Sugt'stun Word of the Week for Feb. 27, 2017

Feb 27, 2017
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Tanqik: moon

Tanqiliruq taumi pat'snarluni llaami.

Translation: The moon is bright and it is cold outside.


Joanna Greene

A new educational program is working to stop marine debris before it starts. Students from schools across the Kenai Peninsula have partnered with the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies to cut down on their consumption of single-use plastics.

Local Metalworker Turns Forks Into Bikes

Feb 24, 2017
Pratt Museum

Bikes by the Bay is the exhibit by local metalworking artist Don Henry currently on display at the Pratt Museum.

Growing up in Montana, he was around motorbikes from an early age. Since moving to Homer, he’s dedicated more of his time to making art, using bikes and salvaged materials as inspiration.


Michael Dirda

Pulitzer Prize-winning book critic Michael Dirda will give a keynote presentation on Feb. 25 at the Homer Public Library as part of this year’s Big Read program. Dirda is a long-time columnist for The Washington Post and has written for a number of other publications, including The New York Review of Books.

KBBI’s Shahla Farzan spoke with Dirda about how he first developed his love for reading and where he stands on the "book versus tablet" debate.


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 the proposed State Revenue Restructuring Act and a joint resolution to open a portion of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas development.


Winter Landscape Inspires Local Artist In Bunnell Show

Feb 23, 2017
Bunnell Street Arts Center

For the month of February, the interior of the Bunnell Street Arts Center is covered top to bottom in dried winter plants.

It’s the first exhibition by local textile artist and conservationist Mandy Bernard, who was Bunnell’s local artist in residence in January.

KBBI’s Shady Grove Oliver spoke with Bernard about her work, the natural world, and finding a place to call home:


Alaska State Troopers

The deaths of two Soldotna residents found in a burned truck in November have been ruled accidental.

According to an Alaska State Trooper dispatch released Wednesday, the toxicology report shows carbon monoxide inhalation and impairment were factors in the deaths.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Since late 2013, a large mass of warm water nicknamed “The Blob” has dominated the Gulf of Alaska.

According to new research, these elevated temperatures aren’t confined to the Gulf. Last winter, Kachemak Bay saw a similar pattern of unusually warm water temperatures. Researchers now believe these temperature spikes are linked to last year’s common murre die-off.

Rashah McChesney

Hilcorp is continuing to monitor a gas leak in Cook Inlet, but has not yet been able to stop it.

According to a Feb. 21 news release from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, the leak is over 98 percent methane.

Hilcorp says they are monitoring the pressure and flow rate on the line. The company reduced the line pressure from 195 psi on Feb. 13 to 165 psi on Feb. 19.

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District (KPBSD) will host a budget development forum on Feb. 21 at Homer High School.

The meeting will provide an opportunity for parents, students, staff and community members to learn about the proposed KPBSD budget for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year. Attendees will be also be able to ask questions and provide feedback on the proposed budget.

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