The Coffee Table

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.

The Coffee Table- January 30, 2019

Jan 30, 2019
Michael Yellow Bird

On today's Coffee Table, we look at efforts to limit and resist the effects of colonization. We discuss how artists are tackling decolonization and how indigenous people are using techniques such as mindfulness and other practices to replace feelings of hopelessness and negative thinking.

The Coffee Table - Jan. 23, 2019

Jan 23, 2019
Photo courtesy of Gary Stevens.

On this edition of the Coffee Table, KBBI News Director Aaron Bolton is joined by Sen. Gary Stevens to talk about Gov. Mike Dunleavy's first State of the State address, the governor's upcoming budget proposal and the legislative session. 

The Coffee Table- January 16, 2018

Jan 17, 2019
Alaska Gasline Development Corporation

It's been years since Alaska began working toward the AKLNG project that would pipe natural gas from the North Slope to Nikiski. Where is the project at now? And how could it impact the Homer area? On the Coffee Table, we discuss these topics with Alaska Gasline Development Corporation Senior Vice President Frank Richards, Homer City Manager Katie Koester and Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District Executive Director Tim Dillon.

Coffee Table - Dec. 19, 2018

Dec 19, 2018
Alder Seaman, KBBI

This week on the Coffee Table KBBI News Director Aaron Bolton speaks with locals participating in the Alaska Humanities Forum’s Salmon Fellows Program. Salmon fellow and commercial fisherman Catie Bursch, Program Coordinator of the Gulf Watch Alaska program and salmon fellow Donna Aderhold and Director of the Alaska Humanities Forum Kameron Perez-Verdia all provide their perspectives on issues of equity and control within the salmon-people system here in Alaska, 

The Coffee Table- Dec. 5, 2018

Dec 5, 2018
Renee Gross, KBBI News

The holiday season is upon us. But it’s not an easy time for everyone. This week on the Coffee Table: coping with grief during the holidays. Jessica Golden,  executive director of Hospice of Homer, Carol Dee, the coordinator of hospice's bereavement program and administrative assistant, and Vivian Finlay, licensed marriage and family therapist and hospice volunteer joins KBBI’s Renee Gross to discuss how to take care of yourself and others this holiday season.

The Coffee Table - Nov. 14, 2018

Nov 14, 2018
Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

Today on the Coffee Table, we're talking about the Kachemak Bay State Park draft management plan. The public comment period on the plan ends Friday at 11:59 p.m. KBBI News Director Aaron Bolton speaks with DNR spokesperson Monica Alvarez, Robert Archibald who sits on both the Kachemak Bay State Park Citizen Advisory and Friends of Kachemak Bay State Park boards, and True North Adventures guiding business owner Alison O’Hara. 

The Coffee Table: November 7, 2018

Nov 8, 2018

The  Coffee Table Book Club convenes this week to review and recommend books for your winter reading list. Author Dana Stabenow is the guest. You can link to her list of all the books discussed on the program at: