State Fiscal Plan Tallies a $427 Million Deficit for Next Year

first_imgShe says Walker’s plan for a balanced budget is still a few years away since the proposal of a state income tax would not begin until January 2017. Alaska budget director Pat Pitney says the fiscal summary released on December 9 had a mistake: it showed oil production tax revenue and royalties going into the general fund, which looked like revenue for state spending. Pitney says that money will instead go into a reserve account. The governor’s plan is complicated and involves draws from Alaska’s savings. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Despite the seven tax proposals in Governor Bill Walker’s state fiscal plan, the proposed budget shows an approximately $427 million deficit for next year. That’s a significant difference than the half-billion dollar surplus he presented to Alaska last week.last_img read more

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Friday Morning Iditarod Update

first_imgAfter Ruby, mushers pass onto the Yukon River and face 130 river miles. Open water between Galena and Nulato forced a detour this year, adding nine more land miles to the 1,000 mile race to Nome. The race typically takes 9 days, but was finished by Dallas Seavey in 2014 with a record-breaking 8 days, 13 hours. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The lead in the 2016 Iditarod continues to shift as some mushers declare their 24-hour rest periods and others press ahead. Kenai Peninsula musher standings at 6am: As of 6am Friday, Brent Sass is in first position, leaving the Ruby checkpoint at 1:47am after less than 10 minutes. He was followed by Aliy Zirkle at 4:32am, who took a similarly short stop. The rest of the race leaders remained in Ruby, with Jeff King in third place the only one in the top ten to have not taken his day-long break. King was the first musher into Ruby and will take his rest there, leaving at 1pm today.center_img In fourth position, Dallas Seavey has been suffering from flu-like symptoms on the trail, but other mushers report his team is looking strong. Seavey has dropped two dogs, more than any other musher in the top five, and arrived in Ruby at 3:31am. 7th Mitch Seavey16th Paul Gebhart28th Travis Beals48th Sarah Stokey56th Monica Zappalast_img read more

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Kenai Peninsula School Board to Address Transgender Policy

first_imgArness: “Well we have no policy at this point, we are being encouraged to adopt one of some sort or another by the State Activities Association so that when teams travel here they know what the rules are. The State School Board Association has generated a generic policy that we’re going to take a look at in Policy Committee today and we’ll see where that goes. I don’t know what will come of it.” Board President Joe Arness says the KPBSD Policy Committee will take a first look at the legal issues today… Arness says he has not been made aware of any issues involving transgender students and bathroom usage on the Kenai Peninsula to date. The Board is meeting today in Seward.center_img FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board is being required to address policies surrounding transgender issues as the state recognizes recent federal rulings on the matter.last_img read more

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Crews Continue Upkeep on Spur Highway Sink Hole Patch

first_imgMcCarthy: “Once a company has been awarded formally then all arrangements proceed very quickly so that they can move forward so it will definitely be this summer.” She says the state will continue maintenance on the pavement break until that section of road is rehabilitated in the Kenai Spur mile 8 – 12 construction project that was awarded to Quality Asphalt Paving last Friday. McCarthy: “Crews went out this morning and they basically shored up that patch. Whenever you have done excavation and have a pavement break, there can be some settling, so they were out there this morning, shoring that up and making sure it’s a little bit of a smoother drive.” Shannon McCarthy with the DOT… The sink hole was reported to the Department last week and determined to be caused by a drainage problem. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Department of Transportation crews were out early Monday morning directing traffic and maintaining the patch on the Kenai Spur Highway where a large sink hole appeared just about one week ago. McCarthy asks that motorists in the area slow down when approaching the road patch and to be mindful of crew members providing maintenance to the area.last_img read more

