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.

Smithsonian Institute

On this week's Coffee Table, meet the candidates for mayor of Homer for the October 6, 2020 municipal election.

Challenger, Councilmember Donna Aderhold and incumbent Mayor Ken Castner talk about their candidacies and take questions from the listeners.
 

Smithsonian Institute

Voting accessibility is on the ballot for the October 6th Borough elections. Borough Proposition Two would repeal the hybrid vote by mail system passed by the Assembly in 2019. The Assembly was responding to the report and recommendations of the Election Stakeholders Group when they passed an ordinance to institute vote by mail, borough-wide.

The Stakeholders Group was created by the Borough in response to a case before the Alaska Human Rights Commission concerning a Homer voter who was unable to vote a secret ballot due to their disability.

Kelly Cooper

On this week's Coffee Table, the guest is Kelly Cooper.

Cooper is the current Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly President. She’s challenging incumbent Sarah Vance for District 31 Representative to the Alaska House of Representatives in the November election.

Cooper took questions from the listeners and laid out her platform. Click on the link to hear the show.

Kenai Peninsula Votes

This week on Coffee Table, a rebroadcast of the candidate’s forum for House District 31 in the August 18th primary.

The program aired live on KBBI Tuesday, August 11, 2020. It features primary candidates for US Senate, US House, State Senate and State House.
The forum was produced by Kenai Peninsula Votes with technical assistance from the Homer Public Library and moderated by Sean Cambell.

City of Homer

In Part One of this week's Coffee Table, Homer Wastewater Superintendent Todd Cook and Mariana Matus, CEO and cofounder of Biobot Analytics in Cambridge, Massachusetts, talk about Biobot's wastewater testing project to detect coronavirus in Homer.

In Part Two, Cook takes questions from the listeners and talks about the reservoir, what makes good drinking water and about the latest Water Quality Report for the City of Homer.
 

 

On this edition of The Coffee Table:

KBBI General Manager Josh Krohn and Loren Barrett, Development Director talk about new projects and equipment upgrades at the station with an assist from KBBI Board President Wayne Aderhold.

And Senior Producer Jeff Lockwood previews this weekend’s Concert On Your Lawn!
 

AK Division of Forestry

Wildfire season is underway, and on this edition of the Coffee Table you'll hear tips and strategies for prevention and preparedness from from Howard Kent from the Alaska Department of Natural Resources,  Chief Mark Kirko of Homer Fire and EMS
Chief Jon Marsh from  Anchor Point VFD and
Chief Bob Cicciarella of Kachemak Emergency Service Area.

 

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.

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  

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:

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.

NASA

This week's discussion centers on a community proposal to form a commission that contributes to the Kenai Peninsula Borough's Comprehensive Plan.
The proposal will go before the assembly in May.
Guests:
Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Member Willy Dunne, Penelope Haas from Kachemak Bay Conservation Society, and Scott Waterman of Spirited Energy Ventures.

CDC

The Coffee Table is in two parts this week. First, Dr. Rob Downey and Public Health Nurse Lorne Carroll answer listener questions on the virus, health and wellness.
In the second half, Pastor Aaron Weisser from Church on the Rock Homer and Mike Miller, Executive Director of the Homer Foundation, talk about their respective funds for local individuals and organizations.
To donate to or apply for individual relief funds, go to ilovehomer.org/
To donate to The Homer Foundations's COVID-19 Response Fund, go to

Mike Ilg, Director of Homer Community Schools, is the city's new coordinator for local relief and response to COVID-19. He talks about access to services and checks-in with Homer Church on the Rock, The Homer Foundation, Homer Chamber of Commerce, and Green Dot Homer, The Homer Community Food Pantry and The Salvation Army.

For a master list of phone numbers of resources for food, food deliveries, rental and utility assistance, go to https://www.cityofhomer-ak.gov/covid19

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