From August 2013

Soldotna Hires New Librarian

The city of Soldotna has announced its decision for a new librarian. Rachel Nash will begin in her new position August 12th.

Nash grew up in Sterling, the daughter of John and Katherine Beatty. She graduated from Skyview high school, then pursued a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. After that, she earned a master’s degree in library and information services from  the University of Pittsburgh.

Nash already has experience at the Joyce K. Carver Memorial Library, having previously worked there as a page. One of her first duties will be overseeing the opening of the newly expanded library.

-Staff Report-

Buccaneer Testing Cosmo Well

Buccaneer has begun flow testing a natural gas well in the Cosmopolitan Unit near Anchor Point.

The company announced in a press release Tuesday that it had flared natural gas during a production test on Sunday.

From a depth of 5,500 feet, the well was successfully tested at a maximum rate of 7.2 million cubic feet per day, according to the company.

More testing was done to estimate flow potential out of the reservoir to find out how much pressure the gas is under, and other tests are planned for a second gas zone in the well.

-Staff Report-

Borough Term Limits To Go Before Voters Again

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly once again tackled the question of term limits at its meeting Tuesday night. After a fair amount of discussion, the question of term limits will go before the voters this fall.

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On paper, it seemed relatively simple.

The Assembly had to recess twice to work out specific language in the amendments that were proposed. It got a little confusing because the question ended up being more complicated than just ‘should the question of term limits be on the fall ballot’.

Hal Smalley introduced an ordinance to that effect back in June. What the Assembly was hammering out Tuesday was two possible substitutes. One introduced by President Linda Murphy, and there was also the Smith substitute, put forward by Bill Smith, and it offered to put two ballot measures out, one to repeal term limits and another to extend the limits to three terms.

The Murphy Substitute passed.  Then Assembly member Brent Johnson put forward some amendments. At that point, the Assembly had to break, as Thompson and Borough Clerk Johni Blankenship finalized the language. The Assembly needed a couple breaks to wade through all of this. Johnson said his amendment was a compromise.

“It’s a new question. The voters have spoke loud and clear that they want term limits, but…there’s a lot of good reasons why experience should be retained on the Assembly for a third term.,” Johnson said.

It was finally whittled down to something simple, should there be term limits, and if so, how many terms?

But Assembly member Charlie Pierce says previous ballot initiatives have already answered that question.

“How many times do we have to debate this and change the terms and the conditions before we believe the voters have already voted on it? I think we need to respect the fact that, you know what, it’s there. And until someone takes the initiative out in the community, the voters, the constituency, takes the initiative, I believe the right thing to do is to have that happen and not have the initiative occur here,” Pierce said.

But, in the end, the Assembly decided to put the question on the ballot. Actually, two questions: should we have term limits, and if so, should we limit it to two or three terms? Those questions will be answered, again, during regular elections in October.

-Shaylon Cochran/KDLL-