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Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce’s budget plan took a $4.5 million hit at Tuesday night’s meeting.

 


 

The 7.9-magnitude earthquake which struck near Kodiak in January generated plenty of tsunami alerts -- though little in the way of actual tsunamis -- throughout coastal communities in the Gulf of Alaska, including here on the Kenai Peninsula.

Unfortunately, many people who needed to be notified of potential doom were not able to be reached because of limitations in the equipment the borough's Office of Emergency Management uses to contact citizens in times of crisis.

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On last week’s “Local Science” Friday during KDLL Spring Membership Drive, we heard about the technology the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District uses to keep everyone connected.

And that’s not an easy job - “everyone” includes not only students and teachers, but parents and administration and support staff, and last but not least, the general public.

The weather is finally warm and nearly dry enough for the annual rite of spring cleaning. While the Kenai Peninsula Borough solid waste department usually receives all manner of used goods, this weekend, it will specifically be taking in electronics.

Nonprofit organizations permeate the Central Kenai Peninsula, doing such disparate public services as feeding the poor, protecting the vulnerable, attracting visitors and broadcasting unbiased news and information from around the state, nation and world. The one thing they all have in common is the need to raise money for their missions. On this week's Econ 919 we find out what professional fundraisers would like you to know about funding nonprofits.


It’s a challenging business climate in Alaska these days, with the low price of oil keeping spending down across the board and unemployment pretty high. And if you were to ask Alaska businesswomen, many would say it’s just that much more challenging for them. That’s where the Kenai Women in Business Summit on Friday might help.

“We’re really excited to bring this forth and see how it goes and potentially do one in the fall, to catch everyone that we miss this spring and make it an annual event," said Johna Beech of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce.

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The Kenai Peninsula Borough collects millions of dollars of sales tax each year. But some of that money is given back to businesses who remit sales tax on time. Could ditching that tax incentive could help the borough with its budget woes?  KBBI’s Aaron Bolton looked for the answer.

 

 


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The classic musical Mary Poppins will have its first stage showing at Nikiski High School this weekend.


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The Soldotna city council has a new member. Seat F has been vacant for nearly a month, following the resignation of Keith Baxter, who recently moved to Anchorage for a new job.

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The Eastern Peninsula Road Service Area will be staffed this year. The area was created by the borough last year and serves emergency response needs on the eastern Peninsula along the Seward highway from Hope to Moose Pass and Cooper Landing.

The Soldotna city council will vote for one of two candidates to fill a recently-vacated council seat when it meets Wednesday.

  It’ll be a few more weeks before you can head down to Cunningham Park or other favorite fishing spot and expect to hook a fish reliably. But, if you are a junior angler and you’re at the Sports, Rec, and Trade Show this weekend, you’re pretty much guaranteed to get your limit. KDLL’s Jay Barrett spoke with Kelly Martin about the show. She is the CEO the Kenai Peninsula Association of Realtors, which presents it each year in the Soldotna Sports Complex.

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An analysis of what’s needed to remodel the Kenai airport is finished and last week, the city council approved spending an extra $268,000 for the design phase.

The driver of a tour bus that caused a fatal crash on the Seward Highway in 2015 has been indicted by an Anchorage grand jury. Sixty-three-year-old Charles Curtis of Wasilla was charged with one count of criminally negligent homicide and two counts of assault in the second degree. In an announcement, the district attorney also added nine counts of fourth degree assault. The indictment was announced Friday.

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With the growth of agriculture on the Kenai Peninsula, the next opportunity could be agritourism. Margaret Adsit, founder of Alaska Farm Tours in Palmer, was in Soldotna Thursday to give local growers some insight into another way to get people to their products.

 

 

 

A lot of planning goes into drawing visitors to the Kenai. This week, we dive into some of the challenges and opportunities for marketing the peninsula across the country.


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Slowly, the date April 20, or "4-20," is taking on a different meaning in America, especially in states such as Alaska where recreational cannabis has been legalized. KDLL's Jay Barrett visited a couple of the Central Peninsula's cannabis retailers and spoke with customers and staff about the informal holiday.


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Among other changes planned for highway travel through Cooper Landing, a speed limit change could also be on the horizon.

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If you saw some unusual activity over Upper Cook Inlet last night, maybe some random flares and aircraft performing search patters, it turns out it was exercises conducted by the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center out of J-BER (J-bear) in Anchorage.

 

If the final picture of what next year’s borough budget will look like isn’t clear, at least the points of debate are coming into focus.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Two Soldotna men got a welcome, if unexpected lift home from the Alaska State Troopers Monday afternoon.

The two men, Donald Joachim and Benjamin Nabinger, had just finished a hike across the Harding Ice Field from Seward and found themselves stuck once arriving on the west side when they could not cross the Skilak River.

The Alaska State Troopers were notified that the men were stranded at about 1:24 p.m., and the pair were rescued by the AST's Helo 3 and delivered to the Soldotna Airport by 2:30 p.m.

The comment period for the northern pike eradication plan for the Tote Road lakes area opened Monday.

Interested parties can comment on both the use of the pesticide Rotenone to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, and on the environmental assessment to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Comments can be made to the agencies until May 17th and 18th, respectively.

KDLL spoke with Area Management Biologist Brian Marston in February about this project, which is the last in a series that’s lasted over a decade.

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There seems to be no end in sight for the growth of craft brewing. But how much beer do you have to make before it’s not so crafty any more? KDLL’s Shaylon Cochran had that question in mind when he spoke with Doug Hogue from Kenai River Brewing about the newest member of the team.

 


 

The stage continues to be set for a debate over the borough budget. Mayor Charlie Pierce introduced an ordinance recently that he says would balance the borough’s $4 milion budget gap and when the assembly meets in Seward next week, it will take up an amendment to that ordinance.

 

 


Well breakup hit the Kenai with a vengeance in the past week, with icy roads seemingly disappearing overnight and the rivers opening up to accept this year’s runs of salmon. All the salmon except those that go to support Peninsula fishing families that is - most of those wind up processed and shipped to markets nationwide. And it’s the jobs inside those seafood processing plants — very few are actually canneries any more — that we look at on this week’s Econ 91-9 feature.

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