Two remote Alaska lodges have been given an international nod with a listing from National Geographic as some of the most unique in the world. Independent producer Jillian Rogers spoke with owner Mandy Dixon about the honor.
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A fire destroyed a sailboat, part of a dock, and some equipment owned by the Jakolof Bay Oyster Company Sunday night. There have been no reported injuries. KBBI’s Shady Grove Oliver has more.
U.S. Fish and Wild Life Service Ranger Naturalist Doug Stuart is also an amateur historian and student of the Aleutian Campaign fought between the U.S. and Japan during World War II. Stuart says the fighting in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands has been largely forgotten. But, he says it’s important to remind people of the battles fought and the people impacted. Stuart and KBBI’s Quinton Chandler discuss World War II in Alaska.
Survival! Bears! Wilderness! Turmoil at the high seas! More bears! This is what Alaska means to millions of reality TV viewers in the lower 48. But to Alaskans, the reality may be a bit different. Alaskans tend to rely on traditional journalism such as radio and newspapers to get their own news on the state. Alaska Press Club high school journalism fellow Audrey Russell explores the gap between the two mediums and how the two will coexist in the future.
The Department of Transportation or DOT plans to improve congestion and safety issues at the intersection of Main Street and the Sterling Highway. They’ll also refurbish Homer’s Lake Street. Their plan has reached what Project Manager Carla Smith calls the 65% level design.
“It’s the plans in hand design. It’s the first level of design that we send out for review by the supporting sections, local and government agencies, and any other stake holders that are impacted,” says Smith.
According to a recent NOAA study, Alaskan shellfish hatcheries risk becoming unsustainable by 2040 because of ocean acidification. Over the last week, we’ve heard how a hatchery in Oregon is dealing with changes in ocean chemistry and about groundbreaking genetic research on shellfish adaptability. But the big questions still remain- how far reaching will the effects be and can we mitigate them before it’s too late? KBBI’s Shady Grove Oliver has more.
A popular recreation area in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is open to visitors once again after suffering a powerful wild land fire. The Card Street Fire is the second wildfire to threaten the refuge in the last year. KBBI’s Quinton Chandler reports refuge managers expect short term impacts from the blaze to be minimal. And they’ll actively study the changes it has brought to the habitat.
The City of Homer seeks public input on the City Budget.