Sugt'stun Word of the Week for March 13, 2017

Mar 13, 2017
Shahla Farzan

Pastaaq, Lent.

Paaskaamen paiglluta pastartutkut.

Translation: We are preparing for Pascha by having Lent.

Pastaaq, Lent.


Kenn Carpenter was appointed by secret ballot to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly at their meeting Tuesday, March 7. Carpenter will be replacing Brandii Holmdahl in the District 6 seat, which covers Seward, Moose Pass, Hope, Cooper Landing and part of Sterling.

Holmdahl has occupied that seat since 2015, when she ran against Carpenter. Holmdahl announced in January that she was resigning to move to Boston for work.

Eyak Preservation Council

Bans on plastic grocery bags have been cropping up across Alaska’s remote communities. Cordova’s ban went into effect last year.

But so far, the larger cities in the state have yet to adopt one.

Sugt'stun Word of the Week for March 5, 2017

Mar 5, 2017
Shahla Farzan

Cuqlliq, elder.

Cuqllirpaq pitani minartutaq'gki cuqlliminum.

Translation: He gave his first catch to his elders.

Cuqlliq, elder.


State of Alaska

During the 2017 legislative session, we'll be speaking with Kenai Peninsula representatives live from Juneau as part of our legislative call-in series.

This week, KBBI's Shahla Farzan spoke with Representative Paul Seaton of House District 31 about state operating budget proposals and his amendment to cut school bond debt reimbursements.


Linda Stephens

For the past six months, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly has debated whether it should restrict who gives the opening prayer at each assembly meeting. They’re not alone; similar disputes are taking place across the country. Several years ago, a lawsuit over prayer in public meetings consumed a town in upstate New York, eventually making its way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Juan Sarmiento

Homer High School senior Juan Sarmiento is one of 10 finalists competing for the chance to represent Alaska at the National Poetry Out Loud Competition.

KBBI’s Shahla Farzan spoke with Sarmiento about the competition and how he first became interested in poetry.

Shahla Farzan / KBBI

It was standing-room-only at last night’s Homer City Council meeting.

Over 100 people packed into Cowles Council Chambers and overflowed into the lobby, waiting to testify on a controversial resolution promoting inclusivity.

Rashah McChesney

Hilcorp recently informed state regulators that the company is unlikely to begin repairs on a gas leak in Cook Inlet until mid- to late March.

That’s according to a letter the Houston-based oil-and-gas company sent Feb. 20 to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.

Alaska’s Energy Desk obtained the letter through a public records request.

Kenai Peninsula Tourism Industry Expected To Grow In 2017

Feb 27, 2017
Shady Grove Oliver

While other sectors continue to struggle, tourism is still growing in the state. That growth is reflected on the Kenai Peninsula, which has seen increased interest and a new kind of tourist over the last few years.

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