The Coffee Table

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.


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.
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.


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.
Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Member Willy Dunne, Penelope Haas from Kachemak Bay Conservation Society, and Scott Waterman of Spirited Energy Ventures.

Dr. Castellini

This week on The Coffee Table, turn up the volume for

Sound Connections: Marine Mammals, the Ocean and Us.

This acoustic presentation by UAF's Arctic and Antarctic researcher Dr. Michael Castellini includes audio of marine mammals above and below the water and under the ice. You'll hear sound, stories and data from both poles and a discussion on how man-made noise is increasing in an on the ocean.

Coffee Table - Homestead Kids Dec. 25, 2019

Dec 25, 2019
Walli Family

Laura Lofgren Barton and Steve Walli tell tales of homestead life in this hour-long program recorded live at the Kachemak Heritage Land Trust's annual meeting on December 12, 2019.
Homestead Kids: Tales from Stariski Creek and Diamond Ridge is a collaboration between the land trust and the Pratt Museum. It is hosted by Lynn Whitmore and recorded by KBBI's Nicole Arevalo.

Hospice of Homer

The beginning of winter is filled with celebrations from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve. This time of year can be especially hard for people who are grieving the loss of a loved one. On this week's Coffee Table, guests: Morgan Laffert and Carol Dee from Hospice of Homer talk about managing and acknowledging grief during the holidays.


Hospice of Homer is located at 265 East Pioneer Avenue.

Their phone number is (907) 235-6899.

The Coffee Table - June 12, 2019

Jun 13, 2019
Getty Images/Stockdisc via flickr

Finding affordable housing in the Homer area can be difficult. This week on the Coffee Table, we discussed how the housing and rental market has been changing, the impact of vacation rentals on our town and what changes we can expect to see in the future. Our guests are Mark Romick, deputy director of the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation, Gina Pelaia with Bay Realty and James Baisden and Brandi Harbaugh with the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

The Coffee Table - May 22, 2019

May 24, 2019
Friends of Kachemak Bay State Park

Today, we are talking about all things hiking in Kachemak Bay State Park and National Trails Day, which is on June 3. KBBI News Director Aaron Bolton is joined by retired State Park Ranger and Friends of Kachemak Bay State Park board member Rodger McCampbell, regular park volunteer Kathy Sarns and Ground Truth Trekking Executive Director Brentwood Higman.

To volunteer, call the parks office at 235-7024 or email or 

Courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough

Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce is still contemplating whether to veto $2.4 million in supplemental funding for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly approved the funding earlier this month in an effort to reduce the number of pink slips handed out to teachers by the school district as it waits for the state Legislature and the borough to approve education funding for the following year.

The Coffee Table - April 24, 2018

Apr 24, 2019
Image courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Today on the Coffee Table, we’re talking about education funding, how the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, the borough and the borough assembly are handling the uncertainty coming out of budgeting process in Juneau.


KBBI News Director Aaron Bolton is joined by Kenai Peninsula Borough School District board member Zen Kelly, Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member Willy Dunne and Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce.



Links to the school district budget documents: 

The Coffee Table - March 27, 2019

Mar 27, 2019
Terry Rensel, KBBI

Today on the Coffee Table acting Homer Fire Chief and KBBI board member, Homer Police Chief Mark Robl and  Dr. Elena Suleimani of the Alaska Earthquake Center join KBBI News Director to talk about tsunami preparedness. (Helpful links below audio) 

City of Homer preparation information:

Homer tsunami inundation maps:

The Coffee Table- March 13, 2019

Mar 15, 2019
Courtesy of the Department of Corrections

In Alaska, most people who leave prison reoffend and end up back behind bars. On this week’s Coffee Table, we discuss efforts to reduce recidivism along with the challenges and resources for those re-entering society after prison. Our guests are Audrey Cucullu, the executive coordinator for the Kenai Peninsula Reentry Coalition, Bradely Cucullu who has been out of prison for years, and Janice Weiss,  Alaska's Department of Correction’s reentry project manager.