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The three leading candidates for Alaska governor were in Soldotna Wednesday. Independent incumbent Bill Walker, Republican Mike Dunleavy and Democrat Mark Begich are all running campaigns focused on the state’s permanent fund.




In a decision handed down Tuesday, the court found that the borough’s 2016 rewrite of its policy allowing certain people to open assembly meetings with a blessing to be in violation of the Establishment Clause in the constitution.

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has released nearly 200 more “data requests” regarding aspects of the AK LNG project. 

Many of the questions posed to the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation seek more detailed information about such things as preserving permafrost along the pipeline from the North Slope, plans for creating 29 camps for construction crews and the methods planned for crossing rivers along the way. 

Say goodbye to the invasive northern pike that have taken over eight lakes and their connecting streams in the Tote Road area about five miles south of Soldotna. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced this week that it will begin applying the fish-killing pesticide Rotenone in them on Monday (Oct. 8).

In an announcement, the Department notes that Rotenone is safe and cost efficient. In fact, it has been used in numerous lakes around the Central Kenai Peninsula to successfully cleanse them of northern pike.

An Anchorage man was arrested in Kenai Saturday night after allegedly going out on the town without any clothes on. The 36-year-old reportedly had tried to enter an unidentified place of business. 

According to a release, the Kenai Police Department received notice just before 10 p.m. that the man was nude. Upon arriving, the officers found the man leaving the business and heading toward a nearby apartment complex.


Fiscal Year 2019 began on October 1st. For Tim Dillon, Executive Director at the Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District, that means a tour, of sorts, around the area, sharing year end financials with city councils and other groups.



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The Chuitna coal case is heading back to court. Last month, Alaska Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Andy Mack reversed a previous order granting water protections for salmon streams on the west side of Cook Inlet.


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Industry leaders are becoming increasingly bullish on Alaska oil. Prices for the state’s crude have been steadily on the rise, and companies are beginning to increase investments. That means more jobs for Alaskans, but the kinds of new jobs in the industry could be changing.




Borough voters roundly rejected a bond measure to pay for a new school in Kachemak-Selo during municipal elections Tuesday.

Alaska Gasline Development Corporation


With plans moving ahead for the AK LNG project, so too are discussions about the federal money that may come along with it.



Two people suffered knife wounds -- one seriously -- during a Friday evening drug-related incident in Kenai.

The two victims were not identified, but both were transported to Central Peninsula Hospital for their injuries, one described in a Kenai Police Department release as "life threatening."

Also unidentified was the alleged assailant, a 17-year-old who was remanded to the Kenai Peninsula Youth Facility on seven counts, including two for assault in the second degree, four for assault in the third degree and one for reckless driving.

Betty Epps Arnett

  Twice a year the various local historical societies get together for a group meeting, where among other agenda items, they will hear a presentation about the Jesse Lee Home.

Jeanette Pedginski is an organizer for Saturday's event, which she says will feature a talk by Betty Epps Arnett and how she came to Alaska.

Kenai Peninsula Borough

It's municipal election day in the Central Kenai Peninsula, and there are plenty of choices on the ballot.

Or not as many, depending on where you live.

For example, both Kenai Peninsula Borough Assemblymen Brent Hibbert and Kenn Carpenter, representing Districts 1 and 6 respectively, are running for reelection unopposed.

Willy Dunne is the only one of the three assemblymen with a challenger -- the Homer assemblyman faces Troy Jones in District 9.

  You know how we all mumble a bit beneath our breath when we see road work ahead and a flagger stopping a long line of cars during road construction season - especially when we’re at the back of the line? Frustrating, yes, and this year it seems to be happening everywhere you turn in the Central Kenai Peninsula. But being glass-half-full kind of people here at public radio, we’re looking for the positive spin, of which there are a surprising number. The most surprising number is: $109 million, which is what’s being spent on state roads in the Central Peninsula.

Municipal elections are coming up Tuesday, and in the run-up to Oct. 2, KDLL has been bringing you conversations with candidates seeking office from the various jurisdictions. Wednesday on the Kenai Conversation, the three candidates for the Kenai City Council’s two open seats joined host Jay Barrett for an hourlong talk about the city’s future and their role in it.

In this excerpt, the three, incumbent Councilman Bob Molloy and challengers Teea Winger and Robert Peterkin II discuss the business environment in the city.



Even without all six members present Wednesday night, the Soldotna city council narrowly voted against a resolution opposing the statewide ballot measure one.



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The city council races in Soldotna aren’t as competitive as the race in Kenai. Three candidates are running for three seats.



Central Peninsula Hospital

  A week from today Central Peninsula Hospital is having a somewhat unique event: Drive Thru Flu Vaccinations.

From 3 to 5:30 on Oct. 3, adults can get this year's influenza shot without even leaving their car. And on top of that, it's free on a first come, first served basis as long as supplies last.


The lingering late-summer weather has allowed contractors to make good headway on Central Peninsula highway work this month, some of which was suspended during the height of RV Season.

“We’re having incredibly good weather for this additional work. A lot of projects were able to get underway," said DOT spokeswoman Shannon McCarthy in Anchorage.

"But it is real nice to get a jump on it and take advantage of the great weather while the traffic volumes are a little lower.”

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The Kenai city council approved new rules for gravel and other surface material extraction at its meeting this week.

It’s been nearly 30 years since the oil tanker Exxon Valdez ran aground in Prince William Sound, and mitigation projects that sprang up as a result of the spill are still going on around the state and here on the peninsula. 

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A race for the school board in Sterling and Funny River is one of the most contested in the upcoming municipal election. Four people are vying for that one seat.

Kenai’s second annual silver salmon derby continues this weekend. It’s put on by the Kenai Chamber of Commerce.

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As the big time political races across the state and nation heat up, the race for a pair of Kenai city council seats is relatively docile by comparison. Bob Molloy is seeking reelection against Robert Peterkin Jr. and Teea Winger.



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The District 2 — Kenai seat of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Board of Education is up for election. Incumbent Tim Navarre faces challenger Matt Morse.

Navarre has held his school district seat since 2009, is also currently on the Kenai City Council, has served on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly and was the chief of staff under borough Mayor John Williams. He is vice president of the family’s business, Zan, Inc., which owns the local Arby’s restaurants.

Morse graduated from Kenai Central High School, went off to college in Fairbanks and returned to Kenai to work in the family business, Partner Management Recruiters South Central Alaska.