This year’s session of the Alaska State Legislature began Tuesday. As happens just about every year, policies related to the state’s natural resources will figure heavily into the debate. One of the most high-profile bills has been House Bill 77.
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Homer city officials are still considering options for the health insurance that’s offered to city employees. Rising health care costs were causing problems for budgeting and there were changes made to the insurance policies in order to save money.
Fisheries scientists gathered in Solotna Thursday for a presentation on years-long study of Cook Inlet beluga whales. The information those scientists shared provides a baseline for future studies of belugas.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has plans to purchase new school busses. The school board allocated $687,000 into the student transportation fund during its meeting earlier this month.
Work is continuing on Homer’s Tidal Energy Incubator Project. Those involved, which includes scientists from around the state and University of Alaska engineering students, are trying to find out if they can turn tides into electricity sold on the market.
A set of five proposals before the Alaska Board of Fisheries has stirred up some controversy between Cook Inlet commercial fisherman and Mat-Su Valley sport fishermen. Officials with the City of Homer decided this week to official take sides.
The 2014 economic forecast for the Kenai Peninsula is in, and continued growth in the job market is what’s predicted. Speaking at a Kenai Chamber of Commerce luncheon Wednesday, state labor department economist Alyssa Shanks shared her predictions.
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District officials are getting to work crafting next year’s spending plan. The school board is met Tuesday morning to start the process. The preliminary budget totals about $160 million.