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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.

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