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The economic significance of our schools

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District administration and school board this week shared the results of a study gauging the economic significance of the district to the Kenai Peninsula economy.
Study finds good environment, good jobs go hand in hand

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A study finds that states that do a good job of protecting the environment also do well drawing and holding jobs.
$9 million for district

With $9 million in relief approved by the Legislature and awaiting the governor?s signature, Kenai Peninsula Borough School District administrators now are revising next year?s budget to reinstate staffing to current school year levels.
Borough proceeding cautiously while school funding addressed

The Kenai Peninsula Borough is not abandoning plans to sue the state of Alaska over inequitable funding for peninsula schools, the borough administration confirmed Tuesday.
It's 'Go Time' on Arctic energy development

As Congress continues to work on job creation and deficit reduction this fall, development of Alaska's Arctic energy resources stands out as a way to tackle both challenges at once. Although I have often criticized the "whack-a-mole" regulatory hurdles Alaska has faced for years, recent plan and permit approvals, as well as statements and visits from federal Cabinet members hold promise for real progress over the next several months and years.
Faith-based program hits milestone at Wildwood

A faith-based program aimed at keeping criminal offenders from re-entering the prison system recently celebrated its first anniversary, but developing and implementing that program hasn't been easy, an official said. Jack Cowley, National Director of the Christian-based Alpha USA program, spoke Wednesday at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce's luncheon. Cowley discussed Alpha -- a program charged with reducing recidivism among the program's graduates outside -- and its past, present and future.
Do you know where you're going to sleep tonight?

This past week's announcement that the Family Hope Center will close at the end of the month due to financial reasons serves to highlight two issues.
Nobel Prize laureate takes UAA chair

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A winner of this year's Nobel Prize for economics will teach at the University of Alaska Anchorage next year, the university announced Friday.


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