South Peninsula Hospital

With temperatures forecast to fall below zero this weekend, give a thought to adults, teens and children in the Homer area who sleep outside, or in their vehicles, or anywhere they can find.

Project Homeless Connect is happening at Homer United Methodist Church next Wednesday, January 29. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with hot lunch served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m

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On Tuesday night the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly joined the City of Homer and other municipalities around the state and nation in coming out against corporate personhood in the form of the U.S. Supreme Court case, Citizens United vs. the Federal Election Commission.

Only one citizen came out in support of the Citizens United Case, a 2010 U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowing unlimited corporate donations to political campaigns under the guise of free speech.

Harbor porpoises in Halibut Cove Lagoon

Jan 23, 2020
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Bring your lunch to Kachemak Bay Campus on Friday, January 24 from noon to 1 p.m. and learn about the secret life of harbor porpoises in Halibut Cove Lagoon.

It’s part of a series of free lectures hosted by the Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.

Halibut charters face changing regulations

Jan 23, 2020
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Fishery regulators meeting in Seattle next week will consider several options for allocating charter halibut catches in the Gulf of Alaska for 2020.

As KBBI’s Jay Barrett reports, the potential changes could mean more limitations on fishing opportunity this upcoming season.

KPB Assembly recap: Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Jan 22, 2020

At Tuesday night’s Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting, Homer’s Gary Thomas was remembered with a commending resolution.

Introduced by Homer Assemblymember Willy Dunne, the resolution praised Thomas’ 40-years of service on the Homer Volunteer Fire Department and many other local causes and service area boards.

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Artist Ronald Senungetuk of Homer died on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 after a long illness. He was born in 1933 in Kinigin, Wales, Alaska in a traditional sod house. He attended Mt. Edgecumbe School in Sitka. Ron Senungetuk was Inupiat, a sculptor, silversmith and wood carver of massive cultural influence as an artist, educator and mentor.

On a Fulbright scholarship in Oslo,  Norway beginning in 1960 he both met his wife Turid and was offered and accepted a position at University of Alaska Fairbanks in the budding metalsmithing program.

Kenai Peninsula College

The third Monday in January is Dr. Martin Luther King Day. It's also Alaska Civil Rights Day. To mark the day and to spark a local conversation about civil rights in Alaska, Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College invited Salamatof tribal leader Jonathon Ross to present as a part of their monthly, Public Square speakers series.
Ross spoke about the Dena’ina people of Tikahtnu, Cook Inlet. He laid out their traditional territory, and talked about why it matters what geographic locations and villages are called.

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The Mariner Theater at Homer High School was filled to capacity on Sunday, January 19, 2020 for a celebration of the life of Gary Thomas. The Homer and Anchor Point Fire and Emergency and Kachemak Emergency Services crews stood at attention for the entire ceremony. Thomas's colleagues and friends sent him off with stories and remembrances. 
Click on the links below to hear audio from 1991 of Thomas recounting the early days of KBBI public radio, and to hear, Ode to Gary Thomas, written by Kathy Steberl.
You can see the livestream of the entire service at:

Sourdough - Episode 32

Jan 19, 2020
Sourdough loaf
Jeff Lockwood / KBBI

On this week's Check the Pantry, Jeff Lockwood sits down with Fresh Catch Cafe's Harrison McHenry for a conversation about sourdough, from creating a starter to baking a loaf. 

Produced at the KBBI studios in Homer, Alaska.  First aired January 19, 2020.

This Saturday in Homer, there will be a march and rally to commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of women’s suffrage – that is, the right to vote. In 1920, that meant only the whitest, most privileged women were granted the right to vote. KBBI’s Kathleen Gustafson spoke to Julia Person, one of the organizers of Homer Women Rising to talk about the need to reach out to Native women. Person says the goal of the march is not just to celebrate.


KBBI founding volunteer Gary Thomas died Tuesday evening. Thomas was checking on a friend’s house off Cottonwood Hill Ave near East End Road. According to Alaska State Troopers, Thomas was found by using a phone location app after he was late getting home. The initial investigation indicates there was a water heater explosion that caused Thomas’s fatal injuries. The state fire marshal is investigating.

Jeff Lockwood / KBBI

The Homer Youth String Orchestra Club (HYSOC) brought the North Carolina-based duo Low and Lower to Homer this week.  Cellist Brooks Whitehouse and bassist Paul Sharpe, who is originally from Anchorage, stopped by West Homer Elementary School to give the younger section of HYSOC a lesson in string playing.  KBBI’s Jeff Lockwood sat in on the class.

Pratt Museum Glacier Salon - December 20

Jan 15, 2020
Rivers of Ice
Kathy Smith / Pratt Museum

The Pratt Museum's Glacier Salon took place on December 20, 2019, featuring a perfomance by cellist Nancy Ives inspired by Kathy Smith's Pratt exhibit, Rivers of Ice

Ives is the principal cello of the Oregon Symhony Orchestra and Instructor of Chamber Music at Lewis and Clark College.

The concert was recorded by the Pratt Museum's Curator of Exhibits, Scott Bartlett, and KBBI is pleased to present the recording of the evening in its entirety. 

Fair Share Act seeks to bolster state revenues

Jan 15, 2020
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The deadline for collecting signatures to reset the state’s oil tax formula is less than a week away. Organizers say they already have the required 40,000 signatures to get on the ballot. As KBBI’s Jay Barrett reports, the Fair Share Act seeks to reverse declines in state revenue, even as oil prices have rebounded from their last slump.

Former Homer Rep. Paul Seaton is one of many signature-gatherers around the state supporting the initiative. He explains how the new tax regime would work if it is passed by voters.

City of Homer

At Monday night’s Homer City Council meeting, the council passed a resolution opposing the repeal on the ban on personal watercraft in Kachemak Bay and Fox River Flats Critical Habitat Area. About 20 people offered public comment on the repeal. The resolution passed with only Councilmember Heath Smith voting against the resolution.