Homer High School

Fundraising for sports and other school activities is a ritual all student athletes -- and their parents -- undertake each school year. Until 2020.


This week, Pegge Erkeneff, spokesperson for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and Derotha Ferraro of South Peninsula Hospital, answer listener questions about testing, privacy and the quarantine period for Homer High School's football team.

At the time of the show, only one of the HHS Football coaches had been confirmed positive for COVID-19. Since the show on Thursday morning, a second member of the coaching staff was confirmed positive.

Homer High School Facebook

*UPDATE* Second coach tests positive.

No students have tested positive as of yet for Covid-19 among Homer High School football players, after they were ordered into quarantine following a positive test result that showed up in a coach or other adult associated with the program on Tuesday afternoon. School officials wouldn’t say exactly who the infected person was, but it is clear it wasn’t a student.  

KBBI's annual Fall Membership Drive is coming up on October 16th and 17th.  The station is hoping to use this time to highlight our volunteers, our community, and all the ways radio keeps us connected.


Lane Chesley, who ran unopposed, will be the new Kenai Peninsula Borough Assemblymember from District 8 Homer. Chesley gathered 848 votes on election day.

When he replaces current Assembly President Kelly Cooper (who was forced to move on because of term limits), later in the month, the entire assembly membership will be male.

Voters in the Kenai Peninsula have voted to do elections the old fashioned way, turning back an

Assembly ordinance that would institute hybrid-vote-by-mail and other election reforms as the result of a lawsuit claiming lack of accessible access to the polls. The ordinance was going down to defeat with 6,431 votes to 3,171, a 67-to-33-percent margin after polls closed Tuesday night.


This week's Coffee Table looks at Ballot Measure 1. a proposition on the November 3rd ballot to increase taxes on BP, Conoco Phillips, Exxon Mobil and Hilcorp Energy - on at least three oil production fields on the North Slope.

City of Homer

   Final results in the Homer Municipal Election will have to wait until Monday to be certified. An unusually large number of absentee ballots were cast during the election and will have to be counted by the canvass board. Due to typos on the city's preliminary unofficial certificate of election, KBBI incorrectly reported previously that absentee ballots were included in the official total.

Homer Electric Association crews responded to a power outage affecting 613 members across Kachemak Bay on Monday. 

The outage started at 7:17 p.m., and at approximately 8:26 p.m., HEA Operations was able to isolate the outage to a section of power line between Six Mile and MacDonald Spit. The power was restored to all but 44 members by placing them on remote generation. 

Pat Race

The City of Homer is processing applications for HERG grants, the City's household funding for COVID relief. So far, the City has recieved 56 applications and distributed about $84,000 through the program. HERG has $1.5 million dollars in the fund and the deadline for applications is Friday, October 16.

Election Day features new polling place in Homer

Oct 5, 2020
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    Tuesday is municipal election day on the Kenai Peninsula. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., and remember, in Homer there is no longer a polling place at the senior center. It's been moved to United Methodist Church.

    On the ballot, first term Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce is running for re-election, against Linda Farnsworth Hutchings, whom he narrowly defeated three years ago. Also on the ballot is Troy Nightingale.

Homer Grown

In this episode we talk with Jon Kee of Spruce Top Farm, Linda Gorman on overwintering bees, Katherine Schake and Nicole Arevalo on Reed Canary Grass and Brad Casar on fall soil sampling. 

Hosted by Desiree Hagen and produced in collaboration with Homer Soil & Water. Airing every other Saturday at 11 AM.



Flu shots recommended by Covid experts

Oct 2, 2020

The expectation that more City of Homer buildings and facilities will be opening up to something resembling normal was high during the Covid Brief with Kathleen Gustafson yesterday on KBBI.
    Certainly one of the most popular is the public library, which city spokesperson Jenny Carrol said should soon see more extensive availability, as will the Cowles City Council Chambers.

Smithsonian Institute

On this week's Coffee Table:

A recording of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce Candidates Forum recorded earlier this month between candidates for Kenai Peninsua Borough Mayor - incumbent Charlie Pierce and challenger Linda Farnsworth-Hutchings.

The race will be decided next Tuesday, October 6, in the municipal election.



The City of Homer's COVID-19 Incident Command Team checks in for their regular, live, Thursday briefing. 
Jenny Carroll, Public Information Officer for the City of Homer, Nurse Lorne Carroll from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and Derotha Ferraro, spokesperson for South Peninsula Hospital take questions from the listeners.