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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.

Image Courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is considering an ordinance that would scale back habitat protections for anadromous waters throughout the Kenai Peninsula. Opponents to the ordinance claim these fresh waters salmon migrate to in order to spawn must be safeguarded. The supporters believe the protections impose on the rights of property owners who other-wise wouldn’t pose a threat to salmon. KBBI’s Quinton Chandler has more.

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The Card Street fire near Sterling is diminishing and many evacuees are returning to their homes this week. Across the central peninsula, hotels and restaurants that helped with relief efforts are getting back to business as usual. But for one hotel in Soldotna, this isn’t the first time they’ve stepped up and the community now knows where to turn for help, year after year. KBBI’s Shady Grove Oliver has more.

Athlete Prepares for Caber Toss - Photo by Quinton Chandler/KBBI

For the fifth time in as many years the Kachemak Bay Celtic Club drew dozens of Alaskans to Homer’s Highland Games. The games were held on the longest day of summer at Karen Hornaday Park. KBBI’s Quinton Chandler reports Scots and Non-Scots alike shared in a brief blast from the past as kilt clad athletes pushed their bodies to their limits in a centuries old tradition.

Homeless in Homer event - Photo by Shady Grove Oliver/KBBI

Community members from across the Kenai Peninsula packed the Homer Theatre earlier this month for the Homeless in Homer film screening and discussion panel. KBBI’s Shady Grove Oliver has more. **If you need immediate help, call Haven House's 24-hour crisis line at 907-235-8943**

Salvation Army Lt. Christin Fankhauser - Photo by Quinton Chandler/KBBI

To acknowledge National Safety Month the Salvation Army of Homer is taking up donations of emergency supplies to use in case of a disaster. KBBI’s Quinton Chandler reports the need for the drive is highlighted by a recent outbreak of fires on the Kenai Peninsula.