Kathleen Gustafson

Interim News Director

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.

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AK Division of Forestry

The North Fork Fire is now surrounded by a containment line and at Caribou Lake, additional crew arrived today to try and establish a line around the hundred acre fire. KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson spoke with
Public Information Officer Sarah Saarloos, from the AK Division of Forestry at 3 p.m. for this update.

AK Division of Forestry

KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson spoke with Andy Alexandreau, Public Information Officer with the AK Division of Forestry at noon today, Tuesday, for this update on the Caribou Lake Fire which is now estimated at 100 acres.

The latest from the North Fork Fire, six miles northwest of Homer is that a
Zigzag Hotshot crew of twenty from Oregon reported for duty this morning.
The hotshots join the twenty one member Chugachmiut’s Yukon Wildland
Fire Crew to lay firehose on the dozer line that encircles the fire.

Carey Restino

Howie Kent, Fire Management Officer with Alaska Division of Forestry in Soldotna, spoke with KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson at nine this morning to update the status of the North Fork and Caribou Lake fires.

All right, let's start with the North Fork fire. So that fire, we've got dozer line around a hundred percent that fire. We're not calling it contained just yet because there's still some active fire within the perimeter.

Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Mgmt.

As of 2 p.m Monday, August 19, The North Fork Fire is estimated at 25 to 30 acres, moving primarily to the south. KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson spoke with Alaska Division of Forestry Public Information Officer Sarah Saarloos for this update.

Carey Restino

Update at 9:00 a.m. Monday:
Click on the audio below for an update from Kachemak Emergency Services Chief Bob Cicciarella. 
Howie Kent, Fire Management Officer with the Alaska Division of Forestry said that no cause has been determined for the fire as yet. The North Fork fire is now estimated at 10 to 12 acres. 21 personnel are working on the fire. 2 Bulldozers have been ordered to work this morning and their helicopters come on shift at 10 this morning. Kent says that forestry's goal is to have the fire contained by Monday afternoon.

Mckenzie Hansen and Kaitlyn Anderson were singing on the spit this past Sunday. They invited KBBI to turn on the field recorder and this is what we captured. Here's Summer Days, written by Mckenzie Hansen and her dad, Craig Hansen. 


Keeping the community ready to respond to emergencies means training and keeping local volunteers. EMT training and firefighter training starts next month at The Homer Volunteer Fire Department and at The Anchor Point Volunteer Fire Department. Kachemak Emergency Services, east of Homer, will begin their training in January of 2020. KBBI’s Kathleen Gustafson spoke with local trainers, EMTs and first responders for this story.



After one month on the job, a month that has seen a plane crash, a few capsized boats and daily smoke advisories, the new chief of the Homer Volunteer Fire Department invited KBBI’s Kathleen Gustafson to visit the firehouse on Pioneer Avenue to talk about his work and what it takes to train and maintain Homer’s first responders.

James Case, Wikimedia Commons

A test of the National Emergency Alert System will take place on Wednesday, August 7, at around 10:20 a.m. You won’t hear the tsunami sirens or get an alert on your phone. This is a test of broadcast announcements – radio and television – not internet or text messaging.

For the southern Kenai Peninsula, KBBI is the only radio station that’s part of the Emergency Alert System. Tune in tomorrow to AM 890 at home or in your car. If you don’t have a radio at home, it’s time to get an emergency radio, preferably a crank model so you don’t have to rely on batteries or solar energy.

City of Homer

Two seats on the Homer City Council are in contention for the October 1, 2019  Municipal Election. The seats are currently held by Shelly Erickson and Tom Stroozas who were elected in 2016. Erickson and Stroozas have both filed for re-election.


Kenai Peninsula residents traveled from as far away as Soldotna in hopes of recalling Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy. Organizers from Homer set up tables in WKFL Park on Thursday, August 1. Between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. they collected over 400 signatures. KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson attended the rally to ask the people in attendance why they want to recall Alaska's Governor.

Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management

The National EAS Test will take place next week on Wednesday, August 7.
The Emergency Alert System will send a test to radio and television stations. In preparation for this test, KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson hosted a discussion on emergency preparedness with Homer’s Volunteer Fire Department  Chief Mark Kirko, outgoing fire chief, Robert Purcell, Lieutenant Ryan Browning from the Homer Police Department and Dan Nelson from the Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management. 

Homer Senior Citizens Inc.

Thirteen senior citizens who live at Homer Senior Center facilities face eviction because of their inability to pay rent due to The State of Alaska’s elimination of the state Senior Benefits Program. KBBI’s Kathleen Gustafson spoke with Pat Melone, the president of the board of directors of Homer Senior Citizens Inc.  

District P Senator Gary Stevens of Kodiak called from Juneau on Monday after the senate gaveled out. He spoke with KBBI’s Kathleen Gustafson for this Legislative Update.

Office of Rep. Stutes

Alaska State Representative Louise Stutes says that reversing budget cuts to the Alaska Marine Highway System is her priority this weekend. She spoke with KBBI’s Kathleen Gustafson for this Legislative Update. Representative Stutes’ constituents in Seldovia and Halibut Cove can contact her at rep.louise.stutes@akleg.gov. or call her office at (907) 465-3271. To join in Monday’s teleconference, the toll-free number to call is: 1 (515) 604-9000  - Access Code 279613.