Renee Gross

Reporter/Host
KBBI

This week on The Coffee Table, early childhood development and parenting support systems are the topics for discussion. KBBI's Renee Gross talks with Jill Lush and Susie Amundson from Sprout Family Services.

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Courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough

The Kenai Peninsula Borough will now recover some of the money it spends on providing administrative support to service areas. The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly  passed a resolution Tuesday that will reestablish a 2.5-percent fee as a way to pay for borough staff time.

The resolution is similar to another passed in 2006 that was later eliminated in the 2010 budget.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Earnings from commercial fisheries on the Kenai Peninsula have been going down in recent years according to the 2018 Kenai Peninsula Borough Comprehensive Draft Plan.

The plan, released in December, states that fishery earnings declined from 2013 to 2016 and cites research from the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission. Total revenue from fisheries on the peninsula during that time decreased from roughly 150 to 90 million dollars. Craig Farrington is a researcher at the commission and said smaller earnings are likely due to less salmon.

Photo from KBBI Database

The Mariners basketball teams closed out their regular season on a high note on Friday. The boy’s team won against Seward 70-38 and player Koby Etzwiler scored big with 24 points.  

The girl’s team also won against Seward: 52-22. Player Alissa Cole led the way by scoring 20 points. Both teams won on senior night to the biggest crowds of the season.  

Homer High School Athletic Director Chris Perk said at regionals this weekend, it is likely the boy’s team will seed third and the girl’s team will seed fourth.

Courtesy of Alaska Legislature

Alaska State Representative Paul Seaton of Homer spoke with Renee Gross on March 2 about the budget, gun legislation and funding public defenders. 

South Peninsula Hospital

It's a good job market for healthcare professionals. The older population is driving the need for more care and hospitals are expanding their services. On the Kenai Peninsula, healthcare-support jobs are predicated to be the fastest growing occupation this year with the amount of jobs increasing by  2.5 percent. But recruiting healthcare workers to rural Alaska continues to be a challenge.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough’s population, like many places in Alaska, is aging.

Janna Davis

The Homer High School Nordic Girls Ski team won first place in the state competition last Thursday through Saturday in Fairbanks, and it’s the first time Homer has brought home the state championship in years.  

Katia Holmes is one of the top two skiers on cross-country ski team. She said she’s been skiing practically since she was born. But even for her, there were some tough spots during her races in Fairbanks.

Courtesy of Alaska Legislature

Alaska State Representative Paul Seaton of Homer spoke with Renee Gross on Feb. 23 about preventing another school shooting. 

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is facing a $3 million deficit this year. The district intends to reduce that figure by using roughly one million from its savings. Budget deficits have been a constant theme for the district since the state hit hard financial times over the past few years, and up until now, the district has avoided budget cuts to the classroom. But those cuts may be hard to avoid this year.

Renee Gross, KBBI News

Kachemak Selo, a small Russian Old Believer village at the head of Kachemak Bay, is desperate for a new school building. Deteriorating infrastructure and limited space has plagued the community for years. However, progress toward a new school is happening. The state dedicated about $10 million toward building a new school in 2016, and on Friday, the community choose a building site. A new school isn’t guaranteed just yet. The community still needs to convince Kenai Peninsula Borough residents to vote in favor of paying for the rest of the roughly $16 million project.  

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