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Cooper Landing Salmon Cook Off Hits Stride In Third Year

What started out as a friendly competition in an RV park a few years ago has turned into a signature annual event in Cooper Landing.
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E-Cig Debate Comes To Kenai

The continuing debate about where it is or isn’t appropriate to enjoy an electronic cigarette made its way to the Kenai City Council this week. The vote to treat them like traditional cigarettes failed, but could be reconsidered.
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Bed Tax Veto Stays

After three very long meetings, the Borough Assembly was finally able to put to rest the debate about a Peninsula-wide bed tax at its meeting this week.
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Don Young Challengers Debate In Kenai

Three of the six candidates hoping to nudge Congressman Don Young from his long-held House seat met for a debate in Kenai Wednesday.
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Atwater Resigns From School District

Just last week we heard from Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Superintendent Dr. Steve Atwater about the upcoming academic year. On Monday, Atwater announced his resignation from the District, effective December 1st.
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State To Appeal Set Net Decision

The Superior Court ruling allowing signatures to be gathered to put a set net ban on the 2016 ballot could go to the state Supreme Court. Continue reading

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Open Records, Locals Only

A fall ballot measure for Soldotna residents will ask them to decide how easy it should be for the public to find out about candidate finances.
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Residents Push Borough To Address Flooding

Residents facing a third year of flooding in the K-Beach area are trying to make their cases before getting lawyers involved. The Borough Assembly heard those concerns at its last meeting.
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Parnell Signs Bill Into Law In Kenai

The business of refining oil in Alaska got a little cheaper Tuesday. Governor Sean Parnell signed House Bill 287 into law, which provides millions of dollars in tax credits for in-state refineries, including the Tesoro refinery in Nikiski.
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Kenai Peninsula Orchestra Kicks Off Summer Season With Weekday Concerts

The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra’s summer music series kicked off this week. The performances in Kenai, Soldotna and Homer are the lead in to the Orchestra’s annual summer performance in a couple weeks.
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Heavy Duty Cooking

It was Progress Days in Soldotna this weekend. And for some, that means dutch oven cooking.
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‘Guys and Dolls’ Continues At Triumvirate North

Triumvirate Theatre continues its production of Guys and Dolls this weekend at its new theatre in Nikiski.
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Canines In The Spotlight At Kennel Club Dog Show

The Kenai Kennel Club is holding agility trials this weekend at Skyview High School.
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K-Beach Residents Ready For Drainage Plan Or Court

The Kenai Peninsula Borough is facing increasing pressure from flooded out residents near K-Beach Road, south of Kenai. Some residents have already threatened legal action to solve a drainage problem that doesn’t appear to be going away any time soon. … Continue reading

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Have RV, Will Cook: Trucks Becoming Staple Of Peninsula Summer Food Scene

Food trucks seem to be all the rage, all over the country. Anchorage has a booming mobile food stand scene, and the trend has hit the Kenai Peninsula in full force this summer. Listen: As you approach the big, bright … Continue reading

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Local Hams Practice At Radio Field Day

Amateur radio operators on the Kenai Peninsula put up their towers and transmitters for an annual weekend of field exercises. The Moosehorn Amatuer Radio club was stationed at Skyview High School, racking up contacts across the country.
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Borough Assembly To Look At Animal Control Question

Voters in the Kenai Peninsula Borough might have an opportunity to weigh in on animal control at the ballot this fall. The Borough Assembly will introduce an ordinance to put a question on the fall ballot about whether or not the Borough should fund domestic animal rescue.
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Chefs In The Market Puts Local Food In The Spotlight

Local farmer’s markets are getting into full swing. In addition to bringing people fresh local produce, some markets on the Central Peninsula are also showing people creative ways to use all those fresh vegetables.
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Soldotna Approves Fall Ballot Question To Opt Out Of State Financial Disclosure Laws

The Soldotna city council approved a ballot question for the fall concerning financial disclosures for municipal candidates. If approved by voters, the disclosures would be kept closer to home.
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Assembly Debates Sales Tax Initiative Process

Some members of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly feel it’s time to look at the Borough’s sales tax cap. The Assembly debated how many voters it should take to make a change to the tax at its last meeting.
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Two-Way: Navarre Talks Gas Pipeline, Nikiski Development

Later this year, a group of Mayor’s, from Valdez to Barrow, will get together to talk about how a proposed LNG pipeline will affect their communities. But what will the Kenai Peninsula Borough be bargaining for once those meetings begin?
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Council Votes To Support Veteran’s Statue In Kenai

The Kenai City Council voted to give its support to a controversial veteran’s memorial statue in Lief Hansen Park at its meeting the week.
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Assembly Debates Introducing Bed Tax Ordinance

Voters will have two chances to learn more about a proposed bed tax in the Kenai Peninsula Borough next month. The tax would fund the Kenai Peninsula Tourism and Marketing Council and local education if it’s adopted.
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Dena’ina Wellness Center Holds Grand Opening

After two years of construction, the Dena’ina Wellness Center in Old Town Kenai held its grand opening with celebrations throughout the weekend.
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Fish And Game Puts Restrictions On Kasilof Setnetting, Kenai King Numbers Better Than Anticipated

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game issued an emergency order restricting personal use setnetting on the Kasilof River Thursday. That fishery’s time will be cut in half in an effort to get more king salmon up the Kasilof River.
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Primary Ballot Set For August

Primary voters will have a number choices on the ballot this August. Eleven Kenai Peninsula residents have filed for the upcoming campaign season. We’ll start with the races that end in Washington D.C. Twenty-one term incumbent Don Young will defend … Continue reading

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City of Kenai Finalizes 2015 Budget

The city of Kenai adopted its annual budget at its most recent meeting. Several last minute amendments yielded some savings, while the mill rate for property owners went up for the first time in five years.
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Lots To Learn From Funny River Fire

Firefighting crews on the Funny River fire continue to be drawn down. As the fire slowly burns out, others will find an area ripe for research.
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School District Gets Funding Boost From Borough

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District received an extra half-million dollars when the Borough finalized its budget this week. That money, along with increased funding from the state has improved the district’s finances. At least in the short term.
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Borough Assembly Passes Annual Budget

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly finalized the Borough spending plan for fiscal year 2015 at its meeting Tuesday night. Much of the debate over the fine details centered around funding for non-profits.
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Prevention Team Hosts Fire Workshops

As crews fighting the Funny River fire slowly move on to other parts of the country, other teams are coming in to help prevent damage from the next fire. A series of community workshops are planned for this week to … Continue reading

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Burgers And A Breather For Fire Fighters, Residents

After almost two weeks battling the Funny River fire, fire crews and residents had a chance to take a quick breather Sunday night at a community barbeque at the Soldotna Sports Center.
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Firefighting Crews Welcome the Rain

Light rain and little wind has helped keep the Funny River fire from growing much for the past two days. It’s 46 percent contained and as of Wednesday night afternoon, it’s estimated to have burned more than 192,000 acres on … Continue reading

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Coordination the Key for Funny River Fire Containment

It’s been more than one week since the Funny River fire began burning on the Kenai Peninsula. And very early on, one group from Fairbanks has been in control of the firefighting efforts. 140528.paneda.fire Seven-hundred firefighters. Dozens of different government … Continue reading

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Funny River Residents Return Home

Tuesday morning, the fire management team lifted the evacuation of Funny River Road from Mile 7 to the end. The road remains under an evacuation alert, which means residents should be ready to leave again if the fire gets worse … Continue reading

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Funny River Fire Burns 176,000 Acres

The Funny River Fire continued to burn the central Kenai Peninsula this week. As of Monday night, it’s estimated to have burned more than 176,000 acres with 30 percent containment. Funny River Road from Mile 7 to the end was … Continue reading

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“We Know The River Is Not Going To Stop The Fire” – Kasilof Residents Share Concerns With Fire Fighters

Heads of agencies dealing with the Funny River fire met with residents in Kasilof Thursday night. People facing the northwest flank of the fire wanted to know if they should get out, when they would be told, and how they could help.
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Agency Heads Meet With Kasilof Residents About Funny River Fire

Residents concerned about the Funny River Fire met in Kasilof and Funny River last night to get the latest from the agencies managing the fire.
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Funny River Fire Grows, Crews Set Up Camp

The Funny River Fire has now consumed nearly 50,000 acres. By Thursday morning, a command center had been established at Skyview High School, and crews were again focusing their efforts on keeping the fire away from residential areas in Funny River and Kasilof.
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‘It’s Been A Privilege’ Renee Henderson Retires After 43 Years Teaching Music

After 43 years in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, Renee Henderson put down her baton for the last time as the Kenai Central High School Choir Director Wednesday night.
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Funny River Fire Continues Into Third Day

The fire that started near Funny River Monday is still going strong. The fire has consumed more than 20,000 acres.
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Skyview Holds Last Graduation

Sky View High School held its graduation ceremony Tuesday night at the Soldotna Sports Center. The 70 members of the class of 2014 are Skyview’s last graduates, as the school consolidates with Soldotna High School starting in the fall.
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Funny River Fire Takes 20,000 Acres, More Firefighters On The Way

Now in its third day, the wildfire burning on the Kenai Peninsula has consumed 20,000 acres.
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DEC Issues Air Quality Warnings For Kenai Peninsula

Smoke from the Funny River Road fire has been carried by the wind straight into the Homer area and Kachemak Bay.
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Crews Still Battling 7,000 Acre Funny River Fire

A massive wild land fire continues to burn on the Central Kenai Peninsula. Crews have been battling the now 7,000 acre blaze since Monday.
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Wildfire Burning South of Soldotna

A pair of large wildfires have blazed through hundreds of acres in Soldotna and Tyonek.
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“Kenai La Belle” Mural Gets Finishing Touches

Last fall, local artist Fanny Ryland’s work was chosen for the Paint the Kenai community mural. The final version of the mural was completed over the weekend.
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Federal Aid On The Way For Peninsula Flood Victims

Relief is on the way for homeowners affected by last fall’s disastrous flooding on the Central and Eastern Kenai Peninsula. The Alaska Division of Homeland Security is offering $750,000 in federal aid.
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Tips To Make Alaska Growing (Hopefully) A Bit Easier

Growing your own food and flowers in Alaska is no simple task. But there are lots of resources out there to help make it easier. Here are just a few tips from veteran Kenai Peninsula gardeners, Marion Nelson and Velma Bittick.
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Nikiski Teacher Charged With Sex Abuse

Details are coming out about the Nikiski teacher accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student. Thirty-six year old Jeremy Anderson has been charged with seven counts of first degree sexual abuse of a minor. A music teacher at … Continue reading

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‘Scenes to See’ Gives Laughs Galore

Triumvirate Theatre’s annual collection of one act plays continues this weekend. KDLL’s Shaylon Cochran attended the opening performances and came back with this report.
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Burn Ban In Effect For Entire Kenai Peninsula

The state Division of Forestry has suspended open burning on the Kenai Peninsula.
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Birders Are The Canaries That Tell Us Spring Has Sprung

As another clear sign of spring, shore birds have begun arriving across the Kenai Peninsula. The Kenai Birding Festival starts Thursday.
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Buccaneer CEO Resigns

It’s been a tumultuous year in the board room at Buccaneer Energy. And now, the Australian-based independent oil and gas company is looking for a new Chief Executive.
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Considering The Environmental Impact Of The Kenai’s Annual Flock Of Visitors

The trickle of RV’s and visitors onto the Kenai Peninsula has already started, and will be picking up steadily over the next few weeks. As ‘Alaska’s Playground’ becomes more popular, what does it mean to the environmentally sensitive areas many of them spend their time? And what kinds of protections are being put in place to keep everything healthy?
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Nikiski Teacher Under Investigation For ‘Inappropriate Behavior’

A Nikiski teacher accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student was the subject of a law enforcement manhunt Thursday afternoon. After the man threatened to commit suicide, two local schools were placed on lockdown. Alaska State Troopers caught … Continue reading

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Council Says No To Kenai Library Card Fee

The Kenai city council addressed changes in some city fees at its meeting this week. There wasn’t much support for some proposed changes to how library cards are issued.
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Companies Spend $6.1 Million On Cook Inlet Leases

Results are in from this year’s oil and gas lease sale. The state Department of Natural Resources released the numbers Wednesday.
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Mayor’s Group Seeks Input On LNG Line

