Summer is just around the corner and the tourist driven industries around Kachemak Bay are revving up for the coming boost in business. The Homer Bed and Breakfast Association held its Spring Kickoff Mixer Sunday afternoon. The mixer was upbeat despite uneasy rumblings over the future environment for the tourism industry.
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After years of discussion and planning, the Tustumena ferry replacement process is moving forward with design specifications and engineering tests.
The public comment period closes Thursday on a water rights petition from a citizen group fighting a proposed coal mine in the Chuitna watershed on the west side of Cook Inlet. This comes the same week a national conservation group, America’s Rivers, named the Chuitna the 6th most endangered river in the country. Opponents of the project say the outcome of this six-year process could set a precedent for land use in the state.
The Borough Assembly voted in favor of an ordinance Tuesday night that could lead to a shorter tax exemption period for non-prepared foods on the peninsula. During its previous meeting the assembly considered putting an end to the tax exemption altogether, but held off to evaluate a compromise.
Homer Electric Association is exploring new sources of energy for the Kenai Peninsula. Its subsidiary, Kenai Hydro LLC, submitted a draft license application last week for a proposed hydroelectric facility at Grant Lake, near the town of Moose Pass.
A warm, dry winter has prepped the landscape of the Kenai Peninsula for an early fire season. Burn permits are required for open burning from April 1st through August 31st and are subject to burn suspensions and closures.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Board of Education passed its $165 million budget Monday. But it did so with an eye on a possible multi-million dollar revenue shortfall should proposed budget cuts stay in place.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is facing a potential revenue loss of nearly $8 million, if current proposed budget cuts stand. The school district isn’t panicking just yet, but they are seriously reevaluating their budget for fiscal year 2016.