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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.

One of four anglers thrown from their boat on the Kenai River late Friday night is missing and presumed lost. According to an Alaska State Trooper dispatch online, at about 9 p.m. on Friday, a boat with four people went out of control near Centennial Campground in Soldotna, downstream from the David Douthit Veterans Memorial Bridge.

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.

Retail cannabis has been available on the Kenai since late last year. How's business? Is everyone playing by the rules? What challenges have growers and sellers faced? What's a dab? 

On this week's Kenai Conversation, cannabis entrepreneurs Patricia Patterson (High Bush Buds), Dollynda Phelps (Peace Frog Botanicals) and Leif Abel (Greatland Ganja) talk about their burgeoning industry, how it's contributing to the local economy and its prospects for the future.

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.

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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
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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.

This month, Bill storms against the shaker pint, previews the Kenai Peninsula Beer Festival, interviews HooDoo Brewing in Fairbanks — which will be represented at the festival — and offers a primer of the porter. Cheers!

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
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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.

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