Construction of an in-state natural gas pipeline is still years away, if it happens at all. But even though the project is far from a sure thing, municipalities from Barrow to Valdez are thinking about how to handle the potential economic boom that could come with it.
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Legislators Tout Session Accomplishments At Chamber Lunceon

Almost all of the Peninsula’s legislative delegation turned out for a joint meeting of the Kenai and Soldotna Chambers of Commerce Tuesday. They touted accomplishments from this year’s legislative session, and explained some key votes.
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Kenai City Council To Vote On Funding Bluff Erosion Study

A long-sought after bluff erosion project for the city of Kenai could get started at this week’s city council meeting. The council will vote on letting the city manager enter into an agreement with the US Army Corps of Engineers on a feasibility study for the project.
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State Looking For Plans For Old Oil Platforms

Some of the major oil and gas infrastructure around Cook Inlet is at or nearing the end of its useful life. The Department of Natural Resources has been debating what to do about it since last fall, and is finally taking the first steps in building a plan.
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Cook Inlet Energy Adds Rig At McArthur River

Miller Energy, the parent company of Cook Inlet Energy, will finalize the purchase of an onshore drilling rig soon. In a press release, the company said it had entered into an agreement with Baker Hughes to acquire a 2,400 horsepower, … Continue reading

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Assembly Gets First Look At Budget

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will tackle its annual budget next week. Fiscal year 2015 will see a five percent increase in appropriations.
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Classes Learn, Celebrate Native Languages

Throughout the month of April, classes met at Kenai Peninsula College to learn more about the Yup’ik language.
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Volunteers Give Kenai River Annual Check Up

A crew of volunteers waded into the Kenai river and its tributaries, from the mouth to Skilak Lake Tuesday morning. They were conducting twice-annual samplings to get a snapshot of the health of the river.
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Long Time Bush Doctor Shares Aleutian Tales

For 22 years, Dr. Nancy Sydnam made the action-packed flight out to the Aleutian Islands to supervise the remote health clinics there. On Thursday, she shared some of her stories from that time from her book ‘Sideways Rain’ at the Soldotna Library. While she was in town, she stopped by the studio to speak with KDLL’s Shaylon Cochran.
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House Bill Makes Pick. Click. Give. Easier For Non-Profits

A bill sponsored by Homer Representative Paul Seaton that would make it easier for small non-profits to participate in the “Pick.Click.Give” program passed the Alaska Legislature Monday.
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Kenai Budget Includes More Employee Health Care Contributions

The city of Kenai will begin debating its annual budget this week. Revenues to the city’s general fund are up, thanks in part to more oil and gas activity in the area.
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Hilcorp Expands To North Slope In Deal With BP

Hilcorp is entering a new phase in its Alaskan endeavors. The company announced Tuesday it had purchased an interest in four North Slope oilfields owned by BP.
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Port Graham Hatchery Set To Reopen

The Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association has officially taken over ownership of the Port Graham Hatchery. The organization has plans to begin pink salmon operations later this summer.
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City To Consider Buying Birch Ridge Land, Water Rights

The Soldotna city council will discuss whether or not to get into the golf business at its meeting this week. A proposed resolution would allow the city manager to negotiate purchasing the land and water rights at Birch Ridge Golf Course.
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Green Roof Tops Get Top Honor At Caring For The Kenai

The 24th annual Caring for the Kenai prize returns to Homer this year. Katherine Dolma won for plan to install green roofs throughout the Kenai Peninsula School District.
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Stars Look To Get Back To Post Season

Spring sports are getting underway all over the Kenai Peninsula. KDLL’s Shaylon Cochran dropped in on a practice with the SoHi softball team, and brought back this preview for the season.
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Assembly Votes Down Pay Changes At Seward Meeting

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly held its annual meeting in Seward Tuesday night. The Assembly continued its debate about how to adjust members’ pay.
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Brown Bears Still Napping, But Not For Long

As we continue to march toward spring, unconfirmed reports of brown bears emerging from their dens are picking up. KDLL’s Shaylon Cochran spoke with area wildlife biologist Jeff Selinger to find out when we can start expecting to see our ursine friends.
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Soldotna Puts $50K Toward Skyview Pool Budget

Many budget questions remain, but for now, the Skyview high school pool has at least one financial supporter: the city of Soldotna. The city council voted unanimously to put some money toward keeping the facility open, but it’s still not enough.

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Micciche Proposes State Smoking Ban

A proposal that would ban smoking in most public places in Alaska is making headway in the state Senate. Senate Bill 209 passed out of the Senate State Affairs Committee last week. The bill would ban smoking in office buildings, sports arenas, taxicabs, bars and restaurants, among other public places.
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KCHS Students Spend A Day In The Life

Wednesday morning was a day in the life of a professional for 135 students at Kenai Central High School. The annual job shadowing day helps juniors either confirm an interest in a career, or gives them some second thoughts.
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Setnet Group Petitions Board of Fish

The state Board of Fish shot down an emergency petition to change management sections for commercial setnetters last week. The Board didn’t agree that there is an emergency.
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Agencies Host Flood Aware Fair

Rising groundwater was responsible for flooding across the Kenai Peninsula last fall. A relatively mild winter provided some relief, but concerns still remain.
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Council Tables Veteran’s Memorial Resolution

The Kenai city council continued its debate about a veteran’s memorial at Leif Hansen Park Wednesday. Just as when the issue came up the first time, no action was taken.
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Assembly Discusses Own Pay Cuts

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly took up the issue of compensation for its members this week. The details are still left to be sorted out.
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Committee Hears From Managers About Salmon Issues

The Senate Resources committee wrapped up its week-long dialogue about Cook Inlet Salmon issues Friday. After hearing from different user groups, the committee shifted gears, to the Department of Fish and Game.
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Sage Wisdom At Garden Gathering

If you’ve got a green thumb, the time is right for getting started on this year’s garden. KDLL’s Shaylon Cochran was at the Kenai Visitor’s Center Saturday to find out what people are planning to grow, and what tips the Central Peninsula Garden Club has for them.
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Fishermen Turn To Legislature For Research Funding

The Senate resources committee continued its dialogue about Cook Inlet salmon issues Wednesday. The message to the committee from user groups remains the same.
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Gardeners Gear Up For Expo

Gardeners on the Peninsula are gearing up for another growing season. Whether you’re a veteran or a novice, a roundtable event this weekend will offer some pro tips on how to get the most out of the ground.
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Senate Committee Hears Salmon Concerns

Cook Inlet salmon fishermen are taking their respective cases to the state legislature this week. The Senate Resources committee began a dialogue to learn more about the issues.
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Assembly Spars Over Bill To Honor Vets

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly grappled with how best to recognize the service of local veterans at its meeting this week. Listen: Supporting veterans is a pretty popular thing to do, politically and culturally.At leastsymbolically. And government bodies adopt resolutions … Continue reading

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Special Assessment Districts Proposed For Gas Utilities In Ninilchik, Funny River

Natural gas service continues to expand on the Kenai Peninsula. Last year, a utility special assessment district was set up in Homer to bring gas there. Now, two other areas within the Borough are looking for a similar deal.
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City Hopeful For Progress On Bluff Erosion

For decades, the city of Kenai has been waiting for final approval to move ahead with plans for a bluff erosion project. After getting the attention of ranking officials in the US Army Corps of Engineers, that might finally be happening. KDLL’s Shaylon Cochran has more.
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Furie Applies For New Cook Inlet Platform

Furie Alaska has submitted an operations plan for a new offshore drilling platform in Cook Inlet. If the project is approved, natural gas production could begin as soon as this fall.
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No Miracles, No Freebird. Just Hard Work.

Classical guitarist Valerie Hartzell performs Friday night in Soldotna. She sat down in the studio to talk about her visit to the Peninsula and some of the song requests she’s had to politely turn down.
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City Hears More Dipnetting Concerns

After little action was taken by the Board of Fish, officials with the city of Kenai dug back into dipnetting during a work session Tuesday night. Property owners along the beaches are running out of patience.
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Lawmakers Seek Elodea Ban

Biologists have been working to rid the Kenai Peninsula of the invasive water plant elodea for almost two years. Now, they might have a little help from Juneau. A House Bill introduced last week seeks to formalize a ban on the plant.
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Skyview Hosts Last Basketball Games

The Skyview Panthers hosted their final home basketball games Friday night, continuing a long list of lasts as students and faculty prepare to transition to Soldotna High School next year.
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Snapshots of History

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly chambers were pretty full Friday afternoon. But not for some committee meeting or budget presentation. The Borough’s Land Management division kicked off a series of brown bag lunch events, focused on the history of the Peninsula and what the future could look like. Long-time resident Al Hershberger shared just a few of his many photos of the modern building of the Kenai.
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Organizers Preparing For Growing Farmer’s Markets

It already feels like spring is here, and people are already gearing up for another season of farmer’s markets. Markets on the Central Peninsula are expanding and looking for new partnerships.
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Funding Questions Answered Without Ballot Measure

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly answered the question about funding non-profit organizations without putting it to the public. The Assembly saw enough economic value in the spending to leave it alone, at least for now.
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Navarre Announces Reelection Run

Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre delivered his annual State of the Borough address Tuesday. There are a few issues the Mayor says he’s concerned with in the short term, but long-term prospects in the Borough look good.
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Assembly Examines Non-Profit Funding Again

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will again take up the issue of giving money to organizations outside the Borough umbrella. These non-departmental expenditures make up just a fraction of the Borough’s budget.
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Buccaneer, CIRI Heading Back To Court

Buccaneer Energy is going back to the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission to try and settle issues at the Kenai Loop well site in Kenai.
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Rep. Don Young: ‘There’s only one terrorist on the Yukon River and that’s me’

Federal over-reach, states’ rights, common sense solutions. These are some of the basic tenets that have gotten Don Young re-elected to more than 20 terms in Congress, and they were the basis for his message to a joint meeting of the Kenai and Soldotna Chambers of Commerce Wednesday.
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8th Graders Hit The Drawing Board During E-Week

Eighth graders across the Peninsula are getting a sample of engineering this week. E-Week is a time for students to get some time with professional engineers.
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Sculpting A New Scene

The annual Kenai Peninsula College student art show is on display. As KDLL’s Shaylon Cochran reports, this year’s exhibit takes a bit of a turn with students working under the guidance of new Art Student League advisor Cam Choy.
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Author Recounts Bear Attack, Recovery

Ten years ago this July, Dan Bigley was fishing along the Russian River. He and his friends found themselves caught between a sow and her cubs. Dan Bigley lost his eye sight as a result of that encounter, but according to his new book ‘Beyond the Bear’, gained a NEW sense…One of community. Bigley spoke recently at Kenai Peninsula College as part of the KPC Showcase series.
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Borough Assembly Talks Non-Profits

With a relatively light agenda, the Kenai Peninsula Borough took time Tuesday to talk about the role of non-profit organizations in the community.
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New Drift Net Plan Sends More Salmon To Mat-Su

The state Board of Fisheries continues its big Cook Inlet meeting this week. A new drift gillnet management plan will place restrictions on that industry, similar to what set netters have seen.
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Skyview Pool Funds Drying Up

An estimated $4.5 million budget shortfall for next year has the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District school board considering all kinds of cuts. And that includes the possibility of shutting down the pool at Skyview High School.
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CPH Expansion Moving Forward

The city of Soldotna Planning and Zoning Commission approved a big step for expansion at Central Peninsula Hospital at its meeting Wednesday.
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Board Adopts New King Salmon Plan

The state Board of Fisheries continued deliberation over dozens of proposals for Cook Inlet fishing industries Wednesday. Some steps were made in the direction of conserving Kenai River king salmon, but many other issues are due for some attention.
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No Change In Goals For Struggling King Salmon

The state Board of Fisheries continued its Upper Cook Inlet meeting Tuesday. Much of the day was devoted to Kenai River king salmon issues, but as KDLL’s Shaylon Cochran reports, the Board began the day by taking a step back.
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Buccaneer Scales Back Drilling Plans

Buccaneer Energy is scaling back its Alaska operations. In a press release last week, the company announced it is giving up on some of its plans to drill in Cook Inlet in 2014. Continue reading

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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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Skyview Student Up For Spirit Of Youth Award

The Kenai River brings in thousands of tourists every year; for fishing, rafting, or just to see the sights. But it also brings in a lot of volunteers who work to preserve all those activities. Moira Pyhala is one of those volunteers, and her efforts have earned her a nomination for a Spirit of Youth Award.
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Odie’s Deli To Take Over PJ’s Diner At Kenai Airport

