Monthly Archives: January 2014

Industry Leaders Meet For Outlook Forum

Representatives from several state agencies and natural resources industries met in Kenai for the annual Industry Outlook Forum, sponsored by the Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District and The Alliance. The speakers were all optimistic about the prospects for Cook Inlet energy production in the coming year.
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By The Numbers: What Escapement Goals Are

When the Board of Fish meets next week in Anchorage, a number of the proposals it will debate will be centered on escapement goals. Biological, optimal or sustainable, these are the numbers managers use to decide when people fish and how hard. Here’s a closer look at what those numbers are, and how they’re established.
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Project Leaders Optimistic About Pipeline To Nikiski

Some preliminary work is happening on a proposed natural gas pipeline that would terminate in Nikiski from the North Slope. Representatives from the Alaska Pipeline Project were in Kenai Wednesday giving an update at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon.
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Honor Band Performs In Soldotna

Each year, some of the Peninsula’s most talented young musicians gather for two days to put on a concert at the Honor-Mass High School Band Festival. This year’s event features guest conductor Dan Bukvich from the University of Idaho. The band will be performing several selections, including one by Bukvich.
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Warm Days Boon For Moose, Bane For Bear Naps

Unseasonably warm temperatures have hovered over much of Alaska for the past couple weeks and, the sneak peak at Spring isn’t going away any time soon.
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Too Warm for the Tusty 200

Unseasonably warm weather the past week left mushing fans with an open weekend. Continue reading

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Federal Funding Could Be Available For Flooded Areas

With a relatively light agenda, the Borough Assembly wrapped up its meeting last week in short order, hearing some updates from Central Peninsula Hospital and the status of federal grant money.
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Fish Talk: Panel Discusses Cook Inlet Fishing Issues

Representatives from nearly every fishing-related organization on the Central Peninsula got together for a panel discussion Wednesday at a joint meeting of the Kenai and Soldotna Chambers of Commerce. The message of the day was working together.
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Sportfishing Group Sues Over Lt. Governor’s Decision

The Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance did not agree with the Lt. Governor’s decision this month to not allow its proposed ban on commercial setnetting on the 2016 ballot. They’re taking their case to court.
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ADF&G Anticipating Another Low King Salmon Return

The Department of Fish and Game is predicting another below-average year for king salmon returns on the Kenai River.
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Natural Gas Service To Expand In Sterling

Several hundred Sterling residents could finally get hooked up to natural gas later this year. Continue reading

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School District Begins Budget Work

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District officials are getting to work crafting next year’s spending plan. The school board is met Tuesday morning to start the process. The preliminary budget totals about $160 million.
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District Orders New Activities Busses

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has plans to purchase new school busses. The school board allocated $687,000 into the student transportation fund during its meeting earlier this month.
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Soldotna Library Holds Grand Opening

The Joyce K. Carver Memorial Library in Soldotna had its grand opening Saturday. More than 200 people turned out for the speeches and thank you’s, and to check out a few books.
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Kenai City Council Dives Into Board of Fish Proposals

With Board of Fish meetings right around the corner, municipalities on the Kenai Peninsula have been weighing in with support for and sometimes objection to, a variety of different management proposals. The Kenai city council took up a host of those proposals at its meeting this week. But not everyone on the council thought this was the right move.
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New Data Offer Few Clues To Declining Beluga Whale Stocks

Fisheries scientists gather in Solotna Thursday for a presentation on years-long study of Cook Inlet Beluga Whales. The information those scientists gathered provides a baseline for future studies of Belugas.
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Economist Predicts Slower Kenai Job Growth In 2014

The 2014 economic forecast for the Kenai Peninsula is in, and continued growth in the job market is what’s predicted.
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SMH: Silver Bullet?

In two weeks, the state Board of Fish will begin meetings to deal with Upper Cook Inlet fishing issues. Chief among them, managing the various fisheries in the area in a time when king salmon are struggling. One of the proposals the Board will review seeks a new way to commercially harvest sockeye salmon while letting the kings back into the river.
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Cutting Through The Cold: Rotarians Pluck Ice For Winter Games

Ice sculptures will soon decorate businesses around Soldotna as part of the Peninsula Winter Games at the end of the month. Those ornate carvings come out of huge blocks of ice, harvested each year by the Soldotna Rotary Club.
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T-200 Turns 30

A full slate of sled dog teams will leave Kasilof on their way to Homer February 1st for this year’s Tustumena 200.
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Assembly OK’s Lease For Pipeline

At its meeting last week, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly approved a measure that will allow construction of a subsea oil pipeline to move forward.
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Assembly Rejects Cap On Senior Tax Exemptions

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted no to an ordinance that would have put a cap on property tax exemptions for seniors. The vote came after more than an hour of public testimony, and a fair amount of debate among the Assembly.
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Treadwell Explains Initiative Decision

A proposed initiative to ban commercial setnetting was rejected earlier this week by Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell. He was in Kodiak Wednesday, campaigning for his Senate run and talked about that decision, and the previous court cases that were used to make it.
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Treadwell Rejects Setnet Ban Proposal

Lt. Governor Mead Treadwell rejected a proposed ballot initiative aimed at banning commercial setnetting throughout most of the state Monday. The language in the initiative didn’t agree with a previous Alaska court ruling.
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KDLL Seeks New Station Manager

KDLL seeks an energetic, dynamic leader to help grow our local, public radio station with a large and diverse audience. The Station Manager will represent KDLL in the community and develop the professional relationships necessary to build the foundation of … Continue reading

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Manager Looking For Small Changes Ahead of Fish Meetings

On January 31st, the state Board of Fisheries will meet in Anchorage for two weeks to discuss Upper Cook Inlet fishing issues. Between now and then, we will be taking a look at what those issues are, and what sorts of proposals have been pitched to address them.
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Assembly Set For First 2014 Meeting

When the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly reconvenes for its first meeting of 2014, there will be a lot of commending resolutions, grant appropriations and other fairly routine business on the agenda. That’s a sharp contrast from a year ago, when one of 2013’s most contentious issues took center stage from the get-go.
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Buccaneer Seeks New Revenues In New Year

Just weeks after top executives for Buccaneer Alaska were fired, the company is making moves to shore up its financial situation.
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