Kenai shop local program goes live Monday

Brahm Buck

Kenai shoppers will be able to take advantage of the city’s shop local program, called “Shop Here All Year in Kenai,” beginning Monday, when participating businesses will be able to begin issuing vouchers.

The program, which is being offered in partnership with the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, aims to incentivize shopping at Kenai businesses by awarding vouchers to people who spend money on qualifying items at participating Kenai businesses to spend at those same businesses. People who spend $100 will receive a $50 voucher, while people who spend $200 will receive a $100 voucher.

Participating businesses will

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News roundup: GameStop, Robinhood, and the SEC made headlines last week

Brahm Buck

What happened last week? An army of retail traders, led by Reddit’s Wall Street Bets forum, poured money into shares of GameStop, a dying retail relic, as part of a battle against Wall Street short sellers. 

GameStop stock surged to record highs

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A man walks in front of a GameStop store in the Jackson Heights neighborhood of New York City on Wednesday.

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As GameStop stock surged, loses mounted for short sellers like Melvin Capital and Citron Research. Hedge funds have lost billions on the stock this year. 

Some on Reddit said the stock rally was payback

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Hungarian Restaurant Workers Protest Lockdown Restrictions | Business News

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By JUSTIN SPIKE, Associated Press

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Police dispersed protesters at a Sunday demonstration in Hungary’s capital where workers in the country’s struggling hospitality sector demanded civil disobedience and a rethinking of coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

Organizers of the demonstration on a central square in Budapest called for restaurateurs to break pandemic rules by opening their businesses to customers Monday, in defiance of strict pandemic measures limiting restaurants and cafes to takeout service.

“Every tool that we have used until now has been depleted, so beginning now, every business should open in the spirit of civil disobedience,” protest organizer

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Business Beat: Downtown attracts more activity | Business Beat

Brahm Buck

Downtown Longview continues to see more activity, with several stores planning to open on Methvin Street in space vacated by Heartisans Marketplace. Heartisans recently relocated to Gilmer Road.

Framing shop sets move

Longtime custom framing business Art World is one of the businesses relocating to a portion of the Heartisans space.

Art World has been owned by Emma Kay Staggs since 2009, but it’s been in business in Longview since 1984. Staggs’ son, Hank Staggs Deuson, is the store’s framer who will take over when Staggs retires, said office manager Susan Tanner.

“He grew up in her first frame shop,”

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Antifa claims diverted officials attention from right-wing threats

Brahm Buck
  • Trump’s warnings about antifa diverted resources when the threat of right-wing extremism was growing.
  • The FBI and Justice Department moved agents to Portland last summer despite having 1,000 open cases. 
  • Officials have repeatedly said that they view right-wing extremism as a bigger threat.
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Former President Donald Trump’s baseless warnings about antifa and far-left extremist threats caused federal authorities to divert federal authorities’ attention from credible right-wing threats, The New York Times reported. 

Trump and those in his administration repeatedly claimed that antifa, a leaderless, non-hierarchial organization that has existed for decades, was responsible

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