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On this week's Kenai Conversation, host Jay Barrett speaks with long-time Alaska cannery boss Rusty Roessler, who spent 14 years as the manager of Pacific Alaska Shellfish in Nikiski. Today (Aug. 16) is Roessler's last day, and he's retiring after 36 years managing seafood processing plants around Alaska. This is an extended version of the conversation that aired.

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Racing in Alaska isn’t for the faint of heart.

August 10 marked the second annual Wild Salmon Day across the state. On the central Kenai Peninsula, salmon lovers gathered at Soldotna Creek Park to hear some of the works of local fisher poets Clark Whitney and Steve Schoonmaker.

News of another spill, this one of an oil-based drilling mud on the Steelhead platform in Cook Inlet, coincided with a piece by journalist Sabrina Shankman in Inside Climate News about Texas-based Hilcorp.

 

 

The Kenai Peninsula Borough is updating its comprehensive plan. The project began earlier this year and is still in the first phase of acquiring public input.

 

 

Hilcorp has reported another spill this week. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation confirmed the spill happened Monday on the Steelhead platform the company operates in the Trading Bay oil field in Cook Inlet.

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It was a frustrating year in Juneau. That was one of the main takeaways from the central peninsula’s delegation to the capitol.

It's still largely a Lower 48 problem, but being bitten by a tick can have serious health consequences.

The city of Nikiski isn’t any closer to happening after the subject was briefly taken up by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly last week.

The Kenai River king salmon season closed at the end of July, and by all accounts, both the early and late runs were successful for both anglers and escapement.

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A piece of property along the Kenai Spur Highway has been the cause of a lot of angst for Kenai residents since an offer was made to begin developing the lot last year. Some are feeling some relief following a council decision about the property last week.

One of four anglers thrown from their boat on the Kenai River late Friday night is missing and presumed lost. According to an Alaska State Trooper dispatch online, at about 9 p.m. on Friday, a boat with four people went out of control near Centennial Campground in Soldotna, downstream from the David Douthit Veterans Memorial Bridge.

The Kenai Peninsula’s cannabis industry seems to be swinging into high gear, though some challenges remain for local marijuana business owners.

Less than a week after the Alaska State Legislature finally passed a capital budget during a special session, the Kenai Peninsula Borough introduced a resolution divvying up the Community Assistance Program money it will receive, and moved it on to its Finance Committee.

The picture of a future, revamped, reformed sign ordinance in Soldotna is beginning to come into focus.

Retail cannabis has been available on the Kenai since late last year. How's business? Is everyone playing by the rules? What challenges have growers and sellers faced? What's a dab? 

On this week's Kenai Conversation, cannabis entrepreneurs Patricia Patterson (High Bush Buds), Dollynda Phelps (Peace Frog Botanicals) and Leif Abel (Greatland Ganja) talk about their burgeoning industry, how it's contributing to the local economy and its prospects for the future.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly met Tuesday night. It approved a new contract with Central Peninsula Hospital that will cover the next decade. The Assembly also heard another round of testimony about a proposed borough-wide bed tax.

The fisherman reported missing overboard from a fishing boat in Bristol Bay a week ago has been identified as being from the Kenai Peninsula. According to a dispatch from the Alaska State Troopers, 57-year-old Frederic Bock of Ninilchik is believed to have fallen overboard from the fishing vessel Lady Colleen, near Pilot Point on July 26th.

After searching all the next day, Coast Guard helicopters from Air Station Kodiak suspended its efforts early Friday morning.

Bock was wearing rain gear and Xtra Tuffs, but no life preserver.

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About every 25 or so years, statistically, mud rushing down the side of Mount Redoubt as the result of volcanic eruption threatens the Drift River oil storage facility and terminal on the west side of Cook Inlet. If all goes as planned, a new project by Harvest Alaska, a subsidiary of Hilcorp, will mitigate those dangers and simplify the pipeline infrastructure in and around the inlet.

Richard Novacaski, Alaska Operations Manager for Harvest Alaska, outlined the Cross-Inlet Pipeline Extension for members of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce at its weekly luncheon Wednesday at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center.

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Salmonfest this weekend in Ninilchik promises to be the largest ever, with a fourth stage and 70-plus acts entertaining a crowd that could grow to more than 6,000 revelers. 

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A new measure that would inch Nikiski toward incorporation will get some attention at this week's Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting.

Dipnet fishing at the mouth of the Kenai River ends Monday, but it will continue through Aug. 7 on the Kasilof River.

The ever-increasing demand for fresh and organic food has fueled an explosion of community-supported agriculture around the nation.

Redoubt Reporter

 

Commercial fishing resumed in Upper Cook Inlet this weekend.

This month, Bill storms against the shaker pint, previews the Kenai Peninsula Beer Festival, interviews HooDoo Brewing in Fairbanks — which will be represented at the festival — and offers a primer of the porter. Cheers!

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