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Nikiski Woman Arrested for Alleged Burglary

first_imgPeters: “The Alaska State Troopers got a 911 call reporting a burglary in progress at an address on Poppywood Street off of West Poppy Lane near Soldotna. Upon arrival, Troopers found a woman in the area identified as Kayle Meyer, age 32 of Nikiski. She was apprehended and found to have forced entry into the residence and stolen additional items inside the home. Meyer was arrested for Burglary 1st degree, Criminal Mischief 4th degree, Theft 4th degree, and Violating her Conditions of Release.” Megan Peters with AST says officers arrived at the home just before 7:30pm… Meyer was transported to Wildwood Pre-Trial Facility and remanded without bail.center_img FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska State Troopers arrested a Nikiski woman last Friday for an alleged burglary they interrupted in progress.last_img read more

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Chambers Of Commerce Hosting Borough Candidate Forum

first_imgFischer listed his main concerns in his candidacy packet:Political correctness has gone too farKeeping the tax burden at the lowest rate possibleKeeping the seasonal food tax exemptionProviding the best possible medical care facilitiesKeeping the Senior Citizen tax exemptionProviding adequate funding for schoolsDeveloping and maintaining safe roads 8. Supporting effective economic development The Chamber forum will be held at noon Wednesday in the Kenai Visitor’s and Cultural Center. RSVPs are required and can be phoned in to either Chamber (Kenai: 283-1991, Soldotna: 262-9814). Holt says he chose to run after enjoying eight years on the Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board and says he “will work hard to lead the Kenai Peninsula through [current] fiscal problems.” FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Only one contested race is on the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s municipal ballot this year as the Central District’s Brent Johnson reaches his two-term limit. The three candidates will appear at a Joint Chamber of Commerce Forum in Kenai tomorrow, alongside Nikiski’s Wayne Ogle and Soldotna’s Dale Bagley. Ogle and Bagley are running unopposed this year. Johnson has served on the Assembly since 2010 and is the only member currently in his/her second consecutive term. The three candidates for the Central District seat are: Paul Fischer, Debbie Cary, and Bill Holt. Fischer and Cary have confirmed they will attend. Cary says her top priorities are education, “healthcare reform, fair taxes, equality in all aspects of life and sustainable government.”last_img read more

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2016 General Election Unofficial Results

first_imgTotal Votes251661 Times Counted253724/52867148.0% Seaton, PaulREP540095.54% YES10516243.98% Ballot Measure No. 1 – 15PFVR Clinton, HillaryDEM9201336.56% Number of Precincts11 YES15701963.63% Chenault, Charles M.REP486691.45% Times Counted6663/1417647.0% Castle, Darrell L.CON30701.22% Total Votes239087 Total Write-in Votes69152.75% US SENATOR Stock, MargaretNA3440013.75% Number of Precincts442 Write-in Votes9320.38% Precincts Reporting43197.7% Total Craig, Breck A.NA20040.80% McDermott, Jim C.LIB2497810.08% Write-in Votes3243.31% Number of Precincts23 Lynch, Daniel L.NA3465.83% FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Unofficial election results for Alaska’s 2016 General Election, including the U.S. Presidential, Alaska’s U.S. Representatives, House Districts 29 – 31, Senate District P races, as well as Ballot Measures 1 and 2.97.74% of Alaskan precincts reporting as of 4:04 am Wednesday Trump, Donald J.REP12978651.57% US REPRESENTATIVE Number of Precincts442 Total Votes247774 Total Votes250250 Total Votes9785 Times Counted7083/1540746.0% Stein, JillGRE43941.75% Precincts Reporting6100.0% Knopp, Gary A.REP389665.66% Young, DonREP12458150.28% NO13392556.02% Souphanavong, BernieNA71032.87% Precincts Reporting43197.7% Times Counted253724/52816648.0% Gianoutsos, TedNA13770.55% De La Fuente, RoqueNA9590.38% Precincts Reporting9100.0% Write-in Votes190.32% Myers, J. R.CON3445.80% HOUSE DISTRICT 30center_img Number of Precincts9 Ballot Measure 1: An Act Allowing Qualified Individuals to Register to Vote When Applying for a Permanent Fund Dividend. Times Counted253724/52867148.0% Total Total Votes5934 Thornton, ShaunaDEM132922.40% Total Votes246755 Times Counted253724/52867148.0% Total Votes5652 Number of Precincts442 HOUSE DISTRICT 31 Precincts Reporting43297.7% Write-in Votes5370.21% Total Votes5321 Miller, JoeLIB7387629.52% NO8973636.37% Number of Precincts441 Total Precincts Reporting23100.0% Ballot Measure No. 2 – SJR2 Times Counted253724/52816648.0% HOUSE DISTRICT 29 Times Counted12418/2834443.8% Precincts Reporting43297.7% Total Write-in Votes2524.46% Total For the complete list of unofficial results from the Division of Elections click here. Metcalfe, RayDEM2783011.12% Johnson, GaryLIB145245.77% Lindbeck, SteveDEM9018036.40% Total Total Precincts Reporting11100.0% Murkowski, LisaREP11022644.05% US PRESIDENT Times Counted6137/1436942.7% Number of Precincts441 SENATE DISTRICT P Write-in Votes4558.55% Ballot Measure 2:  An Amendment for the State Constitution to Use Bonds for Postsecondary Student Loans Stevens, GaryREP946196.69% Precincts Reporting43297.7% Total Number of Precincts6last_img read more

