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

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To examine a culture, the first places to look are its food and music. The Pratt Museum in Homer is hosting a series of potlucks where people can share food, play music and tell stories…about local food and music. Scott Bartlett is Curator of Exhibits at the Pratt. Bartlett says they are collecting local food and music traditions.
"If you want to introduce your community to visitors and family and friends, that is what you share with them,” said Bartlett.

Lorne Carroll

With a confirmed case of measles on the Kenai Peninsula, there is a lot of information that needs to be shared with the public and that means checking in with one of the Homer’s public health providers. Nurse Lorne Carroll spoke to KBBI’s Kathleen Gustafson at the Homer Public Health Center at 195 East Bunnell Avenue.

Winter Marshall-Allen

The National Education Association awarded their 2019 Social Justice Activist of the Year award to Winter Marshall-Allen. Marshall-Allen is an intensive needs teacher at Homer High School. She was presented the award during NEA’s Conference on Racial and Social Justice. Marshall-Allen is back from Houston where she attended the conference and then served as one of five representatives from the Kenai Peninsula for the NEA Representative Assembly.

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High temperatures on the Kenai Peninsula brought on an early harvest for the local peony crop.
KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson visited  some of the local peony fields and spoke to growers.

The special session of the Alaska State Legislature is split between two cities. Most legislators are in session at the capitol in Juneau, but about a third of Alaska senators and representatives followed Governor Dunleavy to Wasilla, making an override of the governor’s budget cuts an impossibility. District P Senator Gary Stevens of Kodiak spoke with KBBI’s Kathleen Gustafson by phone from Juneau about the failure to override and about what comes next in the special session for this week’s Legislative Update.

AK State Troopers

Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of a motor vehicle collision at mile 142 on the Sterling Highway on  Sunday, July 7.  Michael Frankllin, age 18, of Palmer died as a result of injuries sustained when his  Subaru collided with a truck driven by Garrett Bowley. Five passengers were in the truck. Four were transported from the scene by ground ambulance, one passenger was transported to Providence Hospital in Anchorage by LifeMed.
Troopers say an investigation is ongoing.

The Homer Community Food Pantry has devised a way to give teens in Homer access to healthy food. They coordinate with local students to have bags of non-perishable food sitting by the door at Homer High School, Homer Flex School and West Homer Elementary. Kids who have a need can just pick up a bag on their way out the door, but what happens when school is out?

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The 2019 Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference  invited  Kachemak Science to attend this June. In this episode, you'll hear bestselling author Diane Ackerman's public reading and Q & A adressing topics like, whales and neuroscience, owl pellets, and her time in the space program.  Don't miss Elena Passarello's reading from her book, Animals Strike Curious Poses, about Sackerson, the bear who achieved sports-hero status in Elizabethan England.

Senator Gary Stevens spoke with KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson about the possibility of a special session in Wasilla and about his work as chair of the legislative council and education committee for this week's Legislative Update.

Kenai Peninsula Borough

At Monday night’s Kenai Peninsula Borough Planning Commission meeting, Beachcomber LLC owner, Emmitt Trimble was granted a heavily contested permit to dig a gravel pit on his property in Anchor Point. KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson spoke with Trimble and Kenai Peninsula Borough planner Bruce Wall, the morning after the meeting.

Sandy Mazen is a familiar face to many Homer area residents. He is a longtime member of the Coast Guard Auxilliary and for many years taught the local auxiliary chapter’s Safe Boating classes.

Born in Teller, Alaska in 1928, Mazen graduated from Nome High School in 1946. At ninety-one years old, Mazen is now retired and has published a memoir,  Kiyonuk  An Arctic Alaska Boyhood. He stopped by KBBI studios yesterday for a chat with Kathleen Gustafson, beginning with a two minute reading from  Kiyonuk.

 

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Kachemak Bay Birders wrapped up their yearly shorebird monitoring  project on May 23, 2019 and sent a few representatives to KBBI for a special, live edition of Kachemak Science.
Guests,  George Matz from Kachemak Bay Birders, Nina Faust of Kachemak Crane Watch and student birder, Ally Rader talk about shorebirds, migration and nesting on Kachemak Bay.

Cook Inletkeeper

Cook Inletkeeper  observed the 30th  anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill by hosting a discussion on  building a sustainable and healthy future.

Scott Waterman/Homer Folk School

On this episode of Kachemak Science:
Meet Scott Waterman. He’s teaching a series of classes  on clean energy, renewable energy and energy efficiency for your home and business.
This Wednesday, March 6 at 6 p.m. you can attend his class on solar energy. What is involved in a solar electric or Photovoltaic (PV) system?
To find out, register at homerfolkschool.org or call (907) 841-3705

 

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This month on Kachemak Science: Invasive crayfish in Buskin Lake on Kodiak, invasive northern pike in Threemile Lake and Native subsistence strategies for eradicating invasive species…by collecting and eating them.

 

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