KSRM News Department 2016 Year In Review

first_imgThe rise in reports of violent crime, theft, and their connection to drug use, was hitting headlines well before the State Legislature passed SB 91, a rewrite of Alaska’s criminal justice code, but critics blamed the bill for releasing criminals too quickly and reducing the penalties for many lower level offenses and thefts. At the same time, we reported that Alaska’s Corrections Industry grew by 40% over the past decade, driven by a rapidly increasing number of prisoners in Alaskan jails. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享While assembling the top stories of 2016, the KSRM News Department endeavored to strike a balance between the most influential issues across the state, and the headlines which mattered most to our listeners. Marijuana cultivation and retail establishments opened their doors late in the year, with few issues. Causing more concern was Governor Walker’s veto of half this year’s PFD check. Anchorage Democratic Senator Bill Wielechowski is continuing to challenge the Governor’s veto authority through the courts. Part 4 – Politics Despite intense fears of wildfires, the Peninsula’s long green grass continued to grow, and the summer passed without any major blazes. We survived a 7.1 magnitude quake in January, the region’s largest since 1964, with only a few homes damaged in earthquake-related fire on Lilac Lane. The Governor visited the scene in February. On the northern end of the peninsula, the AK LNG Project slowed its progress in Nikiski, finishing summertime studies but doing little more as the Big 3 oil companies agreed to hand the project over to the State of Alaska. Concerns still linger over how the $45-65 billion gasline and liquefaction project will be built with oil prices still depressed and the state facing another $3+ billion budget deficit. Two key agreements were signed this month, but two other milestones were delayed. A fight at the Borough Assembly over prayer, which lasted from April through December, with protests and numerous votes for/against, and continues into the new year with a lawsuit filed in Alaska Superior Court. Part 3 – Debates Over Marijuana and Prayercenter_img Listen to our full Year In Review program below… Part 2 – Natural Disasters Part 5 – The AK LNG Project Stories of theft, attempted murder, drug busts, and road accidents drew the most attention as our listeners commented on the growing rate of crime seen anecdotally on the Peninsula. At the polls, Alaskans reshuffled the State House, and the Kenai Peninsula elected several fresh faces to the Kenai and Soldotna City Councils as few incumbents stood for their seats. Soldotna residents voted to become a home rule city during a special election, after months of debate. The community of Nikiski has floated a similar idea. Part 1 – Crimelast_img

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