Travelers going through the Kenai Airport will have a new dining option next year. Odie’s Deli is moving into the café currently occupied by PJ’s Diner.
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Kenai City Council Votes To Support Setnetters

Another government body on the Peninsula voted unanimously to oppose efforts to ban commercial setnetting in Cook Inlet. But there was a bit of debate before the final ‘yes’ vote was cast.
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Snowmachine Drags This Weekend At Freddie’s Roadhouse

Who says you can’t drag race in the snow? Starting this weekend, and running through February, snowmachiners can test their abilities at weekly races in the Caribou Hills.
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Making Its Mark: Local Distillery Celebrates One Year Selling Spirits

Tucked a few miles off the highway in Sterling is one of the newest players in the burgeoning Alaskan craft spirits industry. Continue reading

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Hilcorp Asks For More Oil Storage Capacity

Hilcorp has submitted an application to change its spill contingency plan for onshore facilities on both sides of Cook Inlet. Continue reading

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Remodeled Soldotna Library Open For Holidays

The Joyce K. Carver memorial library in Soldotna is open for business…mostly. Volunteers have begun stocking the shelves with books and a full, grand opening is planned for next month.
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School District Updates Concussion Policy

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District school board is fine-tuning the concussion policy for all student athletes. Members have been discussing the slight changes since August and action from the board is expected next month.
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Triumvirate North Opens With ‘White Christmas’ This Weekend

After six years in the works, the new Triumvirate North theatre will host its first performance this weekend. The holiday musical classic White Christmas opens Friday night.
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Board of Fish Addresses King Sport Fishing

The state Board of Fish is meeting in Anchorage this week. Among the many items on the agenda are a variety of proposals for sport and commercial fishing in Lower Cook Inlet. Listen: A number of the proposals directed at … Continue reading

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Public Tells Commissioners HB77 Concerns

Borough Assembly Chambers in Soldotna were standing room only Monday night. State Senator Peter Micciche held a public meeting about House Bill 77, the controversial piece of legislation that aims to streamline permitting for the Department of Natural Resources. Not one member of the public testified in favor of the bill.
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Students Thwart Disaster With Legos, Robots

Middle school students from across the Peninsula met in Kenai Saturday to do battle with Legos and robots. The First Lego League’s annual competition asked students to deal with Nature’s Fury.
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HB 77 Public Meetings Start Tonight In Soldotna

Public meetings are scheduled for today about House Bill 77. Supporters say it streamlines the permitting process for mining and other development projects. But detractors claim it gives the state too much authority and undermines due process.
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No Injuries in Sterling Plane Crash

Heavy rain and ice were the cause of a plane crash near Sterling Wednesday afternoon. Alaska State Trooper Spokesperson Megan Peters says the pilot, 49 year-old David Duncan of Sterling, was attempting to bring the single engine Citabria down at Dutch Landing.
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Fish Waste A Bright Spot In 2013 Dipnet Season

The city of Kenai released its annual dipnetting report this week. As KDLL’s Shaylon Cochran reports, the city sees room again this year for a number of changes.
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Assembly Votes To Support Setnetters

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly adopted a resolution supporting a continuation of setnetting in Cook Inlet at its meeting Tuesday. Debate on the issue came only from supporters.
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SoHi To Remain So-Named

Soldotna High School’s name will not change for next year’s new schools configuration. The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District school board made the decision during its meeting Monday night. The name on the building became the most contentious part of the reconfiguration process.
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Applications For Flood Aid Open Next Week

Residents affected by flooding on the Kenai Peninsula will soon be able to start applying for individual assistance from the state.
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A Different World: Growing Up Dena’ina

The most comprehensive exhibit featuring the artifacts and culture of the Dena’ina the Anchorage Museum has ever produced is on display for about six more weeks. The exhibit’s coordinator, Aaron Leggett, spoke at Kenai Peninsula College recently to talk about what’s at the museum and his own experience growing up Dena’ina.
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Feeding the Masses: A Look In The Kitchen At Kenai Catering

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.
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Managers, Residents Discuss Brown Bears

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.
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Work On Soldotna Trails To Begin Soon

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.
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Ulti-MUTT Dog Show at KPC

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. Listen: Student Union president Teresa Cross was grilling hot dogs while dog owners … Continue reading

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Diners Undeterred By Power Outage

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.
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Soldotna Teen Center To Open By Christmas

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.
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School District Sees Jump In 4 Year Graduation Rate

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.
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Coffee Table – Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Manager Andy Loranger

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. Listen:

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Governor Makes Disaster Declaration For Kenai Peninsula Flooding

Governor Sean Parnell has declared a state disaster for the Kenai Peninsula. Continue reading

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Healthcare Navigators From Enroll Alaska Working At CPH

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.
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Recycling Fashion In Cooper Landing

To mark America Recyles Day on November 15th, residents in Cooper Landing found a different way to use old stuff. A fashion show.
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The Legend Of Soapy Smith

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.
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Borough Still Taking Damage Reports From K-Beach Flooding

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.
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Showtime: Curtain Call Reopens

Curtain Call, the consignment clothing store that helps support the Kenai Performers, is open again.
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Tustemena Lodge Encourages Locals To Make It Their Own

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.
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Commercial Fishers React To Proposal To Ban Setnetting

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.
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Local Veterans Remember

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State Seeks Input On Spur Highway Project

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.
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Council Member Brian Gabriel Disappointed With Setnet Ban Initiative

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.
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K-Beach Residents Share Frustrations At Special Meeting

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.
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Reconfiguration Committee Makes Recommendations To School Board

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.
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“Roadside Attractions”: Ninilchik Orthodox Church

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.
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K-Beach Flooding Meeting, Full Audio

K-Beach Flooding Meeting, 11-6-13 Listen:

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Borough Assembly Extends Emergency Declaration

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.
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2016 Ballot Might Include Ban On Setnetting

An initiative to ban commercial set netting in Cook Inlet could be on the ballot in 2016.
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Special Meeting For K-Beach Flooding Tonight At 6

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.
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School District Seeks Community Input For Budget

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. Listen: School officials are looking for … Continue reading

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Red Cross Shelter Open For Flooded K-Beach Homeowners

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.
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Tesoro-Owned Company To Begin Construction Of Cook Inlet Pipeline Next Year

Construction on a subsea pipeline to bring crude from the west side of Cook Inlet to Nikiski could start as early as next May.
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Expanded Bear Hunt Leaves Questions For Managers

A liberalized brown bear season on the Kenai has resulted in more than sixty bears harvested. Citing increased bear-human conflicts and a threat to the moose population, the Board of Game allowed permitted hunting this year with the goal of bringing the bear population down. How this year’s harvest will contribute to that goal is not known.
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Paving The Way With Special Assessment Districts

A few more roads are set to be checked off Soldotna’s list of things to pave. The city will fund the projects through special assessment districts.
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“Roadside Attractions”: Anchor Point Blue Bus

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 first part of a series we’re calling “Roadside Attractions,” we head north about 20 miles to Anchor Point.
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K-Beach Flooding Declared A Disaster

Residents near K-Beach Road in Kenai might finally have some relief as they continue to battle surface and groundwater flooding. Borough Mayor Mike Navarre issued a local disaster emergency declaration Tuesday.
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Nikiski Residents Cautiously Optimistic About Pipeline Plans

The announcement earlier this month that the preferred site for the end of an in-state gas line would be Nikiski was welcome news to many on the Kenai Peninsula. Residents and business owners in this unincorporated area are cautiously optimistic.
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Skyview Takes Last Volleyball Match Against SoHi

Skyview High School’s volleyball team had a win Tuesday night against Soldotna High. The game was the last time the two schools would compete in a cross-town rivalry due to reconfiguration for next year. During Tuesday night’s varsity game Skyview players said goodbye to four seniors and thanked Coach Sheila Kupferschmid for 15 years of service. This is her last season at the school.
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Murphy Finds New Home On Soldotna City Council

It didn’t take long for former Borough Assembly member Linda Murphy to find another way to serve the public. She lost her Assembly seat to Dale Bagley and has since taken up residence on the Soldotna city council.
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Assembly Approves $43M In Revenue Bonds for Hospital Expansion

Tucked into this week’s Borough Assembly agenda was a resolution approving the issue of $43 million dollars’ worth of revenue bonds to complete the next phase of expansion at Central Peninsula Hospital. That includes new office and administrative space and room for more procedures. The Assembly mostly had its mind made up, and in the end voted in favor of the resolution. But the sticker shock of a $43 million price tag added a bit of drama to the meeting.
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Students Look For The Next Step At College Fair

Students from across the Peninsula were in Soldotna Tuesday for the annual college fair. Juniors in the district have this time to start thinking about their lives after high school.
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Are You Prepared for the Next ‘Big One?’

Next year will mark the 50th anniversary of the Good Friday earthquake, which devastated many communities in Alaska, including those on the Kenai Peninsula. The anniversary has emergency planners asking the question, “Are we ready for the next ‘big one?’” … Continue reading

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Happiness Is A Warm Heat Gun

Reporter’s log: 10/21/13, in which Shaylon pretends to make art.
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Buccaneer Leases Well Site For 30 Years

Buccaneer Energy’s stay on at least part of the Kenai Peninsula was extended to 30 years after this week’s meeting of the Kenai city council.
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Court to DNR: Move It Along

After a four year wait, the Department of Natural Resources will finally make a decision on applications having to do with the proposed Chuitna mine. A superior court decision handed down this week compels the Department to make its decision within thirty days.
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CIRCAC Says Cook Inlet Pipeline Construction Could Begin Next Year

It’s been more than four years since an eruption at Mt. Redoubt and questions still linger about the potential hazards of storing oil there. Both the industry and environmental groups have come out in support of construction of a sub-sea pipeline to replace the need for storage tanks at the Drift River terminal at Redoubt’s base, including Cook Inlet Regional Citizen’s Advisory Council.
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Students See First Steps In Salmon Life Cycle

Students from central and southern Kenai Peninsula schools gathered at the Anchor River Friday to learn about the salmon life cycle. This was the kick-off to the Salmon in the Classroom program. The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District partners with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to teach kids about one of the state’s most valuable resources.
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District Works Out Staffing Changes For Soldotna Plan

While a group of 14 community members, teachers and students mulls over the cultural changes for the Soldotna school reconfiguration, district officials are working on staffing and other nuts and bolts decisions for the three schools. Principals and assistant principals have already been announced. Decisions on teachers should come at the start of next year.
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New CES Certification Goal Of Senior Project

A student government project at Kenai Central High School could lead to new certification for first responders with Central Emergency Services.
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K-Beach Residents Still Looking For Answers

Seeking fast relief from even faster approaching surface water flooding, a group of K-Beach residents met at the Soldotna Sports Complex Thursday night to try to find a way to stay dry.
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K-Beach Flood Meeting 10/10/13

K-Beach Flood Meeting 10/10/13 (Run time: 1 hour 50 minutes)

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UAF Proposes New Center For Salmon And Society

Seeking to contribute to the continued vitality of Alaskan wild salmon stocks, the University of Alaska Fairbanks is reaching out to see what kind of interest there is in a proposed Center for Salmon and Society. The endeavor is in its earliest stages, and they’re still looking for feedback.
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What’s In A Name? Committee Stalls On New Name For Soldotna High School Building

The committee tasked with the cultural shift for the new Soldotna schools configuration is making progress. The group has decided on mascots, is close to finalizing the new color scheme, but is stalled at a new name for the 10th through 12th grade building, which is currently Soldotna High School.
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Assembly Says Goodbye To Murphy, Tauriainen

Two Assembly members said goodbye Tuesday night as their successors were sworn in. Linda Murphy and Ray Tauriainen finished their terms and Brent Johnson, Dale Bagely and Wayne Ogle were sworn in.
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Porter Reelected To Fourth Term

It was a close race, but in the end Kenai Mayor Pat Porter edged out her challenger, council member Bob Molloy to win reelection to a 4th term.
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Few Solutions For High Water Table Near K-Beach

Residents near K-Beach Road just south of Kenai have been battling a rising water table the past few weeks. Thursday night, residents and Borough and State officials met to learn more about what can be done to gain some relief. There aren’t many concrete solutions except hoping for dry weather.
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New Administrative Positions Announced In Soldotna

