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A hiring freeze within the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has thawed out just a little.

 

The district announced today that it will be able to hire for 12 positions out of 30 that are open. Funding from the borough was finalized this week, with the district getting a small bump from last year, for a total of just under $50 million.

 

 

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly approved a new budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Tuesday night’s vote came in front of a backdrop of drooping state finances and some uncertainty about the future of the peninsula’s economy.

 

That uncertainty was cause for reluctance to find new revenues by way of taxes. Assembly Member Dale Bagely’s proposal to roll back a sales tax exemption on nonprepared food items from nine months to six found much the same opposition it did when he introduced a similar measure a few years ago.

Is rafting the Grand Canyon on your must-do list? Here's how to make it happen. Bill Schwager, of Soldotna, talks about the permitting, planning and other logistics necessary to launch a successful raft trip. He and 13 other central Kenai Peninsula residents spent 24 days rafting the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon in February.

Come to the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center at 7 p.m. June 8 for a photo slideshow presentation from the group. Admission is $5, or free for KDLL members.

City of Kenai

Kenai City Council member Tim Navarre has been charged with fourth-degree domestic violence assault following an incident in Kenai on Tuesday evening.

Managing the state's fisheries is a big responsibility. On this week's Conversation, we sit down with Robert Ruffner, one of the newest members of the state Board of Fisheries to talk about what challenges lay ahead in managing salmon fisheries on the Kenai Peninsula.

Kenai Peninsula Food Hub

There is a way to get seemingly anything online these days. That includes locally sourced, fresh produce and other foodstuffs. And it’s not just a big city thing, either.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will take yet another look at adjusting the boroughwide sales tax exemption on nonprepared food items. Assembly Member Dale Bagley, who sponsored the ordinance, says that with budgets tightening, this is a more palatable alternative to raising property taxes.

More and more people on the Kenai Peninsula are realizing its potential as a productive agricultural center. Now, backyard gardens are giving way to farmer's markets, food hubs and specialty growers. For this week's Conversation, we spoke with Lou Heite and Steve Dahl of Eagle Glade Farms in Nikiski and Ken Kynes, Executive Chef at The Flats Bistro in Kenai about how the local food movement is changing, growing and what needs to happen to make it sustainable.

Photo courtesy of the Redoubt Reporter

Bill considers the possible health impacts of moderate beer consumption and makes an antioxidant-boosting visit to Alaska Berries winery in Soldotna. And we debut the new theme song, "Beers of Alaska." Thanks to Recess Duty! Find out more about the band at https://www.facebook.com/recessduty/?hc_ref=SEARCH&fref=nf

Thanks also to Lev Vaughn for "Cheers" and Loretta Spaulding for "Drinking on the Last Frontier."

This week, the Soldotna City Council approved setting aside $3 million for renovations and an expansion of the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. That move, which doesn’t actually appropriate any money yet, is the starting point for what will be a big fundraising campaign. Tim Dillon, director of the Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District, is a co-chair of the group spearheading the effort.

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