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  1. Senior tax exemption will go to votersRead the original story w/Photo

    5 hrs ago | KSKA

    Kenai Peninsula Borough voters will have their say on whether the borough's optional senior property tax exemption will be phased out. The borough assembly voted at its meeting Tuesday to place a question on the October municipal ballot, seeking voter approval to phase out the borough's $150,000 property tax exemption for seniors.


  2. Alaska delegates consider the after-BernRead the original story w/Photo

    Monday | APRN

    Hours before the official start of the Democratic National Convention, Sen. Bernie Sanders faced a ballroom full of his delegates and tried to rally them to support Hillary Clinton. A few of Sanders' Alaska delegates later spoke of the moment with a mix of sadness and pragmatism.


  3. Historic boat finds new berth in KenaiRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Jul 13 | KSKA

    There's a new piece of history outside the Kenai Historical Society's office, in the Old Town section of Kenai. It casts back to a time in the state's commercial fishing industry before small boats had engines, electronics or hydraulics, when everything was done by hand.


  4. Dip-netting open on Kasilof, Kenai RiversRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Jul 12 | KSKA

    The Kenai River personal-use dip net fishery opened Sunday on a high point. Not only was the weather sunny and warm, but unusually high numbers of sockeye salmon greeted participants of the resident-only fishery.


  5. Soldotna track star Allie Ostrander shines at Olympic 5K trialsRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Jul 8 | APRN

    Soldotna's Allie Ostrander has advanced to the finals in the U.S. Olympic Trials this week. If Ostrander places in the top three on Sunday, she'll be off to Rio this summer.


  6. Alaska News Nightly: Friday, July 8, 2016Read the original story

    Friday Jul 8 | KSKA

    Federal prosecutors say a 36-year-old Fort Wainwright soldier has pleaded guilty to receiving bribes in a plot to steal fuel at a base in Afghanistan. The U.S. Senate Thursday passed a bill that is said to require consumer labeling of genetically modified foods, but opponents say it is too weak to be called a requirement.


  7. Kenai Peninsula Borough considers lowering senior tax exemptionRead the original story w/Photo

    Tuesday Jul 5 | APRN

    As the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly works its way through proposed changes to the tax codes, the idea to phase out the senior property tax exemption has garnered the most public comment. The Kenai Peninsula has become a magnet for senior citizens, and now that state cuts are putting pressure on local government, those seniors are being targeted to share more of the borough's financial burden through property taxes.


  8. UA Coop Extension Services in Sitka and Anchorage set for closureRead the original story w/Photo

    May 26, 2016 | KSKA

    State budget cuts are hitting home. The Anchorage and Sitka offices of the University of Alaska Cooperative Extension Service are slated for closure by the end of October.


  9. Alaska News Nightly: Monday, May 2, 2016Read the original story

    May 2, 2016 | APRN

    Moda Health leaving Alaska individual health market in 2017 The Associated Press One of two companies offering individual health insurance policies for Alaskans on the federally facilitated health insurance marketplace has announced it will be withdrawing from the market next year. Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO/APRN-Juneau Lawmakers found they had less room and not enough desks or phones to go around on Monday.


  10. Bill fixing alcohol and marijuana laws sails toward passageRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 14, 2016 | APRN

    Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, R-Anchorage, and chair of the Judiciary Committee speaking to the House in February. SB 165 , sponsored by Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, deals primarily with reforming the rules around alcohol consumption for minors and adults younger than 21. The bill changes the Minor Consuming Alcohol violation under Title 4, making it a $500 penalty, similar to a parking ticket.


  11. Sen. John Coghill, R-North Pole, at a Senate Majority press...Read the original story w/Photo

    Apr 11, 2016 | APRN

    Sen. John Coghill, R-North Pole, at a Senate Majority press availability, March 21, 2016. The bill would divert nonviolent offenders from prison toward alternative programs.


  12. Crews search for two missing on Bear GlacierRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 11, 2016 | APRN

    A helicopter carrying a rescue crew has landed at the base of Bear Glacier in the Harding Ice Fields, near Seward. They're looking for two hikers who were stranded over the weekend.


  13. Alaska News Nightly: Tuesday, Apr. 5, 2016Read the original story

    Apr 5, 2016 | KSKA

    Four nominees to replace an outgoing state Supreme Court justice have been submitted to Governor Bill Walker for review. Walker now has about six weeks to name a replacement to the bench.


  14. $50K for a pot permit. If youa re lucky.Read the original story w/Photo

    Mar 31, 2016 | KSKA

    Hundreds of people across Alaska are trying to figure out how to sell pot. Just over a month ago, the state opened up the permit process for businesses hoping to grow, process, and sell cannabis products, and applications continue to pour in.


  15. Animal traps in Southeast and Tok no longer need identificationRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 30, 2016 | APRN

    Alaska's Board of Game voted to remove a requirement that animal traps have some kind of identification in Southeast Alaska and the Tok region. The Board met on statewide proposals to change hunting and trapping regulations last week in Fairbanks.


  16. Peninsula a Food Hubsa set to launch in MayRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 29, 2016 | APRN

    Farmer's markets are going virtual. Soon Kenai Peninsula residents will be able to buy locally grown food online.


  17. Alaska Senate weighing a bill to overhaul MedicaidRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 4, 2016 | APRN

    The Senate Finance Committee has been weighing a wide-ranging bill to overhaul Medicaid in Alaska. One provision is aimed at curbing the abuse of opioid drugs.


  18. Enstar identifies cause of gas explosions in KenaiRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 28, 2016 | APRN

    Enstar Natural Gas has identified the problem leading to gas explosions that destroyed two houses, and a fire that claimed two more, on Lilac Lane in Kenai following the magnitude 7.1 earthquake in January. According to an incident report filed Feb. 24 with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and the Regulatory Commission of Alaska, a main line separated at a weld joint and released 406,000 cubic feet of natural gas.


  19. Million dollar pot operation raidedRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 17, 2016 | APRN

    Police took a Homer resident into custody for growing a large crop of marijuana with the intent to sell it. The arrest comes just one week before the state is slated to introduce its brand new commercial cannabis regulations.


  20. Pletnikoff family takes city to courtRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 10, 2016 | APRN

    Nick Pletnikoff, on the ground, about to be pepper sprayed by Kodiak Police Department Sgt. Francis de la Fuente on Sept.


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