Next week, the Borough Assembly will tackle the second half of the anadromous streams protection issue. Following more than five hours of public testimony from more than 100 members of the public, the Assembly voted not to repeal protections that were already on the books.
Every year, Senator Lisa Murkowski has a few high-school-aged interns work out of her office in Washington, DC. Kenai’s Duncan Brewer has been at the Capitol for the last several weeks learning the ropes.
Despite several orders from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game modifying some salmon fisheries already, anglers have had ample opportunity to reel in a catch on the Russian River.
The Kenai Performers are opening two weekends of performances of the musical soap opera "SUDS" this Friday.
Citing “aggressiveness” in its operations, the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has handed down several orders to energy producer Hilcorp, and a $115,000 civil penalty.
After hearing more than 100 public comments about proposed changes to the Borough’s anadromous habitat protection ordinance, the Assembly was able to get in a vote on one of two proposals on the agenda before adjourning at its midnight deadline.
Fishing season is well underway around the Peninsula and the Department of Fish and Game announced several openings and restrictions Tuesday.
The Kenai River early run king salmon fishery will be closed from June 20th to the 30th. Through June 13th, the Department had counted just 795 kings through its DIDSON sonar counters. The optimal escapement goal is between 5,300 and 9,000 fish.
On the Kasilof, a prohibition of bait and multiple hooks will be in place beginning June 20th running through the 30th. Single hook means a fishhook with only one point, with or without a barb. The sustainable escapement goal for kings on the Kasilof is between 650 and 1,700 fish. Escapement has only barely reached that lower range the past two years. A previous restriction to harvest only hatchery-reared king salmon remains in effect.
At the Russian River Sanctuary, though, sockeye sportfishing is opening up, as of 8 o’clock Wednesday morning. The sanctuary includes waters upstream from just below the ferry crossing on the Kenai River just above Sportsmans Landing. ADF&G regulatory markers are out to indicate the precise sanctuary location. There’s a daily bag and possession limit of three sockeye.
Triumvirate Theatre continues progress on remodeling its new location north of Kenai. They had an open house this week to showcase a mural by local artist James Adcox that will be a focal point of the building.
The Kenai Peninsula Fair is months away, but 4-H members prepare all year for the event. The projects include raising livestock, presenting them to judges, and selling them. But right now, youngsters are doing some presentations to local businesses about their work. 4-H member, Mikaela Pitsch gave her sales presentation at KDLL studio.
In October, voters in Kenai will be asked to settle the debate about the city’s latest comprehensive plan. Over the years, the plan has been reworked and revisited, but it hasn’t always sat well with residents. This one is no different.
Work on the Soldotna Creek Park Improvement Project will begin later this summer. The project has been in the planning stages for several years and the city council approved a contract for the work this week.
Next week, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will hold a public hearing on an ordinance designed to protect salmon habitat. The Borough has been in the business of regulating land use in these areas since 1996. But the latest attempt by the Assembly to keep riparian zones healthy for fish was met by a small, but vocal opposition.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will once again visit the topic of term limits. The Assembly introduced an ordinance at its last meeting to repeal the current limit of two terms.
The 23rd annual Kenai River Festival was this weekend in Soldotna. The Kenai Watershed Forum and its partners for the event brought in nearly two dozen bands, all the salmon you cared to eat and some of the best weather of the year.
Funding is set for fiscal year 2014 in the Kenai Peninsula Borough. The Assembly had few qualms with the Mayor’s proposal, which totaled $73 million dollars, but there were a couple sticking points.
The Borough Clerk’s office declined a ballot initiative that sought to increase voter turnout by using a vote by mail and ranked choice voting system. Some of the language in the ballot proposal may be at odds with Alaska State Statute.