City of Kenai

Kenai City parks to begin closing at midnight

Jul 11, 2019

The treatment of the homeless by the City of Kenai again got an airing at the July 3 city council meeting. Parks will now close overnight in an effort to control their movements. 
    At the Kenai City Council meeting, City Manager Paul Ostrander walked back his stance from the council's prior meeting that the homeless were the problem and tried to refocus the issue on overnight park safety.

Kenai Conversation: Paul Ostrander, Kenai City Manager

Jul 11, 2019

The Kenai River's annual dipnet fishery started on Wednesday. On this week's Kenai Conversation, we talk with Kenai city manager Paul Ostrander about the city's role in seeing that things go smoothly for those three weeks and what the city is doing to try and capture a few more of those tourism dollars that can be just as difficult to catch as a net full of reds.

Twin Cities begin animal shelter partnership

Jul 3, 2019

The Soldotna City Council has approved a one-year contract with the City of Kenai’s animal shelter. Dog-catching and other animal control duties will stay with Soldotna, but animals will be held in Kenai.

Kenai council to consider three ballot questions

Jul 1, 2019


Voters in the city of Kenai could have a few questions to settle on the fall ballot. Three questions dealing with local elections are up for discussion and possible inclusion on the ballot at this week’s city council meeting.


The city of Kenai administration has started cracking down on the city’s homeless and transient population, though at least one city official is concerned enough about the actions that he has urged caution.

"You know, in my mind, some of their rights are violated." - Vice Mayor Tim Navarre

City Manager Paul Ostrander reported to the council that he and the police chief removed tons of stolen items left by homeless people in various wooded areas of the city.

Twin Cities to share animal shelter services

Jun 20, 2019
City of Kenai


The cities of Kenai and Soldotna may soon begin sharing animal shelter services. The Soldotna city council will vote on an ordinance next week that would close the shelter in town and move found animals to Kenai.

Bacteria again found on Kenai beach

Jun 10, 2019

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has issued a warning about elevated bacteria levels on Kenai's North Beach at the mouth of the river. 

Samples taken last Tuesday showed elevated levels of enterococci (enter-oh-cockeye) bacteria and fecal coliform, exposure to which can cause stomach aches, diarrhea and ear, eye and skin infections.

The samples taken at Kenai North Beach contained 139 units per 100 milliliters of enterococci bacteria, almost four times higher than what is considered safe for direct contact, officials.

Cannabis use to stay private under Kenai proposal

Jun 5, 2019


The Kenai city council recently voted to not allow on site consumption of cannabis inside city limits. Now, it may take the formal step of banning it entirely.

  The Kenai City Council on Wednesday night passed a $16-point-5 million General Fund budget, which covers the basic operation of the city. Another $14 million is appropriated from the city’s various other funds, such as the airport, senior center and capital project funds for their respective operations.

Kenai to consider onsite cannabis consumption

Apr 30, 2019


The Kenai City Council will consider whether to amend its cannabis laws this week. There’s an ordinance on the agenda that would allow for onsite consumption of cannabis products in licensed businesses.

Kenai city budget will be conservative, Ostrander says

Apr 25, 2019


The city of Kenai will release its draft budget for the next fiscal year in a couple weeks. City manager Paul Ostrander spoke with KDLL about putting together a new budget amid all the uncertainty with the state budget. Last year’s general fund appropriations totaled a little more than $16 million with all expenditures coming in at just over $28 million and Ostrander expects a modest increase in the 2020 budget of less than one percent.


Kenai Conversation: Paul Ostrander, Kenai City Manager

Apr 24, 2019

The city of Kenai will release its draft budget for the next fiscal year in a couple weeks. City manager Paul Ostrander spoke with KDLL’s Shaylon Cochran about putting together a new budget amid all the uncertainty with the state budget. Last year’s general fund appropriations totaled a little more than $16 million with all expenditures coming in at just over $28 million and Ostrander expects a modest increase in the 2020 budget of less than one percent.

Expensive new police radios funded by state grant

Apr 22, 2019

About half of Kenai’s first responders will be getting new radio equipment after a series of actions by the city council. At Wednesday night’s Kenai City Council meeting the purchase was approved.

City Councilman Henry Knackstedt asked City Manager Paul Ostrander about the sole-sourcing of the purchase, which is allowed in city code under certain circumstance.

Kenai seeks input for budget priorities

Mar 8, 2019


Just as lawmakers in Juneau are trying to prioritize spending, local governments are also looking for input on how to operate with less revenue. The city of Kenai is holding a meeting Tuesday night to get that input from the community.

City of Kenai preparing for state budget cuts

Mar 6, 2019


Kenai Mayor Brian Gabriel and City Manager Paul Ostrander teamed up for what was billed as a state of the city presentation at a meeting of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce Wednesday.



