Photo Courtesy of the Alaska Legislature.

It’s Friday, which means it’s time for our weekly legislative call-in with Sen. Gary Stevens. KBBI’s Aaron Bolton spoke with the senator about the latest in Juneau earlier this week.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

A day after vandals spray-painted racist threats on the side of a Homer restaurant, community members have turned out to offer support. It’s unclear whether Alaska State Troopers are investigating this week’s attack targeting the inter-racial owners of Wasabi’s Bistro as a hate crime.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

The owners of a restaurant just outside of Homer woke up to racist graffiti scrawled across the front of their building Thursday. The owners of Wasabi’s Bistro reported the incident to police shortly before 8 a.m. and the photos have been shared widely on social media. 

Colt Belmonte, who is white, co-owns the restaurant with his wife Dali Frazier, who is African-American. The largely 

misspelled message used racial slurs and said the family should leave the U.S. “Trump 2020” was also written on the building.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

Pebble Limited Partnership held a public meeting in Homer Tuesday to offer area residents an opportunity to ask questions about the project. Residents raised concerns about everything from earthquakes to who’s responsible for the mine site long after Pebble ends the 20-year project.

Pebble plans to start some survey work in the Anchor Point area next month, where it hopes to install a natural gas compressor station. The station would pump gas through an underwater pipeline to the mine site on the western side of Cook Inlet, providing power for facilities.

Rudy Gustafson

The U.S. Pacific halibut season kicked off Friday. Some of the first deliveries to Alaska ports are expected later this week and will set the tone for prices on the docks this year. Market conditions are expected to be more favorable for Alaska’s halibut fishermen and processors compared to last year.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

What happens when wild salmon interbreed with hatchery fish?

A study by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game looking at chum and pink salmon runs in Southeast and Prince William Sound is expanding to help biologists understand the interplay between wild runs and hatchery strays. There is concern that hatchery fish could alter the genetics of wild populations, posing a threat to their survival.

Photo courtesy of Gary Stevens.

Roughly 60 people showed up to a town hall meeting with Sen. Gary Stevens at the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center early Friday afternoon to discuss the state budget. Stevens clearly told his constituents he does not support the deep budget cuts that Gov. Mike Dunleavy is proposing.

Stevens said slashing services to pay for a $3,000 dividend is unacceptable and he vowed that the Legislature wouldn’t accept the governor’s proposed spending plan.

Photo Courtesy of the Alaska Legislature.

Full audio from Sen. Gary Stevens' town hall at the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center Friday: 

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game says its massive hatchery-wild research study will inform the conversations surrounding the rates at which hatchery pink and chum salmon stray into wild streams and whether they’re less productive than their wild counterparts.

Courtesy of the Department of Corrections

In Alaska, most people who leave prison reoffend and end up back behind bars. On this week’s Coffee Table, we discuss efforts to reduce recidivism along with the challenges and resources for those re-entering society after prison. Our guests are Audrey Cucullu, the executive coordinator for the Kenai Peninsula Reentry Coalition, Bradely Cucullu who has been out of prison for years, and Janice Weiss,  Alaska's Department of Correction’s reentry project manager.


Tom Bodett "True Stories About Home", Sunday, Sept 8th, 2019

KBBI is sponsoring this event as part of the Alaska World Arts Festival. We hope to see you there, and we thank you for supporting KBBI and our incredible Arts community.

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