Troopers and marijuana are on the agenda for this evening’s Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Meeting. Nikiski's population is going up and with it, drug-related crime. There's a push within the community to have a permanent trooper presence. Also before the assembly is a resolution to prohibit marijuana cultivation facilities outside of cities within the borough, pending voter approval. The assembly meets Tuesday, January 20, at 6 p.m.
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The Department of Fish and Game Advisory Committees for Homer and Seldovia held their first meetings of the year this week. The Seldovia Committee met Monday and the Homer Committee met on Tuesday night. Both committees conducted their annual elections and reviewed proposals that will be forwarded on to the Board of Game in March.
Kenai runner Allie Ostrander has sprinted her way into the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame. She was named Wednesday as the female recipient of the 2015 Pride of Alaska Award. It’s one of the Directors’ Awards, chosen by the Hall of Fame board of directors. Ostrander is a senior at Kenai Central High School. She’s dominated local, statewide, and national competitions this academic year.
The Environmental Protection Agency released on January 13th a proposal to review the use of chemical dispersants in oil spill response. Dispersants are controversial chemical agents that break up oil into smaller drops and help it mix with water, but don’t eliminate it. The proposed amendments are seeing support from local environmental groups some of which were part of the first push to change the existing rules.
Several representatives and senators have chosen to pre-file bills before the official start of the legislative session on January 20th. Peninsula legislators, including Senator Peter Micciche, sponsored a number of items covering everything from health to election pamphlets.
Wind, heavy rain, and temperatures at times nearing 50 degrees on the Kenai Peninsula mean the Tustumena 200 sled dog race won’t be running February 7th as planned. At this point, it's been delayed until February 21st, but race coordinators aren’t even confident it will run at all this year.
Still and Again – Projections, Watercolors, and Poetry is now open at the Bunnell Street Arts Center. It’s a collection of work by Homer mixed media artist Jo Going. The exhibit is a mix of many forms, featuring a video of Going reading poems from her latest book, and paintings from her time as an artist-in-residence abroad.
KBBI's annual event, Concert on the Lawn, turned 35 last year. But times have changed, as has much of what made this event special and possible. After much consideration and deliberation, KBBI has decided not to produce the concert this summer. General Manager Dave Anderson sends this note to the community to explain why the decision was made.