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With an entrance off Hedberg Road, the Nikiski Community Park spans a mile from the Kenai Spur to the water. There’s a newly installed bike track and 2.5 miles of walking trails that circle a lake and lead to the bluff. 

And this summer, there was also a good deal of vandalism, said Nikiski Community Council President Jason Ross.

NOAA

The chief scientist at the Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut is leading a pilot study on the stressors impacting beluga whales in Cook Inlet.

Tracy Romano and her research team received a $10,000 grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to look into genes that help Cook Inlet belugas, a critically endangered population of whales, respond to environmental and manmade stressors.

“And so we’re trying to ground truth some of these molecular sequences and then look at the genes in the skin and compare skin biopsies that we have from the endangered Cook Inlet belugas, but then also some skin biopsies that we’ve archived over the years from relatively healthy belugas from the Chukchi Sea and Bristol Bay, Alaska," Romano said.

Fish & Wildlife Service

Construction to the Salamatof Boat Launch in Soldotna will start Monday.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will fortify the underwater cables that hold the concrete piers of the launch in place, in addition to building a better turnaround area, so users can launch their boats without having to back out.

They’re also going to improve the parking area, says Matt Conner, visitor services manager for the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

Courtesy of Nikki Corbett

In a purple qaspeq with blue trim and patterned patches, Nikki Corbett and her sewing machine greet her YouTube subscribers.

“Hi, it’s Nikki with Sew Yup’ik. And today I’m going to show you, I’m going to record a video in various parts. So this first part I’m going to show you how to add the trimming onto your traditional qaspeq.”

She instructs viewers in this video, almost 500 of them, how to make a qaspeq, a hooded garment with a large front pocket and hood typically worn by Yup’ik men and women. 


Department of Health and Social Services

There were 218 active COVID-19 cases reported in the Kenai Peninsula Borough as of Wednesday, not including the positive test results that are currently being processed. That’s a third of all cases the borough has seen since the pandemic began.

The case rate for the last 14 days — or the number of cases per 100,000 people — is 236 on the peninsula. In Anchorage, the 14-day case rate is about twice that, with Fairbanks close behind.

The case rate in Juneau is 218 and in the Mat-Su it’s 206. Case rates are also high on the North Slope and in the Y-K Delta region.

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