Homer's COVID-19  Incident Command Team takes listener questions.  Jenny Carroll from the City of Homer and  DHSS Nurse Lorne Carroll talk about what causes a  false positive and if differences in level of  exposure to  COVID-19  affect the severity of patients' response to the virus.

South Peninsula Hospital Spokesperson Derotha Ferraro talks about the six cases of COVID-19 among workers at SPH that were confirmed by The Homer News this week.

About two weeks after the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly passed an expanded elections options ordinance, it came up for a reconsideration vote about four hours into Tuesday night’s regular meeting. A reconsideration vote is a final effort to change something that’s already passed.
    During the meeting, Seward Assemblymember Kenn Carpenter explained why he asked to have the expanded elections ordinance reconsidered after it passed 6-to-3 two weeks earlier.

City of Homer


   Halibut anglers and the charter guide segment got some good news in an announcement from NOAA Fisheries this week when it announced new rules for Area 3A Southcentral Alaska.

On this edition of The Coffee Table:

KBBI General Manager Josh Krohn and Loren Barrett, Development Director talk about new projects and equipment upgrades at the station with an assist from KBBI Board President Wayne Aderhold.

And Senior Producer Jeff Lockwood previews this weekend’s Concert On Your Lawn!


Residents of Homer thought the worst when it was announced last week that the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 had reached Friendship Terrace, the assisted living arm of Homer Senior Citizens, Inc. Two employees had tested positive, and on Friday it was announced that a resident had tested positive for the disease.
    Cases of COVID-19 have run rampant in such congregate living centers around the nation, hitting Anchorage earlier this month.


The City of Homer has started receiving reports back from the COVID-19 study it is participating in, trying to gauge the incidence of the disease in the population by sampling the city’s sewer.
    City spokesperson Jenny Carroll explained on Thursday’s COVID Brief.
     “It is a study, just trying to figure out how to see it in the wastewater and then extrapolate that to our population numbers,” Carroll said. “So it is a study, it's a rough estimate of the number of people in the community, but it is confirming the presence of COVID-19 in our community.”

This week on Homer Grown: Soils

Jun 14, 2020
Homer Grown

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

Emily Garrity of Twitter Creek Gardens talks about bio-intensive agriculture and the benefits of minimal till gardening.

Soil Scientist Doug Van Patton and Homer Soil and Water's Brad Casar dig deep into the soils of Kachemek Bay. 

Kyra Wagner introduces useful tools to help work your soil.

Emily Wisdom

Alaskans know what Outsiders think is only an urban legend, but it’s true, eagles will swoop down and take your small dog away for a meal if you’re not careful. But a Homer woman has a new twist that’ll make the story that much more amazing.
    An eagle in downtown Homer attacked her full-grown Weimaraner, a dog about the size of a labrador retriever, sending the pup to the vet clinic with severe injuries.
    Emily Wisdom picks up the story.

Friendship Terrace resident positive for COVID-19

Jun 12, 2020

    A case of COVID-19 has been detected in a resident of Friendship Terrace assisted living facility in Homer. In an announcement today, Homer Senior Center, Inc., Executive Director Keren Kelley said they were notified shortly before midnight Thursday night of the positive result. 

    That is in addition to two cases of Covid-19 that have been discovered in the staff at Friendship Terrace this week, as first reported by The Homer News. 


Anticipation was high when the State Ferry Tustumena turned around in Dutch Harbor on Saturday and made a beeline back for Kodiak after a crew member was diagnosed with COVID-19, but when it pulled into Homer shortly after 7 p.m. on Monday, healthcare professionals were already prepared to test the remaining crew and the six passengers onboard.
    During Thursday’s Covid Brief on KBBI, Alaska Public Health Nurse Lorne Carroll and South Peninsula Hospital’s Derotha Ferraro discussed what happened after the Tusty arrived.

City Council initiates Seawall Improvement District

Jun 11, 2020
City of Homer

The Homer City Council continued meeting via Zoom video conference Monday night. It was a relatively short meeting, but the body got quite a bit accomplished.
    After an update on the Covid-19 situation with the ferry Tustumena, which sailed into Homer during the council meeting, Councilmember Donna Aderhold asked the city’s Unified Command how it’s handling the reopening of city parks.


Jenny Carroll, Information Officer for the City of Homer, Nurse Lorne Carroll from the Homer Public Health Clinic and Derotha Ferraro of South Peninsula Hospital discuss the latest from the Homer Unified Command and answer listener questions. Also, Aaron Weisser, Pastor of Church on the Rock, Homer has an update on community aid and relief efforts.

For updated, local, state and national information about COVID-19, go


AK Division of Forestry

Wildfire season is underway, and on this edition of the Coffee Table you'll hear tips and strategies for prevention and preparedness from from Howard Kent from the Alaska Department of Natural Resources,  Chief Mark Kirko of Homer Fire and EMS
Chief Jon Marsh from  Anchor Point VFD and
Chief Bob Cicciarella of Kachemak Emergency Service Area.

The Homer City Council received a lot of interest in the position of city manager when the job was advertised for the second time this year. After going through the resumes of more than three-dozen candidates, five were selected for audio interviews with the council. Those were held on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. Afterwards, the council settled on moving forward with only one of the candidates, Rob Dumouchel of Eureka, Calif.


After the Alaska State Ferry Tustumena returned to Homer Monday night a bit past 7 p.m., healthcare personnel from South Peninsula Hospital boarded in protective garb to take COVID-19 test samples from 40 crew members and the six passengers on board.
    According to the Alaska Department of Transportation, all were kept aboard the Tustumena overnight while the rapid tests were analyzed at SPH.