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Dorothy Drive easement upheld

Aug 17, 2019
Kenai Peninsula Borough

At Monday night’s Kenai Peninsula Borough Planning Commission meeting, The commission rejected a petition to block public access to an easement bordering properties off Skyline Drive near Homer. KBBI’s Kathleen Gustafson has the story with reporting by Elizabeth Earl in Soldotna.

Correction: A previous version of the story identified the neighborhood as Diamond Ridge. It is better definied as being off Skyline Drive. 

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Oil and gas development company Hillcorp will conduct a seismic survey of lower Cook Inlet within the next few months. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management gave the company the green light this week to conduct the survey on an offshore lease site west of Kachemak Bay, according to a press release.

The bureau’s permit allows Hilcorp 60 days to run the survey on roughly 370 square miles. The company currently has eleven oil and gas units across the peninsula. 

Public Domain

Alaska organizations that keep people from living on the streets have been without partial funding since July. With a state capital budget passed, the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation said it will dole out checks to charities that have been trying to keep Alaskans off the streets. But those checks will only go so far.

Wrangell, a small southeast town of 2,300has no homeless shelter. So the local Salvation Army often steps in to offer assistance for people short on rent to keep folks off the street.

This Week in Bycatch - August 14

Aug 15, 2019
Halibut
Nancy Heise / Wikimedia

Halibut bycatch in the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands in the week ending August 3 was lower than comparable weeks in the last five years.  Total mortality, as recorded by onboard observers and compiled by the National Marine Fisheries Service, was fifty-seven thousand pounds.  During the same week in 2018, halibut death in other fisheries totaled seventy-five thousand pounds.  In the past five years, the highest total during this period was one hundred twenty eight thousand pounds in 2016. 

Mckenzie Hansen and Kaitlyn Anderson were singing on the spit this past Sunday. They invited KBBI to turn on the field recorder and this is what we captured. Here's Summer Days, written by Mckenzie Hansen and her dad, Craig Hansen. 

KBBI News

Keeping the community ready to respond to emergencies means training and keeping local volunteers. EMT training and firefighter training starts next month at The Homer Volunteer Fire Department and at The Anchor Point Volunteer Fire Department. Kachemak Emergency Services, east of Homer, will begin their training in January of 2020. KBBI’s Kathleen Gustafson spoke with local trainers, EMTs and first responders for this story.

City of Homer

Homer Mayor Ken Castner campaigned on the promise that he would not cast votes to break a tie when the city council split their votes evenly. He said he wanted council members, who often split on issues, to not depend on him to decide. At Monday night’s council meeting, in response to Castner casting tie-breaking votes on a couple of issues, Councilmember Rachel Lord brought forth an ordinance that would have required the mayor break ties.

Renee Gross, KBBI News

The Kenai Peninsula is drying out and this summer, fires have sprouted up in some unusual places. Scientists warn about this trend: meaning bigger fires and more of them. 

Ed Berg is digging a roughly foot-wide-hole in a wetland off Diamond Creek Trail in Homer. He’s a retired ecologist from the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

“So what I'm seeing in the plug are all these little woody roots that are from the crowberry and the dwarf birch drawers, and blueberry,” he said.

Garlic - Episode 23

Aug 11, 2019
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This week, host Jeff Lockwood heads to Synergy Gardens, home of the Alaska Garlic Project, to talk to Lori Jenkins about everything garlic.  Planting, harvesting, curing and, of course, cooking.  Jeff fires up the grill for flank steak with snail butter and grilled potato salad with garlic oil vinaigrette. 

First aired 08/11/19.

HVFD

  

After one month on the job, a month that has seen a plane crash, a few capsized boats and daily smoke advisories, the new chief of the Homer Volunteer Fire Department invited KBBI’s Kathleen Gustafson to visit the firehouse on Pioneer Avenue to talk about his work and what it takes to train and maintain Homer’s first responders.

Sugt'stun Word of the Week – August 4, 2019

Aug 9, 2019
Wikimedia Commons

Lamp  -  Lampaq

Iwan ikut’iira lampamek qutmek.

Translation:
Ivan found an oil lamp on the beach.  

Courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough

A resolution urging Gov. Mike Dunleavy to sign a bill that would reverse most of his operating budget vetoes failed at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Tuesday night. House Bill 2001, which the state Legislature passed at the end of July, would also set the permanent fund dividend amount at $1,600.

This Week in Bycatch - August 6

Aug 7, 2019
Halibut
Nancy Heise / Wikimedia

Incidental catch of bairdi, opilio, and king crab remained low across the Gulf of Alaska and Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands regulatory areas for the week ending July 27.  Less than three thousand crab were caught across all gear types.  King salmon bycatch stood at 62 fish for the week, while all other salmon species accounted for 18,971 fish.  About half of the non-chinook were caught in statistical area 517 north of False Pass just west of the entranc

KBBI selects new general manager

Aug 7, 2019

Kachemak Bay Broadcasting, Inc. announced today that its Board of Directors has selected Joshua (Josh) Krohn as the station’s new general manager. He will begin in mid-September. 

Scott Waterman, who has served as KBBI’s interim general manager since Terry Rensel left the position in May, will remain on staff during a brief transition period. After that, he will continue to serve in an advisory capacity.

 

Hilcorp Alaska

Oil and gas development company Hilcorp is planning to survey an offshore lease site in lower Cook Inlet. This survey is looking for untapped oil and gas deposits it could develop near Anchor Point and Homer.

The Texas energy company had originally hoped to conduct the roughly 45-to-60 day survey earlier this year. However, due to concerns about the effect of the survey during the fishing season as well as permitting delays, its plans were pushed back.

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