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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.

Though the state's finances are in a bit of a mess now with low oil prices and relatively low production, there are opportunities ahead. Creating a foundation to take advantage of those opportunities, however, is no easy task. This week, we talk to former borough mayor and current Commissioner of the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development Mike Navarre about how the state can transition away from an oil-based economy and the policy and political hurdles that will need to be cleared along the way.

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.

 

 


 

The borough’s material site working group is focused mainly on gravel pits on the Peninsula. But gravel isn’t the only material being dug up, sold and used. At its most recent meeting the working group got into peat.

 

 


  As politicians continue the war over who should and should not be entitled to health care in America, people continue to fall ill, many with little or inadequate insurance. Despite Obamacare, many still live without. On this week's Econ 91-9, Jay Barrett shares a profile of the Kenai Peninsula Community Health Services, which offers a wide range of services while it has grown exponentially and contributed millions of dollars to the economy over the years.

 

Alaska Gasline Development Corporation

 

The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation has extended the public comment period for the Kenai Spur Highway rerouting project.

 

The Soldotna city council will soon have a vacancy. Keith Baxter will resign at the end of the month from Seat F, which he has held since last November.

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