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

South Peninsula Hospital

With temperatures forecast to fall below zero this weekend, give a thought to adults, teens and children in the Homer area who sleep outside, or in their vehicles, or anywhere they can find.

Project Homeless Connect is happening at Homer United Methodist Church next Wednesday, January 29. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with hot lunch served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m

Rika Mouw

Artist Ronald Senungetuk of Homer died on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 after a long illness. He was born in 1933 in Kinigin, Wales, Alaska in a traditional sod house. He attended Mt. Edgecumbe School in Sitka. Ron Senungetuk was Inupiat, a sculptor, silversmith and wood carver of massive cultural influence as an artist, educator and mentor.

On a Fulbright scholarship in Oslo,  Norway beginning in 1960 he both met his wife Turid and was offered and accepted a position at University of Alaska Fairbanks in the budding metalsmithing program.

Kenai Peninsula College

The third Monday in January is Dr. Martin Luther King Day. It's also Alaska Civil Rights Day. To mark the day and to spark a local conversation about civil rights in Alaska, Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College invited Salamatof tribal leader Jonathon Ross to present as a part of their monthly, Public Square speakers series.
Ross spoke about the Dena’ina people of Tikahtnu, Cook Inlet. He laid out their traditional territory, and talked about why it matters what geographic locations and villages are called.

The Norton Family

The Mariner Theater at Homer High School was filled to capacity on Sunday, January 19, 2020 for a celebration of the life of Gary Thomas. The Homer and Anchor Point Fire and Emergency and Kachemak Emergency Services crews stood at attention for the entire ceremony. Thomas's colleagues and friends sent him off with stories and remembrances. 
Click on the links below to hear audio from 1991 of Thomas recounting the early days of KBBI public radio, and to hear, Ode to Gary Thomas, written by Kathy Steberl.
You can see the livestream of the entire service at:

This Saturday in Homer, there will be a march and rally to commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of women’s suffrage – that is, the right to vote. In 1920, that meant only the whitest, most privileged women were granted the right to vote. KBBI’s Kathleen Gustafson spoke to Julia Person, one of the organizers of Homer Women Rising to talk about the need to reach out to Native women. Person says the goal of the march is not just to celebrate.

KBBI

KBBI founding volunteer Gary Thomas died Tuesday evening. Thomas was checking on a friend’s house off Cottonwood Hill Ave near East End Road. According to Alaska State Troopers, Thomas was found by using a phone location app after he was late getting home. The initial investigation indicates there was a water heater explosion that caused Thomas’s fatal injuries. The state fire marshal is investigating.

City of Homer

At Monday night’s Homer City Council meeting, the council passed a resolution opposing the repeal on the ban on personal watercraft in Kachemak Bay and Fox River Flats Critical Habitat Area. About 20 people offered public comment on the repeal. The resolution passed with only Councilmember Heath Smith voting against the resolution.

State of Alaska

District 31 Representative Sarah Vance held public meetings last week in  Ninilchik, at McNeil Canyon School, at the Anchor Point VFW and at Kachemak Bay Campus in Homer. 

US Fish and Wildlife Service

Alaska's Fair Share oil tax initiative announced on Thursday that they have collected the required 40,000 signatures to place their initiative on the ballot. The initiative aims to amend existing laws, most notably Senate Bill 21 A, to increase Alaskan's share of production revenues by increasing the gross tax rate and eliminating net tax credits.
Update:
This story has been updated to include initiative sponsor and attorney, Robin Brena.

City of Seldovia

Susan B. English School in Seldovia, is unexpectedly without its food service provider.
The school sent a letter to parents yesterday.
The letter reads:
"Due to lack of food service substitutes, after today, school lunch at Susan B. English School will not be available until further notice."

DNR, State of Alaska

The Friends of Kachemak Bay State Parks has a year’s worth of celebrations and outreach planned beginning Tuesday, January 7 at 7 p.m. with an event at Islands and Ocean Visitor Center.

Roger McCambell worked in the park for 31 years.He retired five years ago and is now coordinating the celebration for the park through The Friends, a non-profit that organizes volunteers and fundraises for park maintenance, equipment and educational programs.
MacCambell is leading off the presentation:
Kachemak Bay State Park: The Past 50 Years - The Next 50 Years.

Katie Gavenus

Scientists and educators from 17 different countries are on a project in the central Arctic, embedding a German research vessel, the Polarstern, in the Arctic sea ice for a year.

Local science educator Katie Gavenus from the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies recently returned from six weeks on the Akademik Federov, a support vessel that brought in fresh scientists and technicians, planted sensors in the ice and assisted the Polarstern in gathering and sending data. She sat down with KBBI’s Kathleen Gustafson to talk about her work.

Gillfoto Creative Commons

The results are in for the 2019 Christmas Bird Count. Kachemak Bay Birders Count Coordinator, Dave Erikson sat down with KBBI’s Kathleen Gustafson on Monday for some number crunching, a bit of history, a colony of robins, and an orange-crowned warbler. 

For a complete breakdown on the 2019 Christmas Bird Count, and to find out about birding on the peninsula, go to kachemakbaybirders.org
 

South Peninsula Hospital

A Homer man died by gunshot early Tuesday at his home on Main Street.
Homer police received a call just before 5 a.m. that Aaron Gray, age 30, had suffered a gunshot wound. He was taken to South Peninsula Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

According to Homer Police, an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death and an investigation is underway but no charges have been filed in the shooting which was reported as a suicide.

Gray was a local cook and newly certified EMT with the Homer Volunteer Fire Department.

Wikimedia Commons

Vessels all over coastal Alaska have been without their trusted source of contact with the U. S. Coast Guard for months. The Coast Guard's VHF-FM reception towers are degraded and calls on VHF-FM Channel 16 are not being received by Coast Guard communication centers.

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