The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly answered the question about funding non-profit organizations without putting it to the public. The Assembly saw enough economic value in the spending to leave it alone, at least for now.
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Another batch of improvements is in the works at Homer’s Karen Hornaday Park. A $75,000 Department of Natural Resources matching grant will allow for better access and use of the park’s facilities.
The new fire and EMS station for Ninilchik Emergency Services is nearly complete. The facility will provide more space for equipment and the roughly 30 volunteers who make NES tick.
State Representative Paul Seaton has introduced an amendment to the education funding measure making its way through the Alaska Statehouse. It would provide tax credits for non-profit programs that offer pre-K education options.
Bunnell Street Arts Center will have four artists and residence and two public art displays in Old Town over the next several months. The projects are part of revitalization efforts for the historic Homer neighborhood and are paid for with the ArtPlace grant.
Buccaneer Energy has experienced another setback in its oil and gas exploration efforts in Alaska. After spending millions of dollars to begin an onshore project east of Homer, the company is pulling up stakes and abandoning its only well at the site.
Homer city officials will not appeal a decision made by a Kenai Superior Court judge regarding the city’s special assessment district. Ken Castner filed a lawsuit last March after he said his condo was unfairly assessed within the HSAD.
The volunteer organization that helps keep the doors open at Homer’s Kevin Bell Arena is looking for new funding. Monthly loan payments for the facility are set to double in about 18 months. The facility is one of only four in the nation that’s privately owned.