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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.

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Join Bill for a taste of the Kenai Peninsula Beer Festival, a look at the Oktoberfest style and thoughts on what makes a good beer festival. 

Breweries/wineries mentioned in this podcast:
Jed Wade, Bearpaw River Brewing Co.

Gene Diamond, Specialty Imports of Alaska

June Gerteisen, Arkos Brewery

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.

Kenai Conversation: Dale Bagely

Aug 23, 2017
Kenai Peninsula Borough

We kick off election season coverage this week on the Kenai Conversation. 

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.

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It’s harvest time on the central Kenai Peninsula. But what to do with all that garden goodness? On today’s show, we’ll turn flowers into food, follow food from the high tunnel to the soup pot at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, and we’ll grill local chef Willow King for a quick-and-easy preparation for fresh, local produce.

UAF Cooperative Extension Service fireweed recipes

Kenai Peninsula Food Bank

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.

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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.

Kenai Conversation: 36 years in Alaska's canneries

Aug 16, 2017

On this week's Kenai Conversation, host Jay Barrett speaks with long-time Alaska cannery boss Rusty Roessler, who spent 14 years as the manager of Pacific Alaska Shellfish in Nikiski. Today (Aug. 16) is Roessler's last day, and he's retiring after 36 years managing seafood processing plants around Alaska. This is an extended version of the conversation that aired.

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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.

First 'unrestricted' king season in years

Aug 8, 2017

The Kenai River king salmon season closed at the end of July, and by all accounts, both the early and late runs were successful for both anglers and escapement.

Lawton acres to remain unsold

Aug 7, 2017
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A piece of property along the Kenai Spur Highway has been the cause of a lot of angst for Kenai residents since an offer was made to begin developing the lot last year. Some are feeling some relief following a council decision about the property last week.

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