Monthly Archives: October 2012

Young Musicians Prepare For Concert Debut

The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra is performing this weekend with some special guests. Third grade students from several elementary schools around the Peninsula will perform with the Orchestra as part of the Link Up program sponsored by Carnegie Hall. Continue reading

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Write-In Candidate Iron Man Takes Popular Vote At Nikiski Mock Convention

Students assembled at Nikiski Junior-Senior High School for the eighth time to nominate a presidential candidate and decide on some of the more important issues of the day in quadrennial tradition dating back more than a quarter century. Continue reading

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Local Theatre Troupe Puts Comic Spin On Political Season

In a presidential election year, it can be easy to get lost in the flood of political campaigns and advertisements, become annoyed at the constant finger-pointing and blame shifting.  But there is some relief.  the troupe at Triumvirate Theatre is … Continue reading

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Endeavor Departure Date In Question

A public meeting between representatives of Buccaneer Energy and concerned
Homer citizens turned contentious Wednesday night, with many people wondering why the company’s ‘Endeavor’ jack-up rig is still parked at the Homer harbor nearly two months after its arrival. Company officials say the rig will soon be moving to drill in the Cosmopolitan Unit near Anchor Point but the State of Alaska says that’s not likely to happen. Continue reading

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Borough making first steps in considering economic study of fishing industry on the peninsula

After this year’s poor fishing season, the call has been made by fishermen and political leaders for more economic data concerning the role of commercial and sportfishing in the local economy. The first small steps toward getting that information were taken this week. Continue reading

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“Topping Out” The New Career And Technical Center At Kenai Peninsula College

A ceremonial first step in the completion of new student housing and a technical center at Kenai Peninsula College was taken Thursday. Continue reading

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Calls For More Research, Funding Made At Second Day of Salmon Symposium

Biologists and researchers took the podium for the second day of the Chinook Salmon Symposium held in Anchorage, which focused on what scientists know and what they have yet to learn about king salmon in the ocean.
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Salmon Symposium Begins In Anchorage

Scientists and fishermen of all stripes were in Anchorage Monday for the first of two full days of panel discussions about declining king salmon returns around the state. The discussions from day one presented as many questions as answers.
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City Of Kenai Aiming To Secure State, Federal Funding For Local Projects

A new Alaska Legislature won’t gavel into session for another couple of months, but cities around the state are putting together their legislative priorities for the year.  The Kenai City Council this week approved a list of capital improvement projects … Continue reading

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Students Take Cover In Great Alaskan Shakeout

More than 60,000 Alaskans, mostly students, took part in the first ever Great Alaska Shake Out Drill Wednesday morning.  Created by the US Geological Survey in California in 2008, the Shake Out happens in thirteen states around the country, Canada … Continue reading

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Teachers Hold Rally, Address Board

  Contract negotiations between the Kenai Peninsula Education Association, Kenai Peninsula Education Support Association and the Borough School District continue, and at Monday night’s school board meeting, teachers rallied and spoke to the Board about their concerns in crafting a … Continue reading

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Task Force One Piece In Salmon Puzzle

The creation of a Task Force last week by the state Board of Fisheries is a step toward finding solutions to the problems that plagued the 2012 fishing season, but local fishermen still have questions.
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SoHi Rocks Homer, Takes State Title 62-20

The Soldotna Stars and the Homer Mariners met Saturday night at Chugiak High School to determine the state’s medium-sized school football champion. Listen:   The SoHi Stars’ dominance over the weekend in Chugiak was reminiscent of the teams’ meeting in … Continue reading

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Dead Beluga Whale Found Near Nikiski

On Friday, October 5th a dead beluga whale was found in Cook Inlet and brought to shore near Nikiski where a necropsy was performed on the animal at a local beach.  Many of the results are still pending, but nonetheless … Continue reading

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Task Force To Examine King Salmon Issues

At its meeting this week in Anchorage the state Board of Fisheries acted on a request to look into issues affecting Upper Cook Inlet king salmon runs.  As a result, a task force has been created that will address the … Continue reading

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Hilcorp Bringing More Natural Gas Online Ahead Of Winter Season

A natural gas well near Anchor Point expected to produce up to ten-million-cubic-feet per day is scheduled to be online by the first of next year.  In a joint-project with Enstar and the Alaska Pipeline Company, Hilcorp will finance the … Continue reading

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Students Take In Salmon Life Lessons By The Anchor River

Busloads of elementary students from across the Peninsula were in Anchor Point Wednesday, as the Department of Fish and Game’s Salmon in the Classroom program got started for another year.  The first outdoor session shows students how the salmon life … Continue reading

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Assembly Hears Concerns On Streams Ordinance

The agenda at Tuesday evening’s meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly was relatively brief, giving the Assembly time to hear public testimony from many in the packed chambers.  The issues of concern:  the Borough’s anadromous streams ordinance and the … Continue reading

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City of Kenai Accepts Land Donation

In a continued effort to expand access to beach areas around Old Town Kenai, the city recently accepted a gift of four parcels of land near Kenai Avenue.  The city has been gradually acquiring land in the area for several … Continue reading

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“Imagine Kenai 2030″ Comprehensive Plan Laid Out For Residents

  The City of Kenai is still seeking input as it moves forward with an updated comprehensive plan.  Entitled “Imagine Kenai 2030”, the preliminary drawings of the plan were presented Friday night at the Kenai Senior Center. Listen: Much has … Continue reading

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Wolf, Downing Win Last Undecided Contests

Absentee and special ballots from last week’s Borough and Municipal elections have all been counting, settling the last two contests on the Kenai Peninsula. In the unofficial results released today (Monday), Kelly Wolf defeated Michael Winegarden for Assembly Seat 1 … Continue reading

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Disaster Assistance Centers To Open On The Kenai Next Week

Applications for State Individual Assistance, including the Individual Family Grant and Temporary Housing programs will be taken, and the deadline to apply for those grants is November 20th. The current maximum grant to an individual or family is fifteen-thousand-seven-hundred dollars … Continue reading

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Hilcorp Gets Permits For Construction At Redoubt Bay

After concerns were raised about the safety of the Drift River oil storage facility located at the base of Mt. Redoubt, the energy company Hilcorp has started a project to ensure protection of the large oil tanks located there.  But … Continue reading

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KPB Election Results

Tuesday’s Kenai Peninsula Borough and municipal election is in the books and while some races have clear winners, others could be decided by absentee ballots that have yet to be counted.   In the race for Borough Assembly Seat 9 … Continue reading

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Rock The Vote: Polls Open For Borough, Municipal Elections Tuesday Morning

Tuesday is Election Day for the Kenai Peninsula Borough. Voters peninsula-wide head to the polls to choose candidates for various municipal and borough races, including seats on the Borough Assembly, the school district board and various service area boards. Also up for grabs … Continue reading

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High School Football Playoffs Feature Peninsula Teams

The high school football regular season wrapped up over the weekend and a trio of Kenai Peninsula teams will once again be headed to the playoffs, which begin Friday. Soldotna has been the team to beat in the “medium schools” division … Continue reading

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Far North Derby Rolls To Victory In Exhibition Bout

  After gaining popularity in the 1970’s, the rough and tumble sport of roller derby is making a comeback. Teams are popping up all over the country, including one here on the Peninsula. The Far North Derby team based in Kenai took … Continue reading

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K-Beach Open At Mile 11, Repairs Continue

The Alaska Department of Transportation announced Monday that Kalifornsky Beach Road has been re-opened to traffic at Milepost 11 following last week’s flood-related washout. Crews from DOT began constructing a by-pass around the washout area on Friday, working through the weekend to … Continue reading

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