Break Up of DV North Pacific Pending

Jun 4, 2021
Jay Barrett/KBBI

Visitors to the Homer Boat Harbor will have a new landmark to guide them this summer. The rusting hull of the former fishing vessel North Pacific is aground near the west-end launch ramps, awaiting dismantling.
    Homer Councilmember Heath Smith asked City Manager Rob Dumouchel about the boat’s situation at last week’s city council meeting.

Kachemak Bay State Park

This is Ingrid with Friends of Kachemak Bay State Parks with this week's trail report for Wednesday, June 3rd.


Snowline conditions are at approximately a thousand feet.


This morning on The COVID-19 Brief:
Derotha Ferraro from South Peninsula Hospital has the details on vaccinations administered every Thursday in June from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Boat House Pavilion on the Homer Spit.

Ferraro and Nurse Lorne Carroll from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services give an overview of State and local positivity rates for COVID and answer questions from the listeners. 

 Learn more about COVID-19 tests and vaccines on the SPH website.

Emilie Springer - Theater Camp

Jun 3, 2021
Emilie Springer/KBBI

Last week, was the first week of the first session of Pier One’s long-standing theater camp.  Perhaps as old as the theater itself, there are several second-generation campers in the line-up.

Many changes in KPBSD administration coming

Jun 2, 2021

The incoming superintendent of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District gave a report to the borough assembly last night. While Clayton Holland’s official start date is July 1, he will be the de facto superintendent starting June 9, the day after John O’Brien’s last day on Monday.
    Holland said his promotion wasn’t the only change coming up in administration at the district and school levels. They include several at Homer area schools.

Wave-watching buoy goes adrift

Jun 1, 2021
Alaska Ocean Observing System

A well-used aid to navigation will be off-line for an undetermined amount of time after the buoy came loose from its anchor and drifted ashore below the Homer Bluff.
    “These buoys do get cut loose or they break from their mooring or they get moved somehow,” said Carol Janzen, the operations and development director for the Alaska Ocean Observing System in Anchorage. “And right now we don't know how this particular deployment got displaced. We don't know what caused that yet. We're still assessing the situation.”

Covid-19 hospitalizations trending younger

May 28, 2021
State of Alaska

Host Kathleen Gustafson had a special surprise guest on Thursday morning’s Covid Brief. Alaska’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Anne Zink phoned in from the Sterling Highway, as she was being driven from Kenai to Homer for events later in the day.
    Zink noted that Alaska has lowered its Covid-19 alert status to ‘orange,’ which is as low as it's been in a year. A lot of that could be credited to the aggressive rollout of vaccines, which have proven incredibly effective.


This morning on the regular Thursday COVID Brief, Dr. Anne Zink, Chief Medical Officer for the State of Alaska joins the panel to answer listener questions. 
You'll also hear from Derotha Ferraro, spokesperson for South Peninsula Hospital and Jenny Carroll, Information Officer for the City of Homer.

Rental car shortage may be barrier to summer travel

May 27, 2021
Homer Chamber of Commerce

During the Covid-19 Pandemic lockdown, car rental agencies nationwide sold off much of their inventory since nobody was traveling. But things are different today, with fully-vaccinated people feeling more confident about travel every day. But what they are finding is a lack of rental cars.
    “I’m just a little apprehensive that people realize, “Oh I made my flight reservation and lodging, now I’ll go in and book my cars,” and they have no way to get here,” said Homer Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Brad Anderson.

The Southern Kenia Peninsula Opioid Task Force shared a recording of their recent presentation of resources on KBBI's Coffee Table on Wednesday.

The presentation, Help is Here, features representatives from area treatment centers and organizations dedicated to reducing drug use and treating addiction on the Peninsula.

The presentation has been lightly edited.
It is introduced by Stephanie Sitwell of the  SKP Opioid Task Force and includes presentations by:

KBBI file and courtesy Homer News

Currently, Homer City Council members are elected “at-large.” That means every year, two of the six council positions are up for election, and all the people who want to be on the council compete against each other for the most votes. The top two vote-getters are declared the winners.
    Now, two council members want the city to have designated seats, which would force challengers to pick which council member they will run against. It does not guarantee that the top two vote-getters will be the winners, just that the top vote-getter for each seat will be declared the winner.

Poor Road Conditions Hamper Fire Response

May 25, 2021
Alaska Div. Forestry

A fire that broke out on Kostino Road in the vicinity of Nikolaevsk Monday morning drew a response from the State Division of Forestry, and fire departments from Anchor Point and as far away as Ninilchik and Homer.
    According to the Alaska Wildland Fire Information site, the half-acre fire was reported to Alaska State Troopers around 11 a.m.
    Though classified as a grass fire, upon arriving on-scene, firefighters found one out-building had already been destroyed, and three motor vehicles were on fire.


Homer Unified Command delivered their regular report to Homer City Council on Monday night. KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson has this recap.

Emma Hill

May 24, 2021
Emma Hill
Asia Freeman / Bunnell Street Arts Center

From her roots of growing up in the small Alaskan village of Sleetmute to her worldwide travels, Anchorage-based singer/songwriter Emma Hill has worked hard to secure a name for herself as a force in the music world. Her recent album Magnesium Dreams weaves together songs with sonic dreamscapes, Parisian jazz, and indie pop ballads into a single cohesive work. Splitting her time between tour and working within the local Anchorage music scene, she’s shown her dedication to keeping music alive wherever she goes.

City of Homer

The Homer City Council has a regular meeting scheduled for tonight, as well as a committee of the whole meeting, but city hall is still lacking some crucial equipment to allow councilmembers to meet in person. The city’s Jenny Carroll explained it on Thursday’s Covid Brief.
    “We are just like  many supply chains around the  country are experiencing this  anywhere from police vehicles all the way down,” she said. “It's a long wait for materials these days. And I'm really sorry that the timing has worked out that way, but that's what we are up against at this point.”