From December 2012

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.

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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.

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-Shaylon Cochran/KDLL-

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.

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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 next five years.

The stocking plan outlines the location, number and size for each species of stocked fish. Many of the fish-stocking areas covered by the plan are on the Kenai Peninsula, including Chinook salmon enhancement efforts in northern Cook Inlet, Kachemak Bay and the Kasilof and Ninilchik Rivers.

 

The deadline for comment is January 15th.

 

-Staff Report-

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.

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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 of the work is to increase safety by minimizing shaded areas to decrease snow and ice accumulation, improve sight distance to reduce accidents and wildlife strikes and remove food sources that may attract wildlife to the highway corridor.

The wood that’s being cleared can be picked up by the public for no charge, but there are some safety rules: No parking along the highway to gather wood, keep 1,000 feet away from any equipment being used for the project and secure loaded wood for transport.

-Staff Report-