From February 2013

A (Brief) History Of Oil And Gas In Cook Inlet

Nearly 20 people filled the seats at the Kenai Fine Arts Center Wednesday night to watch a nearly 40 year old documentary about oil and gas exploration in Cook Inlet and chat about the issues of the day surrounding those industries. KDLL’s Shaylon Cochran spoke with retired marine biologist and author Loren Flagg and former Homer Mayor and owner of the Homer News, Gary Williams, two men who watched the industry develop in its earlier days, about what’s changed and what has stayed the same over the past four decades.

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KPBSD Presents Plan To Restructure Schools In Soldotna

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is developing a plan to restructure its schools in Soldotna. The new plan would add a middle school and eliminate one high school.

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Talks Continue On Teacher Contracts

Last week, the Borough School District and its teachers and employees associations took another swing at settling contract negotiations, now in their 14th month. The differences separating the two sides may look small on paper, but translate to significant amounts of money in the classroom.

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Two Dogs Die In Tustumena 200, Mushers Cleared

Two dogs died during the running of last weekend’s Tustumena 200; a first in the 29 year history of the race.

Brian Smith of the Peninsula Clarion reports that 2-year old Fox of Paul Gebhardt’s team and three-year old Jack from the team led by musher Nick Petit (pet-EET) of Girdwood both died in the second half of the race. Gebhardt attempted life-saving measures as his team neared the finish line Sunday while Petit’s dog died between checkpoints in Homer and at Freddie’s Roadhouse.

Both mushers have been cleared of any misconduct or abuse following necropsies.

Race Director Tami Murray says that dogs have passed after the race, but never during, and that it’s rare to see two deaths in a mid-distance race like the T-200.

Gebhardt finished in 4th place and Petit scratched.


Federal Lawsuit Aims To Stop Air Gun Surveys In Cook Inlet

Oral arguments are being heard Friday in US District Court in Anchorage for a lawsuit that challenges the decision made by the National Marine Fisheries Service to authorize the first of at least three years of seismic exploration in Cook Inlet.

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