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has announced the principals and assistant principals for the new Soldotna schools reconfiguration.
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Nikiski Possible Terminal Site For North Slope LNG

The companies seeking to advance a multibillion-dollar natural gas pipeline project in Alaska have announced that Nikiski is the front-runner to be the terminal site where gas would be liquefied and shipped to Asia.
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Baxter Brings Home Daughter And Victory On Election Day

While voters Borough-wide and in Kenai had several ballot measures and candidates to choose, Soldotna voters only had a couple city council races to decide. Keith Baxter brought home more than a victory in the contest for seat.
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Soldotna Library Receives Finishing Touches

With a couple months to go before an official opening, the new Soldotna Library is getting pretty close.
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Enrollment For Obamacare Opens Today

Enrollment for federally-mandated health insurance policies opened Wednesday. On the Kenai Peninsula, Enroll Alaska will have representatives in Soldotna and Homer beginning next week to help people find the right policy.
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Fisher Poets Fill Tustumena Lodge With Song, Salty Verse

The creative talents of several Peninsula fisher men and women were on display Friday night at the Tustumena Lodge in Kasilof, where the fisher poets competed for best song or poem.
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Buccaneer Plans On Hold

Plans by Buccaneer Energy to drill more natural gas wells at its Kenai Loop unit are on hold for now.
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Kenai Candidates Weigh In On Ballot Props

When voters in the city of Kenai fill out their ballots on October 1st, they’ll have a lot of questions to answer.
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Soldotna Recreation And Trails Master Plan Released

The city of Soldotna has released its new Recreation and Trails Masterplan. The final product took lots of community input, and has as its core, six guiding principles for the future of parks in the city.
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Fisher Poets To Perform This Weekend

This weekend, fisher poets from around the Kenai Peninsula and beyond will gather for a weekend of song, verse, stories and celebration of life on the seas.
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Harvest Helpers: Students Connect Farm To Food In Annual Field Trip

For almost two decades, local students have been visiting Ridgeway Farms in the fall to see a working farm in action, pet a few animals, and get a little dirty helping with the harvest. This year, students from Kaleidoscope school in Kenai visited the farm, and enjoyed some soup from the fruits of their labors the following day.
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Assembly Hears Marine Transportation Concerns

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly met this week in Homer. One of the big topics of the evening was transportation.
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Kenai Mayoral Candidates See Differences In Role

The two candidates for mayor of Kenai have many years of experience in public service, and even more years living in Kenai. The differences between incumbent Pat Porter and her challenger, city council member Bob Molloy, are subtle, yet distinct. … Continue reading

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Artist Discusses Paint The Kenai Mural Winner

Travelers coming into Kenai will soon be greeted with a giant mural, highlighting some of the Peninsula’s more notable attributes. “Kenai La Belle” will be placed at the airport later this year.
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Assembly To Ask State For Support On Transportation Issues

As the state ferry Tustumena sits in dry dock, undergoing repairs, Alaskan coastal communities are struggling with the lack of regular transportation to and from the mainland. The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will take up the cause at this week’s meeting in Homer.
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Committee Holds First SoHi/Skyview Consolidation Meeting

Soldotna students in 7th through 12th grades will be moved around a bit next year. The group tasked with easing the transition for those kids had their first meeting Tuesday night. Students, parents and teachers in the area make up the members of the Soldotna School Advisory Committee.
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Ballot Proposition Asks For $23M For School Roof Repairs, Turf Field In Homer

One of the ballot propositions Borough voters will decide on this fall is for a general obligation bond to pay for roof repairs and other upgrades around the Borough school district to the tune of $23 million.
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United Way Kicks Off Annual Fundraising Campaign

United Way of the Kenai Peninsula kicked off its annual campaign drive Tuesday. The organization is looking for $650,000 to support 27 different agencies across the Kenai.
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State, Industry Talk About Who Should Pay For Dismantling Cook Inlet Oil Platforms

Leaders from the oil and gas industry and state regulatory agencies met in Anchorage Monday for a work session to begin the conversation about what to do with aging infrastructure in Cook Inlet. One of the biggest questions to answer is who will be responsible.
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Waxing Artistic: Encaustic Works On Display At Veronica’s

A new art display is up at Veronica’s Café in old town Kenai. It features encaustic works by local artist Marion Nelson.
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District 3 Assembly Candidates Call For Less Government, Better Water

Residents of the Nikiski area will have a choice of two candidates to fill the seat left vacant by departing Assembly member Ray Tauriainen.
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Candidates Talk Fish, Water And Super Powers At Chamber Forum

Candidates vying for two open seats on the Kenai city council discussed their positions on the issues of the day at a Chamber of Commerce luncheon Wednesday.
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Board Shake-ups at Buccaneer Continue

The Board of Directors for Buccaneer Energy has a new look again, just weeks after an attempt to overtake the Board by two Singapore-based investment companies was only partially successful.
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Kardinals Fly Over Bulldogs 51-16 In First Game At New Ed Hollier Field

Touted as one of, if not the, finest athletic fields in the state, Ed Hollier Field at Kenai Central High School saw its first action Saturday, following a history-filled re-dedication ceremony.
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Residents, Groups Submit Proposals To Board of Fish

As the big fishing seasons wind down around the state, various user groups have submitted their proposals for rule changes for the Board of Fish to consider during its winter meetings.
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Memories Served: Old Timers Meet For Annual Luncheon

Long-time residents from across the Kenai Peninsula gathered Thursday for the annual Old Timers Luncheon at the Kenai Senior Center.
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KPC Opens New Dorms, Tech Center

On Thursday, Kenai Peninsula College opened the doors to two knew facilities. The new Career and Technical Education Center and brand new student housing.
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Mapping Domestic Violence Prevention With Green Dot

A national training program aimed at reducing domestic violence is making its way around Alaska. It’s called Green Dot. And its major goal is make it easier for communities to talk about violence and abuse.
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7th Annual Kids Classic Puts New Anglers On The River

One hundred kids shoved off from the Harry Gaines Fish Camp in Soldotna Tuesday for the seventh annual Kenai River Junior Classic.

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CARTS Funding Left To Assembly Discretion

Public transportation was again a hot topic for the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly this week. Assembly member Brent Johnson introduced a resolution to put the question of funding the Central Area Rural Transist System before voters back in June.
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Run For Women Brings Awareness Of Domestic Violence

For nearly 30 years, women runners on the Central Kenai Peninsula have put in a few miles to help raise awareness about domestic violence for the Leeshore Center.
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Soldotna Hires New Librarian

The city of Soldotna has announced its decision for a new librarian. Rachel Nash will begin in her new position August 12th. Nash grew up in Sterling, the daughter of John and Katherine Beatty. She graduated from Skyview high school, … Continue reading

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Buccaneer Testing Cosmo Well

Buccaneer has begun flow testing a natural gas well in the Cosmopolitan Unit near Anchor Point. The company announced in a press release Tuesday that it had flared natural gas during a production test on Sunday. From a depth of … Continue reading

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Borough Term Limits To Go Before Voters Again

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly once again tackled the question of term limits at its meeting Tuesday night. After a fair amount of discussion, the question of term limits will go before the voters this fall. Listen: On paper, it … Continue reading

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National Guardsmen Go On First Kenai Spur Ride

Every weekend across the country, service men and women in the National Guard fall in for training drills. Troops with the 1-297th Cavalry Squadron did the same in Kenai, but this wasn’t an ordinary drill weekend.
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Discussions Start On Sports Center Remodel

At 30 years old, the Soldotna Sports Complex is beginning to show its age. A major remodel and expansion is planned for the facility, and the City of Soldotna is asking the public to weigh in on a master plan that will determine how the complex is used for the next 30 years.
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HEA Continues Work Toward More Renewables

At the end of the year, the Homer Electric Association will begin generating all its own power. HEA’s contract to buy electricity from Chugach Electric is up, but the Co-op isn’t done there. Plans are in the early stages for more generating capacity from more renewable resources.
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Peninsula Profile: Cook Inlet Set Net Families

Dotting the coast line of Cook Inlet from Ninilchik to Nikiski are some of the Peninsula’s oldest businesses. Many of these commercial fish camps are still owned and operated by the families that started them two or three generations ago.
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Progress Days Return

One of Soldotna’s longest running celebrations is coming around again this weekend. Progress Days this year will feature a long list of tried and true events and some newer attractions. Listen: -Shaylon Cochran/KDLL-

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DOT Looking For Ways To Improve Safety On The Sterling Highway

The Alaska Department of Transportation is looking for comments and opinions about how to best improve the safety of a stretch of the Sterling Highway.
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City Closes Beach Camping Before High Tides Roll In

Dipnetters on the north and south beaches of the Kenai River will need to find someplace off the beach to camp for the next couple of days. Extraordinarily high tides forced the city of Kenai to close the beaches to camping and vehicle parking beginning at midnight Monday.
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Local Fishing Group Suing ADF&G

A lawsuit filed in state superior court this week seeks to hold the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to its stated management policies for Cook Inlet fisheries. The group bringing the suit doesn’t think the department did that last year when it shut down commercial setnet fishing.
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Sockeye Hit, Kings Still Missing

Higher-than-expected numbers of sockeye salmon are pouring into the Kenai River this week. The number recorded Tuesday is the highest single-day count in more than thirty years.
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City Keeping Up With First Swell Of Fish, People To Hit Beaches

Steady streams of campers and trailers loaded with coolers, dipnets and ATV’s are filing onto the Central Peninsula to take advantage of the personal use fisheries on the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers. The opening weekend was typically busy, but things are going smoothly for the city of Kenai.
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“I’ve Seen Worse…” Beaches Still Calm As Sockeye Move In

The salmon are getting close. Setnetters along the east side of Cook Inlet have been given extra time to harvest the run of sockeye, which is coming in strong. Dipnetters are hard at work, too, though the biggest days of the year are just ahead.
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Assembly Could Seek Advisory Vote On CARTS Funding

Funding for public transportation is getting some scrutiny from the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly. A resolution the body will take up at its next meeting calls for an advisory vote from the public about future funding for the Central Area Rural Transit System, or CARTS.
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CPH Unveils New Oncology Center

Wednesday was the grand opening of a new oncology unit at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. It’s the latest development in a broader effort to expand medical services on the Peninsula.
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Clayton Brockel, Founding Director Of KPC, Dies At 86

The Kenai Peninsula lost one of its most influential figures Wednesday. Clayton Brockel, the founding director of Kenai Peninsula College, died. He was 86.
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Assembly Postpones Vote On Term Limits

The Kenai Peninsula Borough is still wrestling with the question of term limits. It was last answered by voters in a 2007 initiative, which kept Assembly members from running for more than two consecutive terms. It has been revisted at some level several times since then.
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KDLL Evening News for December 5th

KPBSD enrollment numbers down in some areas… City of Kenai releases annual dipnet report… Listen:

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New Salmon Study Tries To Pinpoint Location Of Kings, Reds As They Hit Rivers

King salmon runs to the rivers of Cook Inlet are down again this year. Complicating matters for Fish and Game managers are the strong sockeye runs that commercial and personal use fishers depend on. After last year’s disastrous fishing season, the Parnell administration launched a 5-year, $30 million effort to find out more about salmon life cycles in the ocean. One of the studies under way is trying to figure out where kings and reds are hanging out in the water just before they return to the rivers.
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Former ADN Sports Editor Pens Kenai River Sportfishing Book

Long time sports editor for the Anchorage Daily News has just released a new book detailing a season spent fishing on the Kenai River. Freedman was at Kenai River Brewing in Soldotna for a book signing.
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Buccaneer Board Avoids Full Takeover By Singapore Investors

After a special shareholders meeting Tuesday, the Board of Directors for energy producer Buccaneer has a new look.
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Yo-Yo Guy Dazzles, Teaches In Performances On The Kenai

Just about everyone has played around with a yo yo at some point in their lives. Some people make a career out of it. Julius, the Yo-Yo Guy has been traveling around the Peninsula flashing his skills and dazzling audiences.
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Assembly Mulls Final Question On Anadromous Streams Protections

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.
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Kenai Teen Learns D.C. Ropes

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.
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Russian River The Hot Spot With King Fishing Shut Down

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.
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“Suds: The Musical Soap Opera” Showcases Hits From The 60’s

The Kenai Performers are opening two weekends of performances of the musical soap opera “SUDS” this Friday.
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Hilcorp Fined $115,000 For Permit Violations

