Monthly Archives: September 2012

Chicken Pox Outbreak Raises Concern Among Health Officials

An outbreak of chickenpox in Soldotna and Homer has state public health officials worried about the high number of local children who are not receiving vaccinations. Listen: An above-average number of reported cases of chickenpox, varicella by its scientific name, have … Continue reading

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KPB Assembly Extends Disaster Declaration, Makes Relief Funding Available

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly met in special session Friday afternoon to start the ball rolling on continued relief efforts from flood damage across the Borough.  The Assembly passed a resolution extending Mayor Mike Navarre’s disaster declaration and an ordinance … Continue reading

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KPB Assembly To Meet In Special Session Friday

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will be meeting in a special session Friday afternoon.  The agenda is brief, and will focus on cleanup and relief efforts after a week of flooding on the Peninsula. Listen: Just two items appear on … Continue reading

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Soldotna Selects New Police Chief

The City of Soldotna has named a new Police Chief to replace John Lucking, Jr. who left the department abruptly in June. The job was offered to Pete Mlynarik, 50, who is currently the commander of the Alaska Wildlife Troopers … Continue reading

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AOGA, Industry Officials Talk Energy Production In Solotna

  Executives from several energy companies and representatives of the Alaska Oil and Gas Association met Tuesday in Soldotna to give a presentation to local business leaders on the state of the industry in Cook Inlet. Listen: Of all the … Continue reading

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Borough Assembly Candidates For District Two Discuss The Issues

Another round of elections is just one week away.  Three of the nine seats that make up the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will be contested, including a challenge in District Two representing Kenai between incumbent Hal Smalley and Chris Hutchison. … Continue reading

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Flood Warning Still In Effect For Kenai River

Flooding along the Kenai River is beginning to subside, despite some road closures in the area.  The National Weather Service reported Tuesday that water levels crested at Cooper Landing one-half-foot above moderate flood stage, with some low lying areas around … Continue reading

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Fish and Game Commissioner Meets With Setnetters

  Alaska Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Cora Campbell was in Soldotna Friday as part of a panel discussion focused on management decisions in 2012. Listen: The immediate concern among fishermen was how a federal disaster declaration would help … Continue reading

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Navarre Makes Emergency Declaration For KPB

Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre has declared a state of emergency for the Kenai Peninsula Borough. In a press release Friday afternoon, flooding events throughout the Borough including impacts to the City of Seward and the Bear Creek Flood Service Area … Continue reading

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Central Peninsula Braces For Possible Flooding Of Kenai River

Parts of Seward are already underwater and more rain in the forecast has Borough officials on alert heading into the weekend. Listen: No flooding was reported to Borough officials as of Thursday afternoon, though there are several spots receiving close … Continue reading

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KPB Assembly Hears ‘Endeavour’ Concerns, Water Trail Plans At Homer Meeting

A relatively short agenda allowed the Assembly time to hear presentations and testimony from Southern Peninsula residents ranging from studies in Cook Inlet being performed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to hospital reports.         Listen: … Continue reading

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Apache To Begin Drilling Near Tyonek

Apache Corporation is gearing up for expanded operations on the west side of Cook Inlet. A new on-shore drilling rig has arrived to Apache’s latest site near Tyonek by way of truck and barge from North Dakota. “We will be doing … Continue reading

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Windstorms Force Jack-Up Rig To Batten Down

The “Endeavour” has sat in the Homer Harbor for nearly a month.  Safety precautions taken over the weekend have raised questions about possible violations of environmental regulations that protect Kachemak Bay. Listen: Buccaneer Energy’s jack-up rig “Endeavor” was originally supposed … Continue reading

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Brown Bear Hunting Opens On The Kenai

This is the first time since 2007 that brown bear hunting has been open to more than a drawing system on the Peninsula.     Listen:   Big game hunters on the Kenai will be in a race to see … Continue reading

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Sterling Highway Presentation Tonight

The state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities is having an open house and presentation in Anchorage that will detail a Sterling Highway construction project extending onto the Kenai Peninsula. In a press release Monday, the DOT announced the presentation for The … Continue reading

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Crews Respond To Weekend Fire In Nikiski

An oil heater is the suspected cause of a fire that damaged the Schlumberger Oilfield Services facility in Nikiski. Nikiski Fire Chief James Baisden said there was heavy fire and smoke coming from the building as crews arrived on scene. “Our … Continue reading

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Borough To Construct New Waste Storage Building As Part Of EPA Agreement

The Kenai Peninsula Borough has agreed to construct a new hazardous waste storage building.  The building is part of an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency. Following a 2009 inspection that found hazardous waste storage violations at a borough-owned building … Continue reading

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Disaster Declaration Issued For Cook Inlet King Salmon Fisheries

Another step toward relief for Cook Inlet fishermen was taken Thursday. In a letter to Governor Sean Parnell, acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank declared that failed commercial fisheries in Cook Inlet constitute a fishery resource disaster. Listen: The declaration issued Thursday … Continue reading

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Jack-Up Rig’s Extra Cargo Raises Concern

Although it was a Chinese heavy-lift vessel that brought the “Endeavour” jack-up rig to Kachemak Bay from Singapore, the rig might have carried its own unique cargo. Listen: Officials with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game are concerned about the … Continue reading

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Atwater Named Alaska Superintendent of the Year

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Superintendent Dr. Steve Atwater has been named Superintendent of the year for 2013 by the Alaska Association of School Administrators. Listen: For each of the past 25, the AASA has chosen for Superintendent of the … Continue reading

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Nude Soldotna Man Arrested

A Soldotna man is in Wildwood Correctional Facility after causing a public disturbance on Snowflake Street while in the nude. According to the Alaska State Troopers, numerous reports were made Monday evening around 7:30 of a nude man running and … Continue reading

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2012 A Big Year For Commercial, Capital Construction In Soldotna

  The city of Soldotna has had a banner year for commercial construction according to Kyle Kornelis, Soldotna’s city engineer.  He and city planner Stephanie Queen gave an update on the many projects ongoing and planned at a Chamber of … Continue reading

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Kenai Wildlife Refuge Offering Commercial Use Permits For Upper Kenai River

  The Kenai Wildlife Refuge is accepting applications for commercial use permits for scenic rafting on the river.   The process to get a commercial permit from the Refuge can be highly competitive. Listen: The commercial permits in question are … Continue reading

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New Energy Report Highlights Local Sources For Power

Listen: A new report taking a comprehensive look at the fossil fuel and geothermal energy resources in the state of Alaska was released Friday by the Department of Natural Resources.  The 144-page document, which carries the title of “Fossil Fuel … Continue reading

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Windstorms Knock Out Power Across Peninsula

Two days’ worth of high winds that hit south central Alaska have mostly blown through, but not without several power outages to deal with.  The outages affected the lower peninsula the most, but stretched all the way to Nikiski. Listen: … Continue reading

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Kenai Man’s Ocean Voyage Ends 3 Years Later

A three-year odyssey around the Northern Pacific Ocean in a sailboat isn’t something many people would take on, but that is exactly what Kenai resident Rick Morris did.  His adventure ended last week at the Homer Harbor.         … Continue reading

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Borough Assembly Approves Funding, Hears School Report

Tuesday night saw another relatively brief meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, as it heard a report from the school district and doled out funding for various projects, including $3.9 million for a multi-use facility at the Bear Creek Fire … Continue reading

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Stars Shine Over Mariners, 38-8

Saturday’s game at Sky View Field in Soldotna showed a SoHi team hard to stop and a Homer squad struggling to get it going.   Listen:            

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