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Across the country, peaceful marches took place Saturday to raise awareness about gun violence in America. In Soldotna, too, dozens turned out for the March for our Lives.



City of Kenai


The city of Kenai continues to pick up parcels of land along the bluff in anticipation of a major bluff erosion project.

The city of Soldotna could join the list of Alaska communities that have banned plastic shopping bags. An ordinance to do just that will be introduced at the March 28th council meeting.


Everyone seems hopeful about the future both on the Kenai Peninsula and for the state as a whole. But simply being welcoming to new businesses or industries isn’t enough.



A childhood disease that made a comeback last year, especially in Alaska and Hawaii has picked back up again after a slight dip in January. The latest number of mumps cases reported to the Alaska Section of Epidemiology is 306.

None, however, have yet been confirmed on the Kenai Peninsula, according to Dr. Amanda Tiffany, an epidemiologist with the state in Anchorage.

Really, try to stay at home, and try to stay away from your family and your friends that you may live with, because the mumps virus requires close contact.

  The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has been embracing high technology and social media wherever it can to connect with parents and residents this year. One way has been through the use of Facebook Live, which, just as it sounds, is a live, interactive conference on Facebook. As school district spokeswoman Pegge Erkeneff tells us, it brings administration together with the public. The next Facebook Live event will be March 22 from 7-7:30-p.m. on the KPBSD Facebook page.

For non-profit and charitable organizations, raising funds is always at the forefront. A program new to the Kenai is supposed to make those fundraising efforts quicker and easier, $10,000 at a time. It’s called 100 Women Who Care.

“A group in Michigan came up with it in 2006," said Tami Murray with the Kenai Watershed Forum, which is sponsoring the first 100 Women Who Care event next week.

National Wildlife Refuge Association


The manager of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge has been recognized with a national award. Andy Loranger was recently named the 2018 Paul Kroegel National Wildlife Refuge System Refuge Manager of the Year.

There was another school shooting in America today (Tuesday). Two students in a Maryland high school were injured when their 17-year-old classmate opened fire with a handgun in a school hallway. It's just the latest in an increasing trend that has seen hundreds of thousands protest a lack of gun control nationwide.

January and February are traditionally the top months for unemployment insurance claims on the Kenai Peninsula, which is understandable, with no commercial or sports fishing, construction or as many people in support jobs during that time of year. Which makes March a very good month for the Kenai Job Fair.

It will be on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Soldotna Sports Complex, which is a change in venue from the past.

The slate of candidates is set for next month’s vote-by-mail election for three seats on the Homer Electric Association board of directors.

One incumbent, Dave Carey, is running unopposed. He represents District 2, the Soldotna area.

The District 3 seat, currently vacant with the resignation of Don Stead, only had one man throw his hat into the ring: Roy Champagne of Anchor Point. The district extends from Kachemak Bay to Soldotna.


The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has announced when it will complete its environmental review of the AK LNG project. December 2019 is later than the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation had hoped, but for now, that hasn’t changed its operating schedule.




The borough’s material site working group is focused mainly on gravel pits on the Peninsula. But gravel isn’t the only material being dug up, sold and used. At its most recent meeting the working group got into peat.



  As politicians continue the war over who should and should not be entitled to health care in America, people continue to fall ill, many with little or inadequate insurance. Despite Obamacare, many still live without. On this week's Econ 91-9, Jay Barrett shares a profile of the Kenai Peninsula Community Health Services, which offers a wide range of services while it has grown exponentially and contributed millions of dollars to the economy over the years.


Alaska Gasline Development Corporation


The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation has extended the public comment period for the Kenai Spur Highway rerouting project.


The Soldotna city council will soon have a vacancy. Keith Baxter will resign at the end of the month from Seat F, which he has held since last November.

Western Fire Chiefs Association


A lot of professional trade shows, conventions and conferences are pretty nuts and bolts - attendees go to seminars and learn about the newest tools of the trade and how to use them. At the International Association of Fire Chiefs Strategic Direction and Leadership Forum, which Kenai Fire Chief Jeff Tucker is currently attending, the focus isn’t so much on the newest fire truck as it is on the department.

Redoubt Reporter

A new bill working its way through the state senate would address the state-wide issue of the greying of the fleet. That is, many commercial fishermen reaching retirement age or beyond, and no younger fishermen in their wake to take over the limited number of permits. The bill had its first hearing this week, but will need some changes before going further.



For decades, really almost a half-century, the Kenai Elks Lodge has been a charitable powerhouse in the city of Kenai. But some of that largess is in danger because of a comedy of errors between the Elks and the State of Alaska.

Besides being a nice place for members of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks to congregate, perhaps over dinner or a libation after work, the Kenai Elks Lodge has long been dedicated to service, charity and scholarships in the city. However a paperwork snafu in Juneau left it without a valid liquor license for almost all of last year.

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge


Despite all the snow still on the ground and in the forecast, it won’t be long before attention turns to fire season.





Perhaps you’ve read her blog or her column in the Anchorage Daily News or sampled her work at the Flats Bistro in Kenai. Now you can take Maya Wilson’s recipes home with her new cookbook ‘Alaska From Scratch’.



Central Area Rural Transit System



Public transportation can be a tough sell in a place known for its rugged individualism. But the Central Area Rural Transit System, CARTS, is working on a new strategic plan to make it easier for those who do depend on public transit to get a ride.



State of Alaska

  It's an even numbered year, so you can count on election stories to increase through the fall. Locally, on Saturday, the District 29 and 30 Democrats met - separately - to take care of some party business, and to prepare for their convention, the primary election and the general.

Michele Vasquez is the chair of District 30, which includes Kenai and Soldotna. She said one long-time local leader offered some timely resolutions that delegates will bring to the state convention in May.


This week, what the alaska gasline development corporation needs from the city of Kenai for it’s much-hyped LNG project on the North road, but we start with job training.




Central Emergency Services in Soldotna is hoping to be a little less centrally located by building a new Station 1 on a larger lot with more room to grow.