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Assembly approves service area board appointments

Jan 17, 2018


There are some service area boards around the borough that have had a tough time finding enough members. Sometimes finding enough members to simply conduct business.

You too can be at ease speaking in public

Jan 17, 2018

  Twice a month a group of folks get together in Soldotna over lunch and talk. It happens all the time, but this group is noteworthy because they're trying to get better at it. At talking, not lunch. The group is Soldotna Speakers, which helps people improve their public speaking and leadership skills. KDLL's Jay Barrett spoke with Soldotna Speakers' organizer Rosie Reeder about the program. The next gathering of Soldotna Speakers, which meets on the first and third Tuesday of the month is February 6th.

Walker hints at AK LNG partnership

Jan 15, 2018


The state may have a new dance partner for the AK LNG Project. Governor Bill Walker tweeted over the weekend about meetings he had with the heads of some North Slope producers.

Feds looking for study ideas

Jan 15, 2018


The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is looking for ideas on what to study next.

A charter bus carrying the Homer girls basketball team got stuck partially in the ditch in Cooper Landing, blocking traffic in both lanes for some time on Saturday night. No injuries were reported.

According to a Facebook post by Chad Felice, coach of the Lady Mariners, the road was so icy that the bus, moving at under 20 mph, just slid down with the grade of the road.

State remains bullish on AK LNG project

Jan 12, 2018


The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation will be meeting in Nikiski next month, providing an update on the Alaska LNG project. Officials are hopeful prep work can begin this year.



Econ 919: New CDL licensing drives opportunity

Jan 12, 2018

In this first episode of Econ 919, we take you to the recent Economic Outlook Forum and introduce you to one of the newest players in the central Kenai Peninsula's economy. And we wrap up with some potentially encouraging news about your PFD.

It's been over two months since the Kenai Peninsula Borough has opened the landfill in Soldotna to hazardous waste disposal, but Saturday citizens will be free to bring in up to 55 gallons of household waste.

Commercial disposers are charged a fee, and have to register in advance, but if you're just an innocent bystander with a garage full of half-empty paint cans, used motor oil and fluorescent light bulbs, your trip to the dump is free.

Soldotna council gets look at early fieldhouse drawings

Jan 11, 2018
Tim Dillon


The Soldotna city council got a first look at some drawings for the planned field house expansion at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex at its meeting Wednesday.

Peninsula job losses slowing

Jan 10, 2018
Courtesy of KPEDD


Movers and shakers from around the central peninsula gathered for the annual industry outlook forum Wednesday in Soldotna.

A few years ago residents of the Kenai Peninsula Borough went to the polls and said they would like to have animal control, which currently is only provided by certain organized cities. The voters also said they wanted it basically for free.

Since that time, animals, mostly dogs, have continued to roam freely in the unincorporated areas of the borough, which occasionally leads to citizens asking the borough assembly to finally do something about it. Last week it was Amanda Berg of Kenai who spoke up during citizen comments.

Soldotna Council taking up cannabis ordinances

Jan 9, 2018

Two items on Wednesday night's Soldotna City Council agenda will mark the beginning of the end in legalizing cannabis within city limits. One ordinance limits operations to commercially-zoned areas of the city only, while the other ordinance sets up the framework for taxing the product.

What the ordinances do not do, though, is allow any commercial growing of marijuana in the city, regardless of zoning.

Kenai art show features local teachers

Jan 8, 2018
Shaylon Cochran/KDLL


Moving their work from classrooms to the showroom, a new exhibit at the Kenai Fine Arts Center is featuring the work of local art instructors.


'Voting 101' workshop this week

Jan 8, 2018

Thursday, the League of Women Voters of the Central Kenai Peninsula will host an informational session on voting issues. Kenai Peninsula Borough Clerk Johni Blankenship will be the keynote speaker. She calls it "sort of voting 101."

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has an open comment period through the end of the month for its plan to enhance the king salmon run on the Kasilof River and Crooked Creek, as well as in Kachemak Bay.

Friday night proved to be just a little too much for one Kenai man. After being asked to leave the Duck Inn at Red Diamond, the 61-year-old reportedly hit several other parked cars before making it out on to Kalifornsky Beach Road.

