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After years of discussion and planning, the Tustumena ferry replacement process is moving forward with design specifications and engineering tests.

Chuitna Coal Mine Graphic Courtesy of http://dnr.alaska.gov/mlw/mining/largemine/chuitna/

The public comment period closes Thursday on a water rights petition from a citizen group fighting a proposed coal mine in the Chuitna watershed on the west side of Cook Inlet. This comes the same week a national conservation group, America’s Rivers, named the Chuitna the 6th most endangered river in the country. Opponents of the project say the outcome of this six-year process could set a precedent for land use in the state.

Image Courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough

The Borough Assembly voted in favor of an ordinance Tuesday night that could lead to a shorter tax exemption period for non-prepared foods on the peninsula. During its previous meeting the assembly considered putting an end to the tax exemption altogether, but held off to evaluate a compromise.

Grant Lake Hydroelectric Project - Image Courtesy of Seward City News

Homer Electric Association is exploring new sources of energy for the Kenai Peninsula. Its subsidiary, Kenai Hydro LLC, submitted a draft license application last week for a proposed hydroelectric facility at Grant Lake, near the town of Moose Pass.

A warm, dry winter has prepped the landscape of the Kenai Peninsula for an early fire season. Burn permits are required for open burning from April 1st through August 31st and are subject to burn suspensions and closures.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Board of Education passed its $165 million budget Monday. But it did so with an eye on a possible multi-million dollar revenue shortfall should proposed budget cuts stay in place.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is facing a potential revenue loss of nearly $8 million, if current proposed budget cuts stand. The school district isn’t panicking just yet, but they are seriously reevaluating their budget for fiscal year 2016.

Peninsula Representative Paul Seaton, a Homer Republican, filed a bill Friday to bring back an income tax to Alaska. Representative Bryce Edgmon, a Dillingham Democrat, co-sponsored the bill. KBBI’s Shady Grove Oliver spoke with Seaton about his reasons for introducing the legislation.

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