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Local cannabis industry flying high, challenges remain

Aug 4, 2017

The Kenai Peninsula’s cannabis industry seems to be swinging into high gear, though some challenges remain for local marijuana business owners.

Borough introduces CAP funding resolution

Aug 4, 2017

Less than a week after the Alaska State Legislature finally passed a capital budget during a special session, the Kenai Peninsula Borough introduced a resolution divvying up the Community Assistance Program money it will receive, and moved it on to its Finance Committee.

Soldotna sign rules finding some direction

Aug 3, 2017

The picture of a future, revamped, reformed sign ordinance in Soldotna is beginning to come into focus.

Borough bed tax debate continues

Aug 3, 2017

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly met Tuesday night. It approved a new contract with Central Peninsula Hospital that will cover the next decade. The Assembly also heard another round of testimony about a proposed borough-wide bed tax.

Ninilchik fisherman lost in Bristol Bay

Aug 3, 2017

The fisherman reported missing overboard from a fishing boat in Bristol Bay a week ago has been identified as being from the Kenai Peninsula. According to a dispatch from the Alaska State Troopers, 57-year-old Frederic Bock of Ninilchik is believed to have fallen overboard from the fishing vessel Lady Colleen, near Pilot Point on July 26th.

After searching all the next day, Coast Guard helicopters from Air Station Kodiak suspended its efforts early Friday morning.

Bock was wearing rain gear and Xtra Tuffs, but no life preserver.

ADEC - S. Russell / ADEC

About every 25 or so years, statistically, mud rushing down the side of Mount Redoubt as the result of volcanic eruption threatens the Drift River oil storage facility and terminal on the west side of Cook Inlet. If all goes as planned, a new project by Harvest Alaska, a subsidiary of Hilcorp, will mitigate those dangers and simplify the pipeline infrastructure in and around the inlet.

Richard Novacaski, Alaska Operations Manager for Harvest Alaska, outlined the Cross-Inlet Pipeline Extension for members of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce at its weekly luncheon Wednesday at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center.

Organizers aim for 'zero waste' at Salmonfest

Aug 1, 2017
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Salmonfest this weekend in Ninilchik promises to be the largest ever, with a fourth stage and 70-plus acts entertaining a crowd that could grow to more than 6,000 revelers. 

Nikiski residents renew effort to incorporate

Jul 31, 2017
Nikiski Community Council

 


A new measure that would inch Nikiski toward incorporation will get some attention at this week's Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting.

Fishing slows as dipnet season winds down

Jul 31, 2017

Dipnet fishing at the mouth of the Kenai River ends Monday, but it will continue through Aug. 7 on the Kasilof River.

Like a farmers' market online

Jul 31, 2017

The ever-increasing demand for fresh and organic food has fueled an explosion of community-supported agriculture around the nation.

Commercial fisheries open again as sockeye run continues

Jul 31, 2017
Redoubt Reporter

 

Commercial fishing resumed in Upper Cook Inlet this weekend.

Lower Peninsula pink salmon return coming, but slowly

Jul 28, 2017
Redoubt Reporter

 

Fishermen wondering about this year’s pink return in Lower Cook Inlet will have to wait another week to get their answer, but so far, the signs are good.

Running for office, 101

Jul 28, 2017
Redoubt Reporter

 

Election season, whether you’re ready or not, is coming up soon. This year, the League of Women Voters and the Kenai Peninsula Borough Clerk’s Office are teaming up to provide some basics on how to become a candidate for local office.

Jewel headlining Salmonfest

Jul 27, 2017
Salmonfest Alaska

The annual Salmonfest in Ninilchik, just over a week away, promises to be the biggest ever, with a fourth stage added to entertain concert-goers during the three-days of "Fish, Love and Music." Now, for the first time, one of Homer's most nationally successful musicians will be performing.

It's been a little over 20 years since Homer's Jewel Kilcher burst on the national music scene, and though she's toured worldwide, her performances in Alaska have been few and far between. But according to Salmonfest President and Producer Jim Stearns, that will change this year.

Walker, delegation urge feds on Cooper Landing bypass

Jul 25, 2017
Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities

 

Alaska’s congressional delegation and Gov. Bill Walker have all signed off on a letter asking the Interior Department to settle the question of what route the proposed Cooper Landing highway bypass will take.


The sockeye run continues its slow burn into the Kenai River.

Slow fishing, quick clean up

Jul 24, 2017


There can be a fair amount of things to grumble about for locals during the dipnetting season on the Kenai.

