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

Cases of COVID-19 in Alaska are on the rise and likely to increase with spring break travelers returning home this week.


According to Nurse Lorne Carroll from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, the State of Alaska is still experiencing widespread community transmission with many undetected cases and undetected outbreaks.  Alaska is at what DHSS classifies as a high rate of infection. 

CDC

This morning on The COVID-19 Brief, Derotha Ferraro from South Peninsula Hospital, Jenny Carroll - Information Officer for the City of Homer and Nurse Lorne Carroll from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services answer questions from the listeners about vaccine availability, about the Pfizer vaccine for teenagers and about the safety of the vaccine for pregnant women and people who are trying to become pregnant.
 

Jenny Neyman

Solid waste, recycling and composting  are up for discussion with The Kenai Peninsula Borough Resilience and Security Advisory Commission Solid Waste Committee members, Randy Arndt and Alexandra Ravelo

You'll also hear an interview with Dan Kort, Solid Waste Director at Central Peninsula Landfill.

To find out more about the Resilience and Security Commission, access links to their meetings and contact the commission members go the the KPB website.

 

CDC

COVID-19 vaccine is available now at several locations on the Southern Kenai Peninsula for people who qualify. Anyone over the age of 55 can get the vaccine along with essential workers of any age, people who live in multigenerational households and people who work in congregate settings.


Dr. Rob Downey is hosting a series of six, half-hour conversations  with Nurse Lorne Carroll.

On Sundays at 3 p.m. they talk about COVID-19 from a public health perspective on COVID Riff.

Click on the audio below to hear episode 2, a discussion of why Alaska Natives and minorities are at higher risk for all facets of COVID-19.
 

Support for the production of COVID Riff comes from Ulmer's Drug and Hardware and South Peninsula Hospital.

Pat Race/State of Alaska

This morning on the regular, Thursday Covid Brief, Derotha Ferraro from South Peninsula Hospital lists the upcoming vaccine clinics and locations.

City of Homer spokesperson Jenny Carroll talks about CARES Act fisheries and renter's aid. 

Nurse Lorne Carroll from the Homer Public Health Center answers questions from the listeners about vaccine reactions and effectiveness.
 

Kasitsna Bay Lab

The Kachemak Bay Science Conference and Kenai Peninsula Fish Habitat Symposium will be March 15th through the 18th .

CDC

Over 100 people made appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, for next week's vaccination clinics at Homer High School and at South Peninsula Hospital's Test and Vaccine Site at 4120 Bartlett Street. SPH Spokesperson, Derotha Ferraro says 120 people signed up in the first two hours on Monday but there are still over 300 appointments available for eligible people and the hospital website scheduling portal is active 24 hours a day. 

CDC

Registration begins today, Monday, March 1 at noon for the next COVID-19 vaccination clinic organized by Homer Incident Command.


There are over 500 appointments available for a clinic on Friday, March 12 at Homer High School, and 200 appointments available at South Peninsula Hospital's COVID Vaccine and Test Center on March 9, 10, 11, 16 and 17.
 

KBBI

Dr. Rob Downey is hosting a series of six, half-hour conversations  with Nurse Lorne Carroll.

For the next six Sundays at 3 p.m. they'll talk about COVID-19 from a public health perspective on COVID Riff.

Click on the audio below to hear episode 1, meet your hosts, learn about the protein ApoE4 and about the role of public health in any pandemic.

Support for the production of COVID Riff comes from Ulmer's Drug and Hardware and South Peninsula Hospital.

KBBI

This week on the Covid Brief, host Kathleen Gustafson welcomes panelists Lorne Carroll, Derotha Ferraro, Jenny Carroll and Pegge Erkeneff.

State of Alaska

KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson spoke District P Senator Gary Stevens of Kodiak on Thursday afternoon. The Senator was in his office in the capitol in Juneau. He'd just come from a  remote meeting with Homer's city manager and harbormaster where he said he discussed port expansion and the Homer DMV.  
 

CDC

On this morning's COVID-19 Brief, panelists:

Jay Barrett/KBBI

Alaskans on the Southern Kenai Peninsula who are newly eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine are waiting for healthcare providers to receive their allotment of doses for the month of March.

CDC

The State of Alaska has expanded vaccine eligibility as of today, February 11. To find out if you're eligible and to learn about vaccine availability in your area, go to the State's COVID Vaccine Status page. 
 

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