Grants Offered To Grow Orchards, 'Food Forests'

Mar 15, 2017
Alaska Division of Forestry

The Alaska Community Forestry Program is looking for creative ways to grow fruit and nut trees in the state.


The Division of Forestry through the Department of Natural Resources is seeking proposals for community orchards or “food forests” to receive grant funding.



Octopus Closed For Bycatch In Cook Inlet

Mar 13, 2017
Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Fishermen in the Cook Inlet area can no longer retain octopus as bycatch this season.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced last week the closure would start effective 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 12.

While there is no open season for directed fishing for octopus, fishermen may keep the species as bycatch.

According to Fish and Game, the annual guideline harvest level for the species is 35,000 pounds.

Power Restored Following Outage In Soldotna

Mar 13, 2017
Homer Electric Association

An outage in Soldotna last Thursday left more than a hundred residents of the central Kenai Peninsula without power.

According to a March 10 release from Homer Electric Association, the outage affected customers in the area of North Kobuk Street.

Alaska Senators Decry Proposed Coast Guard Funding Cuts

Mar 13, 2017

  Both of Alaska’s U.S. senators wrote the White House budget director last week to ask him to spare the Coast Guard from the budget axe.  

According to the Washington Post and other news outlets, President Trump is planning to reduce funding for the Coast Guard by nearly 12 percent in his budget request to Congress. 

Nearly two dozen U.S. senators signed a letter asking Office of Management and Budget Director John Mulvaney to reconsider. 

Health Care Bill Could Shift Costs To State

Mar 13, 2017

The Republican health care bill in Congress would shift Medicaid costs to the state.

That's according to Gov. Bill Walker who, in a written statement last week, noted with the state's big budget deficit, "Alaska is not in a position to cover Medicaid services that have been covered by the federal government since the program’s inception in 1965." 

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.


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