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

Business and offices all over the Peninsula are reopening after months of mandated closures. Jenny Carroll, Communications Officer for the City of Homer says the City is not quite ready to open City Hall. She says they are putting safeguards in place to make sure the public can safely access City services and meetings.

“Well, we are making a plan where eventually in the next week or two, we'll be open at least upstairs in the main entrance of city hall and then downstairs in the clerks area, that public reception area and in Cowles Chamber,” said Carroll.

KBBI

At Tuesday night's Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting, there will be a public hearing on an ordinance to establish a vote-by-mail option for elections in the Borough. Communities all over the country are considering vote-by-mail due to the current public health crisis and because of concerns about free and fair elections. Assemblymember Willy Dunne of Fritz Creek introduced this ordinance because of a recommendation from a Borough stakeholder group that issued a report in January of 2019.

Poster by Desiree Hagen

The Homer Farmers Market opens its gates on Saturday. For over 20 years, it has been a place to connect with and support local growers and the local economy.

Market Director Robbi Mixon says they have made some changes to their policies and practices that reflect the current public health situation. Mixon recently appeared on KBBI’s Coffee Table program to talk about what the market will look like this summer.

“Our hours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and we’re asking that the first hour be reserved for our elders and folks that have a higher health risk," Mixon said.

CDC

Jenny Carroll, Information Officer for the City of Homer, Nurse Lorne Carroll from the Homer Public Health Clinic, and Derotha Ferraro of South Peninsula Hospital discuss the latest from the Homer Unified Command and answer listener questions about the 5 new cases of COVID-19  detected through tests conducted at SPH.

For updated, local, state and national information about COVID-19, go to:cityofhomer-ak.gov/covid19

Transcript:

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Kenai Peninsula Borough

Borough Assembly President Kelly Cooper and Borough Assemblymember Willy Dunne are the guests on this week's Coffee Table. 

Homer Farmers Market

This week:  not just why, but where and how to buy local in Homer this summer.
Guests:
Robbi Mixon, Alaska Food Hub, Homer Farmers Market and Alaska Farmers Market Association Director
Kyra Wagner, Homer Soil & Water District Manager
Emily Garrity from Twitter Creek Gardens  

City of Homer

Part I:
Jenny Carroll, Information Officer for the City of Homer, Nurse Lorne Carroll from the Homer Public Health Clinic, and Derotha Ferraro of South Peninsula Hospital discuss the latest from the Homer Unified Command and answer listener questions.

Part II:
Rachel Tussey from the City of Homer and Harbormaster Bryan Hawkins address issues, policies and practices specific to the Homer Harbor.

The live, on-air panel for the COVID Brief convenes every Thursday at 9 a.m. If you have questions for the panel, email them to kathleen@kbbi.org.
 

KBBI

Jenny Carroll, Information Officer for the City of Homer, Nurse Lorne Carroll from the Homer Public Health Clinic, Derotha Ferraro of South Peninsula Hospital, and Homer Fire and EMS Chief Mark Kirko discuss the latest from the Homer Unified Command and answer listener questions every Thursday at 9 a.m. If you have questions for the panel, email them to kathleen@kbbi.org.

Transcripts

Part I

Wikimedia Commons

Graduation Day for Homer High School and Homer Flex School is Monday, May 18.
You can hear the ceremonies on KBBI.
The Flex graduation program is prerecorded and begins on KBBI at 5 p.m. Monday.
Homer High School Graduation begins at 7 p.m. 
You can also watch the Homer High ceremony and a prerecorded presentation by the teachers on the HHS You Tube Channel. 
Everyone is invited to line Pioneer Avenue after the ceremony to cheer on the graduates as they roll in procession through Homer.
Click on the arrows below to hear:

PBS

At Monday night's Homer City Council meeting, the Emergency Operations Center's weekly report opened with state public health nurse, Lorne Carroll addressing the question of how COVID-19 deaths are identified and classified.

“ Per national guidance, COVID-19 should be reported on a death certificate for those who have passed, where the disease is assumed to have had a cause, or contributed to a death. So, that's according to the attending physicians’ best judgement,” said Nurse Carroll.

City of Homer

When the State of Alaska started issuing health mandates, people started buying cleaning supplies they don't ordinarily buy, like sanitary wipes and cloths.

People who already used them, like parents and caregivers, combined with people who are using them now to help keep the virus out of the house, are having an effect on sanitation and wastewater systems.

Todd Cook is Wastewater Superintendent for the City of Homer. Cook says when schools and workplaces first closed, the City's systems were tested.

PBS

The KBBI COVID Brief with Kathleen Gustafson and guests Derotha Ferraro of South Peninsula Hospital, Jenny Carroll of the City of Homer, and Nurse Lorne Carroll of the Homer Public Health Clinic discuss the latest from the Homer Unified Command and answer listener questions.

Oliver Propst original link, archived_link File on Commons (geohack)

Student life changed dramatically this semester. There was no preparation or adjustment period. After spring break, schools closed, classes changed, new habits had to form. On this episode of Coffee Table, three local seniors and one school counselor talk, from a safe distance over the phone, with KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson.

Alaska Food Hub

In winter months, it's necessary for peninsula residents to get their food from thousands of miles away but growing season is underway and the Alaska Food Hub opens its virtual doors today. This is the fifth year they’re offering 100% local produce in an online marketplace - with pick up sites in Homer, Soldotna and Seldovia.

Treatment Plant Operator Magazine

Knowing how many people in Homer have COVID-19 is crucial to safely opening up business on the peninsula. With narrow parameters for who can be tested and an initial scramble for test kits and protective equipment, local health care providers have only been able to determine so much.  KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson has the story on the city of Homer's efforts to detect COVID-19 in wastewater.

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