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.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Up until Monday, numbers of pink salmon returning to Prince William Sound looked like they may be a repeat of last year’s dismal run, but the fish are beginning to show up and the harvest is underway.

“On Monday, the common property fishery took about 2.5 million fish. Yesterday, it’s looking about 1.2 million,” Charles Russel said, Alaska Fish and Game’s Area Management Biologist for the Prince William Sound area. “Today, initial reports say that fisheries may be close to yesterday, but we’re a little bit behind, but still catching good numbers of fish.”

Sugt'stun Word of the Week - July 10, 2017

Jul 10, 2017
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Maniarluku - open fire cooking

Maniaryaturluta qaigyamek akguaqu.

Let's cook seal meat over the fire tonight.

Senator Lisa Murkowski met with the citizens of Homer, and a few folks from Anchorage, on Friday, July 7th.  Over 100 people attended. Most questions and comments were about health care and almost every person who spoke about health care in Alaska advocated for a single payer system.  Click on the link for audio of the complete meeting.


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