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Homer City Hall - Photo by KBBI

The state’s dramatic loss in oil revenue means budget cuts to local municipalities across Alaska. And the City of Homer is no different. This fiscal year Homer’s jail will lose nearly half its state funding and the city is also bracing for a loss in state funds that typically help balance its operating budget. KBBI’s Quinton Chandler reports the cuts come at a time when the city’s budget is already stretched thin.

I bet she knows the answers! - Photo by Shady Grove Oliver/KBBI

Fireworks, parades, and American flags- that’s what most people think of when Fourth of July rolls around. But how much does the average Alaskan actually know about Independence Day? KBBI decided to find out. We hit the Homer parade route with a little holiday quiz. KBBI’s Shady Grove Oliver has more.

The 19th annual Land’s End Regatta ended the way a sailboat race shouldn’t- it was called on the second day for lack of wind. For two days, boats and crews tried to make the best of the extremely calm weather. And as KBBI’s Shady Grove Oliver reports, there’s more to sailing than just following the breeze.

Image Courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough

On the Fourth of July fire danger and a borough wide ban limits the opportunities to take part in a legal fireworks display on the Kenai Peninsula. But incorporated cities can allow or ban fireworks at their own discretion.

The Homer City Council discussed everything from whales to buildings to a food tax at its regular meeting Monday, June 29th. KBBI’s Shady Grove Oliver has more.

Governor Bill Walker has approved a number of state assistance programs to help victims of Kenai Peninsula wildfires. The Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management is opening a disaster assistance center in Sterling in July. KBBI's Shady Grove Oliver has more.

Image Courtesy of the Department of Natural Resources

After an outbreak of wildfires across the state the Alaska Division of Forestry and the Bureau of Land Management’s Alaska Fire Service have seen a marked increase in the number of people looking for work in the firefighting effort. But, Division of Forestry spokesman Tim Mowry says both agencies already have a list of candidates to draw from.

Tutka Bay Lagoon Hatchery - Photo Courtesy of Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association

Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association is a Salmon Research and Advocacy Center fighting for an opportunity to temporarily move 80 million artificially bred pink salmon fry into Tutka Bay every year. Tutka Bay is located in the Kachemak Bay State Park and some park residents question the wisdom of relocating the hatchery fish. KBBI’s Quinton Chandler reports the Department of Natural Resources is blocking Cook Inlet Aquaculture’s plans after hearing complaints the hatchery fish would devastate critical habitat in Tutka Bay.