Homer Police Department

At 12:13 PM on October 17, Anesha “Duffy” Murnane, a 38-year old Homer woman, was caught on video walking away from her apartment complex, presumably towards a doctor’s appointment she had at 1 PM.  That video is the last known sighting of her.  Murnane was living in the supportive housing apartment due to a recent illness that her family says she had nearly fully recovered from.  Staff there notified the Homer Police Department that she was missing around 10AM on October 19. 

Kachamak Bay Shorebird Festival

Homer’s birders are a loosely organized but tightly knit flock. The main charm of birders call themselves the Kachemak Bay Birders. The K-Bay Birders (which formed in 2008) are an informal covey of, as their Chair Carol Harding describes them, “a complete  ad-hoc volunteer organization,” whose  primary organizing feature is the email list they use to communicate about upcoming monthly meetings and field trips and other events.  

Interview with Duffy Murnane's mother, Sara Berg

Nov 14, 2019
Sara Berg

It has been almost one month since Anesha “Duffy” Murnane went missing, last seen walking out of her apartment in downtown Homer and heading for a doctor’s appointment just a few blocks away. Family and friends hold on to hope and Sara Berg, Duffy’s mother, holds the torch the highest and the brightest, and just wants her daughter home.  KBBI’s Christina Whiting spoke to Berg about the ongoing search for Duffy.

Christina Whiting

On Sunday, November 10th, approximately 50 community members joined local efforts to “Bring Duffy Home”, a campaign to locate Anesha “Duffy” Murnane, a 38-year old Homer woman who has been missing for several weeks. On October 17, Duffy left her apartment in downtown Homer, walking to a doctor’s appointment just a few blocks away. She never made it. Police dogs followed her scent to an area downtown where the trail ended abruptly, leading local law enforcement to believe that a vehicle picked her up.

Mustard - Episode 28

Nov 10, 2019
Joey Lothian

Jeff Lockwood and Teri Robl go head to head in a mustard competition, judged by Joey Lothian, Kenny Williams, and Cristina Ferman.  Recorded in part at Station Twelve.

Produced at KBBI AM 890 in Homer, Alaska.  First aired 11/10/19.

This Week in Bycatch - November 6

Nov 6, 2019
Nancy Heise / Wikimedia

As the 2019 fishing seasons throughout Alaska begin to wind down, halibut bycatch mortality for the year to date is already higher than all of 2018 and 2017.  Onboard observers have recorded seven million, four hundred forty thousand pounds of halibut mortality across all fisheries for 2019 until the week ending October 26.  The total recorded mortality for all of 2018 was seven million two hundred sixty thousand pounds, and 2017 ended with seven million four hundred seventeen thousand pounds.  Since the National Marine Fisheries Service began reporting data in their current format in 201

UPDATE -Man mauled by bear on Homestead Trail

Nov 5, 2019

A man was mauled by a bear while hiking on the Homestead Trail off Diamond Ridge Road on Monday afternoon, sustaining non-life-threatening injuries in the attack.

Man mauled by bear on trail off Diamond Ridge Road

Nov 4, 2019

A man was mauled by a bear off Diamond Ridge Road on Monday afternoon, sustaining what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries in the attack.

Homer Volunteer Fire Department Chief Mark Kirko said department medics responded with an ambulance around 3:50 p.m. after being called for mutual aid from Kachemak Emergency Services. By the time they got on scene, the man was bandaged up and was waiting in another person’s truck for the ambulance to arrive.

Kirko said the individual was transported to South Peninsula Hospital to be treated for his injuries.

Scotch - Episode 27

Nov 3, 2019

Host Jeff Lockwood sits down with Skip Clary, who before he came to Homer spent many years in the Scottish whisky trade, for a long discussion on Scotch. 

Produced at KBBI AM 890 in Homer, Alaska.  First aired 11/3/2019.

Sugt'stun Word of the Week: October 27, 2019

Nov 2, 2019
By Gordon Leggett - CC BY-SA 4.0

Salayaq - Cannery

Ilait awa salayat patulartut maatermi.

Some canneries close this time of year.



This Week in Bycatch - October 29

Oct 30, 2019
Nancy Heise / Wikimedia

Incidental catch of halibut, salmon, and crab was down across all fisheries and almost all gear types during the week ending October 19.  Halibut mortality rose slightly in the pot fishery targeting sablefish, from nine hundred and four pounds the previous week to two thousand two hundred twenty seven pounds.  In all other fisheries, it dropped, adding up to one hundred fifty one thousand pounds.  Just under one hundred forty seven thousand pounds of that came from the non-pelagic,

City of Homer

In contrast to a heated hearing earlier in the day, Monday night’s Homer City Council meeting was relatively uneventful as new council members Joey Evensen and Storm Hansen-Cavasos took seats at the table for the first time and the council elected council member Rachel Lord as its new mayor pro tem.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

A suite of proposals set to go before the Board of Fisheries want to limit hatchery operations in Lower Cook Inlet.

Seven proposals for the upcoming Lower Cook Inlet Board of Fisheries meeting in Seward in December address hatchery operations, with six looking to limit the number of fish they can raise or harvest and where they can operate.

City of Homer

The Homer City Council on Monday voted to keep Storm Hansen-Cavasos on the council, finding that claims that she was not an eligible candidate for the seat because she was not a city resident for a year prior to the election were unfounded.

In a vote of 4-1, the council found that the preponderance of the evidence presented in the investigation supported Hansen-Cavasos’ claim that she was a resident of Homer for a year prior the election date.

Smoke - Episode 26

Oct 27, 2019
Smoked Salmon
Chris Sannito / Alaska Sea Grant

On this week's Check the Pantry, host Jeff Lockwood attends the Smoked Seafood School in Kodiak to learn wood smoke science, how to make lox, and more, then uses the products made during the school to make a lox and leeks terrine and smoked silver salmon carbonara. 

Thanks to Chris Sannito, Alaska Sea Grant, and the University of Alaska Fairbanks for allowing us to record the show.

Produced at KBBI AM 890 in Homer, Alaska.