When the coronavirus pandemic struck America a year ago, Homer writer and photographer Christina Whiting didn't hunker down. Instead, she set off across the Western states to collect stories for her project "Behind the Mask - Our Stories." She spoke with KBBI's Jay Barrett.
Sea star wasting syndrome has been observed and documented in Kachemak Bay since 2013. The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies in Homer, Coastwatch Alaska and other local research groups have watched and noted as sunflower sea stars declined by over 90%. Last month, the International Union for Conservation of Nature listed the sunflower star as critically endangered. Even after seven years of study, scientists have not been able to determine the cause of the wasting disease.
Click on the audio below to hear host, Kathleen Gustafson and panelists from CACS: Beth Trowbridge - Executive Director, Katie Gavenus - Program Director, Henry Rieske - Wynn Nature Center /CoastWalk Coordinator and Shannon Moore. School Coordinator/Peterson Bay Field Station coordinator.
Federal oil and gas leases coming up for sale in Cook Inlet are in the same area as the new North Pacific Fisheries Management Council restrictions on commercial salmon fishing. State and federal agencies could cooperate to keep the fishery open, but the State of Alaska declined to do so.
Teachers in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District have to approach the new semester in a variety of ever-changing ways, sometimes from home, sometimes in their classrooms. KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson hosted a roundtable discussion with KBPSD educators on New Year's Eve. Click on the audio to hear: Winter Marshall Allen - Special Education and Intensive Needs Coordinator Homer High School,
Homer public works projects cover everything from street drainage, to sea walls, to water and sewer improvement districts and more. On this week's edition of The Coffee Table, host Jay Barrett talks with Homer Public Works Director Jan Keiser and City Manager Rob Dumouchel about all of that -- and as recent residents of Homer, how they're settling in.
This week on the Coffee Table, review the Kachemak Bay State Park Draft Management Plan with Monica Alvarez, from the Alaska Department of Natural Resources, Parks Superintendent, Jack Blackwell and Robert Archibald, Chair the of Kachemak Bay State Park Citizens Advisory Council..