Elizabeth Earl


News reporter at KDLL

In response to objections from several municipalities in Southcentral and Southeast Alaska, Gov. Mike Dunleavy has formed a working group to come up with recommendations on how to consolidate dispatching services for the Alaska State Troopers.

The Alaska Department of Public Safety announced in mid-May that it would consolidate all the emergency dispatching services from the Kenai Peninsula, Mat-Su valley, and Southeast to a facility in Palmer. The issue has been going on for several years, when the DPS first announced the plan under the Walker administration, though the new center was originally planned for Anchorage.

Kenai Peninsula Borough

Three staff members of the Nikiski Fire Department have tested positive for coronavirus. They and eight others have been quarantined to help control the spread, and all the other staff members in the department have been tested, according to the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

The local public health department is working on contact tracing to determine who else may have been in contact with them and who else may need to quarantine, but so far, no patient transports were exposed, according to the borough.

Elizabeth Earl / KDLL

 The Anchor River and Deep Creek will officially off-limits to sport fishing starting Wednesday. Too few king salmon are coming back to those rivers to allow for it, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

The rivers, which run alongside the Sterling Highway on the way to Homer, are popular sportfishing streams throughout the summer. But for the past few years, the king salmon runs there have been struggling. As of Monday, 164 kings had passed the weir on Deep Creek, compared to 282 last year, and 201 fish had passed the weir on the Anchor River, compared to 938 by the same day last year. Based on past run timing, that means a run of about 2,000 kings for the Anchor in 2020, a little more than half of the lower end of the escapement goal.

  A Nikiski teenager was killed in a four-wheeler accident on Monday night.

Fourteen-year-old Skylar Lyon was out riding a four-wheeler along Halbouty Road in Nikiski around 8 p.m. when he went off the road and hit a tree, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Like most hospitals, the last few months have meant some major changes for the Central Peninsula Hospital, including limiting who can come in and screening everyone for symptoms of COVID-19. They’re also required to test every inpatient and person coming in for surgeries for the disease.

One limiting factor has been how many tests the hospital can process with its current machine and how accurate the results are. The hospital does have a rapid testing machine, but has a limited number of testing kits available and isn’t as accurate as the RNA testing provided at the state lab. Tomorrow night, the borough assembly will consider whether to approve up to $400,000 for the hospital to purchase a new testing machine from Roche Diagnostics, called a cobas 6800.