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.

Ways to Connect


Governor Mike Dunleavy was in Homer on Thursday to address the  Alaska State Home Builders Association at their conference at Land’s End Resort.  KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson was there and filed this report.


The work of supporting survivors of domestic violence happens year round. But as it is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, South Peninsula Haven House staff appeared on The Coffee Table on Wednesday morning with KBBI’s Kathleen Gustafson to talk about strategies for ending domestic violence and about support systems for survivors and their families.
Haven House is located at 3776 Lake Street in Homer. Their 24 hour help line is 235-8943.



When a family loses their belongings to fire, when a service member comes home, when a kid needs to sit for a filmed, forensic interview at Haven House, Kachemak Bay Quilters make quilts to help everyone feel safe and welcome. KBBI’s Kathleen Gustafson visited their weekly meeting at Kachemak City Center, for this story.

To nominate anyone who has served in any branch of the armed forces for a Quilt of Valor. The application is at qovf.org. 

Kenai Peninsula Borough election results show 17.75 % of eligible voters voted in yesterday’s election.

Both propositions on the borough ballot failed.

On Prop 1. "Should the city move to a borough manager form of government?"
57 %  of borough voters cast a N0 vote.
43 %  voted Yes.    

Prop 2. would have raised the sales tax cap from $500 to $1000. It also failed
with No votes making  55 %  of the total
and Yes votes bringing in 45%.

City of Homer

On this two-part Coffee Table, first, you'll hear from incumbent candidates for Homer City Council, Shelly Erickson and Tom Stroozas. In the second half, guests are candidates Joey Evensen and Storm Hansen-Cavasos. The election is Tuesday, October 1.   Correction: In the on-air version of the show with guests Shelly Erickson and Tom Stroozas, host Kathleen Gustafson incorrectly stated that Councilmember Shelly Erickson signed the 2017 petition to recall three Homer City Council members.

Homer Chamber of Commerce

The candidates for Homer City Council met in the Homer Public Library Wednesday, September 25, 2019 for a candidate forum sponsored by the library and the Homer Chamber of Commerce. Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Member Kelly Cooper was the moderator.
Questions were sourced from the audience and from the community at-large. The event was broadcast live on KBBI. Click on the links below to hear a recording of the forum.


A cowbell rings the market open every Saturday morning at 10. Shoppers stroll the market stalls. Most carry baskets and reusable bags they are filling with produce and locally made items.

Margaret Lavigueur is often at the market representing Kachemak Bay Lions Club. Today, she's selling tickets for the market’s Thanksgiving turkey raffle and she's checking in with the Yes to Better Bags booth right next to her raffle table. Lavigueur says she'll vote yes to ban single-use plastic bags in Homer.


Today is a travel day for Katie Gavenus. She’s the program director at the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies in Homer. Often, when she’s packing she’s headed for Peterson Bay Field Station or to join the crew of the Tiglax. But today, she’s flying to Norway to join the MOSAiC Expedition, organized by The Alfred Wegner Institute based in Bremerhaven, Germany.

Homer Chamber of Commerce

The Homer Chamber of Commerce Halibut Jackpot Derby will come to an end after this Sunday.
Since 1996, the chamber has been awarding prizes for the largest halibut caught in the Homer area and for catching and releasing tagged halibut.
Jason Schuler of Wahpeton, North Dakota is the current leader of this year's derby. He caught a 224.2 pound halibut on July 12. If no one who buys a ticket catches a bigger fish before Sunday, September 15, Schuler stands to win ten thousand dollars, plus fifty cents for each derby ticket sold.

Bay Welding

Seldovia District high tide on Tuesday of this week crested around noon and with it came a celebration and launch of the Goldbelt Seawolf, the largest vessel ever built in Homer.

The 74 foot catamaran splashed down into Kachemak Bay from Northern Enterprises vessel launch and boatyard. Bay Welding constructed the Goldbelt Seawolf. In fact, it was built entirely in Homer in less than a year. The vessel weighs 94,250 pounds and is filled with the work of the many Homer marine trades.

The New Old Time Chautauqua rolled through town this week on a tour dedicated to the memory and work of Mary Langham. Tyler Langham kicked  off the evening with a few songs, then, the Chautaquans took over.

Recorded live in the studio at KBBI on Thursday July 4th, 2019.


The Caribou Lake Fire, 25 miles northeast of Homer, is estimated to be 94% contained at 870 acres. The Alaska Department of Forestry expects to call the fire 100% contained soon.

Kachemak Emergency Services Chief Bob Cicciarella, spoke with KBBI’s Kathleen Gustafson today at noon for this update.


Chief Bob Cicciarella, from Kachemak Emergency Services, can you give an update on what's happening out at Caribou Lake?


Two seats on the Homer City Council are up for election in the October 1, 2019  municipal election. The seats are currently held by Shelly Erickson and Tom Stroozas, who were elected in 2016. Both Erickson and Stroozas have filed for the upcoming election along with two new candidates for Homer City Council, Joey Evensen and Storm Hansen.

 KBBI’s Kathleen Gustafson has this profile of Councilmember Tom Stroozas.

Potential candidates for Homer City Council can take a number of routes to prepare to serve. Tom Stroozas may have taken them all.

Shelly Erickson

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. Those seats are being challenged by first time candidates, Joey Evensen and Storm Hanson-Cavasos. KBBI’s Kathleen Gustafson sat down with Shelly Erickson to talk about her time on the council and her goals for the upcoming year.

Alaska Division of Forestry

The  burn closure for the Kenai Peninsula and Matanuska-Susitna boroughs ends as of at 8 a.m. today, Wednesday, Sept. 4.

No burn permits are currently being issued. Open burning and burn barrels still require a burn permit under an emergency order extending Alaska’s wildfire season through Sept. 30.