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.
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Assembly Votes To Keep Anadromous Stream Protections In Place

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.
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Openings, Restrictions Announced For Peninsula Fisheries

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 … Continue reading

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Mural Paints Picture Of Peninsula’s History

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. Listen:   -Shaylon … Continue reading

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Local 4-Hers Pitching Livestock Sales Ahead of State Fair

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.
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“A Long Complicated History” For The Kenai Comprehensive Plan

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.
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Soldotna Creek Park Improvement Project Gets The Green Light

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.
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Full House Expected When Assembly Votes On Habitat Protection Next 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.
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Another Turn For Term Limits

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.
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Fun In The Sun At The Kenai River Fest

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.
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Assembly Approves 911 Surcharge Increase

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.
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Borough Clerk’s Office Rejects Ballot Initiative For Ranked Choice Voting

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.
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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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Seldovia Family Passing Through Kenai Along 800-Mile Cook Inlet Adventure

The adventures of Seldovia’s Higman-McKittirick family continued into the Central Peninsula over the weekend. They are one month into a journey that is taking them 800 miles around the shores of Cook Inlet.
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Public Hearings Scheduled For Cook Inlet Wastewater Discharge Permit.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking public comment for a new permit it would grant for mobile oil and gas exploration facilities in the state-controlled waters of Cook Inlet. Listen: Two things happened that made DEC want to … Continue reading

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Soldotna Hosts Youth Leadership Camp

Future community leaders from across Alaska and the Yukon will be in Soldotna for a three day camp and seminar known as RYLA this weekend.
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Troopers Investigating Break Ins On Big Eddy Road

Alaska State Troopers are looking for information regarding recent burglaries in Soldotna. Trooper Ethan Norwood says the break-ins happened last week at homes along Big Eddy Road.
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Kenai Comp Plan Could Go To Referendum

The Kenai City Council voted to move the city’s comprehensive plan on to the Borough Planning Commission, but other obstacles may lie ahead before final passage of ‘Imagine Kenai 2030’.
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Native Sites Represent Past, Present and Future

There is an effort underway to preserve some key cultural sites around the Central Peninsula. KDLL’s Shaylon Cochran visited the Kalifornsky Village Friday to hear a lecture from Kenai Peninsula College anthropologist Dr. Alan Boraas and learn more about the significance of these places.
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Chenault Looks Back On Legislative Session

Legislators are settling back in to their home districts following the as-scheduled conclusion of the legislative session. House Speaker Mike Chenault offered his thoughts on 90 days in Juneau.
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Birding Season About To Take Flight

As the snow pack slowly fades away, the Kenai Peninsula becomes an attractive spot for birds, and bird lovers. The spring birding season is just around the corner with lots of activities and species to keep an eye out for.
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Assembly Extinguishes Fireworks Ordinance

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly had its annual meeting in Seward Tuesday night. An ordinance to liberalize the use of fireworks in the Borough was the hot topic.
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New Charter School Will Focus On Outdoor, Arts Education

Plans for a new charter school in Kenai are taking shape. There are still lots of details left to work out for the Greatland Adventure Academy charter school, but enrollment has begun and the search for teachers is on.
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Fiscal Notes Would Outline Cost/Benefit On Borough Legislation

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will take up a resolution at its meeting this week that would give the Assembly a more complete picture of the financial impacts of certain policy and legislative actions.
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Hilcorp Looking For Oil In 2013, Aurora Sets Sights On Nicolai Creek

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“Lear Khehkwaii” marries classic Shakespeare, Athabascan Gwich’in Languages

The Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre troupe made a stop in Soldotna High School Wednesday evening for a performance of Lear Khehkwaii, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s King Lear that integrates the Gwich’in language. As KDLL’s Shaylon Cochran reports, the play was developed as a means to bring attention to and preserve native cultures and languages.
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Zelinsky Quintet Returns To KPC

The Rick Zelinksy Jazz Quintet is back on the Kenai this weekend for their second performance at Kenai Peninsula College. Continue reading

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City Proposes More Drift Only Days On Kenai River

The Kenai City Council has already begun putting together suggestions for the Board of Fisheries ahead of its next meeting that will deal with local issues in January of 2014.
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School Board Meeting To Discuss Teacher Contracts

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board will meet today to discuss and possibly approve new contracts for the district’s teachers and staff. Members of the teachers’ and employees’ unions had until Sunday to give the agreement an up or down vote.
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$50M Set Aside For Kenai Peninsula Projects

The Alaska State Senate passed its version of the 2014 capital budget Saturday, marking a total of just under $1.9 billion dollars for transportation, energy and public works projects around the state. The budget contains funding for many projects on the Kenai Peninsula.
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Learning Big Things At Nano Day

The third annual Nano Day was last Friday at the Challenger Learning Center in Kenai, bringing in kids and adults to learn more about the growing world of tiny technology.
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Public Hearing Date Set For Anadromous Streams Protection Repeal

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly has decided to have a public hearing for an ordinance that would repeal some provisions of the Borough’s Anadromous streams protection order.
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Still The Last Frontier?

As business, industry and population continue to grow on the Kenai Peninsula, residents and elected officials continue to grapple with the question of how to facilitate that growth in terms of the size of government and the specific roles it plays. We take a closer look at the ongoing issue of land use and management in the Borough.
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Anderson Defeats Carey In Soldotna Mayoral Contest

With more than 500 ballots cast, the results are in and Soldotna’s new mayor is Dr. Nels Anderson. Anderson defeated former three-term Soldotna mayor Dave Carey by an unofficial count of 312 to 206. He says he appreciated what he called an ‘honorable race’
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River Center Reports 2012 Numbers, Just One Fine Issued

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly got an update on the goings on at the Donald E. Gilman River Center at its meeting Tuesday night, hearing about permitting and activity trends on river and land use issues. The Center saw a slight increase in permitting activity in 2012.
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Another Record For Pick. Click. Give.

Sunday night was the deadline for Alaska residents to file for their Permanent Fund Dividends and many filers also chose to donate part of their PFD to non-profit organizations.
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Big Science In A Small Package At Nano Days

The Challenger Learning Center in Kenai will host their third annual Nano Days this Friday. The event is designed to expose people to the growing world of nanotechnology.
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Anadromous Streams Repeal Ordinance Back On Assembly Agenda

The Kenai Peninsula Borough’s Anadromous Streams Protection ordinance will be up for discussion yet again at this week’s Borough Assembly meeting. The sponsor of the repeal isn’t convinced there’s Assembly support for it, despite a vocal opposition in the public.
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Anderson, Carey Discuss Issues In Soldotna Mayoral Race

The special election for Soldotna Mayor is coming up Tuesday with former Mayor Dave Carey and current City Council member Dr. Nels Anderson on the ballot.
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Alaskans March To Choose Respect

On Thursday, Alaskans in 140 different communities came together to rally in support of Choosing Respect. The rallies are part of an initiative started by Governor Sean Parnell in 2009 to address issues related to domestic violence and assault. The Leeshore Center in Kenai and the Haven House in Homer sponsored rallies on the Kenai Peninsula.
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Looking for the Right Fit At the Peninsula Job Fair

Hundreds of job seekers came out for the annual career fair at the Kenai Peninsula Job Center Wednesday. There’s no shortage of companies looking to hire, the trick is finding the right match.
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More Calls For Repeal of Fish Habitat Ordinance At Anchor Point Town Hall

Residents from up and down the western Peninsula filled the Anchor Point Senior Center for the second in a series of town hall meetings focused on the Borough’s anadromous fish habitat protection ordinance.
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Chenault, Olson Talk Oil Taxes, Education At Town Hall Meeting

The regular session of the state legislature will end in less than three weeks. Oil taxes, gas lines, education and a host of other issues await decisions in Juneau, and many of those same issues were discussed Saturday at a town hall meeting in Soldotna with House Speaker Mike Chenault of Nikiski and fellow House Republican Kurt Olson of Kenai.
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Board of Fish Looks At Kenai King Salmon Issues

As a state Board of Game meeting wrapped up in Kenai this week, the Board of Fish got to work at the statewide finfish meeting in Achorage Tuesday. Continue reading

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Board of Game Wraps Up Meeting In Kenai, Votes On Moose and Bear Proposals

The state Board of Game wrapped up its five day meeting in Kenai Tuesday, going through a long list of proposals to change many of the game management rules on the Kenai Peninsula. Continue reading

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Kenai Brown Bear Issues Addressed At Board of Game Meeting

The state Board of Game met Tuesday in Kenai for the fifth and final day, with votes taking place on a variety of proposals affecting game issues on the Kenai Peninsula and throughout South Central Alaska, including what to do with a rising brown bear population. Continue reading

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Board of Game Takes On Moose Declines

The state Board of Game continues its meeting in Kenai this week. Beginning last Friday, the Board heard research updates from area biologists and two days of public testimony. Dwindling moose numbers on the Central Peninsula and what to do about it was a central topic as the meeting got underway. Continue reading

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March 19, 2013 Board of Directors Meeting

The KDLL Board of Directors will be meeting Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at the KDLL studio. The meeting begins at 6:00 pm and is open to the public. Members and listeners are encouraged to attend. The meeting agenda can be … Continue reading

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(Almost) Spring Cleaning

Spring really is right around the corner, at least according to the calendars, which for gardeners means it’s time to start planning. In the first part of a series that will air throughout the summer, KDLL’s Shaylon Cochran takes the first step in planting his first garden. Continue reading

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Buccaneer Files Countersuit, Claims $30M In Lost Revenues As Endeavour Sits Idle

Buccaneer Energy Alaska has filed litigation countering a lawsuit brought by a subcontractor in December concerning work on the jack-up rig Endeavour.
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Suit Looks To Define Ownership Of CINGSA Storage Facility

Cook Inlet Natural Gas Storage Alaska, or CINGSA, is seeking a judgment in Kenai Superior Court to clear up a property dispute. CINGSA operates the natural gas storage facility just off Bridge Access Road in Kenai Continue reading

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Sen. Micciche Back For Town Hall Meetings

Senator Peter Micciche was back on the Kenai Peninsula over the weekend, taking advantage of the halfway point in this year’s legislative session to re-connect with constituents. Continue reading

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4-H Looking To Grow

Leaders with the youth development program known as 4-H are trying to expand services in Homer. Continue reading

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Study Examines Human Attitudes Of Peninsula Bears

A study looking at people’s attitudes toward bears on the Kenai Peninsula has been released and for the first time, examines what humans think about human-bear interaction. Continue reading

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Nikiski LNG Plant Going On Hold Again

ConocoPhillips’ Liquid Natural Gas plant in Nikiski will shut its doors at the end of the month.
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Hospital CEO Davis Explains CPH Expansion, Affordable Care Act

A multi-million dollar expansion at Central Peninsula Hospital is in its initial design phases and will increase both the physical footprint of the hospital and the services it renders. Continue reading

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2nd Amendment Supporters Rally For Nullification

About 300 people turned out for a rally Monday night in Kenai supporting the legal theory of nullification. Continue reading

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City of Kenai Finalizing Comprehensive Plan

The process to finalize the city of Kenai’s comprehensive plan is winding down. The city’s planning and zoning commission has signed off on the plan, but there will be more time for public input before it gets approval from the Borough.
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Ninilchik Woman Found Dead In Field

An investigation is underway by the Alaska State Troppers in the death of a Ninilchik
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HEA Soldotna Turbine Project Suffers Setback

The Homer Electric Association’s Combustion Turbine project in Soldotna is
experiencing a setback in its progress as HEA awaits completion of a generator stack. As a result, HEA terminated its agreement with project contractor NAES in an effort to mitigate financial risk to both parties. Continue reading

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Second Amendment Supports Rally For Nullification

A rally planned for next week in Kenai will bring together Second Amendment advocates, lawmakers and historians to discuss the Second Amendment and the constitutional questions about the legal theory of nullification.
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Early Morning Fire Destroys Nikiski Home

No injuries were reported in a Nikiski house fire Wednesday morning.
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Proven Record Key To Successful Oil And Gas Development, Micciche Says

As BP’s trial gets underway to determine its responsibility in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, there are questions here about the ability of oil companies to not only operate safely, but to be able to clean up after themselves in the event of a spill.
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Anadromous Streams Task Force Holds Final Meeting Before Going To The Public

The Borough’s Anadromous Streams Task Force held its final meeting last week, before public meetings begin to review the Borough’s code on fish habitat protection. Continue reading

