FYI - News briefs & announcements - Sept. 7
KBBI to sponsor meet-the-candidates event
KBBI will hold a town hall meeting with Homer City Council candidates on Sept. 21, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held on the campus of Kenai Peninsula College.
According to KBBI News Director Aaron Bolton, the meeting will start with questions from members of the news media, but then will open up to community members to pose questions.
KPC's Kenai River Campus gallery opens
Cam Choy, KRC associate professor of art, has announced that KRC's first art exhibit of the new academic year opened to the public on Aug. 28 and will run through Sept. 28. The show, by artist James Evenson, is part of KPC's Permanent Collection.
There will be an opening reception for the exhibit from 4:30-6 p.m. on Sept. 31 at the G.L. Freeburg Gallery, located in the Brockel Building at the Kenai River Campus in Soldotna. For more information, contact Professor Choy at 262-0274 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trapping and snaring orientation classes scheduled
The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will hold its 2017 trapping orientation class and snaring seminar on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Refuge Environmental Education Center on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna.
To obtain a permit to trap on the Refuge, it is mandatory to attend at least one Refuge trapping orientation. Trappers who have previously attended the trapping and snaring orientation do not need to re-attend; however, all Refuge trappers are welcome.
Starting Oct. 5, trapping permits for the 2017-18 season will be available at the Refuge Headquarters, on Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. For additional information, please contact Refuge Officer Joe Williams at (907) 260-2852.
NOAA Fisheries invite public to help count Cook Inlet beluga whales
NOAA Fisheries and its partners are inviting members of the public to participate in conserving the endangered beluga population in Cook Inlet in a new event called "Belugas Count!" which is being held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the greater Anchorage area.
From 9 a.m. to noon, members of the public are invited to help spot and count Cook Inlet beluga whales at 12 staffed stations along Turnagain and Knik Arms. From noon to 5 p.m., people can attend a free event at the Alaska Zoo, held in the Gateway Building near the zoo entrance. There will be informational booths, including a beluga skeleton, virtual-reality viewing goggles showing beluga habitats, family activities, games and more. Twenty-minute talks on the hour include, "Highlights of the Cook Inlet Beluga Whale Photo-ID Project" and "What can listening to Cook Inlet beluga whales tell us?"
At 12:30 p.m., Mayor Ethan Berkowitz of Anchorage will be at the zoo to proclaim Sept. 9 as Belugas Count! Day throughout the Municipality of Anchorage. Results of the beluga count from the stations will be tallied throughout the day and announced at 5 p.m.
"Belugas are a big part of what makes Cook Inlet a special place, but they need our help," said Jim Balsiger, Alaska Regional Administrator for NOAA Fisheries. "This event is a great way for the public to get involved and support beluga whale conservation."
In October 2008, NOAA Fisheries listed Cook Inlet beluga whales as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Scientists estimate there are between 300-400 beluga whales in Cook Inlet.
NOAA Fisheries has designated Cook Inlet beluga whales as one of eight "Species in the Spotlight" — species in need of a concerted effort by individuals, agencies, groups, tribes, institutions, and organizations large and small to survive
Partners in this event include: NOAA Fisheries, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, The Alaska Zoo, Alaska SeaLife Center, Beluga Whale Alliance, Cook Inlet Beluga Photo-ID Project, Defenders of Wildlife, Friends of the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, U.S. Forest Service, Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center, University of Alaska Kachemak Bay Campus and committed individuals.
Birding trip to Beluga Slough set for Sept. 9
The Kachemak Bay Birders' next trip will be Saturday, Sept. 9, to Beluga Slough. The group will meet at 1 p.m. at the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center parking lot to walk down the trail to the boardwalk and Slough area. KBB will also look for birds from the beach. The tide will be high to make it easier to view birds out over the water. Participants should bring binoculars, field guide and a spotting scope, if available.
All Kachemak Bay Birder trips are co-sponsored by the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge. They are free and everyone is welcome. The leader for this trip is Jim Herbert. For more information, contact Herbert at 907-362-0020 or Lani Raymond at 907-399-9477.
Citizens advisory council to discuss sub-sea pipelines in Cook Inlet
The Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council's Board of Directors will meet on Friday, Sept.8 at 9 a.m. at the Land's End Resort in Homer. An agenda is being finalized, and will be posted on the CIRCAC web site prior to the meeting.
A considerable portion of the morning will be devoted to sub-sea pipelines in Cook Inlet; the afternoon largely devoted to updates on CIRCAC programs and projects. Naturally the recent recertification will be highlighted. Also note that Capt. Sean MacKenzie, newly installed Commander Sector Anchorage and Captain of the Port of Anchorage, has been invited to attend.
CIRCAC meetings are open to the public, and the meeting details have been published in local newspapers.
Dia de los Muertos community art call
Artists interested in submitting their work for the Day of the Dead-themed event at Homer Council of the Arts' October gallery show should have their items submitted by Sept. 18.
Artwork can be dropped off at the HCOA gallery by 5 p.m. on Sept. 25. A First Friday exhibit opening will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 6.
Interested in having your own gallery show?
The Homer Council of the Arts is calling for applications from artists. Selection and notification will be Oct. 15. Applications in all media and formats including solo, group and interdisciplinary arts are welcome. Submit online at Homerart.org/Gallery by Sept. 15. Preference is given to Homer, Kenai Peninsula, Alaska Native, and Alaska artists. If you do not have access to submit online, mail to 355 West Pioneer Ave. Homer, Alaska 99603. For questions, call 907-235-4288.