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Candidate Profile: Leslie Morton

Sep 22, 2017


With Stan Welles stepping down from the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly earlier this year, the District 5 race has two challengers and no incumbent. Leslie Morton is one of the candidates looking to represent residents of Sterling and Funny River.

Kenai flood watch upgraded to warning

Sep 22, 2017
National Weather Service

  The National Weather Service has upgraded its flood watch for the Upper Kenai River to a flood warning, meaning flooding is now expected at the Primrose Campground, in Cooper Landing, and Skilak Lake and Kenai Lake.

The flooding is driven largely by an outburst from a glacier-dammed lake into the Snow River near Seward. Heavy rains will add to the flooding, according to Eric Holloway of the River Forecast Center in Anchorage.

Campers on the city of Kenai’s beaches will have to be more careful about their bonfires in the future.

National Weather Service

    The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for much of the Kenai River drainage due to the release of water from a glacial lake.

The flood watch is in effect Friday morning through Monday morning for Kenai Lake and the Upper Kenai River from Cooper Landing to Skilak Lake. In addition, water levels on the Lower Kenai River, from Skilak Lake to Cook Inlet, are expected to rise to bank-full conditions as well.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for much of the Kenai River drainage due to the release of water from a dammed glacial lake.

The flood watch goes into effect Friday morning through Monday morning for Kenai Lake and the Upper Kenai River from Cooper Landing to Skilak (SKEE-lack) Lake. In addition, water levels on the Lower Kenai River, from Skilak Lake to Cook Inlet, are expected to rise to bank-full conditions as well.


The fuel company Tesoro is now known as Andeavor.

Candidate Profile: Tyson Cox

Sep 19, 2017
City of Soldotna



There may not be much drama in the city council elections in Soldotna this year. But for those who will be in office, or like Tyson Cox, back in office, there will be some big issues to deal with in the next term. Cox is running for council seat B.

Panel to feature women in science

Sep 19, 2017

There’s a lot of focus all over the world to encourage more women to enter science-based careers. Locally, one doesn’t have to look long to find educators, researchers, doctors and many others who have made such that choice.

Harvest Pipeline Co



A subsidiary of Hilcorp has applied for changes to its pipeline system that would allow oil to be piped from the west side of Cook Inlet to Nikiski.

Body found at mouth of river ID'd as missing angler

Sep 18, 2017

The body found washed ashore at the mouth of the Kenai River (last) Tuesday has positively been identified as that of a Colorado man who went missing more than a month earlier in Soldotna.

The State Medical Examiner's Office announced this (Monday) morning that the body was indeed that of Phillip Kurt Keltner. The Keltner family has been notified by the medical examiner's office in Anchorage and his remains have been released to them.

Candidate Profile: Henry Knackstedt

Sep 15, 2017



Much of the election season attention has been focused on borough-wide issues and candidates. But the Kenai city council has a competitive race with three candidates vying for two seats. Henry Knackstedt is looking to return for a second term on the council.

Candidate Profile: Tim Navarre

Sep 15, 2017



You don’t have to be a long time Peninsula resident to recognize the Navarre name during election season. Tim Navarre is looking to return for a third term on the Kenai city council, adding to a long resume of public service.

Soldotna recognizes KSRM for 50-years of service

Sep 15, 2017

  What began as a church station at Solid Rock Ministries, has, over the course of 50 years, become the Kenai Peninsula's dominant commercial radio group, known by its flagship station, KSRM. On Wednesday night, Soldotna Mayor Pete Sprague proclaimed KSRM Appreciation Day in recognition of the station's longevity:

New turn in first response saves lives

Sep 14, 2017

Almost two weeks ago in Anchor Point, a man accidentally shot himself. According to the Alaska State Troopers, he was found in a pool of blood. But he survived, largely because of specialized training the responding troopers recently received from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.

After about an hour of testimony and debate, the Soldotna City Council took its final vote on an ordinance that would permanently ban the sale or cultivation of cannabis inside city limits.

Councilmembers Tim Cashman, Linda Murphy and Paul Whitney voted in favor of the permanent ban, while Councilmembers Lisa Parker, Regina Daniels and Tyson Cox voted against.

