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.