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.

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.

Schedules and travel information are available at

If you have questions about reservations, please visit or contact the AMHS reservation call center by dialing 1-907-465-3941 or toll-free at 1-800-642-0066.

Service notices may be found at



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.