Today is a travel day for Katie Gavenus. She’s the program director at the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies in Homer. Often, when she’s packing she’s headed for Peterson Bay Field Station or to join the crew of the Tiglax. But today, she’s flying to Norway to join the MOSAiC Expedition, organized by The Alfred Wegner Institute based in Bremerhaven, Germany.

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District was issued notice Friday evening that employees plan to strike starting at 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Bargaining teams for the district and associations representing teachers and support staff met Thursday afternoon in a continued effort to reach an agreement on a proposal to split health insurance costs. That sticking point is holding up a contract that has been under negotiation for more than a year and a half.

Renee Gross, KBBI News

Residents are desperately trying to conserve water in the Native village of Nanwalek, located on Alaska's Kenai Peninsula south of Anchorage. The village, home to the Sugpiaq tribe, is currently in a severe drought.

Nina Kvasnikoff's family is eating off paper plates, collecting water from the ocean to flush toilets and washing themselves with sponges.

"It doesn't feel like you're clean. You feel like you're just splattering a little bit of water," she said.

True Stories about Home with Tom Bodett

Sep 13, 2019

Tom Bodett returned to Homer for a performance at the Mariner Theater on Sunday, September 8.  A storytelling show based around the structure used by "The Moth", "True Stories about Home" features Bodett and guests Ian Chillag, Amy Malouf, Dame Wilburn, and Peter Aguero. 

KBBI is pleased to present the full audio from the show.

Homer Chamber of Commerce

The Homer Chamber of Commerce Halibut Jackpot Derby will come to an end after this Sunday.
Since 1996, the chamber has been awarding prizes for the largest halibut caught in the Homer area and for catching and releasing tagged halibut.
Jason Schuler of Wahpeton, North Dakota is the current leader of this year's derby. He caught a 224.2 pound halibut on July 12. If no one who buys a ticket catches a bigger fish before Sunday, September 15, Schuler stands to win ten thousand dollars, plus fifty cents for each derby ticket sold.

Bay Welding

Seldovia District high tide on Tuesday of this week crested around noon and with it came a celebration and launch of the Goldbelt Seawolf, the largest vessel ever built in Homer.

The 74 foot catamaran splashed down into Kachemak Bay from Northern Enterprises vessel launch and boatyard. Bay Welding constructed the Goldbelt Seawolf. In fact, it was built entirely in Homer in less than a year. The vessel weighs 94,250 pounds and is filled with the work of the many Homer marine trades.

The New Old Time Chautauqua rolled through town this week on a tour dedicated to the memory and work of Mary Langham. Tyler Langham kicked  off the evening with a few songs, then, the Chautaquans took over.

Recorded live in the studio at KBBI on Thursday July 4th, 2019.

This Week in Bycatch - September 10

Sep 11, 2019
Nancy Heise / Wikimedia

Pacific halibut bycatch mortality rose for the third straight week in the Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands and Gulf of Alaska groundfish fisheries.  Onboard observers reported just over one hundred seventy thousand pounds to the National Marine Fisheries Service for the week ending August 31.  The largest share, about one hundred sixty three thousand pounds, was caught with non-pelagic or bottom trawl gear.  Just under sixty four thousand pounds came from Area 630, a large chunk of the central Gulf of Alaska between the east side of Kodiak and the entrance to Prince William Sound, all from vess

City of Homer

At Monday night’s Homer City Council meeting, the council failed to approve a measure it had been discussing since March that would have allowed properties outside the city to connect to city water. 

The ordinance, amended  city code pertaining to water rules and regulations. It was introduced in April and had been postponed twice.
It would have allowed residents and businesses outside the city to connect to water if their property was adjacent to the city’s water line, as is the case in many areas of Kachemak City.

Sugt'stun Word of the Week – Sept. 8, 2019

Sep 10, 2019
Nanwalek School

Angayunka – Friends

Angayunka kenertut qutmi.

My friends are making a fire on the beach.



The Caribou Lake Fire, 25 miles northeast of Homer, is estimated to be 94% contained at 870 acres. The Alaska Department of Forestry expects to call the fire 100% contained soon.

Kachemak Emergency Services Chief Bob Cicciarella, spoke with KBBI’s Kathleen Gustafson today at noon for this update.


Chief Bob Cicciarella, from Kachemak Emergency Services, can you give an update on what's happening out at Caribou Lake?

Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District

The Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District is creating a workforce-training program for peninsula residents.

Tim Dillon is the executive director of the economic development district, and he said it’s critical for young residents to learn basic job skills and explore different trades.

“Carpentry 101,” he said. “Tool Safety.  Basics of, so how do you interact with other folks, when you're working, when you have a boss. What's the interpersonal dynamics with that if you’ve never had a boss. Just a variety of different things.”


Two seats on the Homer City Council are up for election in the October 1, 2019  municipal election. The seats are currently held by Shelly Erickson and Tom Stroozas, who were elected in 2016. Both Erickson and Stroozas have filed for the upcoming election along with two new candidates for Homer City Council, Joey Evensen and Storm Hansen.

 KBBI’s Kathleen Gustafson has this profile of Councilmember Tom Stroozas.

Potential candidates for Homer City Council can take a number of routes to prepare to serve. Tom Stroozas may have taken them all.

Shelly Erickson

Two seats on the Homer City Council are in contention for the October 1, 2019 Municipal Election. The seats are currently held by Shelly Erickson and Tom Stroozas who were elected in 2016. Those seats are being challenged by first time candidates, Joey Evensen and Storm Hanson-Cavasos. KBBI’s Kathleen Gustafson sat down with Shelly Erickson to talk about her time on the council and her goals for the upcoming year.

Alaska Division of Forestry

The  burn closure for the Kenai Peninsula and Matanuska-Susitna boroughs ends as of at 8 a.m. today, Wednesday, Sept. 4.

No burn permits are currently being issued. Open burning and burn barrels still require a burn permit under an emergency order extending Alaska’s wildfire season through Sept. 30.