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

Voting accessibility is on the ballot for the October 6th Borough elections. Borough Proposition Two would repeal the hybrid vote by mail system passed by the Assembly in 2019. The Assembly was responding to the report and recommendations of the Election Stakeholders Group when they passed an ordinance to institute vote by mail, borough-wide.

The Stakeholders Group was created by the Borough in response to a case before the Alaska Human Rights Commission concerning a Homer voter who was unable to vote a secret ballot due to their disability.

Kelly Cooper

On this week's Coffee Table, the guest is Kelly Cooper.

Cooper is the current Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly President. She’s challenging incumbent Sarah Vance for District 31 Representative to the Alaska House of Representatives in the November election.

Cooper took questions from the listeners and laid out her platform. Click on the link to hear the show.

City of Homer

During the COVID-19 Incident Command Report at last night's Homer City Council meeting , Derotha Ferraro from South Peninsula Hospital updated the council with the latest numbers.

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Jenny Carroll, from the City of Homer and Derotha Ferraro, spokesperson for South Peninsula Hospital answer questions from the listeners and talk about City CARES Act funding, update the local data on COVID-19 and navigate the Kenai Peninsula School District's webpage.
You can access the school district's data set for determining whether classes will meet, day to day, at 
kpbsd.k12.ak.us/communications.
 

Kenai Peninsula Votes

This week on Coffee Table, a rebroadcast of the candidate’s forum for House District 31 in the August 18th primary.

The program aired live on KBBI Tuesday, August 11, 2020. It features primary candidates for US Senate, US House, State Senate and State House.
The forum was produced by Kenai Peninsula Votes with technical assistance from the Homer Public Library and moderated by Sean Cambell.

State of Alaska

Teachers and administrators are already back to work. They're preparing for students to return to classrooms on August 24. How will schools be able to keep students and workers safe?On this weeks COVID-19 Brief,  Principal Kari Dendurent from Homer Middle School, Pegge Erkeneff, spokesperson for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, and Doug Waclawski, principal at Homer High School take questions from the listeners.

National Museum of American History

Absentee in-person voting for the State of Alaska primary commenced on Monday, August 3, and will continue through Monday, August 17.

The clerk’s office at Homer City Hall on Pioneer Avenue is now open Monday through Friday - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for in-person voting. Primary election day is Tuesday, August 18.

Rachel Tussey from the City of Homer spoke with KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson on Monday evening. Tussey said the City is requesting people wear masks but not requiring them.

CDC

At last night’s Homer City Council meeting, the council extended the City of Homer Disaster Emergency Declaration to October 27, 2020. And, they inched closer to a mask mandate.

Mayor Ken Castner said he spoke with Governor Dunleavy on several teleconferences last Wednesday through Monday, about a letter the council sent last month to the governor, requesting a statewide mask mandate or the power to declare masks mandatory in Homer. Dunleavy declined to mandate masks for the whole state but affirmed that the City of Homer can require masks.

City of Homer

This Sunday, July 19 is the deadline to register to vote in the State of Alaska primary election. The primary elections are on August 18.

There are several contested races to determine candidates for election to US Congress and Alaska State Legislature, Senate and House districts on the Peninsula and across Kachemak Bay.

If you’re getting a PFD check, you may already be registered. The State allows eligible people to automatically register to vote when they apply for the Alaska Permanent Fund.

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In the summer months, it’s easy to see how taking advantage of up to 19 hours of sunlight a day to harness energy, can lower energy costs.

City of Homer

In Part One of this week's Coffee Table, Homer Wastewater Superintendent Todd Cook and Mariana Matus, CEO and cofounder of Biobot Analytics in Cambridge, Massachusetts, talk about Biobot's wastewater testing project to detect coronavirus in Homer.

In Part Two, Cook takes questions from the listeners and talks about the reservoir, what makes good drinking water and about the latest Water Quality Report for the City of Homer.
 

 

    One man is dead after he and two others capsized in a 14-foot aluminum skiff near China Poot Bay Wednesday morning. The three men were recovered from the water a few miles off the Homer Spit by good Samaritan vessels that responded from nearby and the Homer Harbor.
    Skipper Malcolm Milne of the fishing vessel Captain Cook was making a seine set nearby when his crew heard over the VHF radio there were people in the water. He told KBBI’s Kathleen Gustafson what happened next.

CDC

Jenny Carroll, Information Officer for the City of Homer, Nurse Lorne Carroll from the Homer Public Health Clinic, Derotha Ferraro of South Peninsula Hospital, and Jody Mastey, administrator for the SBERG loan program are the guests this week. Every Thursday morning at 9:00 a.m. KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson and representatives from the Homer Unified Command answer listener questions live on the air. If you have questions for the panel, email them to kathleen@kbbi.org.

CDC

Jenny Carroll, Information Officer for the City of Homer, Nurse Lorne Carroll from the Homer Public Health Clinic, Pegge Erkeneff from Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and Derotha Ferraro of South Peninsula Hospital discuss the latest from the Homer Unified Command and answer listener questions about COVID relief funds, the fall semester and who qualifies for a COVID test.
Go to the City of Homer's COVID-19 page for links and information.

AHFC

If you’ve been unable to pay your rent or mortgage due to being out of work for the last few months, the State of Alaska may have some relief for you.

To receive a payment, you’ll have to be able to demonstrate that you lost wages due to COVID-19.
 
The State allocated ten million dollars in federal CARES Act funding for rental assistance and mortgage relief.

The Alaska Housing Finance Corporation is managing that program and the deadline to apply is Friday evening  - one minute before midnight at 11:59 p.m.

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