Recent News Stories

Image Courtesy of the Department of Health and Social Services

Thousands of children live under state custody and a North Pole Legislator says she has heard hundreds of complaints against the office overseeing them. Representative Tammie Wilson believes the complaints are symptoms of systemic problems within the Office of Children’s Services. She is collecting evidence to justify a potential grand jury investigation into the department. KBBI’s Quinton Chandler reports a foster child advocate agrees the system is plagued with problems but she isn’t convinced an investigation will make a difference.

Image Courtesy of Salmonfest Alaska

There will be no Salmonstock on the Kenai Peninsula this year. The late summer festival was organized to build support for the fight against Pebble Mine. A series of recent political victories stymied progress on Pebble and Salmonstock’s sponsors decided it was time to pull the plug. But faithful festival goers may not be disappointed. In place of Salmonstock the Kachemak Bay Conservation Society will host Salmonfest in the same venue. Salmonfest Director Jim Stearns says except for the name the event will be no different from Salmonstock. KBBI’s Quinton Chandler talks to Stearns about the name change and his expectations for this weekend’s festival.

The fourth and final person charged with stealing oysters from a farm on the south side of Kachemak Bay has been identified. KBBI’s Shady Grove Oliver has more.

A woman is dead after shooting herself in front of a Kenai Peninsula correctional facility on Monday. KBBI’s Shady Grove Oliver has more.

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake shook much of Alaska Tuesday night. It was felt from the Alaska Peninsula to Fairbanks. KBBI’s Shady Grove Oliver has more.

Planned Exterior of the Museum's New Building - Image Courtesy of the Pratt Museum

The Pratt Museum in Homer is working towards the chance to build and move into a new building. Before they make the transition the museum’s staff wants to figure out what exhibits to display in the future. KBBI’s Quinton Chandler reports the Pratt is using temporary prototype exhibits to help plan for that future.

Four local residents are being charged with criminal trespass and theft for stealing oysters from a farm on the south side of Kachemak Bay on 4th of July. KBBI’s Shady Grove Oliver has more.

Mayor Beth Wythe - Photo By Quinton Chandler/KBBI

The City of Homer anticipates a budget deficit of more than a million dollars due in part to a loss in revenue from the state and higher expenses. Now the city is looking for ways to fill the gap. City officials held a town hall meeting inside Homer City Hall Monday night to hear from residents, which city services are absolutely necessary and how those services can be paid for. KBBI’s Quinton Chandler attended the meeting and has this report.