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.”
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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.
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.
City manager finalist Jeffrey Trinker has withdrawn from consideration for the position. The city announced his withdrawal on their website today. Trinker was one of two finalists, along with Homer public works director Carey Meyer. He was conditionally offered the job Tuesday evening following his in-person interview. The city council plans to meet Monday evening to discuss how to proceed.
The parallel Pacific cod season in Cook Inlet comes to a close this week as the state waters Pacific cod jig season opens. Here is an update about the current groundfish fisheries in the Cook Inlet.