Monthly Archives: December 2012

CES Spreads The Joy With 3rd Annual Shop With A Fire Fighter

And now, some holiday leftovers: for each of the past three Christmases, firefighters with Central Emergency Services have raised money so a handful of kids can have a few presents that they otherwise would likely not receive. A few days before Christmas, the CES crews take the kids for a mini-shopping spree. Continue reading

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From The Headlines: Questions, Waste Linger At Arness Site In Nikiski

A twenty-acre site in Nikiski has been a thorn in the side of state environmental controllers and its owners for the better part of two decades. Popularly known as the Arness Site, after the family which owns the property, its history as an under-regulated waste dump has raised fears of groundwater contamination in the area and last week was the subject of a six part series by Peninsula Clarion reporter Brian Smith, tackling the history of the site, who has been held responsible for its pollution and what happens next. Continue reading

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Arbitration Decions Made On Teacher Contracts

After nearly a year of collective bargaining, arbitration decisions have been handed down for a variety of contract issues between the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and its employee’s unions. Continue reading

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3rd Annual ‘Shop With A Fire Fighter’ Gives Gift Of Being A Kid

For the third holiday season in a row, firefighters with Central Emergency Services have teamed with a few local businesses and non-profits to bring some needy kids a special Christmas. Continue reading

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Volunteers Bringing The Past Back To Life With Cabin Restoration

For the past three years, a small group of dedicated volunteers has been putting in countless hours restoring a Watchmen’s cabin for the Kasilof Regional Historical Association. Each Friday they get together and make a few small steps toward bringing the once-ailing cabin back to life.
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“Incomprehensible” Atwater Reacts To School Shooting

School districts across the nation are taking up some challenging questions following the events at a Newtown, Connecticut elementary school that left 26 people dead Friday. Kenai Schools Superintendent Dr. Steve Atwater offered his thoughts over the weekend on the school’s blog.
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Fisheries Disaster Relief Bill To Be Heard In Senate Next Week

The U.S. Senate is expected to take up a $60 billion federal disaster relief bill next week that, if passed, would provide economic relief to commercial fishermen on the Kenai Peninsula. Continue reading

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Holiday Lights: Soldotna Gets A New Tree

Motorists traveling along the STerling Highway in Soldotna after 6 pm Wednesday night probably noticed the newest holiday ornament in town at Soldotna Creek Park. Continue reading

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Grants Will Help Satisfy Demand For Affordable Housing

Two community housing projects have received funding to move on to a second phase of expansion. The developments in Soldotna and Homer have been made possible by grants from the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation. Continue reading

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CPH One Of Four Alaska Hospitals That Could Face Penalty From Medicare

Hospitals across the country are looking at the possibility of lower Medicare reimbursements if they haven’t met federal benchmarks to lower readmission rates. Four hospitals in Alaska have been assessed the penalty, including Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. Continue reading

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Wanted: Storied From Nikiski Lighthouse Inn

An Anchorage artist has chosen a shuttered Nikiski landmark as the subject for her latest series focusing on the history and stories of the Lighthouse Inn.  The inspiration will need to come from locals with a story to share. Listen: … Continue reading

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Cook Inlet Energy Proposes Pipeline To Link West Side Of Cook Inlet

Plans for a 29-mile pipeline underneath Cook Inlet were announced Wednesday. Cook Inlet Energy, one of many new players in the area, is the company applying for a right-of-way lease from the Department of Natural Resources. An underwater pipeline would solve several problems for Cook Inlet oil producers, but other concerns remain. Continue reading

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Anadromous Streams Ordinance Won’t Take Effect Until August ’13, Navarre Says

With a relatively light agenda, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly took time Tuesday night to hear updates from the Borough School District and Southern Peninsula Hospital. But the big news was delivered by the Mayor. Continue reading

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Fish and Game Taking Public Comment For Fish Stocking Plan

The Alaska Division of Sport Fish is now accepting public comment on its statewide fish stocking plan. The division, with assistance from private nonprofit hatchery operators, plans to release approximately seven million fish into Alaska waters every year for the … Continue reading

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Ostrander Will Stay On As Facilitator For KPB Task Force

This month’s meeting of the Borough’s Anadromous Streams Task Force started off with a discussion about semantics. At issue was the role of the Mayor’s Chief of Staff Paul Ostrander, who is serving on the Task Force as group’s facilitator. Some members of the Task Force wanted more clarification about the nature of facilitating these meetings. Continue reading

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Free Wood On K-Beach, Sterling Highway

Crews from the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities are at work clearing vegetation  from right-of-way sections of the Sterling Highway near Ninilchik and K-Beach Road between Kenai and Kasilof. In a Press Release, the DOT said the objective … Continue reading

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