Courtesy of Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association

Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association has been working to move a majority of its Tutka Bay Lagoon Hatchery operation into the head of Tutka bay for about four years. About 100 people crowded the Alaska Oceans and Islands Visitor Center Monday for a listening session. DNR and Alaska Department of Fish and Game officials got an earful, hearing nearly three hours of testimony from concerned and supportive residents.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

Hospice of Homer has a new executive director after Darlene Hilderbrand retired last month. Hilderbrand started as the volunteer coordinator 18 years ago before becoming director.

Jessica Golden started working with Hilderbrand last month and took over the volunteer-based operation May 1. Golden has worked in the non-profit field since 2008 doing public relations work for Blood Bank of Alaska and most recently as the events manager for the American Lung Association’s Alaska branch.

Terry Rensel

As part of the Homer Big Read 2017, KBBI and Friends of the Homer Library collected stories about “our town,” Homer and the surrounding area. These stories give a brief glimpse into what life is like in Homer, what makes us unique, or defines our experience living here.

You can find our more about the project, and hear all the stories, here

NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Hundreds Turn Out For Homer Women's March

Jan 23, 2017
Shady Grove Oliver

On Saturday, Jan. 21, millions of people around the country took to the streets as part of a nationwide nonpartisan Women's March. Homer was one of 15 communities throughout Alaska to participate.

Over 900 people, both women and men, bundled up in the 22-degree weather to march in pairs along Pioneer Ave.

Homer Residents Plan Local Women's March

Jan 18, 2017
Women's March on Washington

An idea that started on Facebook and went viral overnight has become a nationwide event. Locals in the Homer area have joined the nonpartisan Women's March on Washington and will be showing their support from nearly 4,500 miles away.

KBBI's Casey Marsh spoke with local event organizers Karen Murdock and Emily Munns about the upcoming event.

Editor's note: Emily Munns currently serves on the KBBI Community Advisory Board.

Rep. Seaton Previews 2017 Legislative Session

Dec 29, 2016
Photo courtesy of Paul Seaton.

The 2017 Legislative session is right around the corner. This session, the state finds itself in uncharted waters, navigating huge budgetary challenges.

District 31 Republican Representative, Paul Seaton is part of an unusual coalition with Democrats and Independents that he says is necessary to solve Alaska’s biggest problem, its budget shortfall. Seaton will hold a critical role as the House Finance co-chair in charge of the operating budget. KBBI News Director Daysha Eaton talks with Representative Paul Seaton about the upcoming session.

Homer Man Delivers Teepees to Standing Rock

Dec 1, 2016
Photo by Daysha Eaton

A Homer man recently delivered a donation of teepees to a camp for activists near the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota where a demonstration against the Dakota Access Pipeline has been going on since April. Lucas Wilcox delivered some of the teepees to the main camp, Oceti Sakowin.

Homer Holds Peaceful Protests After Election

Nov 11, 2016

Demonstrations were seen across the nation last week after the conclusion of this year’s presidential election made Republican Donald Trump the President Elect.

Trump’s campaign, which was largely run on nationalistic rhetoric emboldening white supremacist groups, insulting women, immigrants, and people of non-Judeo Christian faiths, has many Americans upset.

On Friday, Nov. 11, in Homer, residents held two peaceful gatherings at Wisdom, Knowledge, Faith and Love, or WKFL Park.

Owen Duffy / KBBI

Homer has a new pharmacy. Scotts Family Pharmacy opened in October. The new pharmacy will soon have a drive-through and offer compounding, both firsts for the community. 

Dr. Nathan Scott and his wife Gina Scott are co-owners of Scott’s Family Pharmacy. They say although there are two existing pharmacies in Homer, this new  one will offer services and products you can’t find here. Doctor Scott says his vision for the pharmacy is to make it a one-stop-shop.

Locals Support NoDAPL in Homer

Nov 7, 2016
Photo by Casey Marsh/KBBI

This weekend, Alaskans held protests and events in several communities across the state to support the No Dakota Access Pipeline movement, also known as NoDAPL. In Homer, organizers put on a concert along with a silent auction at Kbay Café to raise money to send shelter to the camp for demonstrators in North Dakota.