Jay Barrett

News Director

Jay Barrett, KBBI's new News Director should be a familiar voice to our listeners.  He's been contributing to Kenai Peninsula news for the last three years out of KDLL Kenai, and was the voice of The Alaska Fisheries Report from KMXT for 12 years. Jay worked for KBBI about 20 years ago as the Central Peninsula Reporter at KDLL. 

"I'm thrilled to be working for KBBI in Homer," Jay said.  "This wonderful station has the most incredible public support, which is more important today than ever.

"I know there are many challenges facing us here at the end of the road," Jay said, "and I am happy to be in a position to report on them to our listeners and members." 

He adds that you should always feel free to contact him with a news tip: jay@kbbi.org.

City of Homer

  The Homer City Council put into code the launching procedures for motorized personal watercraft within city limits at its meeting Monday night. It also introduced an ordinance to expand the “no wake” zone around the spit and Beluga Slough.

  Cook Inlet commercial fisheries have been under a lot of pressure lately, much of it coming from the State of Alaska and federal government. 
Homer Mayor Ken Castnter, actually mentioned the problems during Monday night’s city council meeting, when he described talking with Governor Mike Dunleavy.
“And it was a 40 minute conversation. Mayor Ryan Gabriel from Kenai joined in and both of us again, expressed our dismay about the North Pacific management council's actions on closing Lower Cook Inlet to commercial fishing,” Castner said.

Jay Barrett/KBBI

  The City of Homer Public Works Department spent all of Thursday repairing a water main break on Lucky Shot Street in downtown Homer.

A large portion of Lucky Shot and nearby Bonanza and Grubstake avenues were without water service as repairs were done, which required digging a 10-foot-deep pit and the removal of several dump truck loads of dirt.

Emilie Springer

It’s time now for a commentary from the community. This week, as the election season turns into the waiting season, Emilie Springer contemplates language and context in our discourse, public and private.

Commentaries do not necessarily reflect the opinions of KBBI’s board, staff, or sponsors.

KBBI welcomes thoughtful commentary from the community. If you would like to respond or have something to share, contact KBBI News. 


  Monday evening the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District announced that 13 Southern Peninsula Schools were moving to 100 percent remote learning today (October 20). The reason: rising COVID-19 case counts in the area have pushed the South Peninsula up to the high risk “red” category in the district’s ratings matrix.

Homer celebrates Juneteenth at WKFL Park

Jun 19, 2020

The first Juneteenth celebration to be held in Homer will take place at WKFL Park today.
Juneteenth honors the day news reached Texas that the Civil War was officially over and that those enslaved in America were free by law. That was 155 years ago and more than two year after the passing of the Emancipation Proclamation.