City of Soldotna

City of Soldotna

As the city of Soldotna nears the end of its annexation process, the council listened to public testimony Saturday at Soldotna High School on its proposal to add roughly 3.8 square miles to city limits.

Nearly 100 people attended the meeting and about three dozen testified. The most common comment was the sense of unfairness that people in the proposed areas do not get a chance to vote on the matter.

Brian Olson lives outside the proposed annexation areas but has been a vocal opponent from the start.

“It appalls me that in this day and age the Soldotna Council, who do not represent folks living outside the city limits, can annex land without the explicit consent of the residents and businesses,” Olson said. “Borough residents have zero representation on the city council but will have their property rights and lines forever changed.”

Econ 919 - Soldotna aims to increase city size

Sep 6, 2019

On this week's Econ 919, we visit with Soldotna City Manager Stephanie Queen about the city's proposal to expand its boundaries by about 3.8 square miles through annexation.

Correction: The annexation public hearing is being held at 2 p.m. Sept. 7 at the Soldotna High School auditorium.

Information on Soldotna's annexation petition can be found on the city's website.

Soldotna Council hears plea for homeless shelter

Aug 14, 2019

As Alaska’s economy continues to sputter, and with social programs being slashed at both the state and federal levels, addressing some issues has become more local than ever. One of those is homelessness.
That came to the Soldotna City Council unexpectedly last Thursday night.

This is hard. I need help. I've been asking for help. I sleep outside and it's dangerous.

Candidate Profile: Pamela Parker, Soldotna city council

Aug 13, 2019


The field of candidates for local elections this fall is nearly settled. The filing deadline is later this week. In Soldotna, two council seats will be open. Lisa Parker is running for reelection to seat E. Pamela Parker is running for seat D, currently held by Tim Cashman. Former Soldotna and Borough mayor Dave Carey has also filed to run for seat D.

Progress Days salute Soldotna's recent history

Jul 29, 2019
Shaylon Cochran/KDLL

Soldotna’s 62nd annual Progress Days celebration took place over the weekend. A new tradition for the even started last year, with the recognition of one of the city’s longtime residents as the weekend’s grand marshall. This year, Al Hershberger was selected for those duties by the Soldotna Historical Society.




        Employees of the City of Soldotna are getting to know each other a little better. Many gathered for a working brunch recently to discuss internal improvements within the city.

City Manager Stephanie Queen talked about it at Thursday’s city council meeting:

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.

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.

The popularity of Soldotna Creek Park, with its music stage and ample room for vendors and fans, is evident to anyone who’s tried to find a parking spot in the vicinity on a Wednesday evening.

Some nearby businesses welcome off-hour use of their lots for park events, but Soldotna City Manager Stephanie Queen says others would rather not, and as such, the city is helping them out.

A trio of Soldotna residents helped fish something much more exciting than a fish out of East Mackey Lake on Tuesday — a Maule MX-7 single-engine plane on wheeled landing gear that crashed into the water.

City of Soldotna

  The City of Soldotna’s wastewater discharge permit has been administratively extended for over a dozen years now, but it is close to being renewed, formally.

Kyle Kornelis, the city’s public works director, explained at last week’s council meeting why the city needs to appropriate another $128,000.

City of Soldotna

  The City of Soldotna’s wastewater discharge permit has been administratively extended for over a dozen years now, but it is close to being renewed, formally.

Kyle Kornelis, the city’s public works director, explained at last week’s council meeting why the city needs to appropriate another $128,000.

Soldotna Council puts restrictions on FOIA requests

Apr 18, 2019

Residents and others wishing to request public information officially from the Soldotna city clerk’s office will have some new rules to deal with if they have a large order. 

City Clerk Shellie Saner explained to the city council at last week’s meeting why her office requested the change.

ECON 919 - The path to Soldotna's first cannabis shop

Apr 12, 2019


The city of Soldotna has wrestled with how to handle the new industry in city limits since voters statewide approved commercial and recreational uses back in 2