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David Ramseur

    A long-time Alaskan political aide has a new book from the University of Alaska Press about how relations between the Russian Far East and Alaska thawed in the mid-80s and have thrived for 30 years. David Ramseur worked for governors Steve Cowper and Tony Knowles, and Senator Mark Begich, and was a first-hand witness to the melting of the "ice curtain," which is also the title of his book. He spoke with KDLL's Jay Barrett.

During KDLL's Membership Drive on Thursday, long-time Kenai Mayor John Williams was Jay Barrett's guest, discussing the politics and economy of the Kenai Peninsula and how they've changed in his nearly 50 years in public life. Near the end of the show, Jay asked him about the future of the area.

On Tuesday, borough voters will decide whether to keep or close the cannabis industry outside the cities.

Three years ago, voters across the state of Alaska chose to drastically change the way we deal with marijuana.

 


Dr. Nels Anderson doesn’t have much to contend with in his bid for Soldotna mayor. He is the only candidate running. But there will be much for him to oversee over the next three years if elected.

 


With Stan Welles stepping down from the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly earlier this year, the District 5 race has two challengers and no incumbent. Leslie Morton is one of the candidates looking to represent residents of Sterling and Funny River.

National Weather Service

  The National Weather Service has upgraded its flood watch for the Upper Kenai River to a flood warning, meaning flooding is now expected at the Primrose Campground, in Cooper Landing, and Skilak Lake and Kenai Lake.

The flooding is driven largely by an outburst from a glacier-dammed lake into the Snow River near Seward. Heavy rains will add to the flooding, according to Eric Holloway of the River Forecast Center in Anchorage.

Campers on the city of Kenai’s beaches will have to be more careful about their bonfires in the future.

National Weather Service

    The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for much of the Kenai River drainage due to the release of water from a glacial lake.

The flood watch is in effect Friday morning through Monday morning for Kenai Lake and the Upper Kenai River from Cooper Landing to Skilak Lake. In addition, water levels on the Lower Kenai River, from Skilak Lake to Cook Inlet, are expected to rise to bank-full conditions as well.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for much of the Kenai River drainage due to the release of water from a dammed glacial lake.

The flood watch goes into effect Friday morning through Monday morning for Kenai Lake and the Upper Kenai River from Cooper Landing to Skilak (SKEE-lack) Lake. In addition, water levels on the Lower Kenai River, from Skilak Lake to Cook Inlet, are expected to rise to bank-full conditions as well.

 

The fuel company Tesoro is now known as Andeavor.

City of Soldotna

 

 

There may not be much drama in the city council elections in Soldotna this year. But for those who will be in office, or like Tyson Cox, back in office, there will be some big issues to deal with in the next term. Cox is running for council seat B.

There’s a lot of focus all over the world to encourage more women to enter science-based careers. Locally, one doesn’t have to look long to find educators, researchers, doctors and many others who have made such that choice.

Harvest Pipeline Co

 

 

A subsidiary of Hilcorp has applied for changes to its pipeline system that would allow oil to be piped from the west side of Cook Inlet to Nikiski.

The body found washed ashore at the mouth of the Kenai River (last) Tuesday has positively been identified as that of a Colorado man who went missing more than a month earlier in Soldotna.

The State Medical Examiner's Office announced this (Monday) morning that the body was indeed that of Phillip Kurt Keltner. The Keltner family has been notified by the medical examiner's office in Anchorage and his remains have been released to them.

 


 

Much of the election season attention has been focused on borough-wide issues and candidates. But the Kenai city council has a competitive race with three candidates vying for two seats. Henry Knackstedt is looking to return for a second term on the council.

 

 


You don’t have to be a long time Peninsula resident to recognize the Navarre name during election season. Tim Navarre is looking to return for a third term on the Kenai city council, adding to a long resume of public service.

  What began as a church station at Solid Rock Ministries, has, over the course of 50 years, become the Kenai Peninsula's dominant commercial radio group, known by its flagship station, KSRM. On Wednesday night, Soldotna Mayor Pete Sprague proclaimed KSRM Appreciation Day in recognition of the station's longevity:

Almost two weeks ago in Anchor Point, a man accidentally shot himself. According to the Alaska State Troopers, he was found in a pool of blood. But he survived, largely because of specialized training the responding troopers recently received from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.

After about an hour of testimony and debate, the Soldotna City Council took its final vote on an ordinance that would permanently ban the sale or cultivation of cannabis inside city limits.

Councilmembers Tim Cashman, Linda Murphy and Paul Whitney voted in favor of the permanent ban, while Councilmembers Lisa Parker, Regina Daniels and Tyson Cox voted against.

"We have three yes votes and three no votes," said City Clerk Shellie Saner.

Late Tuesday afternoon the Alaska State Troopers recovered a body from the mouth of the Kenai River, near the north shore. The body was found at about 4 p.m. Troopers have sent the body to the Alaska Medical Examiner's Office for positive identification.

No other information was officially available, however, in early August, 63-year-old Phillip Kurt Keltner, of Colorado, disappeared when he was swept downriver after the skiff he was in capsized. According to the troopers, he went under and was not seen again.

 


As campaign season creeps toward the finish line on October 3rd, the issues atop the minds of candidates for borough offices are becoming clear. Mostly, it’s the budget.

 

 

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.

 

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