Kathleen Gustafson

Senior Producer

Kathleen Gustafson came to Homer in 1999 and has been involved with KBBI since 2003

She is responsible for all aspects of local program and content creation, on-air and on-line, for KBBI.

When not working at the station, Kathleen teaches theater, storytelling and public speaking through Pier One Youth Theater and produces and directs local theater.

Ways to Connect

CDC

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Alaska is rapidly rising, just at the time that the City of Homer's emergency order is set to expire. According to Homer Mayor, Ken Castner, Governor Dunleavy told a meeting of mayors on Thursday, October 22, that he intends to let the State's emergency order expire on November 15. Since that call, Alaska case counts have escalated and Governor Dunleavy is scheduled to make a public statement Tuesday afternoon. 

Jenny Carroll, Information Officer for the City of Homer, Pegge Erkeneff from Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and Derotha Ferraro of South Peninsula Hospital discuss the latest from the Homer Unified Command. They answer listener questions about the City's COVID relief funds for mortgage and fisheries, about the Southern Peninsula's, now 100%, remote learning system and Derotha Ferraro from South Peninsula Hospital traces the path from swab to test results.

Smithsonian Institute

District 31 candidates for Alaska House of Representatives are the guests on this week's Coffee Table. Click on the audio below to hear incumbent Representative Sarah Vance of Homer and candidate Kelly Cooper of Kachemak City take questions from the listeners and talk about their plans for serving in the Alaska State Legislature. 

KBBI

When the tsunami warning sounded this afternoon, KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson moved to higher ground, Homer High School, to meet the evacuees for this audio postcard.

Transcript:
 

KBBI:
 Cathy Flores. Thanks for talking to me. You've got three cars and six people and a dog.

  Flores:
  This is my family. This is my son. This is my daughter, Serena, my granddaughter Mia, daughter Rosie. My daughter, Sarah, over there, and the dog, Buddy. We all live in different places. I live on Landing. She lives on Maddox. She lives on Klondike. 

Sara Berg

One year ago, on October 17, 2019,  Anesha Duffy Murnane walked out of her home on Main Street and has not been heard from since. Homer Police and Alaska State Troopers, the FBI and scores of community members commenced a massive search but have never found any trace of Duffy.

  Chief Mark Robl of the Homer Police Department says the case is still open but investigators are at a standstill unless they receive some new information. 

The Coffee Table shines a light on Domestic Violence Awareness Month this week.
Guests, from South Peninsula Haven House: Ronnie Leach - Executive Director, Kyle Darbonne - Violence Prevention Coordinator, Lindsay Collins - Director of the Children's Advocacy Center and Josh Collins - Batterers Intervention Program Coordinator. 
Also on the program, from the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District: Jane Dunn - Students in Transition Liasion.

CDC

The COVID Incident Command Team made their regular report to Homer City Council Monday night amid rising case counts across the state and the switch to remote learning at McNeil Canyon Elementary School. Schools in Seward and Moose Pass are already all  100% remote learning  and Central Peninsula schools are preparing to switch to remote learning if case counts rise. Derotha Ferraro, spokesperson for South Peninsula Hospital says that their testing has identified ten positive cases in Homer in the last ten days, one of them, an employee of the hospital. 

 

APRN

This week, Pegge Erkeneff, spokesperson for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and Derotha Ferraro of South Peninsula Hospital, answer listener questions about testing, privacy and the quarantine period for Homer High School's football team.

At the time of the show, only one of the HHS Football coaches had been confirmed positive for COVID-19. Since the show on Thursday morning, a second member of the coaching staff was confirmed positive.
 

USGS

This week's Coffee Table looks at Ballot Measure 1. a proposition on the November 3rd ballot to increase taxes on BP, Conoco Phillips, Exxon Mobil and Hilcorp Energy - on at least three oil production fields on the North Slope.

Pat Race

The City of Homer is processing applications for HERG grants, the City's household funding for COVID relief. So far, the City has recieved 56 applications and distributed about $84,000 through the program. HERG has $1.5 million dollars in the fund and the deadline for applications is Friday, October 16.

Smithsonian Institute

On this week's Coffee Table:

A recording of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce Candidates Forum recorded earlier this month between candidates for Kenai Peninsua Borough Mayor - incumbent Charlie Pierce and challenger Linda Farnsworth-Hutchings.

The race will be decided next Tuesday, October 6, in the municipal election.
 

 

CDC

The City of Homer's COVID-19 Incident Command Team checks in for their regular, live, Thursday briefing. 
Jenny Carroll, Public Information Officer for the City of Homer, Nurse Lorne Carroll from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and Derotha Ferraro, spokesperson for South Peninsula Hospital take questions from the listeners. 

City of Homer

The COVID-19 Incident Comand Team delivered their regular report to Homer City Council at Monday night's meeting. Fire and EMT Chief Mark Kirko told council he's been meeting with the city manager to to set up a plan for the City to reopen council chambers to the public. 

"I do want to say that you can expect something coming soon. If it's not prepared for you tonight then you will see it in the near future. Probably at the next meeting we'll have metrics of some sort of what that might look like as you move forward," said Chief Kirko

Smithsonian Institute

The incumbent candidates for Homer City Council appeared on The Coffee Table, Wednesday morning on KBBI. 

KBBI

On this morning's COVID-19 Brief, panelists:
Pegge Erkenef, Spokesperson for Kenai Peninsula Borough School District,
Jenny Carroll from the City of Homer,
Nurse Lorne Carroll from the Homer Public Health Center and AK State DHSS, and Derotha Ferraro from South Peninsula Hospital, answer questions from the listeners and talk about COVID immunity, CARES Act funding and safety protocols in the school system.
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