Courtesy Alcohol & Marijuana Control Board

A Homer-based marijuana cultivation business that was caught growing several plants prior to approval by the state Marijuana Control Board will now be allowed to legally operate.

The control board denied Alaska Loven It’s standard cultivation permit application in January after co-owner Dan Coglianese was found growing 24 immature marijuana plants prior to approval.

Photo Courtesy of Independent Living Center

A program that allows seniors and people with disabilities on the southern Kenai Peninsula to buy discounted taxi rides will resume in July. The Independent Living Center announced this month that the Alaska Department of Transportation funded the program.

The living center stopped selling vouchers in March due to lack of funding, leaving roughly 100 southern peninsula residents without rides. Beginning in July, people with disabilities and seniors will likely be able to purchase about 20 local rides and 10 longer distance rides per month. 

Photo Courtesy of South Peninsula Hospital

Healthcare providers may go a few weeks without Medicaid reimbursements. After it became clear that Medicaid funding will run dry about a month short of the new fiscal year, the Legislature included some funding to pay for Medicaid services until July 1 as it passed the capital budget over the weekend. 

The Alaska Division of Forestry

Editor's note: This story has been updated in another post.   

Updated: 10:59 p.m. 5/14/18

Firefighters responded to a brushfire in Nikolaevsk Monday afternoon.

The blaze was reported at about 4 p.m. Monday. At the scene, Anchor Point Fire Chief Al Terry said both the Division of Forestry and his department were already at the scene of another fire when the call came in.

Alaska State Troopers

Alaska State Troopers say a pilot is dead after crashing early Saturday morning near Whittier.

According to a Trooper dispatch, the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center notified Troopers that an emergency location transmitter had gone off in the area Saturday morning.

Troopers were not able to access the crash site due to weather, but both Rescue Coordination Center and U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crews were able to confirm the sole occupant of the small aircraft was dead.

Courtesy of Alaska Department of Fish and Game

A candidate that was set to run against Homer Rep. Paul Seaton in this year’s Republican primary has dropped out. Robert Ruffner announced on his Facebook page Friday that he’s ending his bid to represent House District 31 in the state Legislature.

Ruffner filed his letter of intent to run in late March.

He currently sits on the Alaska Board of Fisheries. In his announcement Friday, Ruffner said his service on the board is a better fit for him and his family. He says spending time his wife and children is his primary reason for pulling out of the race.

Sugt'stun Word of the Week - May 14, 2018

May 14, 2018
Creative Commons

Illipai  -  Her Bread

Illipai Emaa Nataliam tagua asirlartut.

Translation:
Emaa Natalie's bread is very good.

 

Friends of Kachemak Bay State Park

This week's Coffee Table focuses on Kachemak Bay State Park, the first state park in Alaska.
Guests:
Ranger Jason Okuly, Superintendent of Parks Jack Blackwell and Mako Haggerty representing the Friends of Kachemak Bay State Park.

Rudy Gustafson

Commercial fishermen are about two months into the halibut season, and the industry is dealing with some big changes. Prices for the valuable bottom fish have fallen about $2 per pound, and decreasing demand has left plenty of halibut from last year sitting in the freezer.

Both seem to be driven by consumers who are reluctant to buy expensive fillets in grocery stores and restaurants, but also by a new competitor that’s taking over a large portion of the market.

That begs the question: will Pacific halibut maintain its spot on the menu or be replaced?

Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association

After the Alaska Department of Natural Resources ordered the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association to move its Tutka Bay release site either to the location it specified in its permit or back to its Tutka Bay Lagoon hatchery, mother nature seemed to make the decision for the hatchery association.

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Cook Inlet Aquaculture Executive Director Gary Fandrei said strong winds blew the pens about three miles west of where they were initially anchored. 

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