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KPC Arts And Lecture Showcase Kicks Off With ’20th Century Man’

The Kenai Peninsula College’s annual series brings drama, arts, music literature and more to campus. Thursday, Anchorage’s Brian Hutton performed his one man show ’20th Century Man’ and also presented the historical drama ‘In Their Own Words’, a one-act play loosely centered on the 1887 Haymarket incident in Chicago. Continue reading

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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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Borough Assembly Urges Board Of Fish To Meet On The Kenai

In a short meeting Tuesday night, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly approved another step in the process of expanding the services and footprint of Central Peninsula Hospital, and also came together to urge the State to bring more meetings to the Kenai.
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Kenai Performers Take To The Seas In ‘South Pacific’

The Rodgers and Hammerstein classic debuts Friday at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School. Continue reading

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King Salmon Task Force Sends Ideas Off To Board Of Fish

The Upper Cook Inlet Board of Fisheries Task Force held its final meeting last week in Kenai. The group did accomplish its goal of sending recommendations to the Board about how to better manage salmon fishing when king salmon numbers are low, but there wasn’t much consensus among the user groups involved. Continue reading

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DOT Deploys New Tow Plows In Soldotna

Motorists on the Central Peninsula will see some new equipment keeping roads clear in the very near future. Tthe Soldotna area joins Juneau as one of two places in the state where the Department of Transportation is deploying new tow plows. Continue reading

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Chugach Brass Returns To The Kenai

The Chugach Brass trio is back on the Kenai Peninsula this weekend.
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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. Continue reading

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Board of Game Meeting in Kenai, First Time Since ’92

The state Board of Game will be meeting next month in Kenai for the first time in more than two decades. The proposals the Board will review deal mostly with bag limits for moose and some changes for bear hunting. Continue reading

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City Council Mulls Dipnetting Options

Members of the Kenai City Council heard public testimony Wednesday night regarding how the City will approach the personal use dipnet fisher this summer. Costs to keep the beaches clean and rules enforced have been going up in concert with growing crowds, now numbering between 10 and 15 thousand people during the three week fishery. Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Great Costumes, Weather At 9th Annual She Can Ski

Perfectly groomed trails and mild temperatures greeted the field of skiers Sunday for the 9th annual She Can Ski at Tsalteshi Trails in Soldotna. Continue reading

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Family Affair: Seaveys Take T-100, T-200 Crowns

Turning in a strong final run from Freddie’s Roadhouse to the finish line Sunday afternoon, Mitch Seavey took the top spot in this year’s Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race. Continue reading

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Chinook Research Plan Focuses On Closing Gaps

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has released its Chinook Salmon Stock Assessment and Research Plan. At the center of the proposed plan is a stock specific, life history-based approach to research focused on 12 indicator stocks, from across the state. Continue reading

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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. Continue reading

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Borough Asks Residents How To Classify State Land Entitlements

The state of Alaska has some land to sign off to the Kenai Peninsula Borough. But before the transactions are finalized, residents need to take a look at the maps and weigh in on how the land should be designated by the Borough, if at all. Continue reading

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CPH Growing, Adopting Affordable Care Act Measures

The effects of legislation and negotiations in Washington about health care and spending are being felt by the medical community on the Kenai Peninsula. Continue reading

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T-200 Back On Track For 2013

Just two weeks remain until the start of this year’s Tustemena 200 and the field of forty mushing teams is nearly set. After a few off years, the Iditarod and Yukon Quest qualifying race is back on track with some new sponsors and a bigger purse. Continue reading

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District Makes Last Best Offer In Teacher Contract Negotiations

The District has been in negotiations with the Kenai Peninsula Education Association and Support Association for over year on new employee contracts that will cover salary increases and health benefit changes for the next three years. Continue reading

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Cooper Landing By Pass Coming in….2020. Maybe.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly got an update on a long-awaited expansion project on the Sterling Highway at its meeting this week. The Cooper Landing By-Pass has been in the planning stages for years, but some real first steps are scheduled to take place in 2013. Continue reading

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Collective Bargaining For Teacher Contracts Set To Resume

Representatives from the Kenai Peninsula Education Association and Education Support Association made one last call to action from the School Board at its meeting last week before collective bargaining resumes. Continue reading

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Move To Repeal Fish Stream Protection Rules Hits A Snag

Tuesday’s meeting of the Borough Assembly failed to bring any resolution to the ongoing debate over anadromous streams protection on the Kenai Peninsula. Assembly member Kelly Wolf withdrew his ordinance to repeal provisions of the Borough code that would have … Continue reading

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New Cook Inlet Monitoring Site Aids Responders In Real Time

A new online tool developed by the Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council and the Alaska Ocean Observing System went live last week, just in time to be put to use tracking developments off Kodiak Island with the grounding of the drilling rig Kulluk. The new Cook Inlet Response Tool, or CIRT, was designed specifically for tracking and planning for oil spills and other incidents around Cook Inlet Continue reading

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Soldotna Council To Announce Mayor Opening At Next Meeting

The Soldotna City Council will meet in a special session Wednesday to declare an opening for the office of Mayor, signaling the official end of Senator-elect Peter Micciche’s run in that office. Continue reading

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Plastic Bag Ban In Homer Goes Into Effect

Homer’s ban on disposable plastic shopping bags in Homer went into effect Tuesday and the city is gearing up to enforce it. Continue reading

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Habitat Protection Makes Assembly’s First Agenda Of 2013

When the Borough Assembly gets together for its first meeting of 2013 next week, members will be back to an issue that dominated 2012: the expansion of the anadromous streams ordinance. Kelly Wolf, elected in October in part on his promise to repeal that expansion, has introduced an ordinance that would take habitat protections on the Peninsula back to what was in place in the mid-1990’s. Continue reading

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Two Vessels Sink Near Jakalof Bay

Alaska environmental regulators are responding to two fishing boats that sank south of Homer, possibly weighed down after heavy snow. The Department of Environmental Conservation says a 100-foot-by-100-foot sheen was spotted around the site where the boats sank sometime between … Continue reading

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Sockeye Outlook Improves For 2013

The Department of Fish and Game has released its 2013 sockeye forecast for Upper Cook Inlet. Following a strong sockeye run in 2012 that saw limited commercial harvest, the outlook for this year is even more promising. Continue reading

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CES Spreads The Joy With 3rd Annual Shop With A Fire Fighter

And now, some holiday leftovers: for each of the past three Christmases, firefighters with Central Emergency Services have raised money so a handful of kids can have a few presents that they otherwise would likely not receive. A few days before Christmas, the CES crews take the kids for a mini-shopping spree. Continue reading

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From The Headlines: Questions, Waste Linger At Arness Site In Nikiski

A twenty-acre site in Nikiski has been a thorn in the side of state environmental controllers and its owners for the better part of two decades. Popularly known as the Arness Site, after the family which owns the property, its history as an under-regulated waste dump has raised fears of groundwater contamination in the area and last week was the subject of a six part series by Peninsula Clarion reporter Brian Smith, tackling the history of the site, who has been held responsible for its pollution and what happens next. Continue reading

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Arbitration Decions Made On Teacher Contracts

After nearly a year of collective bargaining, arbitration decisions have been handed down for a variety of contract issues between the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and its employee’s unions. Continue reading

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3rd Annual ‘Shop With A Fire Fighter’ Gives Gift Of Being A Kid

For the third holiday season in a row, firefighters with Central Emergency Services have teamed with a few local businesses and non-profits to bring some needy kids a special Christmas. Continue reading

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Volunteers Bringing The Past Back To Life With Cabin Restoration

For the past three years, a small group of dedicated volunteers has been putting in countless hours restoring a Watchmen’s cabin for the Kasilof Regional Historical Association. Each Friday they get together and make a few small steps toward bringing the once-ailing cabin back to life.
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“Incomprehensible” Atwater Reacts To School Shooting

School districts across the nation are taking up some challenging questions following the events at a Newtown, Connecticut elementary school that left 26 people dead Friday. Kenai Schools Superintendent Dr. Steve Atwater offered his thoughts over the weekend on the school’s blog.
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Fisheries Disaster Relief Bill To Be Heard In Senate Next Week

The U.S. Senate is expected to take up a $60 billion federal disaster relief bill next week that, if passed, would provide economic relief to commercial fishermen on the Kenai Peninsula. Continue reading

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Holiday Lights: Soldotna Gets A New Tree

Motorists traveling along the STerling Highway in Soldotna after 6 pm Wednesday night probably noticed the newest holiday ornament in town at Soldotna Creek Park. Continue reading

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Grants Will Help Satisfy Demand For Affordable Housing

Two community housing projects have received funding to move on to a second phase of expansion. The developments in Soldotna and Homer have been made possible by grants from the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation. Continue reading

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CPH One Of Four Alaska Hospitals That Could Face Penalty From Medicare

Hospitals across the country are looking at the possibility of lower Medicare reimbursements if they haven’t met federal benchmarks to lower readmission rates. Four hospitals in Alaska have been assessed the penalty, including Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. Continue reading

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Wanted: Storied From Nikiski Lighthouse Inn

An Anchorage artist has chosen a shuttered Nikiski landmark as the subject for her latest series focusing on the history and stories of the Lighthouse Inn.  The inspiration will need to come from locals with a story to share. Listen: … Continue reading

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Cook Inlet Energy Proposes Pipeline To Link West Side Of Cook Inlet

Plans for a 29-mile pipeline underneath Cook Inlet were announced Wednesday. Cook Inlet Energy, one of many new players in the area, is the company applying for a right-of-way lease from the Department of Natural Resources. An underwater pipeline would solve several problems for Cook Inlet oil producers, but other concerns remain. Continue reading

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Anadromous Streams Ordinance Won’t Take Effect Until August ’13, Navarre Says

With a relatively light agenda, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly took time Tuesday night to hear updates from the Borough School District and Southern Peninsula Hospital. But the big news was delivered by the Mayor. Continue reading

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Fish and Game Taking Public Comment For Fish Stocking Plan

The Alaska Division of Sport Fish is now accepting public comment on its statewide fish stocking plan. The division, with assistance from private nonprofit hatchery operators, plans to release approximately seven million fish into Alaska waters every year for the … Continue reading

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Ostrander Will Stay On As Facilitator For KPB Task Force

This month’s meeting of the Borough’s Anadromous Streams Task Force started off with a discussion about semantics. At issue was the role of the Mayor’s Chief of Staff Paul Ostrander, who is serving on the Task Force as group’s facilitator. Some members of the Task Force wanted more clarification about the nature of facilitating these meetings. Continue reading

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Free Wood On K-Beach, Sterling Highway

Crews from the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities are at work clearing vegetation  from right-of-way sections of the Sterling Highway near Ninilchik and K-Beach Road between Kenai and Kasilof. In a Press Release, the DOT said the objective … Continue reading

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Board Votes Against Heli-Skiing in Kachemak Bay State Park

Move puts hold on effort until park’s management plan is updated. Continue reading

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New Assisted Living Center Offers More Choice For Seniors

A new senior center is set to open next spring in Soldotna, part of a growing industry on the Kenai Peninsula. Partners from Riverside Assisted Living, who are constructing two of three new senior housing centers on the central peninsula, pitched their new facility at a presentation Friday morning at the Kenai Senior Center. Continue reading

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Parnell: Mutual Responsibility Between State, Industry Will Ensure Safety In Developing Cook Inlet Energy

Talk about fishing got most of the attention during Governor Sean Parnell’s most recent visit to the Kenai Peninsula, but he did make some time to discuss some of the issues surrounding energy production in Cook Inlet. Continue reading

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Parnell Announces $30 Million Salmon Study in Kenai

Governor Sean Parnell visited Kenai Tuesday to meet with local officials, mingle with residents and make a $30 million announcement.  That’s the amount the Governor is proposing to spend on a five-year Chinook Salmon Research Initiative. Listen: A room filled … Continue reading

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The Economics of Fisheries Closures in 2012

Commercial fishermen and others who felt the economic effects of this year’s fishing season on the Kenai Peninsula are still grasping for a full understanding of how, and how much, these industries contribute to the local economy. The Kenai Peninsula Borough has taken the first steps in putting together an economic study that might provide that understanding.
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Animal Rescue Issues Heard At Borough Assembly

With just a few non-controversial items on the agenda for Tuesday evening’s Borough Assembly meeting, there was an opportunity for the Assembly to hear some public testimony and recognize the efforts of one certain championship football team.
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Soldotna Native Has A Shot At $100K Prize

