Recent News Stories

Homer City Hall - Photo by KBBI

The City of Homer is finished compiling residents’ ideas on how to make up a potential $1.3 million budget shortfall. Residents were polled during a late July town hall meeting and via an online survey both titled "Closing the Gap." KBBI’s Quinton Chandler discussed the results with Assistant City Manager Patrick Lawrence.

PacRim Coal is proposing a strip mining operation on the west side of Cook Inlet in the Chuitna watershed. It proposes removing the water completely from a tributary of the Chuitna river, which is a salmon stream. Later this month, the Department of Natural Resources will be moving forward with the next step in the permitting process. There is a public hearing scheduled at the U.S. Federal Building Annex conference rooms in Anchorage on August 21st.

Mike Hawfield Works the Grill - Photo Courtesy of Christina Whiting

For 30 years Hospice of Homer has been helping its community face the uncertainties of illness and oftentimes death. Saturday afternoon the organization celebrated its 30 year anniversary with a picnic fundraiser. Homer residents joined together to thank Hospice for its equipment loan program, for its grief counseling, and most of all for not letting them face the unknown alone. KBBI’s Quinton Chandler has more.

Image Courtesy of the Homer Hockey Association

The Homer Hockey Association is fighting a battle with its budget. The caretakers of Homer’s Kevin Bell Arena owe over $2 million on their building. They’ve been paying interest for years but in September it will be time to start paying towards the bulk of their debt. KBBI’s Quinton Chandler spoke with Jan Rumble, Vice President of the Homer Hockey Association about the group’s recent Tilt crowd sourcing campaign and other fundraising options.

Over the next several days, KBBI is featuring profiles of musicians, bands, and singer/songwriters in our music special series. Today, we'll hear from David Lynn Grimes, of Cordova, who believes everyone is their own original instrument.

Over the next several days, KBBI is featuring profiles of musicians, bands, and singer/songwriters in our music special series. Today, we'll hear from southern California duo, Shelby & Tieg, whose music brings us back to childhood, mornings in bed, and a place of honesty.

Image Courtesy of the Office of Children's Services

North Pole Legislator Tammie Wilson told KBBI last week she believes there should be a grand jury investigation of the State Office of Children’s Services. In response OCS Director Christy Lawton says it’s the agency’s top goal to help create positive outcomes for children and families. KBBI’s Quinton Chandler has more.

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. KBBI’s Shady Grove Oliver took a trip on the mail boat with the man who’s been doing just that for the last 30 years.