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.
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City manager finalist Jeffrey Trinker has withdrawn from consideration for the position.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.