Dipnet app proving poplular in first season

Jul 20, 2017
City of Kenai

 

 

 


 

It’s just about the midway point for the annual personal-use fishery on the Kenai River. So far, fishing has been a bit on the slow side.

Assembly member charged with DUI

Jul 19, 2017
Photo courtesy Kenai Peninsula Borough

Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Member Jill Schaefer was arrested this week. 

Sluggish sockeye return slows down commercial fleet

Jul 18, 2017

Commercial fishing for the drift and set-net fleets was generous last week, but things look to be slowing down a bit.

Uber lands on central Kenai Peninsula

Jul 17, 2017

 


 

Peer-to-peer services aren’t all that new on the central Peninsula. Air BnB has been around for years. And buying and ordering personal services via the internet is only growing. Case in point, you can get an Uber now.

Camper totaled in South Beach fire

Jul 14, 2017

Firefighters in Kenai responded to a fire on the Kenai River south beach Thursday night.

 

“It was a fully involved fire," said Kenai Fire Chief Jeff Tucker.

 

"It turned out to be a Westfalia Volkswagen camper van. We responded down on the beach, we used one of our brush trucks, which are pickup trucks with 200-gallon water tanks with a pump. Our fire engines aren’t able to drive on the beach. We put the fire out. There were no injuries and at this time there’s no determination for what caused the fire.”

Soldotna council votes down proposed ballot question

Jul 13, 2017

Voters in Soldotna will not have to consider a ballot question changing the city’s charter, which was just updated last year.

City still working through sign code rewrite

Jul 12, 2017

The city of Soldotna is working on updating its sign code. It has been since the beginning of the year, and there’s still a lot to flesh out before anything resembling an ordinance goes to the city council. I caught up with city planner John Czarnezki to see where things stand now, and what’s coming up.

Soldotna council discusses fall ballot question

Jul 12, 2017

The Soldotna city council will vote on putting a question to voters on the fall ballot about the role of the mayor at its meeting Wednesday night.

 

Last year, Soldotna became a home rule city. But some language in the new charter didn’t line up with city code regarding what role the mayor plays in administering local government. Mayor Pete Sprague says he wants that role to remain unchanged, and to have it not only codified in the city’s books, but also in the city’s charter, which has to be done at the ballot.

Soldotna Holds First Community Paddling Event at Arc Lake

Jul 11, 2017
Shaylon Cochran/KDLL

 

  

 

 

Saturday maybe wasn’t the perfect day for a paddle around Arc Lake, but it was pretty close. The city of Soldotna hosted a community paddling event, designed to share some safety tips and give folks a chance to try out some new boats and activities, like paddle board yoga, which I did not get to try. That class filled up quickly, but there was a fashion show of sorts.

Makai-Lynn Smith is an intern at the parks department in Soldotna. She helped organize the event.

Kenaitze Tribe director steps down

Jul 10, 2017

After 10 years as executive director of the Kenaitze Indian Tribe, Jaylene Peterson-Nyren has resigned, effective June 16. A statement issued by the tribe says current Operations Director Dee Dee Fowler will lead the Tribal Council in its search for a new ED. During her time with the tribe, Peterson-Nyren oversaw the opening of the Dena’ina Wellness Center, the Tyotkas Elder Center and the new Henu’ Community Wellness Court, which began taking cases earlier this year.

 

Charges against Kenai City Council member dropped

Jul 10, 2017

Domestic assault charges filed against Kenai City Councilman Tim Navarre have been dropped. Navarre was charged with fourth-degree domestic violence assault last month after a witness alleged he threw a young child from the back of his car, landing several feet away. Navarre denied the charges and his attorney cited a state statute that justifies the use of force in special relationships, such as that between a parent or guardian and an under-aged child. Navarre told police at the time the 6-year-old who was in his care was set outside the vehicle after misbehaving.

Rotary forum looks at area's economic future

Jul 7, 2017

Technology has a knack for accelerating the pace of economic change. But in rural areas, that change isn’t always welcomed with open arms.

 

Dr. Don Albrecht runs the Western Rural Development Center at Utah State University and he’s also the author of “Rethinking Rural: Global Community and Economic Development in the Small Town West.” He’s spent a lot of time studying how rural communities change and why.

 

Stories, laughter shared at Koch memorial

Jun 30, 2017
Shaylon Cochran/KDLL

 

 


There were far more tears from laughter than sorrow at a memorial for former Kenai City Manager Rick Koch on Thursday night.

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