Knopp addresses concerns with budget at Chamber Breakfast

Originally published in the Peninsula Clarion Rep. Gary Knopp (R-Kenai/Soldotna) addressed his efforts to build a coalition in the state House of Representatives and the governor’s proposed budget to the community Friday morning at a special Joint Chamber breakfast. Knopp’s efforts to organize the House have been criticized by some residents. At the breakfast, Knopp … Continue reading Knopp addresses concerns with budget at Chamber Breakfast

Peninsula educators support early funding for education

Originally published in the Peninsula Clarion Last week, Sen. Mia Costello, R-Anchorage, introduced a constitutional amendment guaranteeing early funding for state K-12 public education. Several state entities and peninsula educators testified during the Senate Education Committee, which is chaired by Sen. Gary Stevens, R-Homer, in support of Senate Joint Resolution 9 Thursday morning. The resolution would require … Continue reading Peninsula educators support early funding for education

Borough asks to keep oil and gas property tax funds

Originally published in the Peninsula Clarion The Kenai Peninsula Borough unanimously passed a resolution at the March 5 borough meeting to support modifying two bills that would allow the state to retain tax funds from borough oil and gas properties. Senate Bill 57 and House Bill 59 would repeal the levy of tax by municipalities … Continue reading Borough asks to keep oil and gas property tax funds

Windmill to receive critical facelift, bringing back ‘former glory’

Originally published in The Spenardian. Sitting in the Koot’s parking lot is arguably one of the largest — both physically and figuratively — symbols of Spenard. The ornamental windmill, decorated with lights of green, red and white looms over the neighborhood. “I didn’t think it would become the icon it is today,” former owner of … Continue reading Windmill to receive critical facelift, bringing back ‘former glory’

Borough to ask state to support local college

Originally published in the Peninsula Clarion A resolution asking the state to continue funding the Kenai Peninsula College will be introduced at Tuesday’s Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting. Gov. Dunleavy’s proposed budget has reduced the University of Alaska’s budget by more than 40 percent. Such a cut would result in several campus closures, including a … Continue reading Borough to ask state to support local college

Growers fear agriculture cuts could curb industry growth

Originally published in the Peninsula Clarion Agriculture in Alaska has seen growth and increased interest in recent years, however, growers fear proposed cuts outlined in Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s budget could curb business in the industry. Wednesday, the House Department of Natural Resources Subcommittee voted down around 30 cuts to programs and institutions that support the … Continue reading Growers fear agriculture cuts could curb industry growth

Dunleavy forums to begin in Kenai

Originally published in the Peninsula Clarion Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced Monday he will host a series of community-focused discussions and meetings called “A Statewide Discussion for a Permanent Fiscal Plan,” which will strive to outline a permanent fiscal plan for Alaska. The first discussion will be held in Kenai. While it is not disclosed in … Continue reading Dunleavy forums to begin in Kenai