Courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted down revenue measures after approving an $83 million budget Tuesday, leaving a projected $4.1 million deficit. Moves to increase property taxes and the number of months groceries are taxed both failed. But, more revenue measures could be coming down the line.

As the assembly pored over Borough Mayor Mike Navarre’s budget proposal Tuesday, there were fundamental differences on where the borough’s money should be spent, namely whether economic development spending actually benefits the borough.

Photo courtesy of Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Teachers and schools across the Kenai Peninsula received good news Tuesday evening. The Kenai Peninsula Borough approved Borough Mayor Mike Navarre’s budget proposal, appropriating $1.2 million more than the school district had requested.

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Spokeswoman Pegge Erkeneff said several open teaching jobs are now being filled as a result.

The Coffee Table - Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

Jun 7, 2017

Homer City Council members Donna Aderhold and David Lewis were live in the studio on this week's Coffee Table. Aderhold, Lewis, and council member Catriona Reynolds, who pretaped an interview, are subject to a recall election to be held on Tuesday, June 13th.  KBBI's Aaron Bolton was the host, moderated the discussion, and took questions from the listeners.

Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference

The Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference is headed into its sixteenth year this weekend. The gathering of writers and readers from around the state and country is aimed at creating community within a solitary art form.

Writers and literary fans can participate in five days of workshops, panels and public readings. Conference organizer and Kachemak Bay Campus Director Carol Swartz said the conference continues to garner its reputation.

Photo from KBBI

The F/V Tustumena’s return to service has once again been delayed. The Alaska Marine Highway announced Monday more of the vessel’s steel structure would need to be replaced.

The Tustumena has been in Ketchikan for scheduled maintenance since March, and its return to Western Alaska was set for May 27. Staff found the first batch of damaged steel in early May, cutting the vessel’s scheduled sailings in half.

Sugt'stun Word of the Week - June 5, 2017

Jun 5, 2017

  Skuuluk - School

Taaggua skuulurpet mikpakartuq.

Translation:
Our school sure is too small.

Alaska State Representative Paul Seaton's weekly interview with KBBI's Carolyn Norton - recorded Friday, June 2nd.

Courtesy of Keep Cannabis Legal

Marijuana businesses across the Kenai Peninsula Borough are facing an uncertain future. Ballot Proposition 1 will go to a vote in October and would ban all pot operations within the borough that don’t fall under municipal regulations. A ballot initiative group is pushing back against the proposition by promoting the economic growth of the marijuana industry.

Keep Cannabis Legal gave a presentation to the Homer Chamber of Commerce’s Legislative Board Friday. The ballot initiative group is traveling around the peninsula to push back against Ballot Proposition 1.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

Gov. Bill Walker declared opioid abuse in Alaska as a public health crisis earlier this year. Between prescription painkillers and heroin, 114 people died from overdoses in 2016. Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships – or MAPP – held a forum on the epidemic Wednesday at Homer High School. The community health coalition of area residents, businesses and faith-based organizations put on the event to raise awareness about addiction as a disease.

Homer City Council recall organizers
Heartbeat of Homer were the guests on this week's Coffee Table. Political action committee spokesperson Sarah Vance and recall supporter Ralph Crane spent the hour live in the studio taking questions from the listeners.

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