Kenai planning commission ok's boarding house permit

Mar 1, 2019


The Kenai Planning and Zoning Commission spent nearly three hours hearing testimony about a conditional use permit application at its meeting this week. A residence being used as a boarding house for the past several years needed a permit to stay in operation.



New online sales taxes cause confusion for municipalities

Feb 11, 2019
City of Kenai


Municipalities are still trying to figure out the best way to handle new sales tax collection from online retailers. Amazon, most notably, filed with the borough this month to begin collecting and paying sales tax. But that has left a lot of questions, since the zip codes between borough and city residents can overlap.

Econ 919: How bike paths improve life

Jan 25, 2019

    This week: if you doubt “livability” has become a prime factor for companies and professionals seeking a new home, just look at the ways cities all over the nation — and Canada — used to woo Amazon’s so-called “Headquarters 2.” Livability with recreation of a high caliber was front and center of pitches to the World’s Biggest Company.

Amazon could probably put their HQ2 wherever they want, but if Apple or Facebook are in better spots, they will win over more of the limited supply of highly qualified computer geniuses.

  The City of Kenai and BIK&S, Biking in Kenai & Soldotna, are seeking your assistance in securing a grant to help fill in the pedestrian pathway gap on Bridge Access Road in Kenai. City Planner Elizabeth Appleby and BIK&S' Kaitlin Vadla discuss the project with KDLL's Jay Barrett on this week's Kenai Conversation.

City of Kenai


The Kenai city council approved another small step forward for the city’s long awaited bluff stabilization project at its meeting Wednesday. The council approved spending $1 million in support of the pre-construction engineering and design phase of the project.

City seeks accelerated funding for bluff erosion project

Dec 21, 2018
Redoubt Reporter


There could be some major developments for the long-planned bluff erosion project in Kenai in 2019.

Bike trail in the works for Beaver Loop

Dec 21, 2018
Google Streetview


A dedicated multi-use path is in the very early works for Beaver Loop road in Kenai. The local biking group that recently got the cities of Kenai and Soldotna some recognition for being bike-friendly, is now working on a grant through the state Department of Transportation and Public Facilities.

Borough cities request new voice on gas project board

Dec 18, 2018
Alaska Gasline Development Corporation


It’s been two years since the Municipal Advisory Gas Project Review Board met. The group was formed in 2014 by former Governor Sean Parnell to give cities along the planned 800-mile route of the AK LNG line a voice in how the project is developed. And now, with a new administration in Juneau and a busy 2019 planned for the gas project, the group could be getting back together, and potentially with a new member.

Kenai, Soldotna recognized with bronze bike award

Dec 6, 2018
Jenny Neyman/Redoubt Reporter


The central peninsula’s reputation for biking is beginning to garner some national recognition. The cities of Kenai and Soldotna were recognized with bronze-level award from the League of American Bicyclists in its Bicycle Friendly America Program.

Municipal Election Day

Oct 2, 2018
Kenai Peninsula Borough

It's municipal election day in the Central Kenai Peninsula, and there are plenty of choices on the ballot.

Or not as many, depending on where you live.

For example, both Kenai Peninsula Borough Assemblymen Brent Hibbert and Kenn Carpenter, representing Districts 1 and 6 respectively, are running for reelection unopposed.

Willy Dunne is the only one of the three assemblymen with a challenger -- the Homer assemblyman faces Troy Jones in District 9.

Kenai city council ok's new gravel pit rules

Sep 21, 2018
Shaylon Cochran/KDLL

The Kenai city council approved new rules for gravel and other surface material extraction at its meeting this week.

ECON 919: Funding local conservation efforts

Sep 21, 2018

It’s been nearly 30 years since the oil tanker Exxon Valdez ran aground in Prince William Sound, and mitigation projects that sprang up as a result of the spill are still going on around the state and here on the peninsula. 

Municipal ballots finalized for October elections

Sep 4, 2018
Wiki Commons

Ballots for this fall’s municipal elections have been finalized, and most of the heated campaigning will be left for elections further up the political food chain.

Kenai gets new beach tools

Aug 3, 2018
City of Kenai


The Kenai city council adopted a resolution at its meeting this week that helps pay for one of the city’s newest tools, beach magnets.



Pedestrian struck and killed on Spur Highway

Aug 1, 2018

A Kenai man was killed while crossing the Kenai Spur Highway Tuesday night. The Kenai Police Department reports that 36-year-old Monte Necessary was struck and killed by a westbound sedan.

The driver of the sedan was 75-year-old Roger Seibert, also of Kenai. He was not reported to be injured.

The incident took place on the Kenai Spur Highway near its intersection with North Spruce Street. Next of Kin has been notified and the investigation is ongoing.