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Nikiski residents eager for LNG answers

Nov 21, 2017



With the Walker administration’s recent announcement that it has a tentative LNG buyer in China, plans for the AK LNG line could be moving forward as soon as the middle of next year.

Kenai River Center



The Kenai Peninsula Borough planning commission dealt with something new at its meeting this week. For the first time, it had to handle a permit denial for building within the borough’s 50 foot habitat protection zone.

A small earthquake on the Kenai Peninsula was felt as far away as Anchorage early this afternoon.

The Alaska Earthquake Center reported a 4.6 magnitude quake centered six miles northeast of Sterling at 12:17 p.m., at a depth of 23 miles. An even smaller, and unfelt 2.2 magnitude aftershock was recorded at 12:21 p.m. in roughly the same spot.

No damage or injuries were reported.

Cook Inlet fish meetings will remain in Anchorage

Nov 15, 2017


It’s been 20 years since the state Board of Fisheries held a meeting on the Kenai Peninsula.

Soldotna planning river access improvments for next year

Nov 15, 2017
City of Soldotna


Each year, the city of Kenai puts together a big report detailing the ups and downs of that year’s dipnet season. Down the road in Soldotna, the crowds don’t get quite so big during the peak rush in mid-July, but the Parks and Recreation Department keeps busy handling all those visiting fishermen nonetheless.

Seward, Kenai make Top 50 nationwide seafood ports

Nov 14, 2017

While Dutch Harbor, Kodiak and Bristol Bay net all the headlines for the volume and value of their yearly commercial seafood harvests, two fishing ports on the Kenai Peninsula do rank in the top 50 nationwide in both categories.

Tutka Bay hatchery releases face setback

Nov 13, 2017


A contentious plan to move most of a hatchery operation to the head of Tutka Bay near Homer was walked back slightly over the weekend.

City of Soldotna approves new sign rules

Nov 13, 2017

The city of Soldotna has been working on updating its sign code since the beginning of the year. That work is nearing completion, with the city council signing off on a new set of rules at its meeting last week.

Senate passes crime reform, challenge promised

Nov 13, 2017

The Alaska legislature is taking some heat after the senate passed new crime reform measures that may not pass constitutional muster.

Shuttered Moose Lodge seeks comeback in New Year

Nov 13, 2017

You may have seen the sign is gone from the former Kenai Moose Lodge on the Spur Highway just west of Forrest Drive. The organization disbanded locally and closed the doors to its family center social club earlier this year. But the charter remains active, according to Norm Dean, West Coast Region manager for Moose International.

“Well, we’re working to secure leaders in the local lodge that will move forward and find a new location and get back to what the Moose does, and that’s support our two big national charitable endeavors,” Dean said.

Anchorage Park Foundation


The city of Soldotna is considering adding some recreation opportunities at Soldotna Creek Park.



With the first snow on the ground and sticking, most farmers and gardeners around the Peninsula are looking ahead to next year.

Nikiski students go to court

Nov 6, 2017
Shaylon Cochran/KDLL




A case of fraud, embezzlement and murder was heard last week at the Kenai court house.

At Tuesday night's (Oct. 31) Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting, a 7th-grader from Kachemak Selo urged the borough to do something about her deteriorating school.

Book signing planned for local author

Nov 2, 2017
Marilyn Wheeless

  If you’re into Alaska-inspired fiction, a book signing Saturday in Kenai might have a story for you.

Local author Marilyn Wheeless will be signing some of her work at the Double O Express at the Kenai Airport, including one of her latest, Dark Blue Deep, imagined in Kodiak.

Tourism exec updates Assembly

Nov 2, 2017
Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council

  On the same night an ordinance to institute a 6 percent bed tax peninsula-wide was introduced, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly heard a report from the executive director of the Kenai Peninsula Tourism Marketing Council on how they and that industry is doing.

"All signs are pointing to the positive," said an enthusiastic Summer Lazenby. "I can't give an exact tourism update at this point because historically it's been sales tax data that is used to define whether or not it's been a good tourism season or not."

The public will now have access to far more detailed records of Kenai City Council work sessions and the joint get-togethers it has with city commissions after passing a resolution recently authorizing the audio recordings of those proceedings.

Jenny Neyman/KDLL

KDLL operated a Halloween halibut fishing pond at Tsalteshi Trails' Spook Night event Sunday. In between reeling in a prize, kids visited with KDLL's Jenny Neyman about costumes, catch strategies and, of course, candy. Thanks to all the trick-or-treaters who braved the microphone and to the parents who interpreted for their shy ghosts and goblins.

Pierce wins KPB mayor race

Oct 31, 2017



After a long, contentious race, the Kenai Peninsula Borough has a new mayor: Charlie Pierce.

Residents of the Kenai Peninsula Borough are waiting for the mailman to help sort out whether Charlie Pierce or Linda Farnsworth-Hutchings will be the new borough mayor.

Any qualified absentee ballots postmarked by last Tuesday (Oct. 24) that arrive at the borough building in the mail today or tomorrow are eligible to be added to the final tally of votes in the runoff election for Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor.

Pierce maintains slim lead in KPB mayor race

Oct 30, 2017


A three-way race for Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor on October 3rd ended in a runoff. But the runoff Tuesday between Charlie Pierce and Linda Farnsworth-Hutchings was so close, that an abnormally high number of absentee ballots would have to determine the outcome.

The Soldotna City Council received its quarterly report from the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce at its meeting last Wednesday night. Executive Director Shannon Davis said traffic through the Soldotna Visitors Center was down this past season.

Soldotna Visitor Center plans scaled back

Oct 30, 2017
Soldotna Chamber of Commerce

As part of her report to the Soldotna City Council Wednesday night, Shannon Davis of the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce announced scaled-back plans for the long-awaited new visitor center.

Borough mayor race continues

Oct 26, 2017


Two days after polls closed in the runoff election for borough mayor, the winner is still not known.

Hilcorp touts Liberty project

Oct 25, 2017
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management


A project manager for Hilcorp was in Soldotna Wednesday drumming up support for the company’s ambitious plans for a new project on the North Slope. Before a joint meeting of the Kenai and Soldotna chambers of commerce, Liberty project manager Mike Dunn says oil workers on the Kenai Peninsula are filling jobs at Hilcorp’s similar wells in the Beaufort Sea.

“There’s probably 10 or 15 guys on that island that live on the Kenai Peninsula,” he said.

Candidates await absentee and questioned ballot count

Oct 25, 2017

The Oct. 3 regular municipal election didn't settle the race for who will be the next Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor, and it appears Tuesday’s runoff will come down to absentee votes before a winner is known. With all 28 precincts reporting, Charlie Pierce held a 226 vote lead over Linda Farnsworth-Hutchings.

Pierce received 3,509 votes to Farnsworth-Hutchings' 3,283.

 The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute recently released its annual report on the economic impact of the seafood industry in Alaska.

Commissioned by the McDowell Group, the ASMI report details where and how 56,800 Alaskan fishermen and processors harvested 5.6 billion pounds of seafood, worth $4.2 billion wholesale. The nationwide economic impact is estimated at over $12 billion.

Long mayoral campaign winds down

Oct 23, 2017

Polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday for the runoff election for Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor.

State test shows room for student improvement

Oct 23, 2017


This past spring, students around Alaska took the state’s new standardized test, the Performance Evaluation of Alaska Schools, or PEAKS.

Navarre tapped for commissioner job

Oct 20, 2017


As his last term as borough mayor has been winding down, Mike Navarre has said he wanted to have a role in Juneau, working on the state’s budget problems.