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Times have been tight in recent years. The district has run through most its savings trying to bridge multi-million dollar budget gaps the past three years. At a budget work session with the school board this week, Assistant Superintendent Dave Jones said despite cutting administration staff through attrition and other means, cuts in the classroom still loom large.







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Negotiations continue between the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and its teachers and employees unions. Teachers and staff went to work in August without new contracts and the two sides were stuck mainly on health care costs. Another meeting Wednesday night didn’t provide much forward movement.



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The city of Seward is prepared to make an emergency declaration following several days of heavy rainfall and flooding. The city council will meet Friday to vote on the formal declaration.

As the Alaska general election nears, groups on both sides of the Stand for Salmon Ballot Measure 1 have ramped up their public engagement to try and sway voters their way.

Cook Inletkeeper, an environmental watchdog group, released a letter today (Wednesday) from 58 retired state and federal agency scientists and managers who support the Stand for Salmon initiative.

Cook Inletkeeper touts them as “58 scientists NOT paid by Exxon and Pebble,” a dig at the opponents of Stand for Salmon.

Public schools in Seward released their students and closed early yesterday (Tuesday) due to the inclement weather and flooding in the area, and will start two hours late today (Wednesday).

In an announcement Tuesday morning by the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District central office, both Seward Middle and Seward High schools released their students at noon, while Seward Elementary released at 12:30. Moose Pass School remained open.

All after-school activities were cancelled.

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  Velma Bittick and Will Hightower join host Jay Barrett as they answer your questions about gardening.

On this fund drive science show, we learn about early Alaskans, the latest on spruce bark beetles, and a bacteria that threatens both wildlife and livestock.

Dr. Alan Boraas is our guest in the first segment discussing his contribution to the study of the earliest Americans.

Jason Moen and Matt Bowser join us for the second segment on spruce bark beetles, including results of an aerial survey this summer.

Amy Seitz and Dr. Bob Gerlach are the guests in the last segment discussing MOV bacteria.

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Kenai Conversation

Gary Stotler

Weighing in excess of 400 pounds, Gary Stotler decided to begin making changes; small at first, and with setbacks and challenges along the way, he's now running ultra-marathons, and regular ones for fun, like the Kenai River Marathon this year.

With less than a week to go before the Kenai Peninsula's municipal elections, host Jay Barrett welcomes to the Kenai Conversation the three candidates for the two available seats on the Kenai City Council, incumbent Councilman Bob Molloy and challengers Teea Winger and Robert Peterkin II. In Kenai, council members are elected at-large, so the top two vote-getters will be seated. Election day is Oct. 2.

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Where there's smoke there's good beer flavor and let's hear it for the women in brewing history. Bill also checks in with Bleeding Heart Brewery in Palmer and get details about the Cooper Landing's plans to build a new brewery.

A lost ball turns into a fuzz frenzy for a community of prairie dogs in "The Great Fuzz Frenzy," by Janet Stevens and Susan Stevens Crummel, read by Sally Cassano. Will the Big Bark steal the fun or save the day?

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