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The Kenaitze tribe announced plans for a multi-million dollar expansion of its facilities in Kenai Thursday.




John O’Brien has accepted the offer to become interim superintendent of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. His predecessor, Sean Dusek, announced his retirement in January.

  Just so you know, “Bernie and the Believers” is not a band formed to tout a certain presidential candidate from New England. Bernie and the Believers are about something more important than politics: music and friendship. 

Just three years ago singer-songwriter Essence Goldman was back from touring and looking to make ends meet by giving singing lessons. That’s when she met. Bernie Dalton.

Residents and others wishing to request public information officially from the Soldotna city clerk’s office will have some new rules to deal with if they have a large order. 

City Clerk Shellie Saner explained to the city council at last week’s meeting why her office requested the change.

More than 100 people were at the Seward High School auditorium for last night’s Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting. The assembly heard more than three hours of public testimony on two different education funding items.

The first was an ordinance that will appropriate $2.4 million in supplemental funding to allow the district to begin offering contracts to nontenured teachers. The assembly cast a 5-4 vote to approve that funding, but it will be subject to a potential veto by borough Mayor Charlie Pierce. When asked by assembly member Kelly Cooper if he intended to issue a veto, he said he wasn’t ready to speak to it. He was ready to speak to the reasons the borough and the school district find themselves in this situation, pointing to yet-to-be resolved budget drama in Juneau and his predecessor, Mike Navarre.

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Kenai Conversation

The Homer Electrict Assn. board of directors election is coming up. In the Soldotna area, Dist. 2, incumbent Ed Oberts faces a challenge from retired surgeon Ed Schmitt. Meet them both on this week's Kenai Conversation.

It's sports time on the Kenai Conversation, as host Jay Barrett is joined by colleague Shaylon Cochran and the Clarion's Jeff Helminiak.

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KDLL Podcasts

KDLL Adventure Talks offers a virtual hike of the Kenai Peninsula’s newest long-distance backpacking route, the Tutka Backdoor Trail, with trail coordinator Bretwood “Hig” Higman, of Ground Truth Trekking in Seldovia, and Eric Clarke, with Kachemak Bay State Park. In the on-air interview, host Jenny Neyman talks with Hig and Eric about how and why the trail came to be. They also discuss sustainable trail building and the little things hikers can do to make a big difference in maintaining their favorite trails.

True Tales, Told Live tackled "Sibling Rivalry" on March 29 at Odie's Deli in Soldotna. In part one, posted last week, we had stories from Marissa Severson, Kristin Mitchell, Heddy Huss, Maura Schumacher and Ben Boettger. Following is part two of that live event, with stories from Matt Pyhala, Jacki Michels, Bruce Vadla, Sarah Pyhala and Liz Earl.

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Carhartt & Xtratufs Ball, 7pm April 20

KDLL's Carhartts & Xtratufs Ball, 7-10 p.m. April 20, Soldotna Sports Center

Live music by Big Chimney Barn Dance, food, drink, auctions, raffles, storytelling and prizes for most well-used Carhartts & Xtratufs!