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Fujino’s 75 is enough to win JLPGA opener

first_imgTAMAGUSUKU, Okinawa Pref. – Third-year pro Orie Fujino almost fluffed her lines with a 75 Sunday but managed to hold on to win the season-opening Daikin Orchid Ladies golf tournament by two strokes.Three bogeys before the turn at the Ryukyu Golf Club threatened to derail Fujino, but she negotiated the back nine in even par to finish on 7-under-par 209, completing an impressive wire-to-wire victory, her first on the Japan LPGA tour. “My hands were numb when I was putting — I couldn’t feel anything, but then I just hit a consistent groove,” said Fujino, who teed off in drizzly conditions holding a four-shot lead after going 66-68 in the first two rounds of the 60 million yen tournament.The 26-year-old native of Yamaguchi Prefecture collected 10.8 million yen for her efforts in the 54-hole event.Taiwan’s Huang Yu-chen came from nowhere to tie Yuko Moriguchi for the runnerup spot at 5-under 211 after a bogey-free round of 68 that included a pair of birdies on the front and back nine.Moriguchi carded four birdies, but blotted her scorecard with two bogeys in three holes on the inward trek for a 2-under-par 70.Aki Nakano, who won last season’s Golf 5 Ladies tournament, recorded her second straight even-par 72 to finish alone in fourth place a further stroke back.Midori Yoneyama, Yuriko Otsuka, Junko Omote and Ikuyo Shiotani all holed out at 3-under 213 for a share of fifth place.Meanwhile, Fumiko Muraguchi, the top money winner on last season’s JLPGA circuit, followed two rounds of even-par 72 with a 73 on Sunday to finish tied for 23rd on 1-over-par 217. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMEScenter_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

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Heart’s Cry set to retire

first_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 Heart’s Cry captured his first Grade One title with a half-length victory over Deep Impact in the year-ending Arima Kinen in 2005 and went on to win the Dubai Sheema Classic in the United Arab Emirates in March this year.He has won five races in 19 starts. center_img Heart’s Cry, the only horse who has beaten Deep Impact in domestic races, will retire to stud, the Japan Racing Association said Wednesday.The JRA will drop Heart’s Cry, winner of last year’s Arima Kinen over Deep Impact, off the list of registered racehorses on Thursday after the 5-year-old finished a disappointing 10th in the Japan Cup on Sunday.last_img

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Iijima edges Yokomine in playoff

first_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 BIBAI, Hokkaido – Akane Iijima birdied the final hole of regulation and then edged Sakura Yokomine in a playoff Sunday to win the Golf 5 Ladies for her second career title and first this year. Iijima moved back into a share of the lead twice in the final four holes and sealed her first victory since the Kinmirai Tsuushin Queens in March last year when Yokomine failed to save par on the fourth extra hole at Alpen Golf Club’s Bibai Course. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMESlast_img

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