City of Homer

The Homer Public Library has a new director. David Berry will be replacing retiring director Ann Dixon on May 1.

According to a press release from the City of Homer, Berry spent the past three years working at the University of Alaska, Anchorage. 

Berry is the former director of Taft College Library in Taft, California and holds a Master of Library and Information Studies degree.


Homer businesses man Jon Faulkner is no longer serving as deputy commissioner of the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development after only four months on the job. Faulkner is the owner of the Land’s End Hotel on the Homer Spit and is a well-known figure in the state Republican Party.

South Peninsula Hospital

South Peninsula Hospital CEO Joe Woodin is resigning just over a year since he took over the position. Woodin announced his resignation on Tuesday.

Hospital spokeswoman Derotha Ferraro said Woodin resigned due to quote “unanticipated circumstances.”

Ferraro says he helped the hospital through a transition.

“He was quickly loved by many, came to town, jumped right in and the board and staff really appreciate his service and his many contributions,” she said.

Image Courtesy of the City of Homer

Set Free Alaska, a faith-based addiction treatment program, is moving forward with plans to open a 16-bed residential treatment facility for men in downtown Homer.

The Homer Advisory Planning Commission approved Set Free’s request for a conditional-use permit Wednesday, which will allow it to open the treatment center in the basement of the Refuge Chapel in the city’s central business district.

Photo Courtesy of South Peninsula Hospital

Five former nurses at Homer’s hospital allege in a lawsuit they were edged out of their jobs in favor of younger, less expensive replacements.

The former nurses – all in their 50s -- accuse South Peninsula Hospital management of forcing them out of their jobs in favor of junior replacements. They refer to it as a “scheme” to save the hospital money, which amounted to age discrimination.

planting asparagus
Lori Jenkins / Synergy Gardens

The quintessential spring vegetable is asparagus, so host Jeff Lockwood heads to Synergy Gardens for a tour of asparagus beds old and new with Lori Jenkins.  Jeff makes three classic emulsified sauces for asparagus, and Patrick Driscoll talks about the challenge that is finding something to drink with it. 

Recorded at Synergy Gardens and the KBBI studios in Homer, Alaska and first aired 04/18/19.

Courtesy of Gov. Mike Dunleavy's office

The Alaska Legislature approved all but one of Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s four appointments to the Alaska Board of Fisheries Wednesday. Legislators tabled appointing former board member and chairman Karl Johnstone largely due allegations that he sexually harassed Board of Fish staff and unethically coerced fellow board members into taking particular positions.

Lawmakers later voted not to appoint Johnstone to the board.

The Coffee Table- April 17, 2019

Apr 17, 2019
Courtesy of Homer Community Recreation

On this edition of The Coffee Table: sports and community recreation. Mike Illg, recreation manager for the city of Homer, Chris Perk, Homer High School’s athletic director and Holly Van Pelt, an avid pickleball player discussed trends in recreation, how sports impact our community and challenges to getting more people involved. Guests also spoke about the role sports play for kids and how Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposed budget could affect school sports.

Courtesy of Enstar

On Tuesday, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly gave the borough administration permission to intervene in a case before the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, which regulates utilities throughout the state.

The case centers around Enstar Natural Gas’ plan to restructure how a surcharge on Homer area customers’ bills is paying back the gas company for its contribution toward a 2013 project extending natural gas south of Anchor Point.  

Renee Gross, KBBI News

Consolidating Homer Middle School into Homer High School is one of the many options the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is considering if there are deep cuts to education. On Monday night, district officials gave a presentation to over 80 Homer area residents on the idea. Residents also raised concerns ranging from the separation of younger students and upper classmen to the impact on class sizes.


Tom Bodett "True Stories About Home", Sunday, Sept 8th, 2019

KBBI is sponsoring this event as part of the Alaska World Arts Festival. We hope to see you there, and we thank you for supporting KBBI and our incredible Arts community.

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