Recent News Stories

M/S Statendam - Photo Courtesy of HollandAmerica.com

Cruise season begins in Homer this year on Tuesday, May 26th. KBBI’s Shady Grove Oliver has this preview of the upcoming season and what locals can expect.

Crews are still cleaning up from a wildfire that began Monday evening in Anchor Point on the southern Kenai Peninsula. The fire started just before 4 p.m. Monday in the Jim Howard Road area near Nikolaevsk.

Victoria Steik in the Ninilchik Community Library - Photo by Shady Grove Oliver/KBBI

This spring, the Ninilchik library brought its number of paid staff up to…one. It hired a new director at 15 hours per week. Like many small libraries around the state is has a minuscule budget and relies primarily on volunteers to keep it running. KBBI’s Shady Grove Oliver stopped by Friday’s open house meet-and-greet.

The Grobarek Family - Photo by Quinton Chandler/KBBI

The Kenai Peninsula obviously has no shortage of wildlife, but if you’re planning to start a pig farm the Kenai is definitely not the first location to come to mind. Pigs are especially hard to find here with only a handful of breeders open for business. But, a family with a small farm in Anchor Point want that to change. They’re planning to bring a brood of pigs from Washington that theoretically could thrive on the peninsula.

Image Courtesy of Rotary International

The Rotary Club of Homer-Downtown and the Rotary Club of Homer-Kachemak Bay co-sponsored a suicide prevention workshop at Homer’s Faith Lutheran Church last week. The training was intended to empower participants with the knowledge and confidence necessary to help prevent suicide.

Devin Iredale-Sharp - Photo Courtesy of Ahna Iredale through Homer High School's Facebook Page

Family, friends, and community members are remembering a local high school student who passed away this month. Devin Iredale-Sharp was found dead in Cooper Landing on April 17th. He was 18 years old.

A missing boater was found dead in the waters near Seldovia on Monday. He was identified as local character and community member, Robert Purpura, of Seldovia.

Ranger Roger MacCampbell - Photo Courtesy of the Homer News

Roger MacCampbell, or "Ranger Roger," is retiring this month as chief ranger of Kachemak Bay State Park after 30 years on the job. KBBI’s Shady Grove Oliver spoke with MacCampbell at the Trails Symposium about changes to the park, the state budget, and his hopes for the future.

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