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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.


  On Saturday when a three-year-old child wandered away from his home near Sterling, several agencies mobilized for the search. But officials also enlisted the help of area residents through its "Rapid Notify" system.

KPC begins fall semester with slightly lower enrollment

Aug 29, 2017


Classes started last week for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. The big kids got their school year started this week at Kenai Peninsula College.

Piano tour gathers community in Soldotna

Aug 28, 2017
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A classical music tour has been making its way through the state. Last week, Miki Sawada made stops on the Peninsula as part of her Gather Hear Alaska project. She’s got a piano, a U-Haul truck, a documentary filmmaker and a couple hours’ worth of music to share. She performed last week at Odie's Deli.






Sportsfishing rarely gets attention at a North Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting, mostly because the council deals with fisheries in federal waters. But offshore, or saltwater, sportsfishing is a growing segment in the Lower 48, and stakeholders in those regions are looking for changes under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to better accommodate their fisheries.

Missing toddler found after 90-minute search

Aug 28, 2017

Searchers looked for an hour and a half on Saturday morning after a three-year-old child went missing from a home on Chas Ross Road in Sterling.

According to an Alaska State Trooper dispatch, four agencies, including Wildlife Troopers, state park rangers and Central Emergency Services, joined good Samaritans in the search, after the preschooler and his dog were reported missing at about 8 Saturday morning.

The Soldotna Public Safety Communications Center also used a "Reverse 9-1-1" phone call system called "Rapid Notify" to alert residents in the area of Chas Ross Road.

Candidate Profile: Dale Bagley

Aug 25, 2017



No one brings more borough government experience to the mayor’s race than Dale Bagley. He’s already served two terms as borough mayor, from 1999 to 2005.

Timed to coincide with the 25th annual Kenai River Classic invitation-only fishing derby, U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) brought his Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard to Soldotna on Wednesday for a hearing on the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.

City of Soldotna moves ahead with cannabis ban

Aug 24, 2017

The two year moratorium banning cannabis business in the city of Soldotna is set to expire at the end of the year. But that doesn’t mean to expect pot shops in the city limits any time soon.

Kenai Peninsula United Way plans dissolution

Aug 24, 2017

The United Way of the Kenai Peninsula is closing its doors. In a letter to the community published Wednesday, the board of directors cited a downturn in charitable giving of 77-percent over the past eight years.

Borough Assemblyman Dale Bagley sits on the Kenai Peninsula United Way Board. He was asked about the dissolution on KDLL's Kenai Conversation.

Study shows state reliance on oil and gas industry

Aug 23, 2017

The Kenai Peninsula, of course, draws largely from the oil and gas industry for a not insignificant chunk of revenue and a good number of jobs.

The 21st annual Soup Supper Fundraiser for the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank is on Saturday, as part of the fifth Harvest Moon Local Food Festival. The first few "empty bowl" soup dinners were rather modest, compared to what the event has grown into, according to executive director Linda Swarner.

Tuesday marked the first day of a new chapter for students across the Kenai Peninsula. It marked the the first day of a final chapter for one of the district’s bus drivers.

District ready for new school year

Aug 22, 2017

Though kids in the Russian Old Believer villages on the Kenai Peninsula began classes last week, school started for most students in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District on Tuesday. KDLL's Jay Barrett spoke with Pegge Erkeneff, district communications liaison, about the upcoming school year.

Last Kenai City founder remembered

Aug 22, 2017
Morgan family

At last week's Kenai City Council meeting, Mayor Brian Gabriel declared Aug. 16 to be Dick Morgan Day in the city, in honor of the long-time Kenai businessman and city father who died Aug. 13.

Morgan came to Kenai in 1952, working at the Wildwood Air Force station before founding Morgan Steel, building the Kenai Golf Course and becoming publisher of the Peninsula Clarion.

Richard Irving Morgan was born in Longmont, Colorado. He was 89. His ashes will join those of his wife, Shirley, and eldest son, Donnie, atop Mount Redoubt.

Rally in Soldotna tries to open dialogue

Aug 17, 2017
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National events over the weekend have sparked a new debate and fanned a lot of emotions about race relations in America.


The Great American Eclipse, as Monday's astronomical event is being billed, will best be viewed from about a dozen states in a path from the Oregon coast, across the Grand Tetons in Wyoming, the Great Plains and then through the Bible Belt, ending off the North Carolina coast.

But all 50 states — yes, even Alaska — will get to see at least a little bit of the eclipse. Though the "Path of Totality," where the moon completely blocks out the sun, is relatively narrow at 71 miles, even on the Kenai, more than 50 percent of the sun's surface will be obscured by the moon.

In Nikiski, there's a little-noticed seafood plant that processes and ships out fresh and fresh-frozen razor clams to all parts of the country. That's because it's currently the only one in operation -anywhere. The plant manager is Rusty Roessler, who's been in charge at Pacific Alaska Shellfish for the past 14 years.

ACS wireless broadband begins testing this fall

Aug 17, 2017
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Alaska Communications System, better known as ACS, will be testing a new wireless broadband internet service for rural areas of the Kenai Peninsula this fall.

Heather Cavanaugh and Stan Masneri presented a brief overview of the plan to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly at its meeting Tuesday night in Soldotna. They stressed the importance of meeting timelines set by the Federal Communications Commission, which is paying for the project through the Connect America Fund.

Welles resigns, borough ballot finalized

Aug 16, 2017
Kenai Peninsula Borough

Though his term was set to expire in October, Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly Member Stan Welles has resigned.

Tsalteshi Trails Association


Racing in Alaska isn’t for the faint of heart.

August 10 marked the second annual Wild Salmon Day across the state. On the central Kenai Peninsula, salmon lovers gathered at Soldotna Creek Park to hear some of the works of local fisher poets Clark Whitney and Steve Schoonmaker.

Violations not keeping Hilcorp from bigger plans

Aug 11, 2017

News of another spill, this one of an oil-based drilling mud on the Steelhead platform in Cook Inlet, coincided with a piece by journalist Sabrina Shankman in Inside Climate News about Texas-based Hilcorp.

Borough seeks input for comprehensive plan update

Aug 10, 2017



The Kenai Peninsula Borough is updating its comprehensive plan. The project began earlier this year and is still in the first phase of acquiring public input.

Hilcorp reports another spill in Cook Inlet

Aug 10, 2017



Hilcorp has reported another spill this week. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation confirmed the spill happened Monday on the Steelhead platform the company operates in the Trading Bay oil field in Cook Inlet.

Local delegation frustrated with legislative struggles

Aug 9, 2017
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It was a frustrating year in Juneau. That was one of the main takeaways from the central peninsula’s delegation to the capitol.

Ticks a growing concern for Alaskans

Aug 9, 2017

It's still largely a Lower 48 problem, but being bitten by a tick can have serious health consequences.

The city of Nikiski isn’t any closer to happening after the subject was briefly taken up by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly last week.