Nanwalek Elder Nick Tanape dies at 72

May 8, 2018
Pratt Museum

A Nanwalek elder with substantial knowledge about Sugpiaq culture and traditions died last month. On April 21, Nick Tanape Sr. died from heart complications. He was 72-years-old.

A lifelong subsistence hunter and fisherman, Tanape was considered an expert on the subject.  

Scott Bartlett is the curator of exhibits of the Pratt Museum. He said Tanape was integral to the development of several exhibits.

“He was very open and sharing and teaching all that he could with his community and with the wider community and visitors, a very generous man,” he said.

Renee Gross, KBBI News

Public transportation on the southern Kenai Peninsula has dwindled over the past year, but there may be a plan to bring some services back.

Two taxi voucher programs ended their services since last summer. The Central Area Rural Transportation System, or CARTS, ran one of those programs.

CARTS hosted a meeting with various stakeholders in Homer Friday to see how the nonprofit can provide more public transportation services. It’s in the midst of developing a five-year public transportation plan for the south peninsula communities.

Sugt'stun Word of the Week - May 7, 2018

May 7, 2018
Creative Commons

Piayaraillkegllaraa  -  It's easy for her.

Piayaraillkegllaraa Katiam qilaguaneq cukinek.

Translation:
It's easy for Kathy to knit socks.

Courtesy of Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association

A controversial plan to move part of a hatchery operation to the head of Tutka Bay near Homer is complete. Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association placed two net pens at the head of the bay on April 26.

The hatchery association is in the process of moving fish into the pens. Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association Executive Director Gary Fandrei said the pens will be removed once the 20 million pink salmon it plans to raise at the site can be released.

Courtesy of Alaska Legislature

Alaska State Representative Paul Seaton of Homer spoke with KBBI's Renee Gross on May 4 about the Alaska Legislature's proposal to draw from permanent fund earnings to pay for government spending. 

Renee Gross, KBBI News

It can be difficult for seniors and people with disabilities in rural communities to get around. For those on the southern Kenai Peninsula,  it isn’t getting any easier. A program that provided taxi vouchers ended in March due to lack of funding. While the loss of service may be temporary, the program’s absence has left about 100 southern peninsula residents without a ride.

Joy Zuke loves Homer.  She loves the mountains, the beach, and the summer days. She even gets a kick out of Safeway.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

Boat and fishing vessel owners will likely be required to meet new registration and title requirements next year. The change is part of Senate Bill 92, which passed through the state Legislature this week. The bill aims to give the state, municipalities and individuals more tools to hold owners of derelict and abandoned vessels legally liable.

The Senate sent the bill to Gov. Bill Walker’s desk Thursday after the House passed the legislation earlier this week.

Bunnell Street Arts Center

Arts in Community is the topic
for this week's Coffee Table.
Our guests are Adele Person from Bunnell Street Arts Center, Susan Johnson from Homer Council on the Arts and Laurie Stuart from The Pratt Museum.

The Accessible Icon Project

This week's Coffee Table is on accessibility in Homer. Tess Dally, an advocate for people with disabilities, Tela Bacher, Trails coordinator at the Independent Living Center, and Devony Lehner, Trails activities facilitator at the Independent Living Center, say people's attitudes toward accessibility are changing but the city still has a long way to go toward becoming more disability friendly. 

R.E.C. Room

This year, Homer Middle School’s seventh and eighth graders were posed a question: what do you want adults to know about substance use and abuse?

A local initiative, called the Substance Misuse Prevention Lessons, asked the question as part of a new curriculum that was implemented earlier this school year. Roughly a third of students said they were concerned about their parents’ use of substances.

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