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

Smithsonian Institute

Outgoing chair of the District 31 Democrats, Lela Ryterski, virtually passed the gavel on Saturday at the District 31 Democratic Caucus and Eileen Bechtol began her term as chair. Bechtol led the caucus of about 25 people on Google Hangouts. To begin the meeting, Bechtol called on party member Ron Keffer to read a statement recognizing Native primacy. 

On February 4, 2020, the Alaska State Troopers post in Wasilla received a reported of sexual abuse of a minor by a family member. He was identified as Ronald Komakhuk, 53, of Anchor Point. 

City of Homer

Each Thursday during the Covid-19 crisis KBBI brings you leaders from the Homer Emergency Operations Center to update us on the current status of the pandemic in Homer. It is hosted by Kathleen Gustafson.


KBBI: You are tuned to the Thursday morning COVID-19 brief. On the line from South Peninsula Hospital is Derotha Ferraro, Jenny Carroll from the City of Homer, Public Health Nurse Lorne Carroll and Chief Kirko.

Good mornings were exchanged by everybody. 


This week's discussion centers on a community proposal to form a commission that contributes to the Kenai Peninsula Borough's Comprehensive Plan.
The proposal will go before the assembly in May.
Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Member Willy Dunne, Penelope Haas from Kachemak Bay Conservation Society, and Scott Waterman of Spirited Energy Ventures.


For the first time in Homer Electric Association’s 70 year history, they are asking members to not attend their annual meeting. HEA released a statement Friday saying that restrictions against travel and large gatherings make it highly unlikely that the meeting can be safely or lawfully held.

HEA’s bylaws require that members meet the first week of May, so they are holding the meeting, and asking members to stay home. There will be none of the usual meals, prizes and awards.
The plan is to fall short of the required 50 members present for a quorum.

South Peninsula Hospital

Elective surgeries at South Peninsula Hospital are on hold while the hospital prepares it’s response to COVID-19. That has left certified registered nurse anesthetist, Robert Austin with some time on his hands. He’s using that time to serve as the resident SPH PPE Guru, he says. 


The Coffee Table is in two parts this week. First, Dr. Rob Downey and Public Health Nurse Lorne Carroll answer listener questions on the virus, health and wellness.
In the second half, Pastor Aaron Weisser from Church on the Rock Homer and Mike Miller, Executive Director of the Homer Foundation, talk about their respective funds for local individuals and organizations.
To donate to or apply for individual relief funds, go to ilovehomer.org/
To donate to The Homer Foundations's COVID-19 Response Fund, go to

Homer Electric Association's annual meeting is still up in the air, but their board of directors election is underway. The ballots are going out to co-op members this week.

District 3  -  Kasilof south to Kachemak Bay area -  has three candidates for one seat: Troy A. Jones of Homer, Pete Kinneen of Anchor Point and incumbent Eugene Alan “Jim” Levine of Homer.


Local city, state and hospital officials called-in to KBBI on Monday night for a COVID-19 update.
Derotha Ferraro from South Peninsula Hospital says The Homer Medical Clinic on Bartlett Street is now serving as the hospital’s urgent care center and staying open until 8 p.m.
And, as of this week, more people will be eligible for a test and SPH will be adding an additional location for testing.

Derotha Ferraro from South Peninsula Hospital, Nurse Lorne Carroll from the AK Department of Public Health, Chief Mark Kirko of Homer Volunteer Fire Department and Jenny Carroll from the City of Homer join KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson for the Thursday COVID-19 Brief.

If you do not have a health care provider and are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, call the Homer Public Health offices at (907) 235-8857.

Mike Ilg, Director of Homer Community Schools, is the city's new coordinator for local relief and response to COVID-19. He talks about access to services and checks-in with Homer Church on the Rock, The Homer Foundation, Homer Chamber of Commerce, and Green Dot Homer, The Homer Community Food Pantry and The Salvation Army.

For a master list of phone numbers of resources for food, food deliveries, rental and utility assistance, go to https://www.cityofhomer-ak.gov/covid19

Guardian Flight Alaska

You’ll see and hear increased helicopter traffic around South Peninsula Hospital this week, according to SPH spokesperson Derotha Ferraro.

 Guardian Flight Services is stationing medivac helicopters on the peninsula, one will be based on the helipad at the hospital. Expect touch-and-go exercises for a few days.


South Peninsula Hospital has added a new “ No Visitors” restriction in response to COVID-19. Derotha Ferraro called in to the KBBI COVID-19 Brief on Thursday morning to talk about the changes, including closing all the “downhill” hospital entrances.

South Peninsula Hospital

Updates and information from:
Nurse Lorne Carroll from AK Department of Public Health, Chief Mark Kirko from Homer Volunteer Fire Department, Derotha Ferraro from South Peninsula Hospital, Pegge Erkeneff from Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and Jenny Carroll from the City Of Homer.
You can access updated information anytime at the City of Homer website.  http://cityofhomer-ak.gov/

City of Homer

When it comes to coronavirus, we need to flatten the curve.  We want to avoid huge spikes in infections in a short period of time. Let’s not overwhelm our healthcare system.  Flattening the curve means taking actions now that keep the virus from spreading quickly.  Don’t shake hands.  Make sure to cover your sneezes and coughs.  Wash your hands more frequently.  Call your health provider first before going in.  Telemedicine options are also highly encouraged.  Learn more at coronavirus.alaska.gov