The Coffee Table is in two parts this week. First, Dr. Rob Downey and Public Health Nurse Lorne Carroll answer listener questions on the virus, health and wellness.
In the second half, Pastor Aaron Weisser from Church on the Rock Homer and Mike Miller, Executive Director of the Homer Foundation, talk about their respective funds for local individuals and organizations.
To donate to or apply for individual relief funds, go to
To donate to The Homer Foundations's COVID-19 Response Fund, go to

Alice's Champagne Palace

As people in Homer continue to hunker down, some are looking for different options for grocery shopping. Both Save-U-More and Safeway have shopping services with delivery to the curbside or your door. Now, an unexpected business has joined them in that space: Alice’s Champagne Palace.
    Josh Tobin is the general manager at the downtown eatery better known for food, drink and entertainment.

State of Alaska

Governor Mike Dunleavy announced his vetoes of the state operating budget Tuesday. In it are many cuts to education, Marine Highway and public broadcasting.
    District P Senator Gary Stevens, a Republican of Kodiak, who represents Homer in the State Capital, said he was  pleased with how the governor wielded the veto pen.

Homer Electric Association's annual meeting is still up in the air, but their board of directors election is underway. The ballots are going out to co-op members this week.

District 3  -  Kasilof south to Kachemak Bay area -  has three candidates for one seat: Troy A. Jones of Homer, Pete Kinneen of Anchor Point and incumbent Eugene Alan “Jim” Levine of Homer.


Local city, state and hospital officials called-in to KBBI on Monday night for a COVID-19 update.
Derotha Ferraro from South Peninsula Hospital says The Homer Medical Clinic on Bartlett Street is now serving as the hospital’s urgent care center and staying open until 8 p.m.
And, as of this week, more people will be eligible for a test and SPH will be adding an additional location for testing.

    An Anchor Point man has succumbed to the coronavirus. The death, in a middle-aged man out of state, occurred on Wednesday (March 29), but not reported until Saturday. His name and location at the time of his death were not released.

    In the announcement from the State Department of Health and Social Services, it says the man developed symptoms and subsequently died of Covid-19 while out of state. 

    Meanwhile, the City of Seward has confirmed its third positive test for Covid-19.

This Week in Bycatch

Apr 6, 2020
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   March saw the highest bycatch of opilio crab in the last four years.  The National Marine Fisheries Service, or NMFS, reported just over 290,000 opies caught, mostly by non-pelagic, or bottom, trawlers, almost triple the next-highest total since 2017.  Almost 161,000 of those crab were caught the week ending March 21 in a single area, 521, northwest of the Pribilof Islands in the central Bering Sea.  

Kenai Peninsula Borough

   The Kenai Peninsula Borough held a special meeting this (Friday) afternoon to further address issues surrounding the coronavirus emergency. The meeting was held over the Zoom video conferencing app. The public were able to listen in via phone or via web. Including assembly and staff, approximately 50 people were signed in.

State of Alaska

    In what is likely the last report from the capital this session, Dist. P Sen. Gary Stevens (R-Kodiak) spoke with KBBI’s Jay Barrett and updates us on the emergency bills that have passed, as well as developments halting evictions and repossessions during the coronavirus emergency. Stevens said the Legislature has fulfilled its constitutional duties and has gone into recess. If they’re not called back, the session will be adjourned after 121 days have passed since it opened in January. 

Derotha Ferraro from South Peninsula Hospital, Nurse Lorne Carroll from the AK Department of Public Health, Chief Mark Kirko of Homer Volunteer Fire Department and Jenny Carroll from the City of Homer join KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson for the Thursday COVID-19 Brief.

If you do not have a health care provider and are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, call the Homer Public Health offices at (907) 235-8857.

School children began remote learning across the Kenai Peninsula this week, taking lessons over the computer from home. Study requires a lot of time cooped up inside, but Joni Wise, the librarian at Paul Banks Elementary, has an activity that’s getting students and their parents out and about -- with a community-wide “bear hunt,” of sorts.

Late last week Congress passed the CARES Act in an effort to stabilize and stimulate the economy during the coronavirus pandemic. Besides the $1,200 checks for most residents, the act provides grants to small business as well.
    Homer Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Brad Anderson explains what the act does and how local businesses can tap into it.

The City of Homer has added a section to its website devoted specifically to the Covid-19/coronavirus. City Information Officer Jenny Carroll detailed some of the site’s easy-to-use features in a conversation with KBBI.

We've put a lot of work into this website so that it can be as comprehensive a source of information for people as can be.

Mike Ilg, Director of Homer Community Schools, is the city's new coordinator for local relief and response to COVID-19. He talks about access to services and checks-in with Homer Church on the Rock, The Homer Foundation, Homer Chamber of Commerce, and Green Dot Homer, The Homer Community Food Pantry and The Salvation Army.

For a master list of phone numbers of resources for food, food deliveries, rental and utility assistance, go to

Monday marked the start of a new paradigm of teaching in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, as all schools remain closed to students and lessons are delivered largely electronically due to the coronavirus pandemic.
    To prepare teachers for the change, the district had just a couple of weeks to develop plans to be delivered electronically, or failing that, by hardcopy, and then many teachers had to learn a new way of conducting class. Amanda Adams is the personalized learning specialist for the district, who worked with teachers on gaining the new skills needed.