Kenai Peninsula Borough

Dorothy Drive easement upheld

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Kenai Peninsula Borough

At Monday night’s Kenai Peninsula Borough Planning Commission meeting, The commission rejected a petition to block public access to an easement bordering properties off Skyline Drive near Homer. KBBI’s Kathleen Gustafson has the story with reporting by Elizabeth Earl in Soldotna.

Correction: A previous version of the story identified the neighborhood as Diamond Ridge. It is better definied as being off Skyline Drive. 

Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management

The National EAS Test will take place next week on Wednesday, August 7.
The Emergency Alert System will send a test to radio and television stations. In preparation for this test, KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson hosted a discussion on emergency preparedness with Homer’s Volunteer Fire Department  Chief Mark Kirko, outgoing fire chief, Robert Purcell, Lieutenant Ryan Browning from the Homer Police Department and Dan Nelson from the Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management. 

Kenai Peninsula Borough

At Monday night’s Kenai Peninsula Borough Planning Commission meeting, Beachcomber LLC owner, Emmitt Trimble was granted a heavily contested permit to dig a gravel pit on his property in Anchor Point. KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson spoke with Trimble and Kenai Peninsula Borough planner Bruce Wall, the morning after the meeting.

Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly

Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce vetoed roughly $2.4 million worth of supplemental education funding on Monday. The additional dollars would have brought the borough’s contribution to the district for the 2019 fiscal year up to the maximum allowed under state law.

Supporters say the move would provide certainty for the district as it hires teachers and the state budget for next fiscal year continues to take shape in Juneau.

Courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough

Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce is still contemplating whether to veto $2.4 million in supplemental funding for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly approved the funding earlier this month in an effort to reduce the number of pink slips handed out to teachers by the school district as it waits for the state Legislature and the borough to approve education funding for the following year.

Kenai Peninsula Borough

Updated: 9:31 a.m. 4/4/19

There’s a war of words over education funding on the Kenai Peninsula. Critics of Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s proposed cuts to K-12 education have been sounding the alarm over the threat of school closures. But the borough mayor is taking on the governor’s critics.

Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce recently used an appearance on KSRM AM in Soldotna to take on the governor’s critics.

Dunleavy's budget cuts will cost Homer and borough

Feb 14, 2019
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Gov. Mike Dunleavy unveiled his far-reaching budget proposal Wednesday and it’s left public officials on the Kenai Peninsula with more questions than answers.

Homer City Manager Katie Koester said the city has a laundry list of concerns when it comes to the cuts that may be in the fine print of Dunleavy’s budget proposal.

Courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough

The Kenai Peninsula Borough is spending more money on appeals related to the borough planning commission’s decisions than it originally anticipated.  There have been three appeals so far this fiscal year.  Two of the appeals were related to gravel pit permits.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly designated about $26,000 to cover additional costs during its meeting Tuesday.

The assembly has spent roughly $16,0000 on appeals so far this fiscal year.

Kenai Peninsula Borough

Gov.-elect Mike Dunleavy’s transition team announced four high level appointments Monday. John Quick, current chief of staff to Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce, is on list.

Quick will head the Department of Administration. The department houses several state agencies, including the Department of Motor Vehicles, the Public Defender Agency and the Office of Public Advocacy. A handful of commissions, including the Alaska Public Offices Commission, also fall within the department’s wheelhouse.

Courtesy of the City of Seward

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, is awarding the City of Seward disaster relief after a storm in December severely damaged a road that leads to a small village south of town.  

City Manager Jim Hunt said a strong tidal surge in the Gulf of Alaska combined with strong southerly winds sent waves crashing over Lowell Point Road during a high tide cycle in Resurrection Bay.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce unveiled a new tax proposal during a Homer Chamber of Commerce luncheon Tuesday.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted down Pierce’s plan to spend nearly half of the borough’s land trust fund to fill a roughly $4 million budget gap.

Pierce initially proposed spending $3 million from the fund, but later amended his proposal to $4.5 million in order to provide more education funding. The assembly voted both proposals down.

Borough adopts new emergency alert system

May 2, 2018
Courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough

After a large earthquake sounded tsunami alarms around the Gulf of Alaska in January, communities put their emergency plans and equipment to the test, and some communities found shortcomings.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough’s Department of Emergency Management had issues with its emergency notification system, Rapid Notify, which calls landlines and subscribed cell phones with automated messages.

Dan Nelson is the head of the department. He said some Kenai Peninsula residents never received a call, or received it hours after the tsunami warning was no longer in effect.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

With under three weeks to go until municipal elections, the three candidates running for borough mayor made a stop in Homer Thursday for a town-hall style forum. Candidates took both prepared and audience questions. Topics ranged from local control over hospitals to the current invocation policy, but the budget deficit and taxes stole the show.

Linda Farnsworth Hutchings, Dale Bagley and Charlie Pierce squared off for the 2017 Homer Chamber of Commerce’s town hall forum at the Homer Elk’s Lodge Thursday evening.

Alder Seaman

Proposition 1, if passed, will ban all marijuana sales, cultivation, paraphernalia sales and testing in borough areas outside of incorporated cities. Leif Abel,  Doug Anderson and Amy Jackman, representatives of 
Keep Cannabis Legal, a group formed to oppose Prop 1, are the guests on this week's Coffee Table.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

School start times are changing for students on the Southern Peninsula this fall. Younger students will be getting out earlier than in past years, and with the first day of school just a couple of weeks away, some parents are scrambling to find a place for their kids to go after school. A coalition of businesses and non-profits in the Homer area are working to solve that problem.

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