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.
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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.
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.
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City manager finalist Jeffrey Trinker has withdrawn from consideration for the position.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.
Sean Dusek has been selected as the new superintendent of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. The Board of Education made the decision at a special meeting Tuesday. Dusek has been serving as interim superintendent since December following the departure of Dr. Steve Atwater last year.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has released the lower Cook Inlet pink salmon forecast for 2015. At this point in time, it looks like there are a few factors that may contribute to a good harvest this year.