Downing, Illg file for school district seats
Liz Downing and Mike Illg each filed for candidacy in the upcoming Kenai Peninsula School District election, which will be on the Kenai Peninsula Borough ballot Oct. 2.
Downing has served on the school board since 2005, and Illg is currently the director for the Community Recreation Program with the City of Homer.
Downing said she is excited to continue to support students, families, teachers and staff as the district implements its latest strategic plan.
“Our schools are among the best in Alaska and continue to improve with dedicated educators at every level,” she wrote in her filing statement. “I bring over 30 years of experience in education to the board dealing with policies and advocating for legislative support. My seven years thus far on the board have provided a deep understanding of issues and steps to solutions critical for moving our district toward our goals.”
Illg said he too believes Homer has the best school district in Alaska. “While the students’ educational journey is our primary mission, there are challenges that lie ahead. There are concerns of declining enrollment, equitable funding formula allocation, the potential changing of school hours and how that will affect the Homer community, transportation funding and retaining quality dedicated staff.”
Read more about candidates under elections at www.borough.kenai.ak.us
Watch out for new hotel scam
Law enforcement officials around the state received more complaints about a scam which targets hotel guests. The scammers contact hotel guests by phone at random, and when the guest answers the phone, the scammer tells them that they are calling from the front desk and there has been a problem with their credit card transaction. Of course, the scammer then needs the victims’ credit card information. Within minutes there are charges made on the credit card from other locations.
Members of the public are warned not to give any personal information out — especially credit card numbers — to anyone of whose identity they are uncertain. The Better Business Bureau recommends that, if you are a hotel guest and you receive a call requesting personal information, you should hang up and recall the front desk to verify the authenticity. Often, scammers are in foreign countries and impossible to track down.
Kasitsna Bay Lab holds open house
The public is invited to an open house at the Kasitsna Bay Laboratory from 1-4 p.m. Saturday. Learn about Kachemak Bay research, check out intertidal animals in the touch tank, see what gear you need for cold water diving and try building and driving small underwater robots.
Private boats are welcome to dock at the lab, but please call 235-4042 in advance. For more info, call Kris at 399-4412.
Calling all birders
The Kachemak Bay Birders’ next monthly meeting will be at 4:30 p.m. Monday at the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in the Seminar Room.
Anyone interested in birding, birds and their habitats, citizen science or would just like to know more about our organization is welcome to attend.
Following the meeting, Betty Siegel will present photos from her “African Birding Adventures.”
For more info., contact Lani Raymond 235-9477.
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