"We have three yes votes and three no votes," said City Clerk Shellie Saner.

Body found at mouth of Kenai River

Sep 14, 2017

Late Tuesday afternoon the Alaska State Troopers recovered a body from the mouth of the Kenai River, near the north shore. The body was found at about 4 p.m. Troopers have sent the body to the Alaska Medical Examiner's Office for positive identification.

No other information was officially available, however, in early August, 63-year-old Phillip Kurt Keltner, of Colorado, disappeared when he was swept downriver after the skiff he was in capsized. According to the troopers, he went under and was not seen again.


As campaign season creeps toward the finish line on October 3rd, the issues atop the minds of candidates for borough offices are becoming clear. Mostly, it’s the budget.

Candidate Profile: Keith Baxter

Sep 11, 2017



Political races in Soldotna are pretty much already settled, with only one candidate for each seat up for election. Keith Baxter is looking to return to the council following a failed bid at the state house last fall.

City of Soldotna

As Soldotna continues to gather information regarding expanding its city limits, it has brought on an Outside consultant to help. Megan Picard, with the Athena Group near Denver, says most of the input so far has been from outside the city.

Silver salmon derby to start next week

Sep 8, 2017

Homer has one for winter kings and halibut. Seward’s is one of the oldest in the state. And now, Kenai will have its own silver salmon derby. After a little more work than expected, the Chamber of Commerce is set to start giving out prizes for the four day contest.


Candidate Profile: Charlie Pierce

Sep 8, 2017

Charlie Pierce is no stranger to the goings on of the Kenai Peninsula Borough. He served on the Assembly from 2008 to 2014 and now, after retiring from Enstar last year, he’s looking to serve as Borough Mayor.

New detox center expects to fill up quickly

Sep 7, 2017

Detox beds are not a dime a dozen in Alaska. With just 30 beds statewide dedicated to those looking to get clean from opioids and other drug addictions, emergency rooms are taking the brunt of a growing opioid crisis, but the Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna is responding to the problem with a new six-bed detox facility. 

For a second time, candidates for borough mayor got together to take questions and share their vision for the future of the Peninsula on Wednesday. The Kenai and Soldotna Chambers of Commerce hosted Charlie Pierce, Linda Hutchings and Dale Bagley in Kenai.


Dave Eggers

  The Soldotna Public Library is starting a new series of community discussion about climate change, starting in September. Library clerk Reilly Selmser kicked off "Pushing the Limits" with an informational meeting recently.

Soldotna Community Schools

  If you're the type who just ignores inserts in your daily newspaper, go back and see if you can dig this one out: the Soldotna Community Schools Fall 2017 Course Brochure. It's 24 pages of courses being offered that range from Dutch oven cooking to storytelling to stand up paddle board yoga. KDLL's Jay Barrett spoke with Joel Todd, the assistant director of the Soldotna Parks and Recreation Department, who coordinates the community schools program.



  Waterfowl hunting season kicked off Friday morning on the Kenai Peninsula and in several other areas of the state. Jason Schamber, the statewide waterfowl program coordinator for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Anchorage.

Small quake shakes Central Peninsula on Labor Day

Sep 6, 2017

A small earthquake centered in Nikiski was felt in several areas of the Central Kenai Peninsula at 1:05 Monday afternoon. According to the Alaska Earthquake Center, the magnitude 4.1 shaker occurred 34 miles below Puppy Dog Lake, about seven miles north of Kenai. No damage was reported.

New owner, same local feel

Sep 1, 2017

About a month ago, a popular little cafe in Soldotna got a new owner. Totally Radish is now Lucy’s Market some new faces behind the counter and some fresh paint are the biggest changes.

Rockin' teachers set to play the Kenai

Aug 31, 2017
No Small Children


It’s not often a musical act makes its way to Triumvirate Theatre one night and Alice’s Champagne Palace in Homer the next. But that’s the schedule this weekend for No Small Children, a rock trio with a slightly different backstory, and slightly different day jobs.

Candidate Profile: Linda Farnsworth Hutchings

Aug 30, 2017

Linda Hutchings has spent most of her life watching the Kenai Peninsula grow up. Now, she’s trying to take a bigger role in how that growth is managed by running for borough mayor.