Kenai Peninsula Borough

Coffee Table: Legislative Impact on Local Government

Apr 27, 2016
Photo by Rose Grech

Legislators are more than a week past their deadline to end the regular legislative session and the most important issue, the budget deficit, is still unresolved. This session lawmakers heard multiple bills that, if passed, could increase costs for cities and boroughs around the state. 

This week on the Coffee Table we discussed session’s proposed legislation and the impacts it could have on the city of Homer and the Kenai Peninsula Borough. 

Assembly Member Criticized for ISIS Reference

Apr 6, 2016
Courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

A Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Member, Stan Welles, infuriated borough residents after he wrote a letter to a local newspaper arguing the irrelevance of marijuana revenue in the face of its social costs. Residents turned out at Tuesday’s Assembly meeting to tell Welles their thoughts on the letter’s closing, which they say, compares people involved in the marijuana industry to Islamic State terrorists.


Borough Marijuana Ban Ordinance Postponed

Apr 6, 2016
Courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly ran out of time during its Tuesday night meeting and had to postpone the vote to introduce a controversial ordinance. Ordinance 2016-10 would give Kenai Peninsula Borough residents the option to not allow licensed marijuana businesses in the borough.

Homer Assembly Member Kelly Cooper says she normally votes to at least introduce every ordinance so it can be heard. But, she won’t give this ordinance the same courtesy.

Courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly members may introduce an ordinance at their regular meeting Tuesday evening that calls for a borough-wide vote on whether to ban commercial marijuana within the borough.

Assembly members will hear public testimony on the ordinance and hold a vote to introduce it. The ordinance is sponsored by Assembly President, Blaine Gilman.

Borough Healthcare Consultant Visits Homer

Mar 30, 2016
Photo by Quinton Chandler/KBBI

A representative from a healthcare consulting firm spoke to Homer residents inside the Homer City Council Chambers Tuesday afternoon about ways to improve healthcare on the Kenai Peninsula. 

The Kenai Peninsula Borough convened a healthcare task force last fall to find better ways to provide healthcare in the borough at a lower cost. The borough hired the consulting firm, Stroudwater Associates, for the same reason.

Borough Composting Service A Possibility

Mar 8, 2016
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The Kenai Peninsula Borough is considering teaming up with a Homer area composter to turn organic waste, usually transported to the borough's landfill, into fertilizer.

“The Borough Administration is very interested in setting up a pilot project collecting food waste from local restaurants [and] perhaps facilities like the hospital. We’re still working on the details, but basically collecting food waste and composting them instead of putting them into the borough landfill,” said South Peninsula Borough Assembly Member Willy Dunne.

Coffee Table: KPB 2016 Outlook

Mar 2, 2016
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The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is wading through another set of issues this year. Cannabis regulation, Healthcare reform, Local Option Zoning and the budget are just a few of the issues assembly members are tackling. This week on the Coffee Table we talked with your South Peninsula Borough Assembly members: Kelly Cooper and Willy Dunne. 


Coffee Table: KPB Healthcare Task Force

Feb 12, 2016
Photo by Dorle Harness/KBBI

Managing the costs of healthcare is a never ending problem especially in Alaska’s rural communities. The Kenai Peninsula Borough has convened a healthcare task force to find new ways to continue providing sustainable health care on the Kenai Peninsula. On this week’s Coffee Table we examined the work being done by the task force and the options under consideration. Our guests were Task Force Chair Rick Ross, Vice Chair Bill Smith and Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre. 

Borough Sends Wish List To Legislature

Jan 20, 2016
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The Kenai Peninsula Borough released its state funding priorities Tuesday (1/19) for the current legislative session. 

Borough Mayor Mike Navarre isn’t optimistic the legislature will appropriate funds for the borough’s wish list, but he says it’s still important to ask. 

Unofficial Results For Ballot Measures

Oct 7, 2015
Image Courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough

Three of the four propositions on the Kenai Peninsula Borough ballot passed on Tuesday.   Proposition number one, called for a repeal of a controversial ordinance. It was perhaps the most contentious ballot proposition and the only that required a borough-wide vote.

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