Ariel Van Cleave, KBBI - Homer

Ariel Van Cleave is a reporter for KSTK in Wrangell.

AK: Cooking

Homer’s youth resource and enrichment co-op, known locally as “The R.E.C. Room,” is giving teens a taste of what it’s like to work in a commercial kitchen. The after school youth-outreach program has been holding FORK Club Cooking Classes for the last few months providing kids tips on using healthy, local ingredients. Download Audio

Project Aims to Turn Homer Into Tidal Energy Testing Site

Work is continuing on Homer’s Tidal Energy Incubator Project. Those involved, which includes scientists from around the state and University of Alaska engineering students, are trying to find out if they can turn tides into electricity sold on the market. They’ve been studying the tides near Homer’s Deep Water Dock.

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Updates Concussion Policy

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District school board is fine-tuning the concussion policy for all student athletes. Members have been discussing the slight changes since August and action from the board is expected next month.

AK: Road Trip

There aren’t many highways suitable for road-tripping in Alaska, but the ones we do have are dotted with plenty of interesting road-side attractions. Download Audio

Kenai Peninsula Students Learn About Salmon Life Cycle

Students from central and southern Kenai Peninsula schools gathered at the Anchor River Friday to learn about the salmon life cycle. This was the kick-off to the Salmon in the Classroom program. The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District partners with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to teach kids about one of the state’s most valuable resources. Download Audio

FEMA Takes Closer Look at Homer Flood Maps

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, is in the process of creating more specific flood zone maps for populated areas around coastal Alaska. Contractors have been working on maps for the Kenai Peninsula since 2011.

NTSB Releases Report On Deadly Soldotna Crash

The National Transportation Safety Board has released its preliminary report following the July 7 plane crash in Soldotna that killed all 10 people on board. It does not contain many new details. Download Audio

Hundreds Gather To Remember Pilot Killed In Soldotna Crash

Hundreds of people gathered at the Rediske Air hangar in Nikiski on Saturday afternoon to remember and celebrate the life of Walter Rediske. He was killed in the July 7th plane crash at the Soldotna Airport. He was 42-years-old. Download Audio

Stalled Engine May Have Caused Soldotna Crash

Federal investigators are saying the plane crash in Soldotna could have been caused by a stalled engine. Agents with the National Transportation Safety Board have been on the Kenai Peninsula since Monday examining the wreckage. Ten people, including one local pilot and two families visiting from Greenville, South Carolina were on board when it crashed late Sunday morning. Download Audio

NTSB Team Begins Investigation Of Deadly Soldotna Plane Crash

Federal investigators arrived on the Kenai Peninsula Monday to examine the scene of a Sunday plane crash in Soldotna. Download Audio

South Carolina Family Killed In Soldotna Plane Crash

A family of five from South Carolina are among the victims in the Soldotna plane crash that left 10 dead. Download Audio

Air Taxi Crashes At Soldotna Airport, 10 Killed

An air taxi has crashed at the Soldotna Airport killing all 10 people on board. Alaska State Troopers Spokesperson Megan Peters says Soldotna Police, Central Emergency Services and troopers responded to a call just after 11 a.m. on Sunday and found the fixed-wing aircraft fully engulfed in flames.

AK: Making Music

In a small white house at the end of gravel road near Anchor Point, Ray DeMeo has been making instruments in an attached workshop for nearly a decade. He carefully crafts violins, violas and mandolins, mostly from local wood, some of it found in his own backyard. Download Audio

Homer Officials Discuss Potential Move For Pier One Theatre

Homer city officials are in the early stages of creating a land-use plan for the area where the Pier One Theatre sits. The building is currently located in an area zoned for marine commercial and industrial use. Download Audio

AK: Competitive Fishing

Each year, hundreds of fishermen brave the cold weather and sometimes choppy seas to compete in the Winter King Salmon Tournament in Homer. Pete Wedin has tried his hand at catching the heaviest fish for the last 16 years. And he was out on the water again last week in search of that sweet spot. KBBI’s Ariel Van Cleave hopped on the Early Dawn with Wedin and three other anglers and brought back this story. Download Audio

Pickle Ball Makes Way To Homer

Grab your paddles and tennis shoes. Pickle ball has made its way to Homer. KBBI’s Ariel Van Cleave recently attended one of the game nights at the Homer Educational and Recreational Complex – or HERC – and brought back this report.

Kids Get Hands-On Science Lessons At ‘Robot-Garage’

Two dozen kids in Homer were given a chance to test their team-working skills, imagination and patience on a recent Saturday as they designed and built their own exploration rovers. KBBI’s Ariel Van Cleave looked on as teams assembled robots at the Homer Public Library.

Housing Shortage For Chief Shakes Rededication

Preparations continue for next year’s re-dedication of Chief Shakes Tribal House, but the people in charge of the event have hit a snag: making sure there’s enough housing.

House District 33: Wilson Wins Handily

Incumbent Peggy Wilson will represent the newly-created House District 33. The new district includes Wilson’s hometown, Wrangell, Ketchikan and northern parts of Prince of Wales Island. The Republican captured 58 percent of the vote on Election Day. Initial numbers out of Wrangell put her ahead with 642 votes to Olsen’s 90 and Johansen’s 56.

Wrangell’s Garnet Grit Betties Are Recruiting

Women in Wrangell are strapping on roller skates and heading to the rink. Wrangell’s Garnet Grit Betties meet Wednesday and Sunday evenings at the skating rink inside Hope Community Church. Ten women showed up during a recent practice. They took a few spins around the track, practiced skating fundamentals and learned some derby techniques.