Residents of one street above Homer High School may see city water in their future. The council is considering ways to bring water to Tasmania Court.
    Erica Marley lives on the street, which she calls an older, established neighborhood.
    “It's extremely frustrating to have water within 200 feet in any direction of Tasmania and Tasmania Court and not be able to have water to our houses,” she said.

US Census

The U.S. Census, the once-a-decade count of people living in America, kicked off in Alaska back in January. The count has met with a lot of stumbling blocks in the state since then, not the least of which is the Covid-19 pandemic.
    Nicole Borromeo is executive vice president and general council for the Alaska Federation of Natives in Anchorage.


Sep 14, 2020
Brewer's Yeast
Mogana Das Murtey and Patchamuthu Ramasamy /

Jeff Lockwood visits Alaskan brewing legend Lasse Holmes for a tour through the beer-making process, which, at every step, keeps coming back to yeast.

Produced at KBBI AM 890 in Homer Alaska.  First aired 09/13/20.

New assistance programs launched by city

Sep 11, 2020

Three new Covid-19 relief programs that have been in the works for the past several weeks are now taking applications. The programs cover non-profits, day-care, and social service organizations.
    The City of Homer’s Jenny Carrol was on Thursday morning’s Covid Brief with Kathleen Gustafson to discuss the programs.

Castner and Aderhold discuss issues in mayoral race

Sep 10, 2020
City of Homer

Homer’s municipal election is less than a month away now. On October 6, voters will decide who to send to the borough assembly, who will sit on the Homer City Council, and whether we’ll have a new mayor or not.
    On Wednesday morning's Coffee Table with host Kathleen Gustafson, Homer Mayor Ken Castner, who is seeking a second term, and the challenger for his chair, City Councilmember Donna Aderhold, were the guests.

'Better Elections' are just a ballot measure away

Sep 10, 2020
Shahla Farzan / KBBI

Residents of the Kenai Peninsula will see ballot questions in two upcoming elections that seek to change how we vote on the peninsula and in the state.
    On the ballot in October during the Municipal Elections, voters will see an initiative brought forth by members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly who were on the losing end of several 6-3 votes to reform elections on the peninsula. Unless overturned by the voters, the Kenai Peninsula Borough will adopt a hybrid vote-by-mail system intended to increase voter turnout and ballot security.

South Peninsula Haven House

For decades, South Peninsula Haven House has organized a dinner and auction that has become an important fundraiser for the organization.

Smithsonian Institute

On this week's Coffee Table, meet the candidates for mayor of Homer for the October 6, 2020 municipal election.

Challenger, Councilmember Donna Aderhold and incumbent Mayor Ken Castner talk about their candidacies and take questions from the listeners.

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

We take a field trip to Ninilchik and talk with Shawn Jackinsky of Green Cannon farms about perennial vegetables, heritage plants, seed saving and learn a little about the history of Ninilchik. 

We visit with Marsha Rouggly of Sweet Berries, and learn about jams, preserving the harvest, pigs in heat and farm life in general.

KBBI is preparing for the Annual Fall Membership Drive! In October, KBBI will be hosting its annual Fall Membership drive along with a week of live local music and performances showcasing all that radio has to offer - culminating in an on-air remote concert to celebrate our amazing listener-supporters. KBBI is currently holding open auditions for musicians and storytellers. Virtual auditions will be open until Monday, September 28th.

Sound Collections: Episode 6 - Carter Davis

Sep 7, 2020
Pratt Museum

Don’t let his age fool you. Carter Davis has been collecting insects, shells, and rocks for most of his life, and at 10 years old, is already an impressive amateur entomologist.
His bedroom is home to everything from carefully pinned insect specimens and resource books to live cockroaches and frogs.

Carter joined us on Sound Collections to talk about his love of learning and collecting, and to share some advice for other kids who may be interested in starting their own collections.



    KBBI and Bluejaye Productions proudly present Knife Skills, an original piece written by Lindsey Schneider and produced with local talent. Tune in live for radio theatre Sept 18th at 7pm on KBBI AM 890 or on 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.

The Covid-19 Brief

Sep 4, 2020

Students in schools all across the borough will be attending classes in person starting Tuesday, except maybe in Nanwalek, where issues other than Covid-19 have kept students at home.
    During Thursday morning’s Covid Brief with Kathleen Gustafson, school district spokesperson Pegge Erkeneff said cases in the Central Peninsula had gotten low enough that students could start attending classes in person, but added that water issues may still affect students in the South Kachemak Bay community.

Kenai Peninsula Borough

Ever since the Kenai Peninsula Borough entered a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic, assembly meetings have been held via Zoom video conferencing in order to comply with social distancing guidelines issued by the State of Alaska and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    But despite the dangers inherent in public gatherings at this time, some in the public -- and on the assembly -- think it’s time for video meetings to end.
    A gentleman named Robert, who did not give his last name, commented at Tuesday night’s assembly meeting.

Smithsonian Institute

Voting accessibility is on the ballot for the October 6th Borough elections. Borough Proposition Two would repeal the hybrid vote by mail system passed by the Assembly in 2019. The Assembly was responding to the report and recommendations of the Election Stakeholders Group when they passed an ordinance to institute vote by mail, borough-wide.

The Stakeholders Group was created by the Borough in response to a case before the Alaska Human Rights Commission concerning a Homer voter who was unable to vote a secret ballot due to their disability.