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South Peninsula Residents Weigh In On Fixing Budget

Sep 22, 2015
Photo by Quinton Chandler/KBBI

South Kenai Peninsula Representative Paul Seaton’s office built a battery of surveys and organized two town hall meetings last week in Ninilchik and Homer. Seaton's primary goals were to convince peninsula residents of the seriousness of the state’s financial dilemma; and second to hear their thoughts on how to avoid running off a fiscal cliff. KBBI’s Quinton Chandler has more.

Homer City Council Candidate Bows Out

Sep 22, 2015
Image Courtesy of the City of Homer

          Homer City Council Candidate Michael Neece officially withdrew his name from the race for city council on Monday. Neece says he has to quit for multiple reasons. 

“Part of it was time, part of it was family. Some of it was a medical thing. Part of it was conflict with my new job and the city. I couldn’t work my new job and be on the city council because it would be in conflict with my new business,” says Neece.

      Neece declined to identify his business on record. 

Image Courtesy of the Department of Revenue

     State Revenue Commissioner Randy Hoffbeck is travelling the state to explain the direness of Alaska’s fiscal crisis. Hoffbeck was in Homer last week and KBBI’s Quinton Chandler spoke with him about the state’s options in the face of low revenues and a $3 billion deficit. Click the icon above to hear a portion of that interview.

Click here to link to the Governor’s Sustainable Future Page.

Willy Dunne Candidate Profile

Sep 22, 2015
Courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough 2015 Municipal Election is less than a month away and there are two candidates competing for the South Peninsula Assembly Seat. Click the icon above to hear a one on one interview between KBBI's Quinton Chandler and candidate Willy Dunne. Dunne discusses his plans for a term on the assembly.

Revenue Commissioner Talks Oil, Revenues and Deficits

Sep 22, 2015
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It’s no secret declining oil prices are an ongoing nightmare for Alaska. Historically 90% of the revenue used in the state’s general fund came from the oil and gas industry. Since last summer the average price for Domestic U.S. oil has fallen from near $100.00 per barrel to about $45.00. Randy Hoffbeck, the State Revenue Commissioner is visiting communities around Alaska to explain the current situation and get the ball rolling on the first steps toward recovery. KBBI’s Quinton Chandler interviewed Hoffbeck on his first day visiting the Southern Kenai Peninsula.

Donna Aderhold Candidate Profile

Sep 22, 2015
Image Courtesy of the City of Homer

Homer’s 2015 General Municipal Election is approaching. The City has two open city council seats and six candidates competing for them. In the coming weeks KBBI will share interviews with each of the official candidates. Click the icon above to hear an interview with KBBI’s Quinton Chandler and City Council Candidate Donna Aderhold.

Revenue Commissioner To Visit Southern Kenai Peninsula

Sep 22, 2015
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      The State Revenue Commissioner, Randall Hoffbeck, is coming to the Southern Peninsula to discuss potential solutions to a drastic fall in state revenues caused by low oil prices. Commissioner Hoffbeck will meet with the public Thursday for a town hall meeting at the Ninilchik Senior Center from 6-8 pm.  On Friday Hoffbeck will join Homer City Manager Katie Koester for a luncheon sponsored by the Homer Chamber of Commerce from 12-1 pm at the Homer Elks Lodge.

Image Courtesy of the City of Homer

Candidates Donna Aderhold, Beau Burgess, and Joni Wise joined Host Quinton Chandler to discuss the issues  facing the City of Homer, and their positions on them, in the first of two programs featuring candidates for 2 open seats on the Homer City Council in the Municipal Election that occurs on Tuesday October 6th. 

Beau Burgess Candidate Profile

Sep 15, 2015
Image Courtesy of the City of Homer

The 2015 General Municipal Election is approaching. The City of Homer has two open city council seats and seven candidates competing for them. In the coming weeks KBBI will share interviews with each of the official candidates. Next you’ll hear an interview with KBBI’s Quinton Chandler and Incumbent City Council Member Beau Burgess.

President Obama Tours Kenai Fjords National Park

Sep 15, 2015
Image Courtesy of the National Parks Service

A visit to Kenai Fjords National Park was on President Obama’s itinerary Tuesday. The president’s reasons for visiting the park are not completely clear, but it is possible the side trip is related to the broader focus of his Alaska sojourn, climate change. KBBI’s Quinton Chandler spoke with National Parks Service Spokesperson Kris Fister about the presidential visit.

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