Mike Navarre

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.

For decades, really almost a half-century, the Kenai Elks Lodge has been a charitable powerhouse in the city of Kenai. But some of that largess is in danger because of a comedy of errors between the Elks and the State of Alaska.

Besides being a nice place for members of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks to congregate, perhaps over dinner or a libation after work, the Kenai Elks Lodge has long been dedicated to service, charity and scholarships in the city. However a paperwork snafu in Juneau left it without a valid liquor license for almost all of last year.

Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development

Mike Navarre, commissioner of the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development, speaks about facing Alaska's fiscal challenges.

We speak with Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre and his top aide, Larry Persily, about Tuesday's election, the upcoming run-off and their future plans.

Kenai Peninsula Borough

The Kenai Peninsula Borough mayoral race will be going to a runoff later this month, with none of the three candidates scoring 50-percent or more of the vote.

 


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