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The city of Soldotna could join the list of Alaska communities that have banned plastic shopping bags. An ordinance to do just that will be introduced at the March 28th council meeting.

 

Everyone seems hopeful about the future both on the Kenai Peninsula and for the state as a whole. But simply being welcoming to new businesses or industries isn’t enough.

 

 


A childhood disease that made a comeback last year, especially in Alaska and Hawaii has picked back up again after a slight dip in January. The latest number of mumps cases reported to the Alaska Section of Epidemiology is 306.

None, however, have yet been confirmed on the Kenai Peninsula, according to Dr. Amanda Tiffany, an epidemiologist with the state in Anchorage.

Really, try to stay at home, and try to stay away from your family and your friends that you may live with, because the mumps virus requires close contact.

  The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has been embracing high technology and social media wherever it can to connect with parents and residents this year. One way has been through the use of Facebook Live, which, just as it sounds, is a live, interactive conference on Facebook. As school district spokeswoman Pegge Erkeneff tells us, it brings administration together with the public. The next Facebook Live event will be March 22 from 7-7:30-p.m. on the KPBSD Facebook page.

For non-profit and charitable organizations, raising funds is always at the forefront. A program new to the Kenai is supposed to make those fundraising efforts quicker and easier, $10,000 at a time. It’s called 100 Women Who Care.

“A group in Michigan came up with it in 2006," said Tami Murray with the Kenai Watershed Forum, which is sponsoring the first 100 Women Who Care event next week.

National Wildlife Refuge Association

 

The manager of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge has been recognized with a national award. Andy Loranger was recently named the 2018 Paul Kroegel National Wildlife Refuge System Refuge Manager of the Year.

There was another school shooting in America today (Tuesday). Two students in a Maryland high school were injured when their 17-year-old classmate opened fire with a handgun in a school hallway. It's just the latest in an increasing trend that has seen hundreds of thousands protest a lack of gun control nationwide.

January and February are traditionally the top months for unemployment insurance claims on the Kenai Peninsula, which is understandable, with no commercial or sports fishing, construction or as many people in support jobs during that time of year. Which makes March a very good month for the Kenai Job Fair.

It will be on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Soldotna Sports Complex, which is a change in venue from the past.

The slate of candidates is set for next month’s vote-by-mail election for three seats on the Homer Electric Association board of directors.

One incumbent, Dave Carey, is running unopposed. He represents District 2, the Soldotna area.

The District 3 seat, currently vacant with the resignation of Don Stead, only had one man throw his hat into the ring: Roy Champagne of Anchor Point. The district extends from Kachemak Bay to Soldotna.

 

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has announced when it will complete its environmental review of the AK LNG project. December 2019 is later than the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation had hoped, but for now, that hasn’t changed its operating schedule.

 

 


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