Jenny Carroll, Information Officer for the City of Homer, Nurse Lorne Carroll from the Homer Public Health Clinic, Derotha Ferraro of South Peninsula Hospital, and Jody Mastey, administrator for the SBERG loan program are the guests this week. Every Thursday morning at 9:00 a.m. KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson and representatives from the Homer Unified Command answer listener questions live on the air. If you have questions for the panel, email them to

Long, warm holiday weekend poses wildfire risk

Jul 2, 2020
AK Div. Forestry

     With the weather for the holiday weekend looking like the warmest of the summer, the Division of Forestry is putting out a reminder about the heightened wildfire danger it poses. KBBI’s Jay Barrett spoke with Tim Mowry, the public information officer for the Division’s Wildfire Program about the current wildfire situation.

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Everyone on the Homer City Council seems in agreement that Rob Dumouchel of Eureka, California, is fit to be the next city manager. After about an hour of questions and answers over Zoom video conferencing, the council voted unanimously to offer him the job.
    During the interview, Dumouchel was asked why he chose to apply for the job in Homer.

Tusty rides (the waves) again

Jul 1, 2020

    The Alaska State Ferry Tustumena will set sail again Thursday morning. 

    After more than three weeks tied up to the dock in Homer due to a Covid-19 outbreak on the ship’s second voyage, the Alaska Marine Highway System reports that the Tusty has been commercially cleaned and is cleared to sail.

    It’s voyage will be a short one -- a day trip to Seldovia, departing Homer at 11:45 a.m., and returning this evening at 5:45 p.m.


Work is underway on refurbishing the Old Sterling Highway south of Anchor Point, and it’s only the beginning of work that will eventually see a new, two-lane bridge crossing the Anchor River.
    DOT spokesperson Shannon McCarthy in Anchorage says the work will consist of refurbishing the surface and repair of the highway, as needed.

China Poot sockeye dipnet fishery underway

Jul 1, 2020

    The China Poot Creek dipnet fishery opens today (July 1). 

The personal use dipnet fishery is open to all Alaska residents with an ADF-and-G sportsfishing license, but no permit is required.

    The lakes above China Poot Bay are stocked with sockeye salmon by the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association. Fish that elude the commercial harvest are available for personal use harvest.


    In a press release Tuesday afternoon, Homer Senior Citizens Incorporated announced that its staff and facilities have been cleared of the COVID-19 virus.

    According to Executive Director Keren Kelly, there have been two consecutive weeks of negative coronavirus tests for all employees and residents of the Friendship Terrace assisted living facility.

Dumouchel gets advisory committee stamp of approval

Jun 30, 2020
Zoom screen capture/KBBI

    The city of Homer is another step closer to having a new city manager after the hiring advisory committee interviewed the one finalist Monday evening. 

Rob Dumouchel is currently the interim Director of Development Services at the city of Eureka, California, and was selected from a pool of over 30 applicants.

Homer man cited for angling in closed Anchor River

Jun 30, 2020

    On Thursday, Alaska Wildlife Troopers cited a 25-year-old Homer man with 18 counts of sports fishing violations on the Anchor River, which is closed by emergency order through July 15 due to low king salmon returns.

    According to a trooper dispatch, Afanasy E. Basargin had illegally caught and retained 21 king salmon from the north fork of the Anchor River earlier in this month.

Help with Alaska CARES Act available

Jun 30, 2020
Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District

In-person help with applications for Alaska CARES Act funds will be available Tuesday at the Homer Chamber of Commerce. Tim Dillon, executive director of the Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District will be there to answer any questions. Dillon will be at the Homer Chamber of Commerce from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. He said he’s also available anytime by phone at the K-PEDD number, 283-3335.

KBBI's Jay Barrett spoke with him about what questions he can provide answers to.


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