After Die-Off, Sea Stars Face Uncertain Future

Feb 13, 2017
Greg Davis

Sea star wasting syndrome was first documented in Kachemak Bay in 2014, but it wasn’t until last summer that the mysterious infection began killing sea stars in large numbers.

Nearly six months later, the long-term effects of the die-off remain unclear.

House Considers Resurrecting State Income Tax

Feb 13, 2017
Skip Gray/360 North

The Alaska State House held the first of several hearings today on a new bill designed to change how the state generates revenue.

House Bill 115 would institute an income tax rate of 15 percent of federal liability. If the bill becomes law, it would be first time since 1980 Alaskans have paid a state income tax.

House Finance Committee co-chair Rep. Paul Seaton helped write the legislation. He says the state’s reliance on unpredictable oil revenues is bad for the economy.

Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival Wins Mindful Birding Award

Feb 13, 2017
Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival

The Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival was recently named the recipient of the 2017 Mindful Birding Award. It’s a special commendation given to birding festivals around the country for adopting ethical practices.

Sugt'stun Word of the Week for Feb. 12, 2017

Feb 12, 2017
Daysha Eaton

Maskalataaq, Masked dancer.

Apaam tangqai, utakinermek urriitakcagkun tatarpiamaskalaatarialriit. Translation: Older brother saw the big bidarka coming from the volcano full of masked dancers. Maskalataaq, Masked dancer.  

Paxson Woebler/Wikimedia Commons

A local environmental group is calling on regulators to shut down a leaking gas line in Cook Inlet until it is repaired. The leak, first reported by the Alaska Dispatch News, is coming from an 8-inch gas pipeline owned by Hilcorp. In the report, Hilcorp characterized the leak as “low risk” and said the appropriate response agencies were notified. But in a letter sent to regulators Friday, Cook Inletkeeper accused both Hilcorp and Cook Inlet Spill Prevention and Response, Inc. of downplaying the incident.

Rep. Seaton Talks Fuel Tax, Oil Tax Credits

Feb 11, 2017
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 Governor Walker's proposed motor fuel tax increase and a new House bill that would slash state subsidies for the oil and gas industry.

You can hear KBBI’s weekly legislative call-in every Friday morning at 7:49 a.m.

Fishermen To Share Herring Spawning Structures

Feb 9, 2017
Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

This year, fishermen in southeast Alaska will be required to share herring spawning structures. The new restrictions are an attempt to address declining herring populations in the region.

The spawn-on-kelp fishery allows fishermen to catch herring near Craig and Klawock and put them into floating net pens called pounds. Fishermen then stock the pens with blades of kelp for the herring to spawn on, later selling the eggs to Asian markets.

Homer Council on the Arts

Homer Council on the Arts is on the cusp of a long-awaited expansion project. The plan is to upgrade the existing structure and add a large yurt as a new performance and gathering area. In the end, they hope to have a space that can hold nearly 200 audience members and accommodate a wide range of performing arts.

KBBI’s Shady Grove Oliver spoke with Homer Council on the Arts Executive Director Peggy Paver about the project:

Outages Possible During HEA Anchor Point Maintenance

Feb 8, 2017
Homer Electric Association

Homer Electric Association customers in Anchor Point may experience short power outages through next month.

Starting on Feb. 13 and lasting through the end of March, crews will be working on a maintenance project in the area.

Photo by Jenny Neyman

The desire to live a healthy life is the first step to kicking a drug or alcohol addiction. But sometimes the will, alone, isn’t enough — there needs to be a way. There’s been a shortage of ways on the central Kenai Peninsula, but three new facilities are opening up new hope to those wanting a clean start.