Recent News Stories

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The Fulbright Scholar Program is bringing together scientists, and researchers of multiple disciplines to address some of the top challenges faced by Arctic nations. Homer’s Dr. Linda Chamberlain was tapped by Fulbright to lecture on her work to understand and prevent Adverse Childhood Experiences, or ACEs. Chamberlain is the Founder of the Alaska Family Violence Prevention Project. KBBI’s Quinton Chandler has more.

Indigenous game designers, coders, and artists will be in Santa Clara, California on Friday, May 22nd, to talk about the future of the native gaming industry. And many developers are looking to Alaska for inspiration. KBBI’s Shady Grove Oliver has more.

Seabird Density Mapping Tool - Photo by Shady Grove Oliver/KBBI

A local scientist and entrepreneur is leading a mapping project to find out where potential oil spills could have the worst effects on seabirds. KBBI’s Shady Grove Oliver spoke with Martin Renner at the Kachemak Bay Science Conference and reports the project will help future spill responders get to disasters faster and be better prepared.

Representative Paul Seaton (left) and Senator Gary Stevens (right) - Photo by Quinton Chandler/KBBI

Homer Residents packed the Alaska Islands and Ocean Auditorium Monday night waiting for their chance to engage the Southern Peninsula’s two legislative delegates on the hot political issues of the day. Representative Paul Seaton and Senator Gary Stevens held the town hall meeting to update their constituents on the current special session. Governor Bill Walker ordered the session with goals of securing a balanced budget, passing Medicaid Expansion and Erin’s Law. But, the legislators say the state budget will likely receive the brunt of their attention this session and the other bills could be pushed back to the fall. KBBI’s Quinton Chandler has more.

(From left to right) Laura Craig, Mary Perry, Joy McMahill, Adriane Appelhanz, and Josie Reyes - Photo by Quinton Chandler/KBBI

The Anchor Point Library held an open house to showcase its new building Saturday May 9th. The new facility is on lease to the library director and she will officially lease it out to the library in the future. In the meantime Laura Craig is more than happy to see the building become a new entertainment center for the Anchor Point Community. KBBI’s Quinton Chandler has more.

Angie Doroff of the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve and Kris Holderied of NOAA's Kasitsna Bay Laboratory with Bandit the Buoy

A popular, yet troublesome, ocean monitoring buoy went back in service this spring in southern peninsula waters. KBBI’s Shady Grove Oliver has the story of Bandit the runaway wave buoy that’s been out of service for a year and a half.

NOAA Fisheries is seeking public comment on a draft recovery plan for Cook Inlet beluga whales.Cook Inlet beluga whales have been on the endangered species list since 2008. Since 2011, the inlet has been designated a critical habitat for the species. According to NOAA Fisheries, the population is estimated to be only 340 animals and there has been a steady decline in the species over the last decade. KBBI's Shady Grove Oliver reports.

Two Kenai Peninsula Borough schools received threatening phone calls the afternoon of Wednesday, May 13th, which were later determined not to be credible. That’s according to a release from the district. KBBI’s Shady Grove Oliver has more.

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