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That portion of the state legislature in Juneau for a special session was again unable to find the votes necessary to override Governor Mike Dunleavy’s vetoes. Roughly a third of the legislature met again at Wasilla Middle School. KDLL’s Shaylon Cochran spoke to Gary Knopp Friday afternoon, the Central Peninsula’s lone legislator in Juneau.

 

 


On this month's Drinking on the Last Frontier, Bill checks in on efforts to update Alaska's liquor licensing regulations, expecially pertaining to craft breweries. Plus, a visit with Devil's Club Brewing Co. in Juneau and a mammoth brewing undertaking in Fairbanks. Cheers!
 

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Gov. Mike Dunleavy, Department of Revenue Commissioner Bruce Tangeman, Director of the Office of Management and Budget Donna Arduin, Attorney General Kevin Clarkson and representatives of Americans For Prosperity, which sponsored the meeting, gave their interpretations of Alaska’s fiscal situation and asnwered a selection of submitted questions from the audience. Full audio of the meeting, held at 6 p.m. March 25 at the Cannery Lodge in Kenai, follows:

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A House sub-finance committee went through its regularly scheduled business Monday morning, but not all members stuck around to the end.

 

 


Two of the Central Kenai Peninsula's three-member delegation to the state capital held a town-hall-style meeting in the Kenai Peninsula Borough Building Saturday. Here is the recording KDLL made of the meeting, broken into three bite-size chunks. You can find Rep. Gary Knopp's town hall elsewhere here on KDLL.org.

  The Alaska State House majority announced committee assignments Tuesday, and Kenai Rep. Gary Knopp was given a seat on the powerful Finance Committee, but on no others. However, that isn't unusual for members on Finance to only serve on that committee, one with a sizable workload.

 

District 30 Representative Gary Knopp is in town over the weekend to meet with constituents. He spoke to a joint meeting of the Kenai and Soldotna Chambers of Commerce about some of the drama that’s unfolded as the House has finally organized itself.

 

 


Girdwood Brewing Co.

On this month's Drinking on the Last Frontier, Bill recaps the action/nonaction on an effort to revise Alaska's alcohol regulations. After that, sample the beers of Scandinavia, take a craft beer tour of San Fransisco and journey up the road to Girdwood Brewing Co.

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Central Emergency Services in Soldotna is hoping to be a little less centrally located by building a new Station 1 on a larger lot with more room to grow.


The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly approved with unanimous consent last week a resolution supporting the accelerated passage of the education bill in the Alaska State Legislature this year.

“What that is, we’re going to this resolution, if it passes, to the legislators saying, ‘Hey, if you can get us early funding in so we don’t have to lay teachers off, or pink slip teachers, before the budget process, it would be a great help to us,” said Assemblyman Brent Hibbert.

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After five years of disappointment, the Alaska Cancer Action Network is hoping this is the year all workplaces in the state will be declared smoke-free.


Kenai River Brewing

On this month's Drinking on the Last Frontier, host Bill Howell has a preview of Alaska Beer Week, catches the first tap of Kenai River Brewing's new Tsalteshi Trails Ale and visits with Sen. Peter Micciche about the proposed overhaul of state liquor licensing.

Less than a week after the Alaska State Legislature finally passed a capital budget during a special session, the Kenai Peninsula Borough introduced a resolution divvying up the Community Assistance Program money it will receive, and moved it on to its Finance Committee.

This week, Shaylon Cochran sits down with Rep. Gary Knopp (R-Soldotna) to talk about ongoing state budget issues, the economic future of the state and how things could work more smoothly in Juneau.