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Homer Electric raising rates

Dec 19, 2017

On the Kenai Peninsula, Homer Electric Association members can expect a four-percent increase in their monthly power bill beginning on Jan. 1.

The association regularly reassess the cost of power.

We adjust this on a quarterly basis and it primarily reflects the cost of natural gas used by generation power HEA members," said HEA spokesman Bruce Shelley.

The average resident will see their bill go up by $1.49 per month.

City of Soldotna


Work continues developing plans for a remodeled Soldotna Regional Sports Complex. Architectural renderings of some possible designs should be finished by early next year.

An area better known for rock falls and avalanches was shut down for over five hours Monday morning due to a large landslide. The rock, soil and vegetation closed lanes in both directions of the Seward Highway at Milepost 105, just west of Indian. 

Shannon McCarthy, Department of Transportation Central Region spokeswoman, says the highway was reopened at about noon.

“I see a lot of rockslides along that section of highway, but we don’t typically see a lot of areas which are treed that slide,” she said.

Jay Barrett/KDLL



An array of commercial, government and conservation interests were together for a salmon habitat policy forum in Kenai Thursday. The panelists centered their discussion on one main question.



Soldotna extends ban on cannabis businesses

Dec 15, 2017
Creative Commons

  On Wednesday night the Soldotna City Council voted to tack on another 45 days to the city’s prohibition against all things cannabis related.

“Basically what’s happening is we’re trying to figure out what do with marijuana in the city. And this allows us to buy a little bit more time before we have to make a decision,” said Mayor Nels Anderson. “Okay, are there any council comments? Seeing none, can we have the vote, please?”

A brief history of salmon management, 1030-present

Dec 15, 2017
Redoubt Reporter

The first legal protections for Atlantic salmon in Britain went on the books in 1030. Salmon protections are in the Magna Carta.

Low turnout for Soldotna annexation study

Dec 14, 2017
City of Soldotna



The city of Soldotna is still considering its options on annexation. A work session was held this week to address the basic question of what to do next, after the city released its community perspectives final report.



Forest Service-USDA




Amid the larger restructuring plans for federal lands being debated now in Washington D.C., are some smaller efforts at expanding access to public wilderness areas. One proposal would end the ban on bicycles on some federally managed lands.



Local musicians ready for Christmas

Dec 12, 2017

The Redoubt Chamber Orchestra and Kenai Peninsula Singers are putting the finishing touches on their annual holiday program this week.



Univ. of Alaska Fairbanks

On Thursday night, the University of Alaska College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences is hosting a forum in Kenai about salmon habitat protection policy. The panelists are representatives of state government and advocates from the industries most affected, such as sportfish guiding, oil and gas development and mining.

Milo Adkison is a professor of fisheries at the University of Alaska.

Alaska's largest charitable organization announced awards of $6.6 million Monday for a variety of projects around the state. Among the myriad projects funded, the Rasmuson Foundation directed $330,000 to Hope Community Resources for a project in Sterling. 

Those funds will be used to help complete what Hope is calling "an intentional neighborhood" on 20 acres just outside Sterling.

Crime Stoppers looking for tips in dog shooting

Dec 11, 2017
Ashley Landess


Peninsula Crime Stoppers is asking for help after a pair of pet deaths recently.


Long-time Kenai Peninsula College psychology professor and local Democratic Party activist Marge Hays died Sunday. She was 84.

Word spread quickly online and among friends Sunday night that Hays had passed away.

Tributes and memories came in from around the country. One friend posted early Monday morning from Indiana, praising Hays for her positive, cheerful outlook, and credited her for helping him get hired as counselor, and later launching him on a “second career” in teaching.

Annual dipnet report spotlights city's new app

Dec 8, 2017
Redoubt Reporter


The Kenai City Council heard and discussed the annual dipnet report at its meeting this week.


Next year, Central Peninsula Hospital will begin work on a new $40 million dollar renovation and expansion. New obstetric and cardiac services will be a welcome addition, as has more substance abuse recovery and rehabilitation services.  KDLL’s Shaylon Cochran spoke with the hospital’s CEO, Rick Davis, about those programs on this week’s episode of the Kenai Conversation.


