Local senior centers are starting to open back up after over a year without in-person meals and activities. And they’re seeing a lot of new faces.
“One thing that COVID did bring out is that there are people in our community that need help," said Kathy Romain, director of the Kenai Senior Center. “There are people in our community we didn't reach. And COVID brought a lot of those folks out.”
The Kenai River is the most popular river for sport fishing in Alaska.
It’s a great thing for the hundreds of thousands of anglers who flock to the peninsula each year, and the companies that benefit from their business. But increased development along the river can also threaten salmon habitat.
Lydia Jacoby is about to become the second Alaskan to compete in the summer Olympics.
The 17-year-old Seward swimmer placed second in the 100 meter breaststroke yesterday at the Olympic Trials in Omaha, N.E. She broke the national age-group record and her personal record, two days in a row.
Four sites on the Kenai Peninsula will be home to electric vehicle chargers as part of the railbelt-wide electric vehicle charging corridor, set to be finished next summer.
Northern Outdoors in Soldotna, AJ’s in Homer, Grizzly Ridge Lodge in Cooper Landing and the Seward Chamber of Commerce were all awarded grants from the Alaska Energy Authority to install fast chargers on their properties. That grant money, distributed at about $110,000 a piece, comes from a 2017 settlement with Volkswagen over a diesel emissions scandal.
Fire crews are containing a lightning-caused wildfire that started a half mile from Swan Lake outside Sterling this weekend.
The Division of Forestry said it intends to fully suppress the fire and is attacking it with water drops and fire retardant. As of Monday afternoon, it had built 15 percent of a containment line around the fire’s perimeter.
The Ninilchik River is quiet Wednesday evening. But, listen closely and you’ll hear it — little anglers seeking fish as big as they are.
Cambria and Jonas Nations, of Nikiski, are casting where the ocean meets the river. It’s Youth-Only Fishery Day on the Ninilchik, and they’re looking for kings. At least, they will when they can settle whose line was caught in whose first.
Masks are no longer required for students and staff in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. Incoming Superintendent Clayton Holland announced the change this week — ending a mandatory mask policy that drew ire from members of the borough administration but that the district said helped keep COVID-19 out of schools.
Two companies successfully bid on nearly 21,000 acres of oil and gas tracts in Cook Inlet this week.
HEX Group and Strong Energy Resources both purchased leases in the state’s spring sale, for a combined total of $450,000. This is the first time a company other than Hilcorp Alaska has won leases in a state sale since 2015.
A Seward City Council member sent out an apology after making an antisemitic comment at a meeting this week.
During a Monday work session, Sharyl Seese used the phrase “Jew them down” to refer to negotiating the price of a building. Council members nervously laughed at the comment and Seward Mayor Christy Terry adjourned the meeting early.
If you've even thought about buying or selling property this spring, you know that it's a seller's market. Properties are selling well above asking price and, in some cases, buyers are even paying in cash.
Real estate agent Marti Pepper is on the Kenai Conversation today to talk about how things are going here and to share her advice on navigating today's market.
What would you do if you suddenly came into $1 million?
It’s a question Seward’s asked itself after getting a hefty donation from Norweigan Cruise Lines Holdings to make up for some of its economic losses related to the pandemic. The city’s among six cruise-dependent communities in Alaska that got a donation, though it’s the only one outside of Southeast on the list.
A Massachusetts company is sending genetically modified salmon to dinner tables in the U.S. for the first time. AquaBounty Technologies said it’s shipping five tons of bioengineered salmon to distributors this month.
It’s marketed as a sustainable alternative to other kinds of salmon. But AquaBounty’s fish hasn’t received the warmest reception in Alaska, where it’s often called “Frankenfish.”
Fishermen will still drift net Upper Cook Inlet’s federal waters this summer. But it may be their last season there, after the body that manages the fishery moved to close it to commercial fishing late last year.
First, the amended plan has to be approved by the feds. NOAA Fisheries is now asking for public comment on the proposal through July.