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Kenai River Brown Bear hockey returns to Soldotna Friday night.

HEA slowly expanding use of renewables

Oct 18, 2017


Renewable sources of energy continue to make more energy for Homer Electric Association.


The school district is getting a jump on budgeting for next year, and it’s starting out on a low note.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is bracing for the loss of about 100 students from its projected enrollment this year. That will mean more than empty seats on the bus or fewer sandwiches in the lunch line. Since most state funding is allocated per student, that means less money than the district expected for next year’s budget.

Mayoral race heats up in final week before runoff

Oct 17, 2017


The campaign for Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor has been especially thorny this year.


Though this school year is only a couple of months old, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is getting a jump on planning next year’s budget, and wants the community to help.

The district is holding community budget meetings at 22 schools at 5:30 p.m. tonight. Superintendent Sean Dusek will give an overview of the budget via teleconference, then each site will go into more detail about that school’s budget.

As the Alaska Board of Fisheries begins its work session in Anchorage today, it will consider requests from the Kenai Peninsula Borough and cities of Kenai and Soldotna to meet on the Kenai Peninsula in the future.

The board considers Upper Cook Inlet management issues every three years. It’s going on 20 years since the board held a full meeting on the central peninsula, despite being home to some of the largest salmon-producing rivers and associated fisheries in the region.

Sterling Highway construction to last 3-6 more weeks

Oct 16, 2017

Travelers between Sterling and Cooper Landing can look forward to construction work continuing as long as the weather holds out.

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Sterling Elementary School was in lockdown mode Friday afternoon after video footage showed a male intruder pulling a fire alarm and hiding in a restroom.  

No one was hurt in the incident and the man was arrested by Alaska State Troopers.

Two people died in a car crash Saturday morning that also closed the Seward Highway near Hope for nearly four hours.

Mt. View students learn different ways on Disability Day

Oct 13, 2017
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Students at Mt. View Elementary in Kenai learned a little about empathy and acceptance Friday.

The two Kenai Peninsula Borough mayoral candidates who will face off in an Oct. 24th runoff were on KDLL's Kenai Conversation this week, answering a wide range of questions. One was about their attitudes toward the Pebble Mine, proposed for the Lake Iliamna area just across Cook Inlet, and if they thought it might offer economic opportunities for the Kenai Peninsula, potentially as a staging area.

Candidate Charlie Pierce said he had once toured the area.

Soldotna City Manager resigns

Oct 12, 2017

It was a night of goodbyes at Wednesday’s Soldotna city council meeting.

With just 885 votes separating Kenai Peninsula Borough mayoral candidates Charlie Pierce and Linda Farnsworth-Hutchings, the pair face each other in a runoff election on October 24th. Pierce and Farnsworth-Hutchings appeared together on this week's (Oct. 11) KDLL Kenai Conversation.


Refuge looking into Ski Hill Road trail

Oct 12, 2017


One of the central peninsula’s popular hiking spots is gwtting a little sibling, of sorts.

The two remaining candidates in the Kenai Peninsula Borough mayoral election, Linda Farnsworth-Hutchings and Charlie Pierce, managed to raise just about the same amount of money in their campaigns in the run up to last week's municipal election.

Kenai city council bans pallet-fueled beach fires

Oct 9, 2017

The Kenai city council adopted some new rules for bonfires on the city’s beaches at its meeting last week.

Kenai Peninsula Wranglers 4-H team headed for nationals

Oct 6, 2017




A local 4-H team has distinguished itself as the best in the state and will now go up against the best in the country.

Hutchings ready for round two of mayoral campaign

Oct 5, 2017

A second round of borough mayoral campaigning is heating up.

Local delegation holds town hall

Oct 5, 2017

Central Peninsula state legislators held a town hall meeting in Soldotna Wednesday night. Representatives Mike Chenault and Gary Knopp and Senator Peter Micciche took questions and talked about what they expect out of an upcoming special session.

Out-going Mayor reflects on run-off elections

Oct 5, 2017
Kenai Peninsula Borough

The Kenai Peninsula Borough mayoral race will be going to a runoff later this month, with none of the three candidates scoring 50-percent or more of the vote.

Police officer named in Seward shooting

Oct 4, 2017

Authorities have released the name of the Seward police officer involved in a deadly shooting over the weekend. Officer Matthew “Eddie” Armstrong shot 41-year-old Micah McComas of Chugiak shortly before two o’clock Sunday morning following a traffic stop in the Safeway parking lot in Seward.  

School district ready to draft next year's budget

Oct 4, 2017

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is getting ready to prepare its annual budget.

Mark your calendars for October 24th. That’s the date of the run off election for Borough mayor. Linda Farnsworth-Hutchings and Charlie Pierce were the top two vote getters in unofficial results Tuesday night.

“I’m very, very pleased that I’m holding a majority of the votes on the Peninsula. I would say that Team Charlie is ready for the race. We’re going to run to the finish line," Pierce said.

Absentee, early voting up in Borough elections

Oct 3, 2017

Voter turnout across the Kenai Peninsula tends to be relatively low, typically running between 20 and 30 percent. In the last regular borough elections in 2014, roughly 11,000 of 42,000 registered voters made it to the polls; about 26 percent. This year, that overall number may be up a little. Borough clerk Johni Blankenship says absentee and early ballots are way up over previous years.

It's municipal election day on the Kenai Peninsula, indeed in most of Alaska. Borough residents, depending on where they live, face a variety of choices on the ballot, however, everyone in the borough will be voting on who will be our new mayor. Three candidates are running: Dale Bagley, Linda Farnsworth Hutchings, and Charlie Pierce are all hoping for 50-percent-plus-one vote to avoid a costly run-off election between the top two vote-getters.

David Ramseur

    A long-time Alaskan political aide has a new book from the University of Alaska Press about how relations between the Russian Far East and Alaska thawed in the mid-80s and have thrived for 30 years. David Ramseur worked for governors Steve Cowper and Tony Knowles, and Senator Mark Begich, and was a first-hand witness to the melting of the "ice curtain," which is also the title of his book. He spoke with KDLL's Jay Barrett.

During KDLL's Membership Drive on Thursday, long-time Kenai Mayor John Williams was Jay Barrett's guest, discussing the politics and economy of the Kenai Peninsula and how they've changed in his nearly 50 years in public life. Near the end of the show, Jay asked him about the future of the area.

Prop 1 Part 2: Challenging the cannabis industry

Sep 28, 2017

On Tuesday, borough voters will decide whether to keep or close the cannabis industry outside the cities.

Prop 1 Part 1: Meet your local cannabis grower

Sep 28, 2017

Three years ago, voters across the state of Alaska chose to drastically change the way we deal with marijuana.


Candidate Profile: Dr. Nels Anderson

Sep 25, 2017

Dr. Nels Anderson doesn’t have much to contend with in his bid for Soldotna mayor. He is the only candidate running. But there will be much for him to oversee over the next three years if elected.