Kachemak Bay State Parks

Hello. This is Ingrid from Friends of Kachemak Bay State Parks with this week's Trail Report updated Wednesday, July 14th. 


This week on the final, scheduled, COVID-19 Brief, Nurse Lorne Carroll from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and Derotha Ferraro, spokesperson for South Peninsulia Hospital take questions from the listeners about the rise in case rates, and the stagnation of vaccination rates.


Homer grown: Invasive/Common Weeds, Dandelion Mead

Jul 13, 2021

For this episode host Desiree Hagen talks with the Invasive Species Manager from Homer Soil and Water Conservation District Katherine Schake about invasive species, common plants in the garden, what they are and how you might utilize them.

Then we head to the Brew Shop and make dandelion mead (with local honey!) with Sean Cullerton. Steve McCastlin from the Homer Brewery joins in the fun and conversation. 

Evensen leaves city council

Jul 13, 2021

    The Homer City Council has an opening on it. It was created when Councilmember Joey Evensen resigned in frustration last week.

    In an email dated Thursday afternoon, Evensen wrote, quote, “Due to the Council’s consistent lack of productivity and strongly unpleasant work environment I can no longer justify spending my time on the Homer City Council. Therefore I am stepping down from my seat,” unquote.

    He closed with best wishes and a “hope for a change in course soon.”


The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services' Monday data summary covering July 9 through 11 show 174 new cases of COVID-19, four new hospitalizations and two new deaths due to COVID in AK.

There are 1,643 resident hospitalizations and 374 resident deaths attributed to COVID-19 to date.

The statewide alert level for COVID in Alaska is intermediate, at  6.37 cases per 100,000 in population.

Cheese Curds

Jul 12, 2021
Smoked Salmon Chowder Poutine
Jeff Lockwood / KBBI

The Québécois classic poutine demands fresh, squeaky cheese curds, which are difficult to find in Alaska.   Jeff Lockwood takes matters into his own hands, transforming two gallons of milk into a pile of curds, then using them in a smoked-salmon-chowder-inspired poutine, in an attempt to provide a karmic boost to the Montréal Canadiens in their unlikely run to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Kachemak Bay State Parks

Hello, this is Ingrid from Friends of Kachemak Bay State Parks with the weekly trail report updated Wednesday, July 7th.

The following trails are clear and passable:
China Poot Lake Trail is flooded at mile two, but passable with hip waders.

Diamond Creek Trail, Estuary Trail, Glacier Lake Trail, Grace Ridge Trail and Grewingk Tram Spur Trail are all passable.


This week on the COVID Brief, Nurse Lorne Carroll for the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and Derotha Ferraro, spokesperson for South Peninsulia Hospital take questions from the listeners about current case rates and vaccination rates, and about  preparing for the upcoming school year.

State of Alaska

District P Senator Gary Stevens of Kodiak spoke with KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson on Tuesday, about the State of Alaska's budget, the fate of the PFD and the first meeting of the new bi-partisan legislative work group in this Legislative Update.


This past weekend, a crew assembled to raise the sail on a traditionally restored Bristol Bay double-ender.

The boat was part of the Fourth of July parade in Homer but the plan is to sail it back to Bristol Bay where it served as salmon gillnetter in the early 1900s.



Jay Barrett/KBBI

After losing the Independence Day parade last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Homer Chamber of Commerce says this year’s parade Sunday evening was almost the largest one ever. The turnout of spectators, estimated by KBBI at about 1,000, may also be record-setting. The theme was “Whatever Floats Your Boat -- Celebrating Homer’s Maritime History.”
    According to Chamber Visitor Center Director Jan Knutson, there were 43 floats this year, the second largest number in parade history. In addition, she said this year’s parade saw the most first-time entrants.

Highland Games coming to Homer this weekend

Jul 3, 2021
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    If you’ve noticed an increase in burly men wearing kilts in Homer today, it’s because they’re here for a full weekend of Scottish Highland Games competition. 

    Robert Archibald is the local organizer. He spoke with KBBI’s Jay Barrett about what the Highland Games will entail.

Alaska DNR

Hello, this is Ingrid from Friends of Kachemak Bay State Park with the weekly trail report updated Wednesday, June 30th. 


On this Thursday's COVID Brief, Derotha Ferraro from South Peninsula Hospital,  Nurse Lorne Carroll from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services,  and Jenny Carroll from the City of Homer, take questions from the listeners and talk about case counts and vaccines on the Peninsula.

This is Jenny Carroll's final COVID Brief, concurrent with the expiration of the City's emergency declaration. KBBI will stay in touch with Jenny for updates as needed. 

Chamber opening satellite visitors center

Jul 1, 2021
Homer Chamber of Commerce

The Homer Chamber of Commerce is revamping one of its retired facilities for the summer on The Spit, and turning it into a second spot to interact with visitors and tourists to town.
    Visitors Center Manager Jan Knutson talked about the chamber’s plan on Wednesday morning’s Coffee Table.