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Political races in Soldotna are pretty much already settled, with only one candidate for each seat up for election. Keith Baxter is looking to return to the council following a failed bid at the state house last fall.

City of Soldotna

As Soldotna continues to gather information regarding expanding its city limits, it has brought on an Outside consultant to help. Megan Picard, with the Athena Group near Denver, says most of the input so far has been from outside the city.

Homer has one for winter kings and halibut. Seward’s is one of the oldest in the state. And now, Kenai will have its own silver salmon derby. After a little more work than expected, the Chamber of Commerce is set to start giving out prizes for the four day contest.

 

Charlie Pierce is no stranger to the goings on of the Kenai Peninsula Borough. He served on the Assembly from 2008 to 2014 and now, after retiring from Enstar last year, he’s looking to serve as Borough Mayor.

New detox center expects to fill up quickly

Sep 7, 2017

Detox beds are not a dime a dozen in Alaska. With just 30 beds statewide dedicated to those looking to get clean from opioids and other drug addictions, emergency rooms are taking the brunt of a growing opioid crisis, but the Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna is responding to the problem with a new six-bed detox facility. 

For a second time, candidates for borough mayor got together to take questions and share their vision for the future of the Peninsula on Wednesday. The Kenai and Soldotna Chambers of Commerce hosted Charlie Pierce, Linda Hutchings and Dale Bagley in Kenai.

 

Dave Eggers

  The Soldotna Public Library is starting a new series of community discussion about climate change, starting in September. Library clerk Reilly Selmser kicked off "Pushing the Limits" with an informational meeting recently.

Soldotna Community Schools

  If you're the type who just ignores inserts in your daily newspaper, go back and see if you can dig this one out: the Soldotna Community Schools Fall 2017 Course Brochure. It's 24 pages of courses being offered that range from Dutch oven cooking to storytelling to stand up paddle board yoga. KDLL's Jay Barrett spoke with Joel Todd, the assistant director of the Soldotna Parks and Recreation Department, who coordinates the community schools program.

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  Waterfowl hunting season kicked off Friday morning on the Kenai Peninsula and in several other areas of the state. Jason Schamber, the statewide waterfowl program coordinator for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Anchorage.

A small earthquake centered in Nikiski was felt in several areas of the Central Kenai Peninsula at 1:05 Monday afternoon. According to the Alaska Earthquake Center, the magnitude 4.1 shaker occurred 34 miles below Puppy Dog Lake, about seven miles north of Kenai. No damage was reported.

About a month ago, a popular little cafe in Soldotna got a new owner. Totally Radish is now Lucy’s Market some new faces behind the counter and some fresh paint are the biggest changes.

No Small Children

 

It’s not often a musical act makes its way to Triumvirate Theatre one night and Alice’s Champagne Palace in Homer the next. But that’s the schedule this weekend for No Small Children, a rock trio with a slightly different backstory, and slightly different day jobs.

Linda Hutchings has spent most of her life watching the Kenai Peninsula grow up. Now, she’s trying to take a bigger role in how that growth is managed by running for borough mayor.

 

  On Saturday when a three-year-old child wandered away from his home near Sterling, several agencies mobilized for the search. But officials also enlisted the help of area residents through its "Rapid Notify" system.

 

Classes started last week for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. The big kids got their school year started this week at Kenai Peninsula College.

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A classical music tour has been making its way through the state. Last week, Miki Sawada made stops on the Peninsula as part of her Gather Hear Alaska project. She’s got a piano, a U-Haul truck, a documentary filmmaker and a couple hours’ worth of music to share. She performed last week at Odie's Deli.

 

 

 

 

 

Sportsfishing rarely gets attention at a North Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting, mostly because the council deals with fisheries in federal waters. But offshore, or saltwater, sportsfishing is a growing segment in the Lower 48, and stakeholders in those regions are looking for changes under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to better accommodate their fisheries.

Searchers looked for an hour and a half on Saturday morning after a three-year-old child went missing from a home on Chas Ross Road in Sterling.

According to an Alaska State Trooper dispatch, four agencies, including Wildlife Troopers, state park rangers and Central Emergency Services, joined good Samaritans in the search, after the preschooler and his dog were reported missing at about 8 Saturday morning.

The Soldotna Public Safety Communications Center also used a "Reverse 9-1-1" phone call system called "Rapid Notify" to alert residents in the area of Chas Ross Road.

 


 

No one brings more borough government experience to the mayor’s race than Dale Bagley. He’s already served two terms as borough mayor, from 1999 to 2005.

Timed to coincide with the 25th annual Kenai River Classic invitation-only fishing derby, U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) brought his Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard to Soldotna on Wednesday for a hearing on the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.

The two year moratorium banning cannabis business in the city of Soldotna is set to expire at the end of the year. But that doesn’t mean to expect pot shops in the city limits any time soon.

The United Way of the Kenai Peninsula is closing its doors. In a letter to the community published Wednesday, the board of directors cited a downturn in charitable giving of 77-percent over the past eight years.

Borough Assemblyman Dale Bagley sits on the Kenai Peninsula United Way Board. He was asked about the dissolution on KDLL's Kenai Conversation.

The Kenai Peninsula, of course, draws largely from the oil and gas industry for a not insignificant chunk of revenue and a good number of jobs.

The 21st annual Soup Supper Fundraiser for the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank is on Saturday, as part of the fifth Harvest Moon Local Food Festival. The first few "empty bowl" soup dinners were rather modest, compared to what the event has grown into, according to executive director Linda Swarner.

Tuesday marked the first day of a new chapter for students across the Kenai Peninsula. It marked the the first day of a final chapter for one of the district’s bus drivers.

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