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A pair of write-in candidates are shaking up the general election landscape on the Central Peninsula.

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The salmon run has gone from red to silver, but some summer projects are still being wrapped up on the Kenai River. The Kenai Watershed Forum will conduct its last sample of the season Friday, searching for bacteria and their sources in the river.

 

 


Feeling a little sluggish? "Score One for the Sloths" will make you feel great about your level of motivation. Story by Helen Lester, read by Mandy Samuels.

 

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted down a proposed tobacco tax at its meeting Tuesday night.

What trouble will the Siamese kitty Skippyjon Jones get into with his Chihuahua friends? Will his imagination be big enough to save the day? Find out in "Skippyjon Jones in the Doghouse," by Judy Schachner, ready by Sally Cassano.

The sixth annual Harvest Moon Local Food Week kicks off on Friday. On this week's Kenai Conversation join host Jay Barrett as he learns more from organizers Heidi Chay, George Spady, Bryce Wrigley and Eliza Eller.

The Alaska Division of Elections has finalized its results from last month's primary elections, which cleared up two races in the Central Peninsula.

In Senate District O, incumbent Peter Micciche came from behind and averted a huge upset against unknown political newcomer Ron Gillham. It took Micciche the absentee and questioned ballots to win, but he collected 50.62 percent of the vote to Gillham's 49.38 percent.

Rental vacancies in Alaska rose for the second year in a row in fiscal year 2018, according to figures released by the state Labor Department. Likely factors they say is the continuing trend of people leaving Alaska because of the ongoing recession.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough, at $980, saw no change in adjusted median rent between 2017 and 2018. Adjusted rent includes all utilities whether they are included in the base rent or not.

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Ballots for this fall’s municipal elections have been finalized, and most of the heated campaigning will be left for elections further up the political food chain.

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Dave Ianson thinks rhubarb could be the next big thing in Alaska agriculture, if only growers would show it a little love.

And if you're thinking about raising dairy goats, make sure you plan ahead so your experience doesn't turn sour.

Links from this episode:

Karluk Acres, Julie Wendt and& Paul Vass:

Phone: 907-252-3980

Website: www.karlukacres.com

Facebook: Karluk Acres

 

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly could be offering some opinion on annexation proceedings in Soldotna when it meets next.

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    When the sixth annual Harvest Moon Local Food Week takes place in the Central Kenai Peninsula, there’ll be a new group activity to look forward too.

In addition to the two walking tours in search of wild edibles, the keynote address from Delta Junction barley farmer Bryce Wrigley, and an all-day party at Soldotna Creek Park, the whole thing will kick off this year with a guided tour of three farms.

 

Biking of all stripes is growing in popularity on the Kenai Peninsula. To be fair, it’s happening it lots of other places, too. On the Peninsula, countless volunteer hours have been spent building and maintaining local trails, but infrastructure investment for bike and other multi-use paths is happening, too.

 

 


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Biking of all kinds, in all seasons, continues to grow in popularity on the Kenai Peninsula. On this week's Kenai Conversation, we talk with Brian Beeson from Beemun's Bike and Ski Loft about all things two-wheeled and how to keep pedaling even as summer winds down. 

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

 

For more than 20 years, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has teamed with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to promote health fish habitat through a cost share program that helps landowners pay for rehabilitation work along the Kenai river.

On Tuesday night Alaska State Troopers were summoned to Duke Street in Nikiski after reports of a verbal disturbance.

According to an online dispatch, after an investigation the troopers arrested 41-year-old Michael Ohms on two charges of animal cruelty, violating a protective order, criminal mischief and criminal trespass.

Efforts continue to locate a Wisconsin man who went missing when his boat capsized on the Kenai River Monday evening.

The missing man was identified by Alaska State Troopers as 68-year-old Daniel Hass of Algoma, Wisconsin.

Two other men were rescued after their boat overturned near Moose Medows. Troopers ID'd them as 68-year-old Charles Bohman and 64-year-old Lawrence Paul, both also of Algoma.

A Kenai man found himself a guest of the state Monday night after enjoying the view of the Kenai River from the wrong place.

At about 6:41 the Kenai Police Department received a report of a man sitting on the railing of the Warren Ames Memorial Bridge over the Kenai River just south of downtown. The concerned caller requested a welfare check on the man.

When officers arrived, they found 57-year-old Terre (terry) Sam Jones riding the rail.

The close state house and senate races on the Kenai Peninsula are are yet to be certified, but the leads have flipped with the counting of absentee and questioned ballots.

This year Alaska’s largest telecom company has increased the amount of money it’s contributing to suicide prevention programs around the state. In a grant administered by the Alaska Community Foundation, 10 organizations around the state, including Kenai, will split the $130,000 from GCI.

Last year the company launched the Suicide Prevention Grant Program with $100,000. Kate Slyker, GCI’s chief marketing officer, said the response then was overwhelming, and the company looks forward to an even larger impact this year.

It looks like there's suddenly plenty of fishing opportunity on the Kenai River. Not only has fishing for red salmon reopened on Thursday last week, but Fish and Game says the other shades of salmon are plentiful as well.

Fishing for silver salmon has been reported as good, with additional catch of pinks also being caught.

 

What to do with the nearly $8 million dollars in the borough’s land trust fund was a central question this year as the borough budget was being put together. The mayor’s office wanted to use a portion to help fill the borough’s budget gap, but, the assembly wanted to see a fresh investment plan before the fund was used for general expenditures. That plan has been finalized, and will get a public hearing next week.

 


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This month, Bill reports from the eighth annual Kenai Peninsula Beer Festival and compares the craft brewing industry in Maine vs. Alaska.

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Fall classes begin at Kenai Peninsula College Monday. The official number of students isn’t known yet, with fall schedules still being amended. But the number continues to inch closer to 3,000.

 

The state’s biggest economic engine, for good or ill, remains oil and gas.

 

 


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