In just one month, the state of Alaska has collected a third of the marijuana tax revenue it recouped in the entire last fiscal year.
The state of Alaska is caught up in two fish and wildlife-related lawsuits in federal courts that could set precedents around the nation for years to come, both of which heavily involve the Kenai Peninsula.
Reading social media last week after the start of the Kenai Peninsula Borough school year, a reader might have thought kids got transported to school in the back of a Ford Model A pickup truck — which, yes, was how the lucky children of the Homer Heights School actually did get to class in 1940. Parents complained about young children getting on the wrong buses, transportation taking two hours to get home, and late pick ups and drop offs.
The minute President Trump entered the Oval Office, President Barack Obama’s environmental legacy was in danger. The clean air and water regulations and the land protections he established, all without Congress’s assent, were as fragile as some of the precious habitat they were meant to protect.
When Republicans assumed the majority in the Senate in January 2015, we pledged to return to “regular order,” governing openly, processing bills through committee, and opening the floor debate to members of both parties. Committee work takes time and floor debates can appear confusing, but they give the public a chance to contribute and allow input from all members in developing policy. Leader Mitch McConnell led us through a productive process that resulted in bipartisan achievements like the first multi-year highway bill in nearly a decade, the repeal of No Child Left Behind, the establishment of a more state-centered system for K-12 education, and comprehensive legislation addressing the opioid epidemic. By relying on good process, we began governing again.
A brief earthquake rattled Nikiski on Labor Day, though not everyone felt the shaking.
Guitarist Lisa Pimentel of LA rock trio No Small Children performs on Friday, September 1, 2017 at the Triumvirate Theatre in north Kenai, Alaska. Pimentel, with bandmates Joanie Pimentel on bass and Nicola Berlinsky on drums, played at Nikiski Middle-High School on Friday afternoon, at Triumvirate Friday night, and at Alice’s Champaign Palace in Homer on Saturday. On Monday, the three return home from their month-long tour to resume their other gig as public school teachers. Their show at Triumvirate was a fundraiser for the Nikiski Children’s Fund, which distributes money to fill the needs of local children. (Photo by Ben Boettger/Peninsula Clarion)
Our hearts go out to the Gulf Coast region, where Hurricane Harvey continues to wreak havoc. Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced, while rescuers on Thursday started block-by-block searches as the floodwaters begin to recede.