Alaska State Troopers caught up with William Cloer at about 9 p.m. on Bridge Access Road as he drove towards Kenai in his Chevy Suburban.

Stormy Lake sportsfishing restricted another year

Jan 4, 2018

 Anglers on the North Road will have to continue the practice of returning any Arctic Char or Dolly Varden to the waters of Stormy Lake for at least another year. Effective at 12:01 a.m. on New Year's Day, the restriction on fish retention was extended by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

The ban on taking Char or a Dolly in the lake stems from efforts started in 2012 to eradicate invasive, nonnative northern pike from Stormy Lake. That required poisoning the fish with a chemical called Rotenone.

Assembly postpones service area board ordinance

Jan 3, 2018

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly breezed through a relatively short agenda Tuesday night. One issue that will have to wait to be settled until later this month is a shortage of volunteers for service area boards of directors.



Renee Gross/KBBI



On Solstice, Homer Resident Barrett Fletcher prepared to host the first meeting of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster at his home.



Borough taking comments on comprehensive plan

Jan 3, 2018



The borough’s updated comprehensive plan is out for public comment.


Whereas the comp plan developed in 2005 focused on the current state of the borough, its economy and its services, the updated version zeroed in on citizen polling and developing a vision for the future.


Robert Ruffner is vice chair of the borough planning commission. He says that input helped paint an accurate picture.



Natural disasters of different stripes and severity are a way of life on the Kenai Peninsula and around the state.

When someone shares the name of a celebrity, it’s easy to stand out in the crowd. Or on a list. Such as the FCC database of comments about the once-proposed, and now approved, repeal of Net Neutrality.

That's how KDLL found the name of former Kenai City Councilman Ozzie Osborne on the FCC’s database so easily. However, like potentially millions of comments on the list, the comment attributed to Osborne did not come from him.

"Well that's just another identity theft thing," said Osborne.

Foxy history in Kasilof

Dec 28, 2017
Shaylon Cochran/KDLL


Once upon a time, down in Kasilof, the fox was an important and substantial cash resource. In today’s dollars, one silver black fox fur could go for more than $1,500 at the hight of the fox farming boom in the late 1920’s.

In 2018, all Eastside Cook Inlet beaches will remain closed to recreational clamming due to the continued low abundance of mature sized razor clams. Fish and Game made the announcement because any razor clam harvest in 2018 will likely delay recovery of Kenai Peninsula razor clam populations.

On Saturday afternoon, Alaska State Troopers in Soldotna received a report about a suspicious man on private property walking into the woods.

A Trooper responded and was able to locate the subject. Due to below freezing temperatures, the Trooper offered the man a ride home and the man accepted.

But while in the back of the trooper vehicle, the man produced a handgun, forcing the trooper to stop and flee the vehicle.

Caribou Hills now open for snowmachiners

Dec 27, 2017

Snowmachiners rejoice! The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is opening the Caribou Hills area within Kenai National Wildlife Refuge to snowmachine use, effective immediately.

Higher elevations in the Caribou Hills have recently received snowfall allowing for the limited opening. No other areas of the Refuge are currently open to snowmachines due to inadequate snow cover.

Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center

  KDLL's Adventure Talk hijacked the Kenai Conversation Wednesday morning. Host Jenny Neyman talked with two long time backcountry skiers and avalanche experts about being safe while traversing the snow up in the hills and mountains.

Backcountry enthusiast Tony Doyle, and Wendy Wagoner, director and forecaster at the Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center both talked about preparing for adventure in the snowy backcountry.

DEC report highlights boating influence on Kenai river

Dec 22, 2017
Joseph Robertia/Redoubt Reporter



The state Department of Environmental Conservation has issued its most recent report detailing water quality levels on the Kenai River.



Ballot initiative would update habitat protection laws

Dec 20, 2017
Credit: Stand for Salmon



A citizen initiative planned for the 2018 state ballot would be a sweeping overhaul of state habitat regulations.



Walker touts gasline developments in Kenai

Dec 19, 2017
Shaylon Cochran/KDLL



Governor Bill Walker was in Kenai Tuesday promoting the state’s biggest planned infrastructure project, the AK LNG line.