public safety

Hurricane Florence has an unintended impact this week — a planned, nationwide emergency alert system test is being postponed to not confuse people during ongoing response efforts in the Carolinas.  

Thursday was supposed to be the day for a test of the nationwide Integrated Public Alert and Warning System. This includes the Emergency Alert System, which makes those test tones you hear periodically on TV and radio stations — including KDLL, and Wireless Emergency Alerts, which sends alert messages to cell phones.

Photo by Jenny Neyman

The July rush is in full swing, with residents and visitors trying to cram in as much summer activity as possible. But one aspect of Kenai Peninsula life has been quieter than usual this year — wildfire season.


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If you saw some unusual activity over Upper Cook Inlet last night, maybe some random flares and aircraft performing search patters, it turns out it was exercises conducted by the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center out of J-BER (J-bear) in Anchorage.

CES and KPB

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.


Here's a question for you: do you feel as if you're living in any of the top 10 most dangerous cities in Alaska? Some days it feels like the answer is yes, other days it's hard to imagine. But using raw data from the FBI, a travel website has determined just that. Soldotna is the sixth most dangerous city in the state, up one spot from seventh last year, while Kenai, meanwhile is ranked 10th, but it has fallen six spots from number four last year, that's according to "Road Snacks."

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The #MeToo movement started raising awareness of sexual assault and harassment through social media and leaped off the Internet with events, marches and gatherings in real life. On the central Kenai Peninsula, the Many Voices organization has taken up that banner with a gathering and panel discussion held last month. Susan Smalley, a community volunteer with Many Voices, and two panelists from the event, Dr. Kristin Mitchel and Dr.

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The Kenai Peninsula Borough is offering another round of Community Emergency Response Training courses this month. We spoke with Borough Emergency Management Program Manager Dan Nelson to learn more about why the borough has been offering them for more than a decade.

Courtesy of Tony Doyle

Local backcountry skier Tony Doyle and Wendy Wagner, director and forecaster at the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Center (www.cnfaic.org), talk about avalanche awareness in the Kenai Mountains. Learn what slopes you should know, what safety gear is worth the dough and what conditions are a no-go to stay safe in the mountains.

Ashley Landess

 

Peninsula Crime Stoppers is asking for help after a pair of pet deaths recently.

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Sterling Elementary School was in lockdown mode Friday afternoon after video footage showed a male intruder pulling a fire alarm and hiding in a restroom.  

No one was hurt in the incident and the man was arrested by Alaska State Troopers.

Two people died in a car crash Saturday morning that also closed the Seward Highway near Hope for nearly four hours.