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Econ 919 — How the Kenai Peninsula Works

Weekly economic report for the Kenai Peninsula from the KDLL News Team

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  • Legislators bristle at court order striking down homeschool allotments
  • The Pet Fort sells a number of items made for furry companions, from beds to leashes to treats. The shop's owner noticed a need for a locally-owned pet store after realizing there are few options on the peninsula to choose from.
  • Alaska’s four-year statewide transportation plan has received partial approval from federal agencies, with some exclusions. Most major Kenai Peninsula highway projects, including the Cooper Landing Bypass, haven’t been affected, but the state is still waiting to hear about outside funding that will affect the timeline of that project.
  • Behind a weatherproof sliding-glass door, customers of Echo Lake Meats can find the shop's newest addition. The meat-dispensing vending machine dishes out a variety of the store's products.
  • Walden Bros has been operating on the Kenai Peninsula for about four years, specializing in customizable t-shirts, hoodies, hats and more. As its name suggests, the small business was founded by brothers Trevor and Trenton Walden.
  • If you’re in need of taxi services, there are few options on the Kenai Peninsula to choose from. E.T.'s Taxi has serviced the area since January, providing rides for about 100 people so far.
  • Peninsula Piano Tuning and Service has been improving the Kenai Peninsula’s pianos for nearly two years, and is home to the area’s only full-time piano technician. The small business services anywhere from four to six pianos per month, both in the shop and in the field.
  • Kachemak Selo has been waiting on a new school for more than a decade, and in 2016 the school district received millions in DEED grant money to do that. On Tuesday, the Borough Assembly voted to transfer that grant to the state's Department of Commerce to remove match and design requirements.
  • Located just behind Arby’s in the heart of Kenai is Madly Krafty, a one-stop gift shop specializing in hand-crafted goods. Custom-made coffee cups, ornaments, woodworking and t-shirts are just some of what the new store has to offer.
  • The state of Alaska has seen a backlog in pending applications for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, more commonly known as SNAP. As a result, some Kenai Peninsula residents who rely on food assistance are leaning more on the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank.