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Both the commercial hooligan and herring fisheries in Upper Cook Inlet are closing this week after reaching quota.

The commercial fishery for hooligan — a kind of smelt — opened May 1. But Fish and Game management biologist Brain Marston said people didn’t start catching until May 10.

Gabby Bond

Two Moose Pass classmates caught top prizes in this year’s Fish Art Contest, a competition in which students research and draw fish of their choice in the name of conservation.

Eight-year-old Gabby Bond came in second among Alaska students in her age group for her illustration of a garibaldi. 

Courtesy of Lydia Jacoby

In exactly one month, star swimmer Lydia Jacoby will be in the pool in Omaha, N.E. for the U.S. Olympic Trials.

More immediately, she’s finishing her junior year at Seward High School. At just 17, Jacoby has the sixth-fastest time for the 100-meter breaststroke in the world. She’s been qualified for the Olympic trials since she was 14.

Redoubt Reporter file photo

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates Jim’s Landing sees about 42,000 visitors a year. It’s the only ramp for putting in and taking out of the Kenai River between Russian River and Skilak Lake.

But the infrastructure at the launch isn’t really up to the task.

Photo Cyrus Read/Alaska Volcano Observatory/U.S. Geological Survey

Two companies are looking at the geothermal energy potential of Mount Spurr, a volcano about 40 miles west of Tyonek in Cook Inlet.

Once they have the final go-ahead from the state, GeoAlaska and Raser Power Systems can explore adjacent leases on the south side of the volcano.


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Kenai Conversation

It's Wildland Fire Prevention and Preparedness Week in Alaska. 

This week, staff from the Division of Forestry talk through past and present efforts to mitigate risk and respond to wildfires locally. In the second half of the show, how individuals can avoid fires in their own lives.

Change 4 the Kenai met last week to talk strategy for addressing injection drug use on the Kenai Peninsula.

The coalition folds in partners from across the peninsula and has a wealth of resources available online, from a community resource directory to a podcast.

Shari Conner is coalition coordinator for Change 4 the Kenai. Renee Lipps is a member of the Change 4 the Kenai coalition and is coalition coordinator for Peninsula Points on Prevention.

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KDLL Podcasts

Gherkin Radio Theatre offers a double-header for episode four:

Whose beer is it, anyway? Bill answers that question, plus the mysterious magic of the gueuze. Plus interviews with Brian Hall, of the new Alaska Craft Beer Podcast, Mike Healy of Skagway Brewing Co. and Clarke Pelz of Cynosure Brewing in Anchorage.


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KDLL/Kenai Fine Arts Center April Art Auction

Bid online for local art to brighten your space!

Breakup in Alaska is not the most beautiful time of year. KDLL and the Kenai Fine Art Center can help! We’re holding an art auction to give us something beautiful to see until spring really does spring forth on the central Kenai Peninsula.

Artwork is on display at Veronica’s Café in Kenai through April, open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays.

In our final week of the KDLL/Kenai Fine Art Center April Art Auction, we meet painters Chere' Avigo, Dan Verkuilen and fiber artists Emily Kornelis, Amy Kruse and Jen Luton. Artwork is on display at Veronica's Cafe in Kenai and you can bid online for your favorite piece through May 8.

In week four of the KDLL/Kenai Fine Art Center April Art Auction, we meet Sue Biggs and Kaitlin Vadla. Artwork is on display at Veronica's Cafe in Kenai through April and you can bid online for your favorite piece.

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