Gov. Mike Dunleavy

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Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s veto cutting funding to agricultural development has alarmed advocates for sustainable farms working toward food security. The veto would cut $1.2 million from the state’s Department of Natural Resources in addition to defunding a loan program for farmers.

Robbi Mixon is the local foods director for Cook Inletkeeper in Homer. She said the governor’s veto will deprive Alaska farmers of crucial know-how and advice from the state’s agriculture division.

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Gov. Mike Dunleavy used his veto pen Friday to make drastic cuts to the state’s operating budget. On the Kenai Peninsula, everything from education to healthcare would see huge losses if his vetoes stand.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

Gov. Mike Dunleavy has tapped his former legislative aide to serve on the Board of Fisheries. Matanuska-Susitna Borough resident John Wood is largely unknown by fishing groups.

In the world of Alaska fish politics, John Wood is not a big player.

“Most of the response I’ve heard from UFA members is ‘who is he?’ People are not familiar with him,” United Fishermen of Alaska Executive Director Frances Leach said.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

When Gov. Mike Dunleavy unveiled his budget proposal back in February, he also issued a directive asking departments to seek out state-owned properties that could be sold in an effort to save money.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game considered selling state-owned hatchery facilities to the aquaculture groups that operate them, but received no interest in the idea.