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All three Kenai Peninsula representatives to Juneau have signed onto a letter to the council that oversees commercial fishing in Alaska’s federal waters, joining a bipartisan chorus of voices demanding reduction of halibut bycatch.

Specifically, representatives are asking the North Pacific Fishery Management Council to approve Alternative 4 at its meeting next week, which would take the most significant swing toward linking the trawl fleet’s fishing with halibut abundance in the Bering Sea.

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UPDATE Dec. 5:

Alaska State Troopers said they located the body of Luki Akelkok, ending a multi-day search and rescue effort for the 28-year-old Dillingham man that was hindered by bad weather.

Kaitlin Vadla

The federal government is inching toward an oil and gas lease sale in Cook Inlet, covering about one million acres from the southern end of Kalgin Island down to Augustine Island. 

On the Central Kenai Peninsula, there’s a different kind of sale in progress.


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Kenai City Council members unanimously voted last night to oppose vaccine and mask mandates from the government — another resolution against mandates that local officials said takes a stance but which has no teeth.

The resolution said the council opposes mandates “requiring individuals to take COVID-19 vaccines or wear face coverings to be in public facilities, including schools or for travel-related purposes.”

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Correction: The item approved Wednesday night was to reintroduce the ordinance. The council will do a final vote on the ordinance Dec. 15. We regret the error.

The Kenai Community Library will vote again on a federal grant to purchase health and wellness materials for its shelves, following a controversial decision to hold off on accepting the grant that had many crying censorship.

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Kenai Conversation

Snow has been dumping around southcentral. If you’re into skiing, snowboarding or snowmachining, you’ve probably been dreaming about getting out into the mountains to enjoy it. 

But with good snow does come avalanche risk. And it is important for recreationists to know what they’re getting into before they head out and up.

At a school board meeting earlier this month, students and educators testified about their experiences with discrimination in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, catalyzing a larger conversation about supporting students on the LGBTQ+ spectrum.

Today on the program: what supporting LGBTQ+ students looks like.

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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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KDLL Pickle Pets memberships

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

Airfare for Airwaves Raffle