Former mayor lobbying delegation

Dec 7, 2017
John Williams

    Former City of Kenai and Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor John Williams found himself in Washington DC this week on business for the Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Committee. He told KDLL's Jay Barrett that he got to meet with all three members of Alaska's congressional delegation, and was there when Congressman Don Young became the longest currently serving member of the House.

Local jeweler outfits fishermen for fish-cleaning

Dec 7, 2017

Earlier this week we introduced you to the local metalsmith and jeweler who is creating chain mail wardrobe for the Kenai Performers’ upcoming production of “Shrek The Musical.” Robin Lyons takes small c-shaped pieces of wire and intertwines them to create a surface that is designed to be resistant to arrows, sword blows and knife cuts - though for Shrek, very little of that is actually expected.

In the real world though, knife cuts aren’t that uncommon, especially during such common local activities as filleting salmon and halibut. Which gave Lyons an idea.


The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly worked through a relatively light agenda Tuesday night.

Peninsula wage growth keeps pace with state

Dec 6, 2017

Wage growth in the Kenai Peninsula Borough outperformed the state average over the past 10 years. In figures released by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the state average went up 5 percent between 2006 and 2016, but grew 6 percent in the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

The average wage in Alaska was $50,790 in 2006, and rose, in inflation-adjusted dollars, to $53,160 last year, a gain of $2,370.

The average on the Kenai in 2006 was $44,200 and rose $2,708 in the succeeding decade to $46,908 today.

Forum to feature variety of local industries

Dec 5, 2017

From mainstays like oil and gas and fishing to up-and-comers like cannabis and the blue economy (ocean-based industries), the Kenai Peninsula Industry Outlook Forum will feature speakers from just about every sector of the local economy. Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District Executive Director Tim Dillon spoke with KDLL's Shaylon Cochran about what's lined for the event Jan. 10 at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex.

Seeking inside storage to park road sand, salt

Dec 4, 2017


You could easily be forgiven if you haven’t put much thought into how or where local road departments store sand and salt that’s been so useful in recent days.

Metalsmith crafts 'Shrek' prop one link at a time

Dec 4, 2017
Jay Barrett/KDLL

Art can be found pretty much anywhere. Even behind the counter at the convenience store during a break. That’s where KDLL’s Jay Barrett found Robin Lyons working on a prop for the upcoming Kenai Performers presentation of “Shrek: The Musical.” Lyons will also be helping out as a stagehand behind the scenes, and will be on stage portraying a bishop in the cast. “Shrek: The Musical,” a production by the Kenai Performers, is in rehearsals now.

Gilmartin Family

Around Thanksgiving for the past 21 years, a Nikiski couple has ventured about as far away as you can go, at least culturally, to sell Christmas trees.

When Tom and Michele Gilmartin first drove from Nikiski to New York, it was just the two of them.

"Drove here with my wife in a Toyota pickup truck with a half-cap on it. And we slept in the back of that truck for 32 days and sold trees," Tom Gilmartin said. "Our first year I think we made, I don't know, $7,000 to $8,000 that year and we were tickled to do it, OK."


Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, will be over in less than two weeks.

ADF&G back on the hunt for northern pike

Nov 30, 2017
Alaska Department of Fish and Game


Invasive northern pike is again in the cross hairs for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

'Tis the season for Christmas birding

Nov 29, 2017
Jenny Neyman/Redoubt Reporter


Local birders are getting their winter gear ready for another round of Christmas counting.

Modest sockeye run expected for 2018

Nov 28, 2017
Redoubt Reporter



The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has released its forecast for next year’s sockeye salmon return.

Earthquake swarm not indicative of ... anything

Nov 28, 2017
Alaska Earthquake Center

  A spate of earthquakes widely felt in Southcentral Alaska lately has some wondering if that's a good sign or a bad sign, insofar as larger quakes are concerned.

Checking with Natalia Ruppert, a seismologist with the Alaska Earthquake Center in Fairbanks, reveals you can't make assumptions on future quakes based on what we're feeling now.

Soldotna moving ahead with cannabis regs

Nov 27, 2017


It’s taken some time, but the city of Soldotna is moving closer to putting new regulations in place for the cannabis industry.

Borough bed tax vote postponed until March

Nov 22, 2017


An effort to get a proposed borough-wide bed tax on next year’s ballot has been postponed until March.