Breakdown on the Alaska Marine Highway

5 hours ago
City of Unalaska

Homer residents won’t have as much access to the ferry system this winter after budget cuts have slashed service.
The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities has published the draft schedule for the Alaska Marine Highway System for the upcoming winter. The ferry is proposed to visit Homer three days per week, connecting with Kodiak and Seldovia, starting in October.

Lorne Carroll

With a confirmed case of measles on the Kenai Peninsula, there is a lot of information that needs to be shared with the public and that means checking in with one of the Homer’s public health providers. Nurse Lorne Carroll spoke to KBBI’s Kathleen Gustafson at the Homer Public Health Center at 195 East Bunnell Avenue.

Winter Marshall-Allen

The National Education Association awarded their 2019 Social Justice Activist of the Year award to Winter Marshall-Allen. Marshall-Allen is an intensive needs teacher at Homer High School. She was presented the award during NEA’s Conference on Racial and Social Justice. Marshall-Allen is back from Houston where she attended the conference and then served as one of five representatives from the Kenai Peninsula for the NEA Representative Assembly.


The Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic says it will no longer make referrals for abortions in order to continue to receive federal funding known as Title X. This comes after the national Department of Health and Human Services announced Monday that family planning organizations will have to comply with new rules in order to receive federal funds.

Catriona Reynolds is the executive director of Kachemak Bay Family Planning Clinic. She said Title X funds make up about a quarter of the agency’s budget.

This Week in Bycatch - July 17

Jul 17, 2019
Nancy Heise / Wikimedia

Bycatch of prohibited species in the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands regulatory areas continued to be relatively low this week across all fisheries, according to the update by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) covering the week of July 6.  Only fifty kings and two thousand non-king salmon were caught incidentally. The bycatch of crab has also been low, only five thousand total animals.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

A faith-based addiction treatment nonprofit is struggling to find a location for a new residential center. Set Free Alaska has been searching for months for a place in the Homer area to launch a 16-bed inpatient facility for men and their children. 

The organization recently considered converting a former bed and breakfast about six miles out East End Road into the new center. But residents who live near there, such as Scott Meyer, objected to it. 

Meyer said he supports a residential treatment center. Just not near him.

Sugt'stun Word of the Week – July 14, 2019

Jul 16, 2019

Siitkaq  -  Net

Iwanun Pityallu siitkaqkuk.


Johnny and Peter are hanging a net.


High temperatures on the Kenai Peninsula brought on an early harvest for the local peony crop.
KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson visited  some of the local peony fields and spoke to growers.

Chilis - Episode 19

Jul 14, 2019
chili peppers
© Tomas Castelazo, / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0

Jeff Lockwood and Homer Truffle Company's Evangelina Briggs celebrate summer's heat with a look at the New World fruit that took the Old World by storm - the chili. 

Recorded at the KBBI Studios in Homer, Alaska, and at Homer Truffle Company. 

First aired 7/14/19.

The special session of the Alaska State Legislature is split between two cities. Most legislators are in session at the capitol in Juneau, but about a third of Alaska senators and representatives followed Governor Dunleavy to Wasilla, making an override of the governor’s budget cuts an impossibility. District P Senator Gary Stevens of Kodiak spoke with KBBI’s Kathleen Gustafson by phone from Juneau about the failure to override and about what comes next in the special session for this week’s Legislative Update.