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The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will meet in special session in Homer Wednesday. The assembly will hold another public hearing on an ordinance to move the boundary between Central and South Peninsula Hospitals.

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The annual personal use dipnet fishery at the mouth of the Kenai River begins Tuesday. But amid expectations of an underperforming salmon return, the City of Kenai, which is host to the fishery, is ready, according to City Manager Paul Ostrander.

 

A proposed ballot measure could change the role of Soldotna’s mayor. Council member Linda Murphy will introduce an ordinance this week to put a question before voters to change the city’s charter, and allow the mayor a vote on the council.

 

More than $800,000 in budget vetoes by Mayor Charlie Pierce stand after a special meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Friday night.

  Here on the Kenai Peninsula we take our sportsfishing seriously. People fly or drive thousands of miles for the opportunity to wet a line in our cold, fish-filled rivers, streams and inlet. Helping visitors do that is a full time job for thousands in a score of industries, and today on Econ 919, we talk with Jim Voss, the developer of a new smartphone app, Alaska Fishtopia, that is designed to take sportsfishing as seriously as the angler who uses it.

 

Late run king salmon fishing reopened on the lower Kenai River on July 1st, however no bait is allowed. King fishing above the ADF&G markers at Slikok Creek is still prohibited.

The Department sonar shows 598 kings have escaped this season. That compares to 820 at this time last year, 1,066 in 2016 and 498 in 2015.

Meanwhile, fishing for king salmon on the Kasilof River has been fair, according to Fish and Game's weekly fishing report.

Couple from APU win Mt. Marathon races

Jul 5, 2018

The 2016 Mount Marathon men's champion and current course record holder took first place in yesterday's grueling race up and down the mountain that looms over Seward.

David Norris, a professional cross country skier for Alaska Pacific University won the 91st running of the event with a time of 42 minutes and 13 seconds. It was almost a minute off his record pace, but it still gave him a 20-second win over professional runner Max King of Bend, Oregon, who is a past World Mountain Running Champion. Adam Jensen of Anchorage finished third.

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Cook Inlet Region Incorporated is expanding its permitting program for public access to the Kenai River this year.

 

 


While many river systems statewide are struggling to achieve their respective salmon escapement goals, there’s one on the Kenai Peninsula that is set to exceed its goal, and as a result, managers have liberalized the catch and possession limit.

In an announcement Monday, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game increased the sport-caught sockeye salmon limits for the Russian River and a section of the main stem of the Kenai River to six per day and 12 in possession.

Your electricity bill has gone up through no fault of your own. 

Starting on July 1st, Homer Electric Association bills went up due to an increase in the cost of power adjustment, or COPA. The COPA is added to reflect increases in the cost of natural gas used to generate electricity.

The increase, from roughly 6.7 cents per kilowatt hour to roughly 7.3 cents, an increase of 8.49 percent.

Homer Electric estimates that a residential customer using 550 kilowatt hours of electricity a month will an increase of $3.13.

Alaska Governor Bill Walker announced a trio of new court appointments Monday.

Here in Kenai, Lance Joanis will become a new Superior Court judge. 

Joanis has worked in the district attorney’s offices in Anchorage, Bethel and here in Kenai, and he has been the Assistant Attorney General in Kenai’s Child Protection Section since 2011. 

Joanis graduated from law school at the University of Idaho College of Law and moved to Bethel to take the Alaska bar exam. He replaces Judge Anna Moran who is retiring after seven years in the Superior Court.

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The start of dipnetting season on the Kenai river is just a week away. Over the years, the city of Kenai has slowly refined how it handles the thousands of visitors that pass through.

 

A special meeting is set for next week regarding borough funding of education and tourism marketing. Borough mayor Charlie Pierce vetoed more than $800,000 in additional borough funding to the school district and the Kenai Peninsula Tourism and Marketing Council.

 

 


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The Kenai Planning and Zoning Commission heard more than an hour of public testimony Wednesday night regarding a proposed development near the Kenai river.

 

 


The Soldotna City Council Wednesday night heard some good news about the Three Friends Dog Park. The news was welcome after vandals spread broken glass in the fenced off area recently.

Upgrades have been done and more will be coming thanks to contributions, cash and otherwise, from several organizations, which park booster Connie Hawker said would be acknowledged at the park on a sign.

After being turned aside in May, the Kenai River Sportsfishing Association has won another audience before the Alaska Board of Fisheries regarding problems the lobbying group has with hatchery pink salmon production in Prince William Sound.

In May, the Board punted the issue to Alaska Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Sam Cotton. Last week Cotton sent a letter to KRSA Executive Director Ricky Gease saying he did not find that an emergency existed and denied the petition.

 

How to most equitably and productively spread Alaska’s oil riches was one of the hot topics during the past legislative session.

 

 


  In what’s turned out to be a brief and unprofitable foray into the global oil business, General Electric Co. has announced that it will divest itself of the 62.5 percent ownership it has in the oilfield-services company Baker Hughes.

Bloomberg News reported Tuesday that GE plans to “unload” it’s stake in Baker Hughes over the next two to three years through sale of stock.

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Every year amateur radio operators across North America unplug from the power grid, team up, and head out to have a field day. Literally.

Saturday and Sunday was the American Radio Relay League’s annual “Field Day,” where participants attempt to make as many contacts with others on the continent as they can in 24 hours. The purpose is to simulate emergency conditions after a natural disaster which might require amateur radio to reach the outside world.

It’s been thirty years since the Kenai airport saw a substantial remodel. But new work is being planned, and if federal funding can be secured, work could begin later this summer. Chris Parker of K and A Design Studios filled in the city council on the scope of the work at its most recent meeting.

Citing the continued lack of salmon making their way to the spawning grounds, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has taken drastic steps to help boost the escapement. 

In two emergency orders released Friday, the department first cancelled Monday’s scheduled 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. commercial fishing period. Then it took the restrictions a step further, as we hear on the Department’s recorded commercial fishing update: 

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Today, we hear how for-profit businesspeople, individually and through their companies, work not to earn a profit, but to better the life in our community.

Wednesday the Kenai Chamber of Commerce presented its annual awards during a luncheon ceremony. 

One of those people is AnnaLea Lott, the winner of the Chamber’s “Log Cabin” Award for just that, making this a better place to live.”

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After years of waiting, Nikiski residents finally found out what path the Kenai Spur highway will take around the proposed AK LNG plant Wednesday night.

 

 

 

Increases to the borough budget were vetoed by Mayor Charlie Pierce ahead of Tuesday night’s assembly meeting. Pierce is looking to trim more than $800,000 in funding for education and tourism marketing.

 

 


On the Kenai Peninsula, salmon are king. Whether they’re king salmon or one of the other species of salmonid that populate our fresh waters. And that’s why when there’s a biologic danger to their existence, people go into high gear to try and protect them.

Take invasive species for example. About 20 years ago, northern pike were illegally introduced into Kenai Peninsula lakes by persons unknown. And they thrived, just like they do elsewhere in Alaska where they naturally occur. But here on the Kenai, the pike’s success came at a cost - the lives of baby salmon.

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