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Kenaitze Candlelight Vigil - Photo by Shady Grove Oliver/KBBI

April is national sexual assault awareness month. The Kenaitze Indian Tribe last week held a candlelight vigil to raise awareness about the issue on the Kenai Peninsula.

The Alaska Food Policy Council is wrapping up more than a year of food system research across the state. As part of the survey, the council held a series of town hall meetings from Nome to Juneau to find out how these diverse communities felt about food in their areas.

Homer Bed and Breakfast Association Spring Kickoff Mixer - Photo by Quinton Chandler/KBBI

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.

After years of discussion and planning, the Tustumena ferry replacement process is moving forward with design specifications and engineering tests.

Chuitna Coal Mine Graphic Courtesy of

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.

Image Courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough

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.

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.