One of Soldotna’s own has been chosen to compete for a $100,000 scholarship during this year’s PAC-12 Championship football game on November 30th.
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From The Headlines: Study Links High Turbidity To High Boat Traffic

Last week, Peninsula Clarion Reporter Rashah McChesney wrote about a preliminary study done by the Kenai Watershed Forum in contract with the Department of Environmental Conservation identifying a link between increased boat traffic on the Kenai River and increased turbidity levels that exceed state standards for water quality Continue reading

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A New Paradigm: Salmon Task Force Meets In Soldotna

The Task Force organized in October to address issues related to the Department of Fish and Game’s king salmon management plan met for the first of four meetings Friday at Kenai Peninsula College.
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Slow Vehicle Turnouts Planned For Sterling Highway Between Soldotna, Homer

The state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities is developing a Highway Safety Improvement Program project that will construct Slow Vehicle Turnouts on the Sterling Highway. The project would add 22 of the turnouts to reduce injuries and fatalities between Soldotna and Bay Crest Hill in Homer. Continue reading

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SoHi Hands Homer First Hockey Loss Of Season

The Homer High hockey team is off to the best start in school history. The Mariners took their undefeated 6-0 record into North Star Conference play Tuesday night, in a tough battle against the rival Soldotna Stars. Continue reading

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Report: One-Third Of KPBSD Students Overweight Or Obese

About 36 percent of students in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District are overweight or obese – that according to a new study published by the Alaska Division of Public Health. Continue reading

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SoHi Presents – “Flowers for Algernon”

Young thespians at Soldotna High School were putting the finishing touches on their performance of the play ‘Flowers For Algernon’ Wednesday morning Continue reading

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State Revises Revenue Loss Estimate For Commercial Fishermen

Congress has just a few weeks to act on the request for federal disaster aid to local fishermen affected by this year’s historically low run of king salmon. The Alaska congressional delegation Tuesday received some updated information that paints a more detailed picture of just what those effects were. Continue reading

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Remembering On Veteran’s Day

Sunday marked the 94th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. The day was celebrated as Armistice Day until 1954 when the day was set aside to recognize the service of all veterans. Continue reading

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Celebrating Salmon Through Song and Verse

As a follow up to last week’s salmon celebration at Kenai Peninsula College that featured a presentation on the importance of salmon to subsistence cultures by Dr. Alan Boraas, this week’s presentation, sponsored by the Kenai Watershed Forum, was an artistic outlet for the fishing culture. Continue reading

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FTC Investigation Into Hilcorp, Marathon Deal Closed

The energy company Hilcorp has announced another step toward finalizing its acquisition of Cook Inlet assets from Marathon. The transaction had been under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission, but that investigation has closed and the deal will move forward as South Central Alaska braces for a possible natural gas shortage in the coming years. Continue reading

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Giessel, Seaton Take Peninsula Senate Races

The Kenai Peninsula had only two contested legislative races in Tuesday’s general election – the race for Senate District N on the northern peninsula and the race for House District 30 on the southern peninsula. Continue reading

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A Right, A Privilege, A Duty: Kenai Votes

Voters across the country filled polling places Tuesday to cast ballots for local and national elections alike. We spent some time at the Kenai Senior Center Tuesday to speak with people after they’d made their voice heard in the democratic process. Continue reading

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Resource Development And Subsistence Living: What One Means To The Other.

As modern development speeds toward some of the last truly subsistence-based economies and tribes in the world, researchers are working to better understand this way of life. Two anthropologists from Kenai Peninsula College have been working on a project just like that for the past two years and recently presented what they learned in Soldotna. Continue reading

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Kenai City Council To Address In-Town Hen Houses

Later this week, the Kenai City Council will take a look at a proposal to amend the city’s code as it relates to livestock regulations within city limits. The amendment, if adopted, would make it a little easier for fans of farm-fresh eggs to maintain a steady supply.
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Kenai Peninsula Well Represented on Salmon Task Force

Membership for the task force charged with finding new ways to manage salmon fisheries in Upper Cook Inlet has been released. The 11-member group includes several representatives from the Kenai Peninsula. Continue reading

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Young Musicians Prepare For Concert Debut

The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra is performing this weekend with some special guests. Third grade students from several elementary schools around the Peninsula will perform with the Orchestra as part of the Link Up program sponsored by Carnegie Hall. Continue reading

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Write-In Candidate Iron Man Takes Popular Vote At Nikiski Mock Convention

Students assembled at Nikiski Junior-Senior High School for the eighth time to nominate a presidential candidate and decide on some of the more important issues of the day in quadrennial tradition dating back more than a quarter century. Continue reading

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Local Theatre Troupe Puts Comic Spin On Political Season

In a presidential election year, it can be easy to get lost in the flood of political campaigns and advertisements, become annoyed at the constant finger-pointing and blame shifting.  But there is some relief.  the troupe at Triumvirate Theatre is … Continue reading

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Endeavor Departure Date In Question

A public meeting between representatives of Buccaneer Energy and concerned
Homer citizens turned contentious Wednesday night, with many people wondering why the company’s ‘Endeavor’ jack-up rig is still parked at the Homer harbor nearly two months after its arrival. Company officials say the rig will soon be moving to drill in the Cosmopolitan Unit near Anchor Point but the State of Alaska says that’s not likely to happen. Continue reading

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Borough making first steps in considering economic study of fishing industry on the peninsula

After this year’s poor fishing season, the call has been made by fishermen and political leaders for more economic data concerning the role of commercial and sportfishing in the local economy. The first small steps toward getting that information were taken this week. Continue reading

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“Topping Out” The New Career And Technical Center At Kenai Peninsula College

A ceremonial first step in the completion of new student housing and a technical center at Kenai Peninsula College was taken Thursday. Continue reading

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Calls For More Research, Funding Made At Second Day of Salmon Symposium

Biologists and researchers took the podium for the second day of the Chinook Salmon Symposium held in Anchorage, which focused on what scientists know and what they have yet to learn about king salmon in the ocean.
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Salmon Symposium Begins In Anchorage

Scientists and fishermen of all stripes were in Anchorage Monday for the first of two full days of panel discussions about declining king salmon returns around the state. The discussions from day one presented as many questions as answers.
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City Of Kenai Aiming To Secure State, Federal Funding For Local Projects

A new Alaska Legislature won’t gavel into session for another couple of months, but cities around the state are putting together their legislative priorities for the year.  The Kenai City Council this week approved a list of capital improvement projects … Continue reading

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Students Take Cover In Great Alaskan Shakeout

More than 60,000 Alaskans, mostly students, took part in the first ever Great Alaska Shake Out Drill Wednesday morning.  Created by the US Geological Survey in California in 2008, the Shake Out happens in thirteen states around the country, Canada … Continue reading

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Teachers Hold Rally, Address Board

  Contract negotiations between the Kenai Peninsula Education Association, Kenai Peninsula Education Support Association and the Borough School District continue, and at Monday night’s school board meeting, teachers rallied and spoke to the Board about their concerns in crafting a … Continue reading

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Task Force One Piece In Salmon Puzzle

The creation of a Task Force last week by the state Board of Fisheries is a step toward finding solutions to the problems that plagued the 2012 fishing season, but local fishermen still have questions.
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SoHi Rocks Homer, Takes State Title 62-20

The Soldotna Stars and the Homer Mariners met Saturday night at Chugiak High School to determine the state’s medium-sized school football champion. Listen:   The SoHi Stars’ dominance over the weekend in Chugiak was reminiscent of the teams’ meeting in … Continue reading

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Dead Beluga Whale Found Near Nikiski

On Friday, October 5th a dead beluga whale was found in Cook Inlet and brought to shore near Nikiski where a necropsy was performed on the animal at a local beach.  Many of the results are still pending, but nonetheless … Continue reading

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Task Force To Examine King Salmon Issues

At its meeting this week in Anchorage the state Board of Fisheries acted on a request to look into issues affecting Upper Cook Inlet king salmon runs.  As a result, a task force has been created that will address the … Continue reading

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Hilcorp Bringing More Natural Gas Online Ahead Of Winter Season

A natural gas well near Anchor Point expected to produce up to ten-million-cubic-feet per day is scheduled to be online by the first of next year.  In a joint-project with Enstar and the Alaska Pipeline Company, Hilcorp will finance the … Continue reading

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Students Take In Salmon Life Lessons By The Anchor River

Busloads of elementary students from across the Peninsula were in Anchor Point Wednesday, as the Department of Fish and Game’s Salmon in the Classroom program got started for another year.  The first outdoor session shows students how the salmon life … Continue reading

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Assembly Hears Concerns On Streams Ordinance

The agenda at Tuesday evening’s meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly was relatively brief, giving the Assembly time to hear public testimony from many in the packed chambers.  The issues of concern:  the Borough’s anadromous streams ordinance and the … Continue reading

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City of Kenai Accepts Land Donation

In a continued effort to expand access to beach areas around Old Town Kenai, the city recently accepted a gift of four parcels of land near Kenai Avenue.  The city has been gradually acquiring land in the area for several … Continue reading

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“Imagine Kenai 2030″ Comprehensive Plan Laid Out For Residents

  The City of Kenai is still seeking input as it moves forward with an updated comprehensive plan.  Entitled “Imagine Kenai 2030”, the preliminary drawings of the plan were presented Friday night at the Kenai Senior Center. Listen: Much has … Continue reading

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Wolf, Downing Win Last Undecided Contests

Absentee and special ballots from last week’s Borough and Municipal elections have all been counting, settling the last two contests on the Kenai Peninsula. In the unofficial results released today (Monday), Kelly Wolf defeated Michael Winegarden for Assembly Seat 1 … Continue reading

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Disaster Assistance Centers To Open On The Kenai Next Week

Applications for State Individual Assistance, including the Individual Family Grant and Temporary Housing programs will be taken, and the deadline to apply for those grants is November 20th. The current maximum grant to an individual or family is fifteen-thousand-seven-hundred dollars … Continue reading

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Hilcorp Gets Permits For Construction At Redoubt Bay

After concerns were raised about the safety of the Drift River oil storage facility located at the base of Mt. Redoubt, the energy company Hilcorp has started a project to ensure protection of the large oil tanks located there.  But … Continue reading

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KPB Election Results

Tuesday’s Kenai Peninsula Borough and municipal election is in the books and while some races have clear winners, others could be decided by absentee ballots that have yet to be counted.   In the race for Borough Assembly Seat 9 … Continue reading

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Rock The Vote: Polls Open For Borough, Municipal Elections Tuesday Morning

Tuesday is Election Day for the Kenai Peninsula Borough. Voters peninsula-wide head to the polls to choose candidates for various municipal and borough races, including seats on the Borough Assembly, the school district board and various service area boards. Also up for grabs … Continue reading

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High School Football Playoffs Feature Peninsula Teams

The high school football regular season wrapped up over the weekend and a trio of Kenai Peninsula teams will once again be headed to the playoffs, which begin Friday. Soldotna has been the team to beat in the “medium schools” division … Continue reading

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Far North Derby Rolls To Victory In Exhibition Bout

  After gaining popularity in the 1970’s, the rough and tumble sport of roller derby is making a comeback. Teams are popping up all over the country, including one here on the Peninsula. The Far North Derby team based in Kenai took … Continue reading

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K-Beach Open At Mile 11, Repairs Continue

The Alaska Department of Transportation announced Monday that Kalifornsky Beach Road has been re-opened to traffic at Milepost 11 following last week’s flood-related washout. Crews from DOT began constructing a by-pass around the washout area on Friday, working through the weekend to … Continue reading

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Chicken Pox Outbreak Raises Concern Among Health Officials

An outbreak of chickenpox in Soldotna and Homer has state public health officials worried about the high number of local children who are not receiving vaccinations. Listen: An above-average number of reported cases of chickenpox, varicella by its scientific name, have … Continue reading

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KPB Assembly Extends Disaster Declaration, Makes Relief Funding Available

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly met in special session Friday afternoon to start the ball rolling on continued relief efforts from flood damage across the Borough.  The Assembly passed a resolution extending Mayor Mike Navarre’s disaster declaration and an ordinance … Continue reading

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KPB Assembly To Meet In Special Session Friday

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will be meeting in a special session Friday afternoon.  The agenda is brief, and will focus on cleanup and relief efforts after a week of flooding on the Peninsula. Listen: Just two items appear on … Continue reading

