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Some thought they heard snow sliding off a roof. Others imagined a moose at the window.

But the thunderous bellows Alaskans heard early Saturday morning came from something else entirely: the eruption of an underwater volcano nearly 6,000 miles away, by the South Pacific Kingdom of Tonga. 

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Three seats are up for grabs this year on the nine-member Homer Electric board of directors. The cooperative is taking candidate nominations now, ahead of the election this May.

Photo: Rashah McChesney/Alaska Energy Desk

At the start of 2021, Homer Electric Association made a sort of New Year’s resolution: source half of all its power from renewables by the end of 2025. 

It’s the most ambitious renewables goal of any utility on the railbelt. Some of the board’s directors say it’s too ambitious. The co-op relies on natural gas for more than 85 percent of its energy today.

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The so-called blob that brought warm surface water temperatures to the Gulf of Alaska between 2014 and 2016 has passed.

But the effects of that blob, and a subsequent heatwave in 2019, are not all in the rearview mirror. And researchers are bracing for more as climate change brings with it more ocean warming.

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A COVID-19 vaccine requirement for employees of Central Peninsula Hospital is moving forward again, following a Thursday decision from the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a federal mandate for healthcare workers.

That mandate was first announced last fall and applies to facilities that receive Medicare and Medicaid payments. Central Peninsula Hospital spokesperson Bruce Richards said that's about half of all revenue for the hospital.

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Kenai Conversation

Do you know the difference between a reel and a jig? A song and a tune?

Our guests today might be able to help you out. We have on the show Irish musicians John Walsh, Pat Broaders and Brenda Castles. They’re playing a traditional Irish music concert together on Jan. 21 at the Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna.

This year marks 65 years since Alaska’s oil and gas industry got its start. The Swanson River Field, on the northern part of the Kenai Peninsula, was discovered in July 1957 — establishing Kenai as the oil capital of Alaska and setting the then-territory on its road to statehood.

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KDLL Feature Shows

In this month's Drinking on the Last Frontier, Bill checks in on Cooper Landing Brewing Co. and King Street Brewing, plus food and beer pairing suggestions to help celebrate your holiday meals.
Cheers!

Thanks to Kenai Middle School teacher Brian Lyke and his language arts and drama students for studying the art of storytelling. Students were asked to tell a story about something scary that happened to them. Following are stories KDLL aired during our Fall Membership Drive on Oct. 30.

On this month’s Drinking on the Last Frontier, Bill gets an update on how Fairbanks’ HooDoo Brewing is doing, and a brewery travel guide around the state with Rick VanHatten. Plus, what’s in your desert island six-pack? And a couple of books to bring if you do get stranded.

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KDLL/Kenai Fine Arts Center April Art Auction

The following requirements were developed by the KDLL Board of Directors for attendees of KDLL in-person music events:

    Please stay home if you don’t feel well, have exhibited symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 10 days, have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 10 days, or been in close contact with someone with COVID-19 in the past 10 days.

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.

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An Evening of Traditional Irish Music

Live Irish music performance from international musicians

7 p.m. Jan. 21 at Soldotna Christ Lutheran Church

KDLL Pickle Pets memberships

Show your pet's Pickle Hill pride by becoming a KDLL member!