Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly

Hospital Boundary Will Stay The Same

Jul 27, 2016
Courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough

The boundary between the south and central peninsula hospital service areas will stay where it is, near the tower in Clam Gulch, about 14.5 miles north of the midpoint between the Homer and central peninsula hospitals.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly has been discussing moving the boundary south, so that residents of Clam Gulch and Ninilchik won’t have to pay taxes to support the Homer Hospital’s service area when most use medical services in Soldotna. 

Borough Assembly to Keep Prayer in Meetings

Jun 30, 2016
Courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

An ordinance that would have removed the invocation, or prayer, from the start of Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meetings proved to be such a hot topic that it was dropped before even being officially taken up.

Assembly President Blaine Gilman said he proposed the ordinance in response to recent complaints from members of the public that prayer as part of a public meeting was inappropriate. And also that the invocation, as practiced, seemed exclusionary to non-Judeo-Christian faiths, since that’s all that is represented.

Gilman, who represents Kenai, said his answer was to open the invocation up to anyone interested.

“I think the direction to go is to be broad-based, respectful of all faiths, and it’s first come, first served. And if there’s Muslims in this community who want to give an invocation, if there are people who are from Frontier Freethinkers, if there’s a Hindu person who wants to give an invocation, we should be open to that,” Gilman said.

Borough Considers Lowering Senior Tax Exemption

Jun 29, 2016
Courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

As the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly works its way through proposed changes to the tax codes, the idea to phase out the senior property tax exemption has garnered the most public comment.

Borough OKs Marijuana Licenses

Jun 24, 2016
Courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

Prospective Kenai Peninsula commercial marijuana business cleared another hurdle Tuesday, as the borough assembly supported the issuance of licenses from the state Alcohol Marijuana Control Board.

Indoor Athletics Field Coming to Homer

Jun 24, 2016
Image courtesy of the Soccer Association of Homer

Soccer, baseball and other typically spring- and summertime sports are usually put away during long Alaska winters. But come this fall, people in the Homer area will have a new place to play.

The Soccer Association of Homer is realizing its dream to build an indoor athletic field. The goal of the South Peninsula Athletic and Recreation Center, or SPARC, is providing healthy activity for the community, year-round.

Courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is considering changing the boundary between the southern and central peninsula hospital services area. The move would save Ninilchik residents on their tax bills, but could be a taxing hit to the finances of the South Peninsula Hospital Service Area.

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District officials are breathing a sigh of relief over the reinstatement of public education funding in the state budget. However, they will have to hold their breath throughout the year to see if an increase in local funding will come.

Borough Passes $80 million FY2017 Budget

Jun 14, 2016
Courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

After some tweaks and tinkering, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly passed a fiscal year 2017 budget Tuesday with general fund expenditures just under $80 million.

Homer Medical Center Renovation Plans See Expansion

Jun 1, 2016
Courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

Renovation plans for the Homer Medical Center are expanding, and so will the projected price tag. But the expansion will bring cost savings to create a facility that’s better suited to the needs of the future, without taking much more out of the current bank balance.

Ninilchik Store Works Toward Liquor Sales

Jan 14, 2016
Photo by Daysha Eaton/KBBI

Ninilchik General Store wants to add on a package liquor store and their attorney has proposed a change in Kenai Peninsula Borough code to make it happen. Current code says liquor stores cannot be with in 500 feet of schools and churches.

Dunne Wins District 9 Seat

Oct 14, 2015
Image Courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough

Results for the 2015 Regular Elections show Willy Dunne of Fritz Creek is the winner of the District 9 Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Seat. Dunne defeated Dawson Slaughter of Anchor Point with roughly 58% of the vote. KBBI’s Quinton Chandler sat down with Dunne to discuss the race and his plans for his term on the Borough Assembly.