Aroud this time of year, home cooks come to realize the logistical challenges of assembling a memorable meal for a big group of people. For the team at Kenai Catering, it’s just called another day at the office.
Residents and hunters met with state and federal game management officials Monday night in Soldotna to talk about this year’s brown bear hunt. State and federal officials almost agree on how to manage the bear population, but the difference is an important one.
The Soldotna Parks and Recreation board has signed off on the department’s Trails Master Plan. The projects and improvements will be started over the next five years.
Fridays power outage didn’t do anything to deter a handful of dog lovers at Kenai Peninsula College, who were there for the Student Union’s first dog show.
Student Union president Teresa Cross was grilling hot dogs while dog owners milled about outside the Brockel Building on the KPC campus.
“We have the Ulti-mutt Dog Show. Any breed, any style, short, fat, skinny, we don’t care. He’s a mutt, he can come participate.”
Staff and faculty at the college served as judges, contemplating cuteness and costumes.
A KPC students Tyann Reed and Courtney Parker had their eyes on the cuteness award, while they had their dogs, Bo and Basil Lynn, tucked into their coats.
“Basil is full of love and personality. She’s just my baby,” Parker said.
Debbie McCree and her five year old shi tzu are going after the best costume award, with Minnie dressed up like a reindeer, antlers and all.
“I thought she’d just take every prize there is,” McCree said with a laugh.
A power outage affecting the entire Kenai Peninsula and beyond slowed down Friday a bit for some folks. But at the Kenai Merit Inn, the show went on uninterrupted.
After months of meetings, the new Soldotna Teen Center is looking at an opening date by the end of the year. Those who attended the most recent meeting got a look at what the inside of the Center could look like.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District faces several unique, short term challenges, including declining enrollments and increased health care costs. But there are other areas where the future looks brighter.
On this week’s Coffee Table, Shaylon Cochran speaks with Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Manager Andy Loranger about the mission of the Refuge and the challenges of reaching its goals.
Governor Sean Parnell has declared a state disaster for the Kenai Peninsula.
It’s been a rough six weeks for anyone dealing with the new health care law. Problems with the federal website have made it difficult for individuals to sign up. And the state-level organizations, like Enroll Alaska, haven’t had much better luck. But there’s help available for insurance shoppers on the Central Peninsula.
To mark America Recyles Day on November 15th, residents in Cooper Landing found a different way to use old stuff. A fashion show.
Alaska’s history is peppered with crooks, cons and other characters famous for running afoul of the law. One of them is Soapy Smith, whose travels brought him briefly to the Kenai Peninsula. Historian Jane Haigh has written about Smith, and on Thursday night, told his story at the Kasilof Regional Historical Association Museum.
As winter slowly creeps into the area, residents along Kalifornsky Beach Road continue to deal with high groundwater. The Borough has been pumping water from a basin on Karluk Avenue down K-Beach and into Cook Inlet for almost two weeks, providing some relief, and allowing road crews to repair some exposed areas.
Curtain Call, the consignment clothing store that helps support the Kenai Performers, is open again.
There aren’t many highways suitable for road-tripping in Alaska. But the ones we do have are dotted with plenty of interesting road-side attractions. In the third part of a series we’re calling “Roadside Attractions,” we make a pit stop at the recently re-opened Tustumena Lodge in Kasilof.
A proposal to ban commercial set net fishing in urban areas of Alaska is getting the most attention where it will have the most affect. Right here on the Kenai Peninsula.
A section of the Kenai Spur Highway is due for a makeover, and the Department of Transportation is leaving it up to citizens to decide what that means.
Two days after an announcement by the Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance about an effort to ban commercial setnetting in Cook Inlet was made, the Kenai Peninsula Fishermen’s Association released its own statement.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough held a special meeting Wednesday night to tell residents the latest on efforts to alleviate flooding around K-Beach road in Kenai.
The Soldotna schools reconfiguration was a consistent topic during this week’s Kenai Peninsula Borough School District School Board meeting. But the board won’t officially discuss the recommendations for the new configuration for next school year until its December meeting.
There aren’t many highways suitable for road-tripping in Alaska. But the ones we do have are dotted with plenty of interesting road-side attractions. In the second part of a series we’re calling “Roadside Attractions,” we head to Ninilchik and get a tour of the historic Russian Orthodox Church just off the highway.
K-Beach Flooding Meeting, 11-6-13
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly extended an emergency declaration order at its meeting Tuesday night. The move allows for continued efforts for flood relief around the Peninsula.
An initiative to ban commercial set netting in Cook Inlet could be on the ballot in 2016.
To address community concerns about the ongoing flooding along Kalifornsky Beach Road, the Kenai Peninsula Borough is holding a special public meeting Wednesday night at 6 p.m. in Assembly chambers in Soldotna.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is starting its budget process for next school year. District officials are looking for community members to lend a hand in deciding how the money will be used.
School officials are looking for 10 to 15 people to be part of the KPBSD Budget Review Committee.
“It gathers once a year and it will meet all day long,” KPBSD Spokesperson Pegge Erkeneff said. “The purpose is to take a look at what our budget is for the upcoming year, for the 2014-2015 school year. And as it goes through the process there will be a presentation of where the district is at… and then we’re inviting feedback.”
Erkeneff said much of the conversation will focus on the general fund budget, which is by far the largest pot of money. That’s the portion that pays teacher salaries and benefits. It’s also the portion of the budget that needs to be reduced by $1.24 million for next school year. Erkeneff said the district is hoping to streamline costs without sacrificing what happens in the classroom.
“So here’s our current reality and what suggestions and ideas do you have? We’ll be asking that to the people who are on this budget review committee,” she said.
She also points out this review committee will be a way for the district to educate people about how education funding works.
“Public education funding is interesting for people to really learn. We have no way to generate our own money for the school district. So we rely on our state funding and the borough funding and some federal funding. So they’ll get an informative understanding of how a school district budget works… you’re learning where funding comes from, you’re learning what we’ve done in the past, we’re learning trends that are coming in the future,” she said.
But don’t worry; Erkeneff said a degree in finance isn’t mandatory.
“It’s somebody with a mind that’s open to inquiry and to learning, and that’s open to
The 10 to 15 people from the community won’t be the only ones in the room for this discussion. Erkneff said district officials, school board members, some Borough Assembly members as well as student and union representatives will be on hand to hammer out budget priorities.
The school district might also have a better idea of the number of students in each of the schools by that point. The district just finished its 20-day count for the State Department of Education and Early Development.
“The preliminary information that we got… from our 20-day count… it’s looking like we’re slightly under,” she said.
Erkeneff said that report isn’t concrete yet. But if the numbers stay slightly down that will affect state funding for the district.
If you’d like to apply for this committee, the short application is available on the KPBSD website. All you need is your name, address, phone number and email. The submission deadline is 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8. The committee will meet the following Tuesday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the Borough Assembly Chambers.
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Roadwork continues along K-Beach Road south of Kenai to try and alleviate some of the flooding in residential areas there. The high groundwater is not only making it difficult to navigate several roads, it’s also left people without water in their homes.
Construction on a subsea pipeline to bring crude from the west side of Cook Inlet to Nikiski could start as early as next May.