The Homer Hockey Association is fighting to save their greatest asset, the Kevin Bell Arena. Right now the group is collecting donations to help chip away at a staggering load of debt.
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A Christmas Day traffic accident in Anchor Point left a mother and daughter in pain and a community with a mission. Sunday afternoon, hundreds of people gathered at the Chapman School in Anchor Point for a spaghetti feed and auction to raise money for the family’s medical expenses.
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.
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.
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.
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.