Coffee Table

Wednesday mornings 9-10 a.m.

Coffee Table is KBBI's local interview program. You can be a part of the conversation by calling 235-7721, in the Homer area, or email kathleen@kbbi.org.

June is LGBTQ Pride month and this week on the Coffee Table, you'll hear from Pride organizers in Homer, Soldotna and Seward about events and activism across the Kenai Peninsula this month and next.

 

Host: Kathleen Gustafson and guests:

The Southern Kenia Peninsula Opioid Task Force shared a recording of their recent presentation of resources on KBBI's Coffee Table on Wednesday.

The presentation, Help is Here, features representatives from area treatment centers and organizations dedicated to reducing drug use and treating addiction on the Peninsula.


The presentation has been lightly edited.
It is introduced by Stephanie Sitwell of the  SKP Opioid Task Force and includes presentations by:

KBBI file photo

The Pratt Museum, and now Park as well, is practically a Homer landmark. Find out how the staff at our home-grown museum are leading the facility and it's surrounding acres into the future on Coffee Table with host Jay Barrett.

KBBI

The snow melts revealing our gardens, awaking from a long winter. For this Coffee Table, producer of KBBI's Homer Grown, Desiree Hagen is the guest host. Joining her in the studio is Kyra Wagner of Homer Soil and Water Conservation District and Francie Roberts, master gardener and former president of Homer Garden Club. They answer gardening questions generated by Desiree and the listeners. 

Renee Gross, KBBI News

With the number of local parks and the amount of recreation both residents and visitors engage in around Homer, you’d think the city had a robustly-staffed parks and recreation department. But that’s not the case. Parks is a one-person division under Public Works, while Community Recreation is a one-person division in the city manager’s office. But together, Matt Steffy and Mike Illg, the superintendent of parks and the manager of recreation, respectively, and with the help of an army of volunteers, make it work.

Jarl Gustafson

In advance of this Friday and Saturday’s spring membership drive, KBBI General Manager Josh Krohn,  Development Director Loren Barrett and Board of Directors President Nicole Arevelo join host Kathleen Gustafson to talk about KBBI’s finances, business plan and goals.

Listen for excerpts from KBBI shows and collaborations: Check the Pantry, Homer Grown, Green Dot Minute, Shakespearian sonnets and insults from Pier One Theatre's Mud Bay Bards and a song from last week's musical performance by Matt Hopper, broadcast live from Bunnell Street Arts Center.
 


 

HEA

This week's Coffee Table looks at the 2021 Homer Electric Association annual meeting and board of directors elections.

Meet Keriann Baker, new spokesperson for Homer Electric Association and find out about next month’s HEA annual meeting and the HEA board elections. Ballots arrived in the mail last week. Baker and HEA Board members Erin McKittrick and Jim Levine take  questions from the listeners. And, meet HEA Board candidate in District 3,  Louie Flora.

USFWS

Join Lyn Maslow from Friends of the Homer Public Library in celebrating the 2021 Lifelong Learners, Deb Lowney and Larry Dunn.


You'll hear from the honorees and from guests, Library Director, Dave Berry and Children's Librarian, Claudia Haines, with tributes from Dave Brann, Sean Campbell and Wendy Todd.
 

HCOA

The arts community in Homer continues to find ways to adapt and thrive, even in the context of an epidemic.

On this episode of Coffee Table, join host, Kathleen Gustafson and guests:
Scott Bartlett - Executive Director of Homer Council on the Arts
Asia Freeman - Artistic Director at Bunnell Street Arts Center
Erin Hollowell - representing  Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference and Story Knife

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.

 

Kasitsna Bay Lab

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

Coffee Table: Behind the Mask - Our Stories

Feb 24, 2021
Christina Whiting

When the coronavirus pandemic struck America a year ago, Homer writer and photographer Christina Whiting didn't hunker down. Instead, she set off across the Western states to collect stories for her project "Behind the Mask - Our Stories." She spoke with KBBI's Jay Barrett.

Coffee Table - Feb. 17, 2021: Black History in Alaska with Skywalker Payne

Feb 17, 2021
Homer Public Library

Coffee Table is celebrating Black History Month with a visit from local storyteller and activist Skywalker Payne.

HPL

Coffee Table is celebrating Black History Month with a visit from local storyteller and activist Skywalker Payne.

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Sea star wasting syndrome has been observed and documented in Kachemak Bay since 2013. The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies in Homer, Coastwatch Alaska and other local research groups have watched and noted as sunflower sea stars declined by over 90%.
Last month, the International Union for Conservation of Nature listed the sunflower star as critically endangered. Even after seven years of study, scientists have not been able to determine the cause of the wasting disease.

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