Monthly Archives: January 2013

Borough Asks Residents How To Classify State Land Entitlements

The state of Alaska has some land to sign off to the Kenai Peninsula Borough. But before the transactions are finalized, residents need to take a look at the maps and weigh in on how the land should be designated by the Borough, if at all. Continue reading

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CPH Growing, Adopting Affordable Care Act Measures

The effects of legislation and negotiations in Washington about health care and spending are being felt by the medical community on the Kenai Peninsula. Continue reading

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T-200 Back On Track For 2013

Just two weeks remain until the start of this year’s Tustemena 200 and the field of forty mushing teams is nearly set. After a few off years, the Iditarod and Yukon Quest qualifying race is back on track with some new sponsors and a bigger purse. Continue reading

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District Makes Last Best Offer In Teacher Contract Negotiations

The District has been in negotiations with the Kenai Peninsula Education Association and Support Association for over year on new employee contracts that will cover salary increases and health benefit changes for the next three years. Continue reading

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Cooper Landing By Pass Coming in….2020. Maybe.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly got an update on a long-awaited expansion project on the Sterling Highway at its meeting this week. The Cooper Landing By-Pass has been in the planning stages for years, but some real first steps are scheduled to take place in 2013. Continue reading

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Collective Bargaining For Teacher Contracts Set To Resume

Representatives from the Kenai Peninsula Education Association and Education Support Association made one last call to action from the School Board at its meeting last week before collective bargaining resumes. Continue reading

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Move To Repeal Fish Stream Protection Rules Hits A Snag

Tuesday’s meeting of the Borough Assembly failed to bring any resolution to the ongoing debate over anadromous streams protection on the Kenai Peninsula. Assembly member Kelly Wolf withdrew his ordinance to repeal provisions of the Borough code that would have … Continue reading

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New Cook Inlet Monitoring Site Aids Responders In Real Time

A new online tool developed by the Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council and the Alaska Ocean Observing System went live last week, just in time to be put to use tracking developments off Kodiak Island with the grounding of the drilling rig Kulluk. The new Cook Inlet Response Tool, or CIRT, was designed specifically for tracking and planning for oil spills and other incidents around Cook Inlet Continue reading

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Soldotna Council To Announce Mayor Opening At Next Meeting

The Soldotna City Council will meet in a special session Wednesday to declare an opening for the office of Mayor, signaling the official end of Senator-elect Peter Micciche’s run in that office. Continue reading

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Plastic Bag Ban In Homer Goes Into Effect

Homer’s ban on disposable plastic shopping bags in Homer went into effect Tuesday and the city is gearing up to enforce it. Continue reading

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Habitat Protection Makes Assembly’s First Agenda Of 2013

When the Borough Assembly gets together for its first meeting of 2013 next week, members will be back to an issue that dominated 2012: the expansion of the anadromous streams ordinance. Kelly Wolf, elected in October in part on his promise to repeal that expansion, has introduced an ordinance that would take habitat protections on the Peninsula back to what was in place in the mid-1990’s. Continue reading

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Two Vessels Sink Near Jakalof Bay

Alaska environmental regulators are responding to two fishing boats that sank south of Homer, possibly weighed down after heavy snow. The Department of Environmental Conservation says a 100-foot-by-100-foot sheen was spotted around the site where the boats sank sometime between … Continue reading

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Sockeye Outlook Improves For 2013

The Department of Fish and Game has released its 2013 sockeye forecast for Upper Cook Inlet. Following a strong sockeye run in 2012 that saw limited commercial harvest, the outlook for this year is even more promising. Continue reading

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