Recent News Stories

Zoe Adkins with Christmas Ornament - Photo by Quinton Chandler

For the first time the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will come from Alaska. Chugach National Forest is providing the 2015 Christmas tree and communities across the state are making ornaments to decorate it. On Friday Homer Council on the Arts held an Open Studio for Homer residents to make ornaments that will travel from the End of the Road to D.C. KBBI’s Quinton Chandler has more.

Mandy Dixon preparing a salmon noodle dish at La Baleine Cafe in Homer - Photo by Shady Grove Oliver/KBBI

A mother-daughter team from Homer will represent Alaskan cuisine at the 2015 World’s Fair in Milan, Italy. They hope to bring the wonders of wild seafood, game meat, berries, and even spruce trees to an international audience. KBBI’s Shady Grove Oliver has more.

A couple in Nanwalek is sharing their story to help create a supportive space for others in the village on the path to recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. KBBI’s Shady Grove Oliver has more.

Nanwalek's annual Fun in the Sun festival - Photo by Shady Grove Oliver/KBBI

The village of Nanwalek, on the south side of Kachemak Bay, recently held its annual Fun in the Sun festival. For the kids, it’s a weekend of swimming, lawn games, face painting, and contests. But for the adults, it’s a way of teaching traditional values to the next generation. KBBI’s Shady Grove Oliver has more.

Synergy Gardens freshly harvested garlic - Photo by Shady Grove Oliver/KBBI

A local farming couple is trying to change the way the state grows garlic by developing special strains resilient in the northern climate. KBBI’s Shady Grove Oliver has more.

PacRim Coal is proposing a strip mining operation on the west side of Cook Inlet in the Chuitna watershed. It proposes removing the water completely from a tributary of the Chuitna river, which is a salmon stream. Later this month, the Department of Natural Resources will be moving forward with the next step in the permitting process. There is a public hearing scheduled at the U.S. Federal Building Annex conference rooms in Anchorage on August 21st.

Woodard Creek will be visible in downtown Homer once again after this weekend. Not the exactly the creek itself, but a representation in blue paint, as a community art project. The Bunnell Street Arts Center, in cooperation with the city Public Works department and the Woodard Creek Coalition, is painting the path of the creek along the streets that run above it.

Crazy capes, mighty masks, and fast feet will take over Kenai this Saturday, August 15th, for the annual Superhero 5K run and walk. It’s organized by the Kenaitze Indian Tribe’s Court Appointed Special Advocates for children program, or CASA.