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The Kenai City Council last week set its budget for the new fiscal year, which begins on July 1. The budget appropriates $16,166,027 from the General Fund as part of a $28,105,942 total budget. Appropriations from the Enterprise and Internal Service Funds amount to just over $3 million, while the city’s Special Revenue Funds contribute about $8.75 million.

The council also committed $750,000 of unassigned General Fund money for future renovation and improvements to city facilities and streets. The employee salary schedule was also amended.

When cannabis first made inroads to social acceptability starting about 20 years ago, it was through medical marijuana. There was enough clinical and anecdotal evidence by that point that there were ingredients in cannabis that soothed anxiety in terminally ill patients, gave appetites back to cancer patients and was good for reducing inter-ocular pressure for what would become a small "epidemic" of "glaucoma." Now recreational cannabis, in the form of marijuana, is widely available, and on its coattails comes CBD, a cannabinoid in cannabis like THC.

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The specter of having the City of Kenai’s dock sit idle for the summer was avoided at the last minute during Wednesday night’s Kenai City Council meeting when a one-year lease was approved with CISPRI, the Cook Inlet Spill Prevention and Response, Inc.

The $20,000 contract gives CISPRI non-exclusive use of the dock, the city’s three cranes, office space, the floats, moorings and operating area adjacent to the dock.

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The Soldotna city council will vote on the next move toward annexation at its meeting next week.

The borough assembly adopted the fiscal year 2019 budget after making a few changes to Mayor Charlie Pierce’s original proposal, which had totaled about $81 million.

 

 


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Commuters on the east portion of Kalifornsky Beach Road may have already noticed, but all drivers should be aware that the temporary traffic signals that are being installed are not the standard type that can detect stopped and waiting cars.

According to the Alaska DOT project "Navigator" website, these lights are on a timer, not detection, so the usual signal patterns drivers may be accustomed to have changed.

The Major League Baseball season may have started two months ago, but it is today that the local Boys of Summer will take the field for the first time.

Both the Twins in the American Legion League and the Peninsula Oilers of the Alaska Baseball League start their seasons here at home today.

Sport fishing for early-run king salmon on the Kenai River is reported to be fair and improving, which is a marked improvement over the situation from the freshwater fishing report from Fish and Game last week.

According to this week's report, the water remains relatively clear, but some moss and debris are fouling lures and lines.

The slate is set for the state primary elections.

With Rep. Mike Chenault not seeking reelection, House Seat 29 is wide open, and has attracted three candidates, Shawn Butler of Hope running as a nonpartisan, and candidates Ben Carpenter and Wayne Ogle, both of Kenai, are running for the Republican nod.

Chenault gave up his house seat to run for Alaska governor, but his name does not appear on the state's final candidate list for that, or any, office.

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The story of how First Nations people initially settled the Americas is changing, with new technology leading to new studies.

 


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The borough budget debate continues. The borough assembly will have another hearing on next year’s budget when it meets again next week.

 

This week, temporary lodging. With nearly 4 million listings world wide, AirBnB has dramatically changed how people travel. They actually list more rooms to rent than the top five hotel chains combined. But it’s not just the big hotel companies that are having to deal with online, short-term rental bookings.

 


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  Well, it's official: The Juneau Creek Alternative will be the route the Sterling Highway will take in future years as it skirts around Cooper Landing. The decision was made final on Thursday by the Federal Highway Administration.

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School may be out for summer, but that doesn’t mean science education takes a break. The Kenai Watershed Forum’s annual summer camp gets underway June 11th.

The Soldotna City Council got a look at a new way to consider their community’s long-term infrastructure planning. It’s through a long-range planning document that sets out overlapping timelines and budgets. 

Road work around the Kenai Peninsula did not wait for summer to officially kick off before beginning this year. A stretch along the Kenai Spur has already been resurfaced and striped, but work on the eastern section of Kalifornsky Beach Road is more involved. 

“So we’re installing two new traffic signals, one at the intersection of Gaswell Road, and one at Ciechanski," said the Alaska Department of Transportation’s Shannon McCarthy. "And we will be upgrading the signals at the intersection of K-Beach Road with Bridge Access and Poppy Lane.”

In the latest Kenai Peninsula freshwater sports fishing report from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, angling for early run king salmon is still slow on both the Kenai and Kasilof rivers.

The water is clear and low in the Kenai River, and there's seems to be a little more early success on the Kasilof near the Cooked Creek State Recreation Site.

Sport fishing for salmon in the Upper Kenai River and the Russian River do not open until June 11.

The State Medical Examiner is attempting to determine the cause of death of an inmate at Wildwood Correctional Center last week. According to an Alaska State Trooper dispatch, the inmate, 57 year old Leslie Aveoganna was found by staff lying on the third floor of Building 10, unresponsive.

Nikiski EMS responded and attempted to revive Aveoganna but were not able to.

Troopers report that nothing suspicious was found at the scene.

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Representative Don Young was on the campaign trail Tuesday in Soldotna. He spoke at a joint meeting of the Kenai and Soldotna Chambers of Commerce.

 

 


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Travelers along the Spur highway may notice some signs protesting a proposed gravel pit at the Pillars off Silver Salmon Avenue.

Well, the Kasilof River is open to sport-fishing with actual photographic evidence of success in the Clarion. Soon commercial fishermen will be putting their nets in the water, and charter guides will be roaring up and down the Kenai at 6 a.m., followed by the thundering hordes of dipnetters in July.

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The Soldotna city council held a work session to mull over options for annexation Wednesday afternoon. The city has been working to get a petition together for the state for the past few years, but there’s still work to do to get a map more people can agree on.

 

 


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Robert Ruffner of Soldotna has retrieved his hat from a very crowded ring, full of contestants vying for the Republican mantle in the State House Seat 31 primary against the long-time incumbent.

Ruffner said he recognized a responsibility to donors and supporters when he realized the time commitment wasn’t viable.

 

The city of Kenai held a budget work session over the weekend to take a look at the proposed draft budget for next year.

 

 


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The city of Kenai is continuing its efforts to capitalize on the July’s dipnet fishery. Last December, the council asked city administration to look into accommodating vendors near the beach.

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