Alaxsxa play takes on cultural dynamics in Alaska

Sep 14, 2017
Courtesy of Ping Chong + Company

Alaxsxa is a place name that that many Alaskans may not know, but they all live there. It’s the Unangax tribe’s ancient name for Alaska, and it serves as a metaphor for a play coming to the Bunnell Street Arts Center this weekend. Alaxsxa uses history, puppetry, Yup’ik dancing and personal stories to weave together the complex relationships of the people and cultures living in state.

Homer Residents Plan Local Women's March

Jan 18, 2017
Women's March on Washington

An idea that started on Facebook and went viral overnight has become a nationwide event. Locals in the Homer area have joined the nonpartisan Women's March on Washington and will be showing their support from nearly 4,500 miles away.

KBBI's Casey Marsh spoke with local event organizers Karen Murdock and Emily Munns about the upcoming event.

Editor's note: Emily Munns currently serves on the KBBI Community Advisory Board.

Rep. Seaton Previews 2017 Legislative Session

Dec 29, 2016
Photo courtesy of Paul Seaton.

The 2017 Legislative session is right around the corner. This session, the state finds itself in uncharted waters, navigating huge budgetary challenges.

District 31 Republican Representative, Paul Seaton is part of an unusual coalition with Democrats and Independents that he says is necessary to solve Alaska’s biggest problem, its budget shortfall. Seaton will hold a critical role as the House Finance co-chair in charge of the operating budget. KBBI News Director Daysha Eaton talks with Representative Paul Seaton about the upcoming session.

Kenaitze Tribe Launches Joint-Jurisdiction Court

Dec 28, 2016
Photo by Daysha Eaton/KBBI

Kenaitze Indian Tribe in Kenai is partnering with the State of Alaska to develop the state’s first joint-jurisdiction therapeutic court. Proponents say it’s a step towards better support for community members –both Native and non-Native— who are struggling with substance abuse and the legal system.

The state and tribe signed documents to form the court this fall, but it’s been in the works for years, and the issues it addresses came even earlier.

New Pharmacy to Offer Compounding

Nov 11, 2016
Owen Duffy / KBBI

Homer has a new pharmacy. Scotts Family Pharmacy opened in October. The new pharmacy will soon have a drive-through and offer compounding, both firsts for the community. 

Dr. Nathan Scott and his wife Gina Scott are co-owners of Scott’s Family Pharmacy. They say although there are two existing pharmacies in Homer, this new  one will offer services and products you can’t find here. Doctor Scott says his vision for the pharmacy is to make it a one-stop-shop.

Locals Support NoDAPL in Homer

Nov 7, 2016
Photo by Casey Marsh/KBBI

This weekend, Alaskans held protests and events in several communities across the state to support the No Dakota Access Pipeline movement, also known as NoDAPL. In Homer, organizers put on a concert along with a silent auction at Kbay Café to raise money to send shelter to the camp for demonstrators in North Dakota.

Homer Boat Burns at Port and Harbor

Nov 4, 2016
Photo Courtesy of Homer Port and Harbor/Harbor officer Mike Lowe

A fishing vessel burned in the Homer Port and Harbor early Thursday morning, Nov. 4. Harbor Master, Bryan Hawkins says the vessel was a total loss.

“It was reported as an explosion and fire. It was aboard a 32-foot fiberglass commercial fishing vessel. It was called in by a private citizen. [A] Harbor officer also called it in shortly after 1 a.m., in fact the call was 1:03 a.m. The fire department responded very quickly as did other additional harbor staff,” said Hawkins.

Homer NoDAPL Event Scheduled for Saturday

Nov 4, 2016
Photo Courtesy of Lucas Wilcox

You may have heard about the NoDAPL movement in the news lately. DAPL stands for Dakota Access Pipeline.  It’s a controversial, $3.7 billion, nearly 1,200-mile long pipeline being built by a Texas-based corporation called Energy Transfer Partners. The pipeline would ship crude oil across four states, connecting the Bakken Tar Sands with refineries in Illinois.

Some Homer residents are holding an event this weekend to raise awareness about the issue. They’re also raising funds to send shelter to the camp near Cannon Ball.

Locals Talk Politics in Homer

Oct 24, 2016
Photo by Casey Marsh/KBBI

South Peninsula residents were invited to discuss politics and voting recently at a community forum. Dozens gathered in Homer on Oct. 20 at Islands and Ocean Visitor Center.

Local Animal Shelter Teams Up With Nonprofit

Oct 20, 2016
Photo courtesy of Amy Ware

Homer City Council awarded a new contract for the City Animal Shelter to the nonprofit Alaska Mindful Paws on Oct. 10.

The group will manage and operate the shelter as part of a two-year contract for just over $179,000 per year.

Homer Election Certified, Confirms Results

Oct 8, 2016
City of Homer

The City of Homer has counted all the votes and certified the official results for the regular election that took place Tuesday, October 4.

“The certifying of the results include counting all of the absentee and early ballots, the question ballots, and special needs votes. It did adjust the percentages for the candidates slightly, and for the proposition,” said Jo Johnson, the City of Homer Clerk. She says that the newly counted ballots did not change the overall results of the election by much.

Homer Man Leads Troopers on High Speed Chase

Oct 7, 2016
Image courtesy of Alaska State Troopers

On Thursday afternoon, a Homer resident led local law enforcement on a high speed chase from Anchor Point to Homer.

According to an Alaska State Trooper dispatch, Anchor Point Troopers received a report just after 3 p.m. Thursday of a reckless driver on Sterling Highway near mile 171. Troopers located the vehicle, a red Chevrolet Lumina, and attempted a traffic stop.

The driver, 30-year-old Paul Suter of Homer, led police on a brief car chase before crashing into a ditch. Suter then fled into the woods on foot at mile 158, near Sabea Circle.

Photo by Daysha Eaton/KBBI

Residents across the Kenai Peninsula will soon vote on whether Homer Electric Association can operate without rate oversight from the Regulatory Commission of Alaska. The utility says deregulation would save time and money and give it more local control. But it would also allow HEA’s board to raise rates as high as they want. 

Brad Janorschke, general manager for Homer Electric Association, says the vote is about local control.

Mayoral Candidate Profile: Bryan Zak

Sep 24, 2016
Photo Courtesy of City of Homer

Bryan Zak has served on the Homer City Council for the past seven years. Before that he served on the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission. He’s one of two candidates running for mayor. David Lewis, who serves on the Homer City Council with Zak is also running. Current Homer Mayor Beth Wythe is not running for re-election. 

Before moving to Homer, Bryan Zak managed homeowners associations in Anchorage and in Wasilla. In 1998, he and his wife started a vacation rental business in Homer, and he moved here in 2004. 

Gala Kicks off Homer Doc Fest Thursday

Sep 21, 2016
Photo Courtesy of Homer Documentary Film Festival

The 13th annual Homer Documentary Film Festival begins Thursday, September 22 at the Homer Theatre.

KBBI Reporter Shahla Farzan talked with Homer Theatre owner Jamie Sutton about what to expect at this year’s festival.

The Homer Documentary Film Festival runs through September 29. More information on the films and a complete schedule can be found online at