State of Alaska

District 31 Representative Sarah Vance held public meetings last week in  Ninilchik, at McNeil Canyon School, at the Anchor Point VFW and at Kachemak Bay Campus in Homer. 

The 2020 KBBI Mug Design Contest

Jan 13, 2020

KBBI is currently seeking submissions from our talented and creative listeners for the 2020 KBBI members’ mug! The winning design will be featured on limited edition mugs available to KBBI sustaining members during the Fall 2020 drive, as well as on our website and during promotion of the Fall Membership drive. These coveted mugs are considered to be treasured collectors’ items. The artwork will be seen by hundreds of KBBI members, and their families and friends in Southcentral Alaska and beyond.

The winning artist will receive a set of six mugs and TWO tickets to Salmonfest!

Pork Loin - Episode 31

Jan 12, 2020
Pork Loin

Check the Pantry takes a road trip to Soldotna to meet Vincent and Jessica Johnson at the Schnitzel Bomber to talk about schnitzel and spaetzle. Plus, host Jeff Lockwood roasts a pork loin using the once-common technique of larding. 

Produced at the KBBI studios in Homer, Alaska.  First aired 01/12/20. 

US Fish and Wildlife Service

Alaska's Fair Share oil tax initiative announced on Thursday that they have collected the required 40,000 signatures to place their initiative on the ballot. The initiative aims to amend existing laws, most notably Senate Bill 21 A, to increase Alaskan's share of production revenues by increasing the gross tax rate and eliminating net tax credits.
This story has been updated to include initiative sponsor and attorney, Robin Brena.

City of Seldovia

Susan B. English School in Seldovia, is unexpectedly without its food service provider.
The school sent a letter to parents yesterday.
The letter reads:
"Due to lack of food service substitutes, after today, school lunch at Susan B. English School will not be available until further notice."

DNR, State of Alaska

The Friends of Kachemak Bay State Parks has a year’s worth of celebrations and outreach planned beginning Tuesday, January 7 at 7 p.m. with an event at Islands and Ocean Visitor Center.

Roger McCambell worked in the park for 31 years.He retired five years ago and is now coordinating the celebration for the park through The Friends, a non-profit that organizes volunteers and fundraises for park maintenance, equipment and educational programs.
MacCambell is leading off the presentation:
Kachemak Bay State Park: The Past 50 Years - The Next 50 Years.

Katie Gavenus

Scientists and educators from 17 different countries are on a project in the central Arctic, embedding a German research vessel, the Polarstern, in the Arctic sea ice for a year.

Local science educator Katie Gavenus from the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies recently returned from six weeks on the Akademik Federov, a support vessel that brought in fresh scientists and technicians, planted sensors in the ice and assisted the Polarstern in gathering and sending data. She sat down with KBBI’s Kathleen Gustafson to talk about her work.

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The results are in for the 2019 Christmas Bird Count. Kachemak Bay Birders Count Coordinator, Dave Erikson sat down with KBBI’s Kathleen Gustafson on Monday for some number crunching, a bit of history, a colony of robins, and an orange-crowned warbler. 

For a complete breakdown on the 2019 Christmas Bird Count, and to find out about birding on the peninsula, go to

Sunday mornings at 11am Jeff Lockwood and his guests convene in the KBBI studios in downtown Homer to explore food- one ingredient at a time. Discussing ingredients through cooking techniques, cultural importance, and personal stories, Check the Pantry helps KBBI listeners answer that every day query of - "Hey, what's for dinner?".  

Locals already know to tune in to this KBBI favorite but this week Check the Pantry and Jeff Lockwood gained national recognition with a feature article on Eater- a James Beard Award winning food and dining site that food lovers will know well.

South Peninsula Hospital

A Homer man died by gunshot early Tuesday at his home on Main Street.
Homer police received a call just before 5 a.m. that Aaron Gray, age 30, had suffered a gunshot wound. He was taken to South Peninsula Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

According to Homer Police, an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death and an investigation is underway but no charges have been filed in the shooting which was reported as a suicide.

Gray was a local cook and newly certified EMT with the Homer Volunteer Fire Department.

Wikimedia Commons

Vessels all over coastal Alaska have been without their trusted source of contact with the U. S. Coast Guard for months. The Coast Guard's VHF-FM reception towers are degraded and calls on VHF-FM Channel 16 are not being received by Coast Guard communication centers.

Indigenous Roadshow assembles at Bunnell

Dec 26, 2019
Christina Whiting

In a nationwide survey of art organizations interested in hosting Native artists, 80% of responding organizations said they could use help with cultural education, understanding protocols, and engagement with their local Native community.

Coffee Table - Homestead Kids Dec. 25, 2019

Dec 25, 2019
Walli Family

Laura Lofgren Barton and Steve Walli tell tales of homestead life in this hour-long program recorded live at the Kachemak Heritage Land Trust's annual meeting on December 12, 2019.
Homestead Kids: Tales from Stariski Creek and Diamond Ridge is a collaboration between the land trust and the Pratt Museum. It is hosted by Lynn Whitmore and recorded by KBBI's Nicole Arevalo.

Homestead Kids: A Coffee Table sneak preview

Dec 24, 2019
Walli Family

Tune in to KBBI Christmas morning at nine for Homestead Kids: Tales from Stariski Creek and Diamond Ridge.

Click on the audio for a two minute preview of the hour-long program, recorded live at the Kachemak Heritage Land Trust's annual meeting on December 12, 2019.

Jennifer Gibbons takes the helm at the Pratt

Dec 23, 2019
Christina Whiting

The Pratt Museum's new Executive Director Jennifer Gibbins has been on the job for two weeks.

Gibbins moved to Alaska from Washington, DC in 2004 and has lived in Anchorage, Seward and Cordova. She arrived into Homer just a few days before beginning work at the museum and says that finding the opportunity to live and work in Homer has been a long time coming.