There are two changes coming up to the City of Homer’s economic relief grant programs that folks should be aware of. First, the oldest program for small businesses, called S-BERG, will stopped taking applications on Sept. 25. The second is the introduction of a household grant program.
     “That’s actually the fifth economic relief program, in a series of programs that the city has launched over the last several weeks,” said City spokesperson Jenny Carrol).

Candidates face-off in Homer City Council race

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The four candidates for Homer City Council all took part in a forum Thursday night sponsored by the Homer Chamber of Commerce. It was the second time in two days that KBBI listeners heard from the incumbent candidates, Caroline Venuti and Rachel Lord, but the first opportunity to hear from challengers Raymond Walker and George Hall, who declined invitations to appear on KBBI’s The Coffee Table on Wednesday.


Sep 27, 2020
Jeff Lockwood / KBBI

Harvest means carrots, and carrots mean cake!  Jeff Lockwood spends the hour making carrot cake (using a slight adaptation of this recipe). 

Produced by KBBI AM 890 in Homer, Alaska.  First aired 09/27/20.

Smithsonian Institute

The incumbent candidates for Homer City Council appeared on The Coffee Table, Wednesday morning on KBBI. 

  KBBI and Bluejaye Productions proudly present Knife Skills, an original piece written by Lindsey Schneider and produced with local talent now available for on demand listening. Knife Skills is the story of four kitchen workers at the edge of the world. A charming executive chef, an ambitious sous chef, a hardened line cook, and an innocent dishwasher form a strong friendship working long hours at a rural deluxe wilderness lodge in Lake Clark National Park, Alaska.

Pratt Museum

On this episode of Sound Collections, you'll hear from Diane Selanoff, who has been gathering traditional foods with her family for almost as long as she can remember. Originally from Port Graham, Diane now lives in Valdez, where she gathers and collects all sorts of things from the beaches and forests surrounding her home. Click on the link to hear a sampling of Diane’s stories and vast knowledge of the local edible ecology.

Homer Grown, Episode 9: Apples, Cold Compost

Sep 20, 2020
Franz Eugen Köhler, Köhler's Medizinal-Pflanzen, Public Domain

For the latest episode of Homer Grown, hosted by Desiree Hagen:

We talk with Dave Schroer and Dave Erickson about apple cultivation and orchard maintanance.

Kyra Wagner addresses cold and hot compost for our 'Tech Minute'.

And, Nicole Arevalo has our weekly roundup of current events and opportunites in local Ag.

Benji wants your vote this election season

Sep 18, 2020
Liz Taylor

If you look on the internet, you’re going to find plenty of contests for cute pets, with submissions from all over the world. Well one of those contests has got a local cat named Benji rising through the ranks of the current vote.
    Liz Taylor of Anchor Point is Benji’s human. She tells of a long road from a crowded home to internet glamor for her three-year old kitty.

Cosmic Cannabis Co. Facebook

A third store on the South Peninsula catering to cannabis consumers is holding a grand opening on Saturday in Old Town Homer. The Cosmic Cannabis Company has been open for a few days and the three people named ‘Chris’ who own the store will be celebrating with the public all day tomorrow.
    Chris Long is one of the owners.


On this morning's COVID-19 Brief, panelists:
Pegge Erkenef, Spokesperson for Kenai Peninsula Borough School District,
Jenny Carroll from the City of Homer,
Nurse Lorne Carroll from the Homer Public Health Center and AK State DHSS, and Derotha Ferraro from South Peninsula Hospital, answer questions from the listeners and talk about COVID immunity, CARES Act funding and safety protocols in the school system.

Chiefs emphasize unity in proposed EMS expansion

Sep 17, 2020

Residents of a large section of the Western Kenai Peninsula will have Ballot Measure 1 before them during next month’s municipal election. If approved, it would create a new emergency services area to encompass Anchor Point, Ninilchik and all points in between.
    The proposition was the topic on Wednesday morning’s Coffee Table with Kathleen Gustafson on KBBI.
    The push to create a combined “Western Emergency Service Area” came when the Ninilchik Volunteer Fire Department, a private non-profit organization, experienced staffing and volunteer issues.

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Borough Ballot Measure One is the topic on this week's Coffee Table.
Voters in the October 6 Municipal Election will decide whether or not to expand of the Anchor Point Fire and Emergency Medical Service Area to include the Ninilchik area, creating the Western Emergency Services Area.

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Last night, for the second year in a row, a Homer man gave the invocation for the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting. Last year it was before a packed Homer City Council chambers, but due to social distancing rules, this year the invocation was given over Zoom. Nevertheless, Barrett Fletcher wore his church’s traditional headdress to deliver the prayer, a colander.
    “I am Barrett Fletcher, the founding pastor of the First Lower Peninsula Congregation of Pastafarians, and I’ve been asked to do the invocation.

Sound Collections: Episode 7 - Lee Post

Sep 15, 2020
Pratt Museum

Lee Post has had a fascination with collections of all sorts since he was a kid. Since moving to Homer over 40 years ago, he’s gained quite a reputation for his animal bone collecting. From beached whales to marine birds, Lee has preserved, illustrated, and categorized hundreds of animal skeletons, contributing crucial information about the ecology of the region. Check out the latest episode of Sound Collections, where we hear stories and adventures from ‘the bone man’ himself!


Homer's COVID -19 Incident Command addressed Homer City Council during Monday's meeting.

Nurse Lorne Carroll told the Council that of the three public health nurses on the Southern Peninsula, oneis completely dedicated to contact tracing and his own time is over 90 percent occupied by contact tracing.