Five new COVID-19 cases break out locally

7 hours ago

There were 13 new cases of Covid-19 reported in Alaska Thursday, with seven of them on the Kenai Peninsula. Five of those positive results were from residents of the Southern Kenai Peninsula. Derotha Ferraro said four people with symptoms were tested at South Peninsula Hospital, while Laurel Hilts said SVT Health & Wellness was notified by the state that one of its test samples came back positive from someone who was not showing symptoms, but was getting a pre-surgery screening.

Kathleen Gustafson/KBBI

Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly President Kelly Cooper of Homer will be wrapping up her second term there this fall, and has set her sights on the Alaska State House seat currently held by first-term District 31 Representative Sarah Vance, also of Homer.
    Cooper held a rally off the Homer Spit on Tuesday evening, speaking from the stern of the vessel Sea Nymph as a camera drone shot footage for commercials.

Kenai Peninsula Borough

Borough Assembly President Kelly Cooper and Borough Assemblymember Willy Dunne are the guests on this week's Coffee Table. 

Council begins process to accept CARES Act money

May 27, 2020
City of Homer

Last week the Alaska State Legislature met briefly to appropriate CARES Act funds, the federal pass-through money approved by congress to help alleviate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, and last night, the Homer City Council met to take the first step to accept its nearly $8 million portion of those funds.
    In introducing the ordinance accepting the funds, the city is taking responsibility for their proper use, prompting Council member Rachel Lord to suggest a substitute.


May 24, 2020
Fried chicken coated with cornstarch
Jeff Lockwood / KBBI

Jeff Lockwood explores some of the many uses of cornstarch, and gets involved in some rather unpleasant tasting experiences. 

Produced at KBBI AM 890 in Homer, Alaska.  First aired 5/24/20.

Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly took up debate on the Fiscal Year ‘21 budget Tuesday night, but before they could begin, the matter of not one, but two, potential conflicts of interest needed to be addressed.

Homer Farmers Market

This week:  not just why, but where and how to buy local in Homer this summer.
Robbi Mixon, Alaska Food Hub, Homer Farmers Market and Alaska Farmers Market Association Director
Kyra Wagner, Homer Soil & Water District Manager
Emily Garrity from Twitter Creek Gardens  

City of Homer

Part I:
Jenny Carroll, Information Officer for the City of Homer, Nurse Lorne Carroll from the Homer Public Health Clinic, and Derotha Ferraro of South Peninsula Hospital discuss the latest from the Homer Unified Command and answer listener questions.

Part II:
Rachel Tussey from the City of Homer and Harbormaster Bryan Hawkins address issues, policies and practices specific to the Homer Harbor.

The live, on-air panel for the COVID Brief convenes every Thursday at 9 a.m. If you have questions for the panel, email them to

Opinion: Education teams deserve thanks, but save the hugs

May 19, 2020

I’m here today to express my appreciation and immense gratitude to the educators and all of the support staff at Paul Banks and West Homer Elementary Schools.
In a mere 10 days, these schools completely retooled and redesigned learning for the rest of the school year. What began as a simple needs survey sent out to all school families ballooned into an entire chain of caring that in my opinion, is world class.

KBBI Seeks Musicians for Live Stream Concert

May 19, 2020

KBBI is preparing to celebrate the summer and the community! June 19th & 20th KBBI will be hosting an on-air remote 'Concert on the Stream'- a socially distant homage to our Concert on the Lawn Days and an opportunity for us to celebrate our amazing listener- supporters. KBBI is currently holding open auditions for musicians. Now until May 31st musicians can submit a recording with whatever instruments they'll be using.


Concert on the Stream

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