Just in from the Alaska Marine Highway System:

Jun 9, 2020

Sailings for the M/V Tustumena are expected to resume June 27 when the ship departs Homer for Kodiak at 10:30 a.m.

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The Alaska State Ferry Tustumena steamed into Homer Monday night at 7 p.m., but there wasn’t the usual rush of cars and people disembarking. In fact, the 51 people aboard, 35 crew and 6 passengers, were asked to stay aboard as health officials screened them for exposure to coronavirus after a crew member tested positive for COVID-19 while the ship was in Dutch Harbor on Saturday.


On the silhouette wall on Pioneer Avenue, there is a diminutive figure raising her hands to summon artists to action and excellence. That’s Mary Epperson: June 6, 1922 - April 11, 2016. Epperson moved to Alaska with her family in 1954. She was a homesteader, a music teacher, a founding citizen of the city of Homer, and an originator and organizer of the arts in Alaska. 

This past Saturday, June 6th, Homer Council on the Arts and organizations all over town celebrated Mary Epperson Day, established by the City of Homer in 2010.

By Gordon Leggett - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,

A crew member aboard the Alaska Marine Highway System Ferry Tustumena tested positive for COVID-19 Saturday in Dutch Harbor, causing the Department of Transportation to recall the vessel to Homer and bypassing scheduled stops along the Alaska Peninsula and Kodiak. 

A letter from Homer Police Chief Mark Robl

Jun 6, 2020
Teri Robl

Hello, this is Mark Robl, police chief with the Homer Police Department. The police department is saddened and dismayed by the horrible conduct of a police officer in Minnesota last week, which has left our country torn and shattered.

The responsible officer has been arrested, but any sentence he receives will pale in the light of the irreparable loss of George Floyd's life and the damage he did to the relationship between the law enforcement community in the United States and the citizens we serve. 

Saturday is Mary Epperson Day in Homer

Jun 5, 2020
Homer Council on the Arts

Tomorrow, June 6, is a day set aside in Homer each year to recognize a woman whose tireless efforts over decades largely shape Homer into the art- and music-appreciating community it is today.

 Homer City Councilmember Caroline Venuti said Mary Epperson Day will honors the influence she had far and wide.

Shawn Gottfried/KBBI

As Covid-19 tests become more widely available, health organizations have been gearing up to increase the number of people they are administered to.
    Already South Peninsula Hospital is taking test swabs 24 hours a day in the hospital’s main parking lot, and this week opened a testing site with limited hours on the Homer Spit.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly’s marathon meeting this week overflowed into Wednesday afternoon after reaching midnight on Tuesday night.
    When the body resumed its Zoom meeting, it was in the middle of debate over amendments to modify borough elections under Ordinance 20-24. The ordinance would provide for voting by mail, give more time before a run-off election, and would remove statements attached to ballot propositions.

State of Alaska

The Homer COVID-19 Incident Command Team welcomes epidemiologist, Dr. Michelle Rothoff and Chief Medical Officer for the State of Alaska, Dr. Anne Zink to the panel to take questions from the listeners.

Also, Jenny Carroll, Comminucations Officer for the City of Homer goes over the updated State quarantine and testing mandates for travelers.

And, DHSS Public Health Nurse Lorne Carroll and Derotha Ferraro from South Peninsula Hospital respond to the listeners and provide local updates and perspectives.



Business and offices all over the Peninsula are reopening after months of mandated closures. Jenny Carroll, Communications Officer for the City of Homer says the City is not quite ready to open City Hall. She says they are putting safeguards in place to make sure the public can safely access City services and meetings.

“Well, we are making a plan where eventually in the next week or two, we'll be open at least upstairs in the main entrance of city hall and then downstairs in the clerks area, that public reception area and in Cowles Chamber,” said Carroll.


At Tuesday night's Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting, there will be a public hearing on an ordinance to establish a vote-by-mail option for elections in the Borough. Communities all over the country are considering vote-by-mail due to the current public health crisis and because of concerns about free and fair elections. Assemblymember Willy Dunne of Fritz Creek introduced this ordinance because of a recommendation from a Borough stakeholder group that issued a report in January of 2019.

Homer demonstrators join worldwide movement

Jun 1, 2020
Zoe Cramer

Peaceful demonstrations will continue at WKFL Park in Homer every day this week from 2 to 4 p.m. seeking racial justice in response to police violence against African Americans across the country.
    The demonstration, similar to thousands like it large and small around the world, was triggered by the killing of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man, by a Minneapolis Police officer while three other officers watched. It was caught on video and broadcast worldwide.
    Winter Marshall-Allen has organized the End White Silence Movement in Homer.

KBBI AM 890 is hosting an on-air remote ‘Concert on YOUR Lawn’ Fundraiser June 19th & 20th. This is a socially distant homage to our Concert On The Lawn days and an opportunity for us to celebrate our amazing listener-supporters. Throughout the two days you will hear the regular shows you love as well as live music, KBBI testimonies, and giveaways all culminating in the Concert on Your Lawn Event June 20th from 5 pm-9 pm with local musicians broadcasting from their homes to yours. Follow along on Facebook and Instagram for more updates.

After hiatus, Tustumena resumes service Tuesday

Jun 1, 2020

Ferry service, besieged by gubernatorial budget cuts and equipment problems in the past year, is scheduled to resume Tuesday locally with the Alaska Marine Highway ferry Tustumena steaming from Homer shortly before noon.
    The “Trusty Tusty,” fresh from an extensive overhaul, is scheduled to sail to Seldovia at 11:45 Tuesday morning, returning to Homer at 6 p.m. A following departure for Kodiak will be at 10:30 p.m.
    At least that’s what one online schedule is saying.


The State of Alaska reported 27 new cases of COVID-19 yesterday -- the largest single day increase since the pandemic struck the state. The report came about a week after the busy Memorial Day weekend and the announcement by the governor that businesses could open wider.
    The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services announced that of the 27 new cases reported Sunday, 10 of 12 reported in Anchorage were at a long term care facility.