Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies is wrapping up a one-year grant aimed at teaching classrooms around the Kenai Peninsula about marine debris. Marine Debris Coordinator Henry Reiske said the programs funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is coming to an end this fall, but the project is doing more than working in the classroom.

Nature Rocks Homer

The wallow is ready to fill with water and Saturday the mud will fly for Nature Rocks Homer's annual Mud Games. The games run from 1:00 to 3:oop.m.  at The Cottonwood Horse Park - on the downhill side of mile 1.5 East Road in Homer. KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson talked with Sue Post and Cathy Wilmeth, two of the event organizers.


Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

Millions of pounds of plastic debris washes up on the Gulf of Alaska’s remote shores each year. It washes up faster than it can be collected and clean-up efforts cost millions. That can seem overwhelming for volunteers who are out there year after year, cleaning the same beaches. But, one man doesn’t let that discourage him in the slightest.

“So there are 15 pound of shoes and 19.8 in the total,” Chris Pallister shouted over the noise of surf pounding a beach on Gore Point, near the eastern tip of the Kenai Peninsula.


Dr. Sarah Spencer and Ginny Espenshade describe the public health benefits of having a local needle exchange and of training people to use opioid overdose response kits. And the Waird family shares their experience with addiction and recovery.

Courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is still looking at ways to fund its $83 million budget. The assembly approved the spending plan earlier this spring, but failed to pass new revenue measures to fill a $4.1 million budget gap.  Borough Mayor Mike Navarre wants to put an 8 percent bed-tax proposal on the ballot this October to backfill the revenue shortage.  

Sugt'stun Word of the Week - July 19, 2017

Jul 18, 2017

Tam'uq - dried fish

Emma seg-uq qutmi, tam'uuliluni.

Gramdma is cutting fish on the beach, making dried fish.

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The Alaska Department of Natural Resources is beginning to work through tideland lease applications for the mariculture industry.  Current and potentially new farmers are applying to use state tidelands to grow Pacific oysters and geoducks. Those are all typical requests, but what’s different this year is the acreage farmers are requesting and the increasing interest in kelp farming.

The number of applications for mariculture tideland leases this year are the highest DNR Leasing Unit Manager Christy Colles can remember.

While students are on summer vacation and away from their school libraries, The Friends of the Homer Library is bringing the books to the kids. Ride the bookmobile with KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson.

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Domestic violence and sexual assault response and prevention are the topics on this week's Coffee Table.
South Peninsula Haven House Executive Director Ronnie Leach, Haven House Board Member Sherry Stead, and Colleen James, forensic nurse at
South Peninsula Hospital.

Courtesy of Together in Peace

The Rotary Club of Homer is collaborating with a German foundation aimed at cultivating peace through painting. The Together in Peace Foundation has been running its United Paintings program throughout Europe for 21 years.


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