a steep increase in the number of orphaned pups over the last several years. Listen now

Smyth wins Tustumena 200 sled dog race

After a three-year hiatus, the Kenai Peninsula’s Tustumena 200 sled dog race was finally able to celebrate its 30th anniversary this weekend. Iditarod veteran Cim Smyth of Big Lake took first place, followed closely by Girdwood musher Nicolas Petit. Listen now

Researchers say Kenai Peninsula permafrost thawing rapidly

Permafrost is thawing at a brisk rate across Alaska and the Kenai Peninsula is no exception. Listen now

River otters use latrines as social hubs

When it comes to picking a good place to socialize, the bathroom probably isn’t high on your list. For coastal river otters in Southcentral Alaska, however, the bathroom is a major social hub. Listen now

Asian tapeworm found in Alaskan salmon

Scientists recently announced they had found an Asian tapeworm species in pink salmon caught off the coast of the Kenai Peninsula. Listen now

Board of Game approves Kenai wolf control program

The Alaska Board of Game reauthorized a proposal to reduce the Kenai Peninsula wolf population on Jan. 9. It aims to increase the region’s annual moose harvest by reducing the number of predators. Listen now

Homer students to compete in state robotics championship

This winter, a group of middle schoolers at West Homer Elementary are putting aside hockey sticks and skis in favor of a more unusual team sport: building robots. Listen now

49 Voices: Jack Bennett of Homer

This week we're hearing from Jack Bennett from Homer. Bennett is an industrial hemp advocate looking to establish more hemp homes throughout rural Alaska. Listen now

Kenai Borough Assembly upholds invocation policy

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is standing behind their controversial invocation policy. Listen now

ACLU sues Kenai Peninsula Borough over religious invocation policy

The American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska (ACLU) is following through with its threat to sue the Kenai Peninsula Borough over its invocation policy. Listen Now

Seniors find companionship through Kenaitze program

The Kenaitze Indian Tribe is wrapping up the first year of its new Senior Companion Program. The program pairs volunteers with fellow seniors who live on the Central Kenai Peninsula. Listen Now

MAPP releases results of Community Health Needs Assessment

The southern Kenai Peninsula’s health improvement coalition, MAPP, released the results of its most recent three-year survey on Dec. 9.

Mysterious beak deformities may be caused by virus

It’s been almost 20 years since large numbers of birds with unusually long beaks first appeared in Alaska. The birds, whose beaks grow at twice the normal rate, often die from starvation because they can’t feed themselves. Researchers now believe a virus may be causing the beak deformities. Listen Now