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South Peninsula Hospital will launch a full scale emergency drill this month to prepare its staff for a potential disaster. The idea is that if a worst case scenario ever plays out in Homer the hospital’s staff will have a strategy for a competent response. The drill will span three days and will utilize around 80 community volunteers.

Hannah Heimbuch Presents at the Conference - Photo by Shady Grove Oliver/KBBI

The 2015 Kachemak Bay Science Conference wrapped up Saturday in Homer. It featured three days of workshops and dozens of presentations and panels covering everything from traditional food knowledge to climate change. This year’s theme was “Science to Management.”

The Legislature is considering halving the amount of funding available for public broadcasting. Between operations and infrastructure, public radio and television were granted $5 million in state funds in the last budget. With the proposal offered by the House Finance subcommittee, funding would be reduced to $2.5 million.

As the Alaska Legislature struggles to balance the state budget in light of the multi-billion-dollar revenue shortfall, everyone is trying to keep the cuts to education from going too deep. Governor Walker said as much in his State of the State Address, and it's true in the Senate Education Committee, on which Senator Gary Stevens sits.

The Alaska State House passed a resolution seeking to designate a week in January as "Alaska School Choice Week.” But, the discussion turned into a floor debate over public schools and vouchers to use public money to pay for private schools.

Authorities are seeking information about the disappearance two weeks ago of a 27-year-old Homer fisherman in Kodiak. Mihay Kalugin is a crewman aboard the fishing vessel Competition. He was last seen in downtown Kodiak in the early morning hours of February 22nd.

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It’s no secret marijuana retailers around the country face several crippling obstacles because their product is still illegal in the eyes of the federal government. Future dispensaries in Alaska will have to find ways around those roadblocks if they are going to be profitable. A California attorney with a home in Soldotna plans to move to Alaska full time to help his clients pull through.

Black Bear - Image Courtesy of adfg.alaska.gov

The application period is now open for black bear baiting permits in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Permit applications must be received before April 10th to participate in the random drawing. That will determine the order in which bait areas are selected and which permits will be issued. Applications are available at the Refuge headquarters or online at fws.gov. For more information, contact the Refuge at 262-7021.

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