The Alaska Legislature hit its halfway point this week, heading toward the April 15 session end. The Senate will take the lead on oil taxes as legislative leaders look at spreading the workload and which bills should move.
An abortion bill, school vouchers and budget closeouts are among the highlights this week.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold its first hearing today on a bill that would define “medically necessary” abortions. SB49 pertains to which abortions Alaska must pay for under the State Medicaid program. It states that the Department of Health and Social Services may not pay for abortion services under the program, unless those abortions are medically necessary or the pregnancy was the result of rape or incest.
Board of Game meets in Kenai The Alaska Board of Game will meet in Kenai for the first time in 20 years on March 15-19. The meeting offers an opportunity for Kenai Peninsula residents to voice their opinions on several proposals that will affect hunting in area game units. The meeting will be held in [...]
The local American Legion post’s scholarship application periods are now open for all high school seniors. • American Legion Auxiliary Scholarships $500: H.S. seniors (C-B student) Deadline: April 1. • American Legion Western District $1,000: For H.S. seniors who may not be able to get a scholarship and are ready to make a commitment to [...]
Grant Air shuts down Homer station Grant Airlines shut down its operations at the Homer Airport on Sunday, but a small staff has stayed on to answer questions and make calls to those who had reservations to fly soon on Grant flights. Phaedra Bennett, Grant’s Homer station manager, said they were notified on Feb. 8 [...]
Don’t get fooled by records scam The Consumer Protection Unit of the Alaska Attorney General’s Office has received reports that an entity calling itself “Corporate Records Service” with an address in Ketchikan, has mailed solicitations to commercial fishermen and others in Alaska. The solicitation, entitled “Annual Minutes Records Form,” states that Alaska businesses are required [...]
Police seek hit and run driver Homer Police are asking for information about a driver who hit a 47-year-old man walking on Ben Walters Lane on Wednesday morning. A driver hit the man about 9 a.m. Jan. 23 by Lupine Court and near Building D at Conifer Woods Apartments. The driver stopped briefly and then [...]
Alaska unemployment falls Alaska’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.6 percent in December, down slightly from November’s 6.7 percent, according to the Alaska Department of Labor. Nationally, unemployment was 7.8 percent. Both U.S. and Alaska rates fell over the course of 2012, with the national rate declining from 8.3 percent in January 2012 to 7.8 [...]
Parnell’s State of the State Gov. Sean Parnell is scheduled to give his 2013 State of the State Address tonight at 7 p.m. from the Alaska State Capital in Juneau. Parnell’s speech is set to begin shortly after a welcome reception for state legislators at Juneau’s Centennial Hall at the opening of the Legislative session [...]
Cook Inlet belugas number 312 Scientists from NOAA’s Alaska Fisheries Science Center announced that the 2012 abundance estimate for the endangered Cook Inlet beluga whale population is 312 animals; a small, but not scientifically significant increase over last year. Population estimates have been as low as 278 and as high as 366 during the past [...]
The City of Homer has arranged special upcoming meetings of importance in the community Homer Area Natural Gasline distribution system. January 25: The Deadline for Natural Gas Homer Special Assessment District is January 25th at 5pm. If you want to object to the Natural GAS HSAD, submit a signed original objection form to the Homer [...]