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Soldotna Selects New Police Chief

The City of Soldotna has named a new Police Chief to replace John Lucking, Jr. who left the department abruptly in June. The job was offered to Pete Mlynarik, 50, who is currently the commander of the Alaska Wildlife Troopers … Continue reading

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AOGA, Industry Officials Talk Energy Production In Solotna

  Executives from several energy companies and representatives of the Alaska Oil and Gas Association met Tuesday in Soldotna to give a presentation to local business leaders on the state of the industry in Cook Inlet. Listen: Of all the … Continue reading

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Borough Assembly Candidates For District Two Discuss The Issues

Another round of elections is just one week away.  Three of the nine seats that make up the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will be contested, including a challenge in District Two representing Kenai between incumbent Hal Smalley and Chris Hutchison. … Continue reading

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Flood Warning Still In Effect For Kenai River

Flooding along the Kenai River is beginning to subside, despite some road closures in the area.  The National Weather Service reported Tuesday that water levels crested at Cooper Landing one-half-foot above moderate flood stage, with some low lying areas around … Continue reading

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Fish and Game Commissioner Meets With Setnetters

  Alaska Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Cora Campbell was in Soldotna Friday as part of a panel discussion focused on management decisions in 2012. Listen: The immediate concern among fishermen was how a federal disaster declaration would help … Continue reading

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Navarre Makes Emergency Declaration For KPB

Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre has declared a state of emergency for the Kenai Peninsula Borough. In a press release Friday afternoon, flooding events throughout the Borough including impacts to the City of Seward and the Bear Creek Flood Service Area … Continue reading

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Central Peninsula Braces For Possible Flooding Of Kenai River

Parts of Seward are already underwater and more rain in the forecast has Borough officials on alert heading into the weekend. Listen: No flooding was reported to Borough officials as of Thursday afternoon, though there are several spots receiving close … Continue reading

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KPB Assembly Hears ‘Endeavour’ Concerns, Water Trail Plans At Homer Meeting

A relatively short agenda allowed the Assembly time to hear presentations and testimony from Southern Peninsula residents ranging from studies in Cook Inlet being performed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to hospital reports.         Listen: … Continue reading

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Apache To Begin Drilling Near Tyonek

Apache Corporation is gearing up for expanded operations on the west side of Cook Inlet. A new on-shore drilling rig has arrived to Apache’s latest site near Tyonek by way of truck and barge from North Dakota. “We will be doing … Continue reading

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Windstorms Force Jack-Up Rig To Batten Down

The “Endeavour” has sat in the Homer Harbor for nearly a month.  Safety precautions taken over the weekend have raised questions about possible violations of environmental regulations that protect Kachemak Bay. Listen: Buccaneer Energy’s jack-up rig “Endeavor” was originally supposed … Continue reading

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Brown Bear Hunting Opens On The Kenai

This is the first time since 2007 that brown bear hunting has been open to more than a drawing system on the Peninsula.     Listen:   Big game hunters on the Kenai will be in a race to see … Continue reading

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Sterling Highway Presentation Tonight

The state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities is having an open house and presentation in Anchorage that will detail a Sterling Highway construction project extending onto the Kenai Peninsula. In a press release Monday, the DOT announced the presentation for The … Continue reading

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Crews Respond To Weekend Fire In Nikiski

An oil heater is the suspected cause of a fire that damaged the Schlumberger Oilfield Services facility in Nikiski. Nikiski Fire Chief James Baisden said there was heavy fire and smoke coming from the building as crews arrived on scene. “Our … Continue reading

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Borough To Construct New Waste Storage Building As Part Of EPA Agreement

The Kenai Peninsula Borough has agreed to construct a new hazardous waste storage building.  The building is part of an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency. Following a 2009 inspection that found hazardous waste storage violations at a borough-owned building … Continue reading

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Disaster Declaration Issued For Cook Inlet King Salmon Fisheries

Another step toward relief for Cook Inlet fishermen was taken Thursday. In a letter to Governor Sean Parnell, acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank declared that failed commercial fisheries in Cook Inlet constitute a fishery resource disaster. Listen: The declaration issued Thursday … Continue reading

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Jack-Up Rig’s Extra Cargo Raises Concern

Although it was a Chinese heavy-lift vessel that brought the “Endeavour” jack-up rig to Kachemak Bay from Singapore, the rig might have carried its own unique cargo. Listen: Officials with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game are concerned about the … Continue reading

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Atwater Named Alaska Superintendent of the Year

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Superintendent Dr. Steve Atwater has been named Superintendent of the year for 2013 by the Alaska Association of School Administrators. Listen: For each of the past 25, the AASA has chosen for Superintendent of the … Continue reading

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Nude Soldotna Man Arrested

A Soldotna man is in Wildwood Correctional Facility after causing a public disturbance on Snowflake Street while in the nude. According to the Alaska State Troopers, numerous reports were made Monday evening around 7:30 of a nude man running and … Continue reading

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2012 A Big Year For Commercial, Capital Construction In Soldotna

  The city of Soldotna has had a banner year for commercial construction according to Kyle Kornelis, Soldotna’s city engineer.  He and city planner Stephanie Queen gave an update on the many projects ongoing and planned at a Chamber of … Continue reading

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Kenai Wildlife Refuge Offering Commercial Use Permits For Upper Kenai River

  The Kenai Wildlife Refuge is accepting applications for commercial use permits for scenic rafting on the river.   The process to get a commercial permit from the Refuge can be highly competitive. Listen: The commercial permits in question are … Continue reading

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New Energy Report Highlights Local Sources For Power

Listen: A new report taking a comprehensive look at the fossil fuel and geothermal energy resources in the state of Alaska was released Friday by the Department of Natural Resources.  The 144-page document, which carries the title of “Fossil Fuel … Continue reading

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Windstorms Knock Out Power Across Peninsula

Two days’ worth of high winds that hit south central Alaska have mostly blown through, but not without several power outages to deal with.  The outages affected the lower peninsula the most, but stretched all the way to Nikiski. Listen: … Continue reading

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Kenai Man’s Ocean Voyage Ends 3 Years Later

A three-year odyssey around the Northern Pacific Ocean in a sailboat isn’t something many people would take on, but that is exactly what Kenai resident Rick Morris did.  His adventure ended last week at the Homer Harbor.         … Continue reading

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Borough Assembly Approves Funding, Hears School Report

Tuesday night saw another relatively brief meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, as it heard a report from the school district and doled out funding for various projects, including $3.9 million for a multi-use facility at the Bear Creek Fire … Continue reading

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Stars Shine Over Mariners, 38-8

Saturday’s game at Sky View Field in Soldotna showed a SoHi team hard to stop and a Homer squad struggling to get it going.   Listen:            

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Buccaneer Asks DNR To Create Unit For West Eagle Project

Buccaneer Energy is seeking an extension to its September 30th deadline to spud a well in its West Eagle project on the Southern Kenai Peninsula. In a Press Release Friday, the company said they had submitted an application to the … Continue reading

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Kenai Tourism and Marketing Council Awards Era

Regional air service provider Era Alaska has received an award for its role in supporting tourism on the Kenai Peninsula. During the Kenai Peninsula’s Industry Appreciation Day last week, the Kenai Peninsula Tourism and Marketing Council presented Era with the … Continue reading

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Micciche’s Senate Win Will Force Special Election For Soldotna Mayor

The city of Soldotna will have a new Mayor sometime between now and when the state legislature gavels in on January 28th.   Peter Micciche’s victory in Tuesday’s primary over Senator Tom Wagoner in District 0 will end his term as … Continue reading

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Soldotna Woman Agrees To Plea Deal in PFD Fraud Case

A sixty-two year old Soldotna woman has been convicted of attempted theft in a Permanent Fund Dividend fraud case. Sherrie Ace will be on probation for two years as part of a plea agreement she made with prosecutors.  According to … Continue reading

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Micciche Defeats Wagoner, Olson Fends Off Knopp In Local Races

After a long summer of heated campaigning, two primary races ended Tuesday evening, setting the table ahead of the general election in November.  In both the race for Senate District O and House District 29, the candidates for the primary … Continue reading

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Central Peninsula Ripe With Berries As Fall Closes In

As summer on the Kenai slowly winds down with shorter days and cooler nights, time is running out to enjoy the outdoors without cumbersome layers of gloves, hats, coats and boots.  On the Kenai, we find ourselves in a prime … Continue reading

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Primary Elections Just The Beginning For Some Candidates

While Tuesday’s primary voting will settle several house and senate races and decide the fate of Proposition 2, some candidates, like Ron Devon, are preparing for the final push into November. Listen: Shaylon Cochran/KDLL

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Interior Department Official Visits The Kenai

Assistant Secretary of the Interior Ann Castle paid a visit to the Kenai Friday morning, joining representatives from multiple state, federal and non-profit agencies to honor the Kenai River Restoration Project as part of the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative. Listen: Shaylon Cochran/KDLL

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Candidates Weigh In On Issues For District 29 Race

There a just a few days left before voters choose candidates to appear on general election ballots in November.  But some races will be decided in the August 28th primary, including the race for House District 29. Listen: Shaylon Cochran/KDLL

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Buccaneer Moving Toward Drilling No. 4 Well In Kenai Loop

Buccaneer Energy announced on Thursday finalization of the bottom-hole location for their Kenai Loop Number Four Well. In a press release, the Company stated that the number four well will target seven potential pay sands with a bottom-hole location approximately … Continue reading

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Borough Assembly Doles Out State Funding For Capital Projects

With most of the funding that came from the state this year already appropriated, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly wrapped up Tuesday night’s meeting in relatively short order, but not without a presentation from Central Peninsula Hospital and some discussion … Continue reading

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Governor To Request Disaster Funds For Cook Inlet Fisheries

The concerns over this year’s low return of king salmon to Cook Inlet have made it to the federal level.  Governor Sean Parnell sent a letter to the Commerce Department last week seeking a federal disaster declaration for Cook Inlet … Continue reading

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Giessel, Arness Square Off In District ‘N’ Senate Debate

Debating and campaigning continues in the final few days before next week’s primary elections.  Tuesday in Kenai, candidates for the newly-formed Senate District ‘N’ debated for an hour during a joint meeting of the Kenai and Soldotna Chambers of Commerce. … Continue reading

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KPBSD Releases Student Progress Number For The Year

As part of the federal No Child Left Behind act passed in 2002, the progress of students in school districts across the nation is measured each year by an index called Annual Yearly Progress.  The numbers for the Kenai Peninsula … Continue reading

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Buccaneer Closes Deal To Acquire Cosmopolitan Unit

Buccaneer Energy announced Wednesday closing of a deal to purchase the Cosmopolitan unit of the southern Cook Inlet where the company’s jack-up rig, Endeavor, will be put to work later this year. Listen: Shaylon Cochran/KDLL

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Kenai River Junior Classic Tries To Hook Kids On Fishing

Tuesday was the annual Kenai River Kids Classic in Soldotna.  After a morning of educational activities focused on safety and conservation, the kids took to the water, many for the first time, to try and reel in the big catch. … Continue reading

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Cissna Makes Campaign Stop In Soldotna

With the Primary season well underway, candidates for all offices are making the rounds, meeting with voters and community groups, selling their case. Among that group is Sharon Cissna, seven term Democratic Representative from Anchorage. Listen: Shaylon Cochran/KDLL

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Blue Skies And Cold Brew Mark Annual Beer Festival

Nearly 1,500 people turned out Saturday to taste the handy work of brewmasters from all over Alaska. Listen: Shaylon Cochran/KDLL

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Sockeye Beware: Dipnet Season Opens on the Kenai

Tuesday marked to opening of the 2012 personal-use dipnet fishery on the Kenai River.  Those arriving early at the confluence of Cook Inlet and the Kenai River saw mixed results in the opening hours of what is anticipated to be … Continue reading

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Carving out a living: Local Artist stays busy sculpting custom log art

The Kenai Peninsula is alive right now, with tourists and the businesses that thrive on their arrival.  One of those is a little log carving shop just off the Spur Highway. Listen: Shaylon Cochran/KDLL

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Borough Assembly Appropriates Funds, Develops Task Force

With budget work out of the way, Tuesday’s meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly wrapped up in relatively short order with a bulk of the agenda dedicated to appropriating state funding for various projects. Other items brought before the … Continue reading

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Celebrating the 4th In Kenai