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The Kenai Peninsula Borough’s working group on gravel pits has several months before it’s due to make recommendations on any potential rule changes.

 

By and large, kids have little direct impact on the economy. Oh sure, Mom and Dad spend a lot on them, but with little disposable income of their own, school kids’ spending power is limited.

This week on Econ 919, Jay Barrett tells us how the people at Junior Achievement are training today’s kids to be tomorrow’s financially responsible and productive members of society.


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Strategic plans help guide organizations of nearly all types, from non-profits to for-profits, municipalities and even departments within a municipality. The Soldotna Library is putting together its own plan to establish goals over the next couple years.

 


Kenai Performers

  Opening tonight for its second weekend at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium is a new generation of Disney musical, presented by the Kenai Performers. Directed by Terri Zoph, “Shrek: The Musical” has most in common with the first of the animated Shrek films.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly approved with unanimous consent last week a resolution supporting the accelerated passage of the education bill in the Alaska State Legislature this year.

“What that is, we’re going to this resolution, if it passes, to the legislators saying, ‘Hey, if you can get us early funding in so we don’t have to lay teachers off, or pink slip teachers, before the budget process, it would be a great help to us,” said Assemblyman Brent Hibbert.

The tally on the dozen signs along Kenai Peninsula roads that records the number of moose killed in automobile collisions is relatively low this winter. 

Currently standing at 48, Tom Netschert of the local Safari Club International will change it again in early this month when he gets the latest update.

“In regards to the roadkill, yes. We update them each month. That’s part of our project with SCI. Conservation, public safety project with the state (to) keep people informed on what’s going on on the roads,” he said.

Central Area Rural Transit System

 

Public transportation on the Kenai Peninsula can leave a lot to be desired, especially compared to more urban areas of the state. That’s one reason why CARTS, the Central Area Rural Transit System, is holding some public meetings next week, to get suggestions on what could work better and more efficiently.

 

The city of Soldotna has drafted a letter in response to the Kenai River Special Mangement Area board’s own letter to the state offering its opinion on turbidity issues on the Kenai river.

 

Oral arguments were supposed to be heard this week in Anchorage Superior Court regarding the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s invocation policy. But as has been the pattern since the suit was initially filed more than a year ago, this will have to wait.

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After five years of disappointment, the Alaska Cancer Action Network is hoping this is the year all workplaces in the state will be declared smoke-free.


Friday is the deadline for those seeking to have their name appear on the Homer Electric Association board of directors ballot. There are three seats available, starting with District 1, Nikiski, Kenai and parts of Soldotna, said Bruce Shelly, the co-op’s member services director.

This week, on Econ 919, Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce has been touting his plan to cover the borough’s $4 million-plus deficit this year with no new taxes. But a part of that plan means asking for administrative fees from the borough’s service areas. KDLL’s Shaylon Cochran has more.


 

 

Just days after students in Homer demonstrated support for victims and survivors of the recent school shooting in Florida, a middle schooler in Ninilchik made threatening statements about bringing a gun to school.

 

 


Alyse Galvin for Congress

  Every two years for four-plus decades, an Alaskan or two have attempted to unseat Representative Don Young from his post as Congressman for All Alaska. And though the longest-serving man in congress has weathered every challenge, new opponents emerge every year. 

So far this election year, three have filed, two democrats, Gregory Fitch of Juneau and Dimitri Shein of Anchorage. Also of Anchorage is undeclared candidate Alyse Galvin, who is running in the open Democratic primary election.

For years, the Cooper Landing Gun Club has been looking for a new home. Its current location on Bean Hill Road is the oldest organized shooting range in the state.


Despite being under pressure from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, to look at other possible terminals, the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation opened a satellite office in Nikiski on Feb. 12. It is staffed by Debra Holle Brown, a former Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member.

In a statement Brown said that Alaska LNG is “going to be a long-term economic boom for Nikiski and the entire Kenai Peninsula.”

The out-sized home near the southern mouth of the Kenai River is finally out of the city of Kenai’s hair. Known as the Dragseth Mansion, the sale was finalized earlier this month, according to City Manager Paul Ostrander.

“We did receive on February 5th the remainder of the funds for the Dragseth Mansion, so that’s been completed now,” he said. “It actually was received on time, so we are no longer the owner of that.”

Cleaning up utility poles is a costly business. That’s at the heart of a senate bill that would absolve utility companies of liability if treated poles foul groundwater under state law. Federal liability laws would still apply.

A working group looking into potential changes for the borough’s materials site code heard some staff recommendations at its most recent meeting.

The Kenai City Council recently gave the OK to participation in a program that will keep young travelers occupied while enriching their brains. It’s the “Read on the Fly” program, created by “A-K on the GO” in 2016. It installs and stocks bookshelves for young readers at several Alaska airports. It received unanimous support at the Kenai Airport Commission last month, said Councilman Jim Glendening.

For years Alaska has been fertile ground for reality TV shows - not the kind where you get voted off the island or some bachelor gives you a rose - the kind where camera crews follow around real Alaskans, doing real things. Think "Life Below Zero" more than "Alaska Bush People."

Now, a production company wants to add the men and women of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge to the mix.

 

 

Fundraising efforts for a multi-million dollar expansion of the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex will move ahead this spring.

You see the strangest things sometimes while scrolling through official documents, such as the School Revenue Projects, Fund 400, that was in Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce’s report to the assembly last week.

It’s a list of account balances for projects of things in borough schools that need replacing, fixing or removing. And tucked among sidewalk repair and locker replacement, there’s “Bat Removal.”

“Well, we had, we had some bat infestation at a couple facilities,” said Scott Griebel, the director of the Kenai Peninsula Borough maintenance department.

 

It took another tie-breaking vote from mayor Nels Anderson to inch the cannabis industry ahead in Soldotna. At issue Tuesday night was an ordinance that would have put 500 foot buffers between pot stores and a number of other locations like churches, schools and parks.

 

 


 

Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor Charlie Pierce has been in office for three months, and has spent a lot of time with borough staff trying to find more savings in the budget.

 

 

 


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