Kenai Peninsula

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What makes Thanksgiving special on the Kenai Peninsula? KBBI asked three residents what makes the holiday meaningful to them.

Jeremy Hawk said he’ll take an Alaskan thanksgiving dinner over a traditional one anytime. He still thinks about the Thanksgiving he had around seven years ago when he helped cook moose meat.

“You bake it for like two hours, then you glaze it with cranberry glaze and then you can bake it for a little while longer to give the glaze a little bit of an edge,” he said.

Courtesy of Gail O'Neill

A small wildfire was reported Thursday evening around 9.5 mile on East End Road. Kachemak Emergency Services initially responded to the fire directly off Frontier Lane and the Homer Fire Department assisted.

The Alaska Division of Forestry also responded with an aerial supervision plane and an air tanker to drop retardant on the blaze.

Division of Forestry Wildland Resource Technician Nikos Kilcher was among those who responded.

Image courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

About 200 Anchorage teachers received pink slips Wednesday after Alaska’s Legislature missed its 90-day deadline to solidify the budget. As uncertainty over teachers’ job security around the state grows, teaching staff on Kenai Peninsula are retaining theirs. But, 30 unfilled positions are still in limbo.

FAA Investigates Recent 'Laser Attack' Reports

Jan 17, 2017
U.S. Federal Aviation Administration

Recent police reports indicate aircraft on the Kenai Peninsula are being targeted by handheld lasers.

According to Kenai Police Chief David Ross, three laser incidents were reported to the Kenai Police Department in 2016. The incidents occurred in April, November and December.

HEA Members Vote Against Deregulation

Dec 21, 2016
Image Courtesy of HEA.


Homer Electric Association members voted overwhelmingly against deregulation and the cooperative will remain under the oversight of the Regulatory Commission of Alaska. About 70 percent of voters said they wanted the RCA, the agency which oversees public utilities in Alaska to continue the practice. HEA officials made the announcement Tuesday. 



Homer Holds Peaceful Protests After Election

Nov 11, 2016

Demonstrations were seen across the nation last week after the conclusion of this year’s presidential election made Republican Donald Trump the President Elect.

Trump’s campaign, which was largely run on nationalistic rhetoric emboldening white supremacist groups, insulting women, immigrants, and people of non-Judeo Christian faiths, has many Americans upset.

On Friday, Nov. 11, in Homer, residents held two peaceful gatherings at Wisdom, Knowledge, Faith and Love, or WKFL Park.

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.

BlueCrest Noise Frustrates Area Residents

Sep 19, 2016
Photo by Jenny Neyman

Residents of a tiny Kenai Peninsula subdivision near Anchor Point thought they had a little slice of peace and quiet. But a tract of homestead land to the south held an oil test well. And now it’s home to 38 acres of an active oil well, processing train, natural gas flare, workers’ camp, truck filling station and a five-story rig that is about to start drilling 30 more wells. 

HEA Launches Campaign for Deregulation

Aug 31, 2016
Image Courtesy of Homer Electric Association

Homer Electric Association has launched a campaign to convince their cooperative members to vote ‘yes’ for deregulation on an upcoming mail-in election ballot this fall.

HEA General Manager Brad Janorschke says by voting ‘yes’,  cooperative members would make HEA exempt from economic oversight by the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, and make the utility locally controlled.

King Sam to Swim Through Salmonfest

Aug 4, 2016
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The King is here, just in time for Salmonfest. Josh Nordstrom is a local tile artist in Homer, but in his spare summer time he works on creating new artistic events for Salmonfest with Jim Stearns, the producer and director of the festival.

This year they are introducing King Sam, a 20-foot long, 8-foot tall puppet designed to look like an actual king salmon. Nordstrom said that the parade puppet is engineered to be permanent. "He’s hopefully going to be the mascot of the festival from here on out,” Nordstrom said.

Phone Scams Target Kenai Peninsula Seniors

Aug 4, 2016
Courtesy of Better Business Bureau

A common phone scam is once again making an appearance on the Kenai Peninsula. But this time, scammers are targeting seniors.

Michelle Tabler, Alaska Regional Manager for the Better Business Bureau, says she has gotten several reports of the so-called “Publishers Clearinghouse scam” in Homer and Soldotna.

Aerial Group to Perform at Salmonfest

Aug 4, 2016
Photo Courtesy of Quixotic

Salmonfest is a three-day music festival that occurs the first weekend of August at the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds in Ninilchik. This year, the festival will showcase an artist who grew up in Homer. Mica Thomas helps produce lighting for an aerial performance group from Kansas City, Missouri named Quixotic.

Early Spring Impacts Peony Growers

Jul 29, 2016
Photo by Casey Marsh

Peonies are a growing Alaska export. In 2015, peony growers shipped more than 50,000 stems from Alaska, and Gov. Bill Walker recently declared July to be Alaska Peony Month for the second year in a row. But this year farmers were taken by surprise when the Alaska peony season came early.

Photo Courtesy of ANSEP

Women and Alaska Natives are underrepresented in the STEM fields, but two south peninsula girls are breaking barriers before even leaving high school. They are learning about— science, technology, engineering and mathematics —at University of Alaska Anchorage this summer. The girls are participating in the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program, or ANSEP, five-week Acceleration Academy. 

Salmonfest Solidifies 2016 Lineup

Jul 15, 2016
Photo Courtesy of Salmonfest

Salmonfest released their lineup Thursday, for the event which takes place over the first weekend of August at the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds in Ninilchik. The festival, in its sixth year, brings national headliners to play alongside Alaska bands. KBBI News Director, Daysha Eaton talks with Festival Director and Producer Jim Stearns about what’s in store at Salmonfest 2016.

Editor's Note: KBBI is a Media Sponsor of Salmonfest. Click for full lineup and links.