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A House sub-finance committee went through its regularly scheduled business Monday morning, but not all members stuck around to the end.



We should know by sometime Thursday who the finalists are for the job of Kenai Peninsula Borough School District superintendent.

The board of education is taking a special meeting Thursday morning at 9 to go over the applicants and whittle them down to the ones the board would like to interview. 

The presentations will be behind closed doors in executive session, but the board will adjourn into regular session to announce the finalists. Each one will be offered an in-person interview.

This weekend members of the House Finance Committee will be in Kenai for a public hearing on the state budget. Kenai-Soldotna Republican Rep. Gary Knopp will be among the legislators attending, including Anchorage Republican Jennifer Johnston and Speaker Bryce Edgmon of Dillingham.

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A panel of experts has been named to take a look at the pipeline infrastructure of Cook Inlet and make recommendations that will help ensure continued safe operation.

A Friday evening snowmachine ride turned into a race for safety after two riders were apparently shot at by a third man.According to the Alaska State Troopers online dispatch, Soldotna AST headquarters received a report of the snowmachiners being shot at a little after 5 p.m. in the vicinity of Soldotna Creek.Responding troopers identified 65-year-old John Spinka of Soldotna as the alleged shooter.Spinka was booked into Wildwood Pretrial Facility on charges of Assault in the Third Degree. He is being held without bail. 

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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.

On the Kenai Conversation this week we talk about opioid addiction and how to use the tools to fight overdoses. Host Jay Barrett welcomes Fred Koski, the addictions program coordinator for Peninsula Community Health Services, and Sherra Pritchard, a public health nurse with the Kenai Public Health Center. Both are involved with a monthly community education series of lectures.

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KDLL Podcasts

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On the calendar, spring officially begins March 21. In reality, we’ve got a while yet before anyone in southcentral Alaska is digging in the dirt, but that doesn’t stop intrepid growers from getting started.

On March 2, the Central Peninsula Garden Club had its annual get-ready-for-spring roundtables event at Peninsula Grace Brethren Church on Kalifornsky Beach Road in Soldotna, and a new opportunity for year-round greens has sprouted up in Soldotna.

Soldotna Chamber of Commerce

Join host Bill Howell on this month’s Drinking on the Last Frontier for a report from Frozen River Fest, a visit with Gakona Brewing Company and an apples-to-pears comparison of ciders and perries. Cheers!

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KDLL Membership Drive Programs

Show off your culinary prowess in KDLL's Pickle Cooking Contest, part of our Picklefest Party annual membership meeting from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center.

1. Bring a dish involving pickles to KDLL's Picklefest. It can be an appetizer, soup, entree, bread, dessert — your imagination is the limit, as long as pickles are among the ingredients.

2. Portion your dish so it can serve at least 30 tasting portions.

Many thanks to Nelson Kempf and Keeley Boyle for performing live in the studio for our Fall Membership Drive. You can find their music on iTunes (and in the audio file below).

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