A proposed bill that Gov. Sean Parnell intended to streamline permitting on state lands and waters ran into a buzz saw of opposition in hearings held last week in Soldotna and Homer by Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna.
Over the next 11 months Alaskans will be inundated with opinions and arguments on just what the More Alaska Production Act, as SB 21 has become known which is the oil and gas production tax passed by the legislature and signed into law by Governor Parnell, will or won't accomplish. A petition to repeal the bill has received enough signatures and will be put to the voters at the August primary election. Deputy Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Revenue Bruce Tangeman recently was on the Peninsula to address the issue before the Kenai Chapter of The Alliance.
State officials are holding a Seward Highway Safety Summit today in Anchorage. The summit is the next step in gathering a group of stakeholders to advocate for a safer highway from Anchorage to the Kenai Peninsula. The summit is from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Members of a new coalition discussed various methods to reduce the number of repeat offenders on the Kenai Peninsula during an inaugural Wednesday meeting. Topics discussed included safe and secure housing, employment and education, among other things. "The focus is safety rather than incarceration in the future," said Ruben Foster, Kenai adult probation officer and facilitator of the meeting.
ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Gov. Tony Knowles has appointed one of his biggest political backers to a position on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. Bob Penney of Anchorage is a strong supporter of sportfishing interests.
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