Early Spring Impacts Peony Growers

Jul 29, 2016
Photo by Casey Marsh

Peonies are a growing Alaska export. In 2015, peony growers shipped more than 50,000 stems from Alaska, and Gov. Bill Walker recently declared July to be Alaska Peony Month for the second year in a row. But this year farmers were taken by surprise when the Alaska peony season came early.

Courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough

Kenai Peninsula Borough voters will have their say on whether the borough’s optional senior property tax exemption will be phased out.

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. 

Photo Courtesy of ANSEP

Women and Alaska Natives are underrepresented in the STEM fields, but two south peninsula girls are breaking barriers before even leaving high school. They are learning about— science, technology, engineering and mathematics —at University of Alaska Anchorage this summer. The girls are participating in the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program, or ANSEP, five-week Acceleration Academy. 

Courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough

On the agenda for the regularly scheduled meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly tonight is an ordinance aimed at changing the boundary of the central and southern hospital service areas.


Assembly Vice President Brent Johnson, who represents District 7, Central, says he proposed the change because he believes the current boundary, which was established in 1969, is unfair to taxpayers in his district.

Photo Courtesy of Nouredine Mama

After spending the school year at Homer High School through the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study program, Nouredine Mama left for his home country of Cameroon on Monday. But before the 17-year-old flew out, KBBI News Director Daysha Eaton talked with him about what he learned during his stay in Alaska and how the experience helped him decide to pursue college in the U.S., and a career in medicine.

Photo Courtesy of Taz Tally

Homer resident Taz Tally is one of 20 delegates representing Alaska at the Democratic National Convention underway in Philadelphia. He says it is an honor to represent the state.

“Well it is an honor and it is pretty darn exciting to be here in Philly to represent Alaska,” said Tally.

Jenny Neyman

The Kenai River is seeing less sockeye in recent days but more fishing opportunity starting July 22.


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