The Sugt'stun Word of the Week is a new addition to KBBI's locally produced programming. Nanwalek residents Sally and Sperry Ash have collaborated with KBBI to share the Sugt'stun language with the communities of the southern Kenai Peninsula. Sugt'stun is the traditional language of the Sugpiaq communities across the Alaska Peninsula, Prince William Sound and Kodiak Island. This includes the villages of Port Graham and Nanwalek.

State Moves To Update Petroleum Spill Guidelines

Dec 9, 2016
Photo courtesy of Matt Miller

Alaska’s petroleum-based economy means there are many opportunities for toxic petroleum-based spills. At least 80 percent of the contaminated sites that the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation deals with, have petroleum products in them. Now, the Department is making moves to update the decades-old protocols it uses when petrochemicals leak into the soil and water.

Ninilchik Community Center Open For Business

Dec 9, 2016
Photo courtesy of Ivan Encelewski

After more than a year of planning and construction, Ninilchik has a new community center. Ivan Encelewski is the Executive Director of Ninilchik Traditional Council . He says the new building fills a vital need in the community. “One of the things that we’ve really struggled with is having a place where we can have community events,” said Encelewski.

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The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly revisited the topic of invocations at their Dec. 6 meeting. For the last four months, they have debated whether to restrict who is allowed to give the invocation, or prayer, that begins each Assembly meeting. The Borough Assembly originally approved a resolution on Nov. 22, which would have eliminated their current policy and allowed anyone to give the invocation.

Groundfish Pot Closure Region Updated

Dec 6, 2016
Image courtesy of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game

At the Lower Cook Inlet Board of Fisheries meeting in Homer, the Board amended and adopted a proposal to change the groundfish pot closure area boundaries in the Cook Inlet Management Area. According to a Dec. 5 Alaska Department of Fish and Game press release , the new change goes into effect immediately.

BlueCrest Gets A Break From The State On $30 Million Loan

Dec 6, 2016
Photo Courtesy/Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority

A state corporation has agreed to change the terms of a multi-million dollar loan to a Cook Inlet oil company. Texas-based BlueCrest asked for the loan modification to help the company deal with construction delays and the loss of oil tax credit payments from the state. Earlier this year, Gov. Bill Walker vetoed $430 million in oil tax credits, delaying payments to companies, including BlueCrest.

Homer City Council Passes 2017 Budget

Dec 5, 2016
Image courtesy of the city of Homer

Homer City Council spent the majority of their Dec. 5 meeting debating the 2017 proposed city budget. The $21.6-million-dollar budget passed 5 to 1, with Council Member Smith voting against. Most of the budget, about $12.2 million dollars, was allocated to the General Fund. The Port and Harbor Fund received nearly $4.8 million dollars and the Water Fund received $2 million dollars.

Photo courtesy of Martin Renner

It’s been almost 20 years since large numbers of birds with unusually long beaks first appeared in Alaska. The birds, whose beaks grow at twice the normal rate, often die from starvation because they can’t feed themselves. Researchers now believe a virus may be causing the beak deformities.

Missing Port Graham Man Found Alive

Dec 2, 2016
Image courtesy of Alaska State Troopers

A Port Graham man missing since Nov. 30 has been found alive. The U.S. Coast Guard announced they had ended their search for 34-year-old Ryan Meganack after Alaska State Troopers found him safe on Dec. 2 near the village of Port Graham.

KPBSD Releases 2017 School Schedule

Dec 2, 2016
Photo courtesy of Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has released the new start and end times for Southern Peninsula schools. The new schedule, which goes into effect in the 2017 school year, includes 10 schools in Homer, Anchor Point and Ninilchik. Pegge Erkeneff is a spokesperson for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. She says the District solicited community feedback about the proposed schedule changes through public meetings and online surveys.


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