Governor Bill Walker

Renee Gross, KBBI News

Gubernatorial candidates stopped in Homer Tuesday to campaign, meet with residents and square off in a governor’s forum. The event drew four prominent candidates including Governor Bill Walker, Mike Dunleavy, Mark Begich and Mead Treadwell. It also drew lesser-known candidate Billy Toien.  

North Pacific Fishery Management Council

Governor Bill Walker submitted nominations this month to fill two seats on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. Alaska has five seats with voting power on the council—two of which will be open in August. The secretary of commerce appoints the council members based on the governor’s recommendation.

Walker nominated incumbent Seward-based charter owner Andrew Mezirow for one of the two seats. Council members may be reappointed, but there is a three-term limit. Mezirow is a lifelong sports angler and the owner of Gray Light Sports fishing.

Courtesy of the City of Homer

Local officials and politicians are analyzing Gov. Bill Walker’s 2019 budget proposal, which was released last week. The budget is status quo compared to last year, but does call for some changes to oil and gas tax credits.

Homer Rep. Paul Seaton said he is happy Walker’s budget didn’t call for further cuts to some state services.

“I'm happy to see that there aren't cuts to D.O.T. and road maintenance or any trooper cuts,” he said. “We're trying to get services back up to where they were.”

Governor Visits Homer to Address Fiscal Crisis

Aug 3, 2016
Photos by Shahla Farzan

Dozens turned out to hear the message of Gov, Bill Walker, who visited Homer on Tuesday to talk with residents about the state’s looming budget crisis. As he described the enormity of the $4 billion state deficit, Gov. Walker didn’t mince words. He began by quoting David Teal, Alaska’s legislative fiscal analyst. 

Courtesy of Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly

When the Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board meets in July, it’s usually to finalize its budget for the new fiscal year. This year, however, it will be recalculating yet again, to absorb the $1.1 million in funding cuts announced by Gov. Bill Walker at the end of June.

More From Gov. Walker On Alaska LNG

Oct 15, 2015
Photo by Quinton Chandler/KBBI

KBBI’s Quinton Chandler and Governor Bill Walker discuss an upcoming special session in which lawmakers will debate his plan to buy interest in the Alaska LNG Pipeline. Next you’ll hear the governor talk about the impact his plan could have on local municipalities and the feasibility of a gas reserve tax.  

Gov. Walker On Alaska LNG Pipeline

Oct 13, 2015
Photo Courtesy of the Governor's Office

Governor Bill Walker visited Homer Friday to speak at the Southern Peninsula Senior Summit and the Alaska Recreation and Park Association’s 40th Annual Conference. In between the events KBBI’s Quinton Chandler spoke with the governor about his decision to call a special session for legislators to consider buying a share of the Alaska LNG Pipeline.

Parks and Rec Organization Holds Conference in Homer

Oct 7, 2015
Image Courtesy of the Alaska Recreation and Park Association

A non-profit whose goal is to strengthen Parks and Recreation programs across the state is throwing its 40th annual conference in Homer. The conference starts Wednesday and ends Saturday this week. It is expected to draw Parks and Recreation professionals from across the state. KBBI’s Quinton Chandler has more.