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Image courtesy of sandiegofermentationfestival.com

A fermentation specialist stopped in Homer this week. He’s making his way up Alaska, teaching about the crossover among food preservation, microbiology, and community. KBBI’s Shady Grove Oliver stopped by his workshop on a local farm and has more.

A multi-vehicle crash on the Seward Highway Friday has left one person dead and several others injured. According to Alaska State Troopers, the crash was reported just after noon on Friday, at mile 80 of the highway in Girdwood.

Bishops Beach - Photo Courtesy of KBBI

The Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge is receiving multiple reports indicating a significant increase in dead and dying birds found on beaches in the Homer area over the last two weeks. The reports are coming from beach walkers and local citizen scientists dedicated to surveying sea bird populations.

The city of Homer is seeking candidates to sit on City Council. The filing period opened Monday for two, three-year terms. Applications will be accepted through Monday, August 17th. Elections will be held Tuesday, October 6th.

Gardening season is in full swing - Photo by Shady Grove Oliver/KBBI

The Homer Garden Club wrapped up its 9th annual Gardeners’ Weekend on Sunday. The weekend brings together gardeners, garden enthusiasts, and lovers of the outdoors. Visitors do a self-guided tour around a selection of local properties, where they are met by garden hosts who present the horticulture and answer questions.

Wynn Nature Center - Photo by Shady Grove Oliver/KBBI

The Wynn Nature Center is working to make its natural beauty easier to access for people of all ability and mobility levels. Homer is a town with a large resident and visitor population of both retirees and families with young children, so it’s a logical step.

Image Courtesy of the Department of Health and Social Services

Thousands of children live under state custody and a North Pole Legislator says she has heard hundreds of complaints against the office overseeing them. Representative Tammie Wilson believes the complaints are symptoms of systemic problems within the Office of Children’s Services. She is collecting evidence to justify a potential grand jury investigation into the department. KBBI’s Quinton Chandler reports a foster child advocate agrees the system is plagued with problems but she isn’t convinced an investigation will make a difference.

Image Courtesy of Salmonfest Alaska

There will be no Salmonstock on the Kenai Peninsula this year. The late summer festival was organized to build support for the fight against Pebble Mine. A series of recent political victories stymied progress on Pebble and Salmonstock’s sponsors decided it was time to pull the plug. But faithful festival goers may not be disappointed. In place of Salmonstock the Kachemak Bay Conservation Society will host Salmonfest in the same venue. Salmonfest Director Jim Stearns says except for the name the event will be no different from Salmonstock. KBBI’s Quinton Chandler talks to Stearns about the name change and his expectations for this weekend’s festival.

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