Linda Stephens

For the past six months, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly has debated whether it should restrict who gives the opening prayer at each assembly meeting. They’re not alone; similar disputes are taking place across the country. Several years ago, a lawsuit over prayer in public meetings consumed a town in upstate New York, eventually making its way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Juan Sarmiento

Homer High School senior Juan Sarmiento is one of 10 finalists competing for the chance to represent Alaska at the National Poetry Out Loud Competition.

KBBI’s Shahla Farzan spoke with Sarmiento about the competition and how he first became interested in poetry.

Shahla Farzan / KBBI

It was standing-room-only at last night’s Homer City Council meeting.

Over 100 people packed into Cowles Council Chambers and overflowed into the lobby, waiting to testify on a controversial resolution promoting inclusivity.

Rashah McChesney

Hilcorp recently informed state regulators that the company is unlikely to begin repairs on a gas leak in Cook Inlet until mid- to late March.

That’s according to a letter the Houston-based oil-and-gas company sent Feb. 20 to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.

Alaska’s Energy Desk obtained the letter through a public records request.

Kenai Peninsula Tourism Industry Expected To Grow In 2017

Feb 27, 2017
Shady Grove Oliver

While other sectors continue to struggle, tourism is still growing in the state. That growth is reflected on the Kenai Peninsula, which has seen increased interest and a new kind of tourist over the last few years.

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

Feb 27, 2017
Creative Commons

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.