Marine Mammal Camp Nurtures Budding Scientists

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The phrase “summer camp” usually brings to mind images of toasted marshmallows, campfires and wobbly canoe trips.

One thing that you won’t find at a typical summer camp? Bones.

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Invocations, or prayers, will continue to be said at the beginning of Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meetings, despite recent debate about whether they are appropriate. 

The Assembly voted at their regular meeting on Tuesday not to introduce an ordinance that would have eliminated the invocation and another that would have changed the invocation to a moment of silence.

But that was only after impassioned testimony from deeply divided residents.

Contaminated Shellfish Found In Homer Harbor

Aug 24, 2016
Photo by Kathy Kartchner

The State Department of Health and Social Services is warning residents to exercise caution when collecting shellfish in Homer harbor.

Recent tests have shown elevated saxitoxin levels in blue mussels.

Catherine Bursch is the Harmful Species Program Coordinator at Kachemak Bay Research Reserve. She samples blue mussels every two weeks in Homer harbor to monitor for toxins.

Courtesy of the Homer Police Department

The issue of when a vote on a local option prohibiting commercial marijuana operations outside city limits is now in the hands of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly.

A citizen petition to ask voters whether marijuana operations should be banned in those areas has received sufficient signatures to be certified, according to Borough Clerk Johni Blankenship.

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For now, the invocation will continue to be said at the start of Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meetings.

An ordinance that would have replaced the invocation, or prayer, with a moment of silence never made it to introduction at the body’s regular meeting on the evening of Tuesday Aug. 23.

The ordinance was set to be introduced by Assembly Vice President Brent Johnson, but it failed to be introduced in a four to four tie vote.

The 'yes' votes were cast by Assembly Members, Kelly Cooper, Willy Dunne, Brandii Holmdahl, and Brent Johnson. Assembly Member Stan Welles was absent.

Photo by Jenny Neyman

Southcentral Alaska is abuzz with winged things that pack a sharp sting. Wasps are an all-too-common problem.

If you’ve been outside much this summer, you’re probably uncomfortably familiar with this sound: …Bzzzz

AVTEC Closes Anchorage Campus Due To Cuts

Aug 23, 2016
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Alaska’s Institute of Technology, also known as AVTEC- the Alaska Vocational Technical Center- had to close the doors to their Anchorage satellite campus on Aug. 15, due to budget cuts.

Heather Beaty is the Executive Director of the Alaska Workforce Investment Board. As a spokesperson for the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Beaty said the closure was due in part to the 33 percent budget cut to the State General Funds.

Budget cuts are not a new thing for AVTEC, though. Beaty said that the agency has already made many money-saving cuts in the past.

Photo by Daysha Eaton/KBBI

Tonight, Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Vice President Brent Johnson plans to introduce an ordinance that would replace the invocation, or prayer said at the beginning of meetings, with a moment of silence. Earlier this month, an invocation by a member of the Satanic Temple was offered before the assembly. The prayer sparked a protest, and a counterprotest.

"Decolonizing Alaska" Opens at Bunnell

Aug 19, 2016
Kesler Woodward

An innovative new exhibit at Bunnell Street Arts Center has turned a spotlight on Alaska’s long history of colonization.

Asia Freeman, the curator of “Decolonizing Alaska”, says colonization has had a powerful influence on the state.

“As a resource state, Alaska has been colonized by forces for centuries now, that have defined and shaped our identity as a state,” said Freeman.

Image Courtesy of Homer Tribune

The Homer Tribune has new owners as well as a new look. The weekly newspaper is issuing a print edition again right in time for its 25th Anniversary this August. 

Jason Evans says, although he and his wife own two other newspapers, they were not in the market for a new one.


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