Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly

Funding for tourism marketing has become something of a political football in recent years. Just two years ago, the Kenai Peninsula Tourism and Marketing Council was the beneficiary of $300,000 in borough funding. That number was initially zeroed out for the most recent budget.


The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will meet for the last time in 2019 Tuesday. Among the agenda items are what could be a final vote on a reworking of the borough’s code for material sites, namely, gravel pits.

In just the last year, the Kenai Peninsula has been plagued by torrential rains and flooding, a 7.1 earthquake, and to top it all off, a wildfire stopping traffic and causing evacuation warnings to be given.
    Needless to say, it’s been a busy time at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management, and as a result, there’ll be changes in the staff there.
    Borough Assembly Vice-President Hal Smalley introduced a resolution from the mayor’s office creating a new position, that of program manager for operations.

Kenai Peninsula Borough

At Tuesday night’s Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting, new leadership was elected by the body. Both President Wayne Ogle and Vice President Dale Bagley could not run for reelection earlier this month.
    The election of the only woman on the assembly, Kelly Cooper, to be assembly president was done by unanimous consent with no others challenging her. This is Cooper’s second stint as president.

Redoubt Reporter

Tuesday night was the final Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting for three members who were forced off due to term limits. Assembly President Wayne Ogle of Nikiski, Paul Fischer of the central district and Dale Bagley of Soldotna all attended their last meeting -- at least for three years, when they will be eligible to run again.
    In his farewell address, Assemblyman Dale Bagley, who also served as borough mayor, recapped a 25-year career in local politics.