Monthly Archives: May 2013

NMFS Corrects Math, Seismic Testing Continues

A lawsuit against the National Marine Fisheries Service has been settled in District Court in Anchorage. Native and environmental groups took issue with some of the math the agency used to calculate how many Cook Inlet Beluga whales would be affected by seismic testing for oil and gas.
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Tesoro, EPA Reach $1.1M Agreement

Tesoro Corporation has been issued a fine of more than one million dollars for violating provisions of the Clean Air Act.
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New Testing Procedures Could Ease Concerns About Standards Based Assessments

This month, Alaska joined the growing list of states to be granted a waiver from provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind Act.
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Parnell Touts Legislative Accomplishments At Chamber Luncheon

Governor Sean Parnell was in Soldotna Wednesday. He signed three bills crafted by Peninsula legislators. He also gave his take on the legislative session.
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Public Hearing Date Set For Anadromous Streams Ordinance

After more than a year of debate, public hearings and task force meetings, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will finally make a decision about anadromous streams protection.
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‘Bad Song Survey’ Lives Up To Its Name

The Triumvirate Theater in Soldotna is putting on their new Bad Song Survey show this weekend. Inspired by former Miami Herald columnist Dave Barry, the Survey is made up of songs chosen by the public.
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Movin’ On Up

Graduation season is in full swing and students up and down the Kenai Peninsula are closing the book on another year. Eighth graders at Soldotna Middle School took their turns walking across the stage Wednesday morning.
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Group Seeks To Increase Voter Turnout With New Ordinance

A group of citizens on the Kenai Peninsula is trying to change the way voters cast their ballot in Borough elections.
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Eagle Eyed: Kenai Birders Complete 24 Hour ‘Big Sit’

Visitors from across the state and even across the Pacific from the tiny island of New Caledonia were on the Peninsula for this year’s bird festival. A new feature was the Big Sit, where volunteers tried to check off as many species as possible in 24 hours.
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Rock For The River Bands Announced

The Kenai Watershed Forum has announced the band lineup for the 23rd annual Kenai River Festival coming up in a few weeks.
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Little Growth For 2014 Borough Budget

The start of the next fiscal year is coming up and the Kenai Peninsula Borough budget is ready for public view. There are few changes in the proposed budget compared to last year.
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Murkowski Pushes Resource Development At Chamber Luncheon

Former Governor Frank Murkowski was in Kenai Wednesday. He’s traveling around the state asking the question “Who owns Alaska?”
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Kenai City Council To Vote On Annual Budget Wednesday

The Kenai City Council will vote this week to approve the budget for fiscal year 2014.
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Scientists Digging Up Clues To Explain Low Razor Clam Numbers

Alaskans who make an annual habit of digging for razor clams on the Kenai Peninsula may have noticed something odd over the last few years – there just doesn’t seem to be as many clams on the beaches as there used to be. Scientists have also noticed the trend.
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Signing On: Volunteers Gather Signatures To Put Oil Tax Reform On The Ballot

Even though the state legislature is gaveled out, citizens on the Kenai Peninsula and across the state are trying to advance the legislative process in their own way. Rallies against Senate Bill 21 have been held all over Alaska since before the bill that lowers tax rates for oil companies was even voted on. The effort to get SB 21 on the fall ballot continued Friday in Soldotna.
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Invasive Water Weed Threatens Daniels, Stormy Lakes

Two lakes near Nikiski are home to a very unwelcome variety of water weed. Elodea wasn’t known to be on the Peninsula even a few years ago, but now it’s posing a serious threat.
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Cook Inlet Lease Sales Reflect Renewed Interest In Oil Development

The state of Alaska leased nearly 150,000 acres to oil and gas developers in a sale Wednesday. The sale represents a continued interest in development in Cook Inlet that could focus on oil drilling in the coming years.
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Peninsula Profile: Ray DeMeo

The KBBI and KDLL news team brings you the latest in our series “Peninsula Profiles.” In this installment, Ariel Van Cleave met up with Ray DeMeo at his workshop just outside of Anchor Point. DeMeo is what’s known as a luthier. He’s been professionally building stringed instruments for nearly 20 years.
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Hilcorp Looking For Oil Near Ninilchik

A wave of smaller, independent gas producers has come up Cook Inlet in recent years. At least one of them is looking for more than just natural gas.
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Local Anglers Spawn New Trout Unlimited Chapter

There is a new voice for the on-going and always important discussions about fish, habitat, and conservation on the Kenai Peninsula.
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Is It Spring Yet?

In part two of our ongoing gardening series, we hear from the pros at Trinity Greenhouse.
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Plant Tour Highlights Efficiency Gains For HEA

A new addition to the Homer Electric Association’s power generation portfolio is set to go online by the end of the year. The Nikiski Combined Cycle Conversion Project is a steam turbine, fueled by the excess heat generated by an existing natural gas turbine.
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“We Survived”: Kenai Man Recounts Family’s Encounter With Brown Bear

A weekend encounter with a brown bear on the Kasilof River left a Kenai man with just minor scrapes and bruises and his family unharmed, but the encounter was a scary one.
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