Dozens of people have been evacuated from properties in the vicinity of the Card Street fire. Larissa Notter and her husband, Jason, left their home Monday evening with as much as they could pack into their cars and headed to a family member’s house indefinitely. KBBI’s Shady Grove Oliver spoke with Notter, who says this isn’t the first time they’ve had to leave.
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The Division of Forestry issued a burn suspension for the Kenai Peninsula Monday morning. The peninsula is near perfect fire starting conditions amid low humidity, high temperatures and severe dryness. KBBI’s Quinton Chandler has more.
A wildfire burning on the central Kenai Peninsula had consumed about 150 acres and destroyed six structures near the community of Sterling by Monday evening. KBBI’s Shady Grove Oliver has more.
A Texas-based company will begin drilling for oil in Cook Inlet next year using extended-reach oil wells. BlueCrest Energy plans to drill onshore about six miles north of Anchor Point. KBBI’s Quinton Chandler attended informational meetings in Homer and Anchor Point this week. The participants seemed split between hope for an economic jump start and worry for the project’s safety.
Several coastal communities, including Kodiak, Cordova, and Homer, have held both land-based and fishing boat flotilla protests over the last few weeks to voice their concerns about planned Navy and joint military training exercises in the Gulf of Alaska. KBBI’s Shady Grove Oliver went to the protest in Homer on Friday and reports residents there just hoped their concerns would be listened to.
After 23 years of service the US Coast Guard Cutter Roanoke Island is being put out to pasture. The cutter was officially decommissioned Thursday morning and she is being prepped for a long voyage to Baltimore, Maryland. KBBI’s Quinton Chandler attended the farewell ceremony for the cutter at the Homer Elks Lodge.
The summer season has begun anew and that means business is returning to Halibut Cove. Business owners in the secluded artists’ community will spend the season ferrying customers from Homer across Kachemak Bay. KBBI’s Quinton Chandler visited two iconic businesses in the cove as they welcomed the summer’s first guests.
In part 2 of our series we heard from seniors who are in danger of losing access to the state’s Medicaid Waiver Program. The program pays the cost of their housing and nursing care. The state says to qualify for the C waiver; applicants must meet Nursing Home Level of Care. There is disagreement over what that means and some say the department is denying services to people who have no recourse. To bridge the gap the state plans to introduce two new waiver options. KBBI’s Quinton Chandler has more.