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  • JUNEAU (AP) — The Alaska Senate has passed legislation aimed at helping stabilize an individual health insurance market that’s been plagued by rising rates and, starting next year, will be down to one insurer. Under the bill, claims for high-cost conditions would be ceded to a high-risk pool fun...

    Thu, 06/09/2016 - 1:52pm
  • I used to work in a small South American country for Peace Corps. I worked with a group of rural farmers who worked together to raise tomatoes commercially.  Their carefully picked tomatoes were loaded onto a big market truck that they waved down as it went by on the road. The driver would pay ...

    Thu, 06/09/2016 - 1:42pm
  • The Alaska Legislature has approved a cut to oil and gas drilling subsidies that promises millions in savings but fails to close a loophole that led to an explosion in the amount the state owes oil companies. House Bill 247 preserves a “net operating loss” tax credit intended for smaller oil pro...

    Thu, 06/09/2016 - 1:33pm
  • American Legion Post 18 in Ninilchik is looking for bands to compete in their Battle of the Bands community fundraiser on July 9. Any music group interested can register up until June 25. The top band will win $500 and “bragging rights,” according to a press release from the American Legion. Sec...

    Thu, 06/09/2016 - 11:27am
  • Due to the temporary housing crunch in Juneau caused by the popular biennial Celebration, the legislature is taking a short recess from the special session, Rep. Paul Seaton said in an email on Tuesday. He will be back in Homer during the recess and will meet with the House District 31 community at ...

    Thu, 06/09/2016 - 11:26am
  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is now facing a nearly $1 million deficit for the next school year.  While the Legislature restored a base student allocation increase that had been eliminated in the eleventh hour a budget conference committee, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly ch...

    Thu, 06/09/2016 - 11:24am
  • For the second year in a row, due to the state budget deficit, the city of Homer will not receive money from the state for Capital Improvement Plan projects. Projects on the Department of Transportation list will be funded, however, according to Jenny Martin, legislative aide for Rep. Paul Seaton’...

    Thu, 06/09/2016 - 11:22am
  • The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly approved the budget for fiscal year 2017 at its Tuesday meeting. The budget will go into effect after the borough’s current fiscal year ends on June 30. Many assembly members said they were pleased with the administration’s efforts to reduce borough spending ...

    Thu, 06/09/2016 - 11:19am
  • The six sisters from Homer’s widely-known homesteading family, the Kilchers, will talk about their experience making a life as first generation homesteaders in Alaska at a discussion panel in Beatrice, Neb., on June 18 and 19. The panel is a featured part of the 100th anniversary homestead celebra...

    Thu, 06/09/2016 - 10:47am
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre hopes to set a precedent for construction in rural areas starting with the K-12 Kachemak Selo replacement school the legislature agreed to fund this session.  Navarre will look to lessen or waive the local match required to receive state support entire...

    Thu, 06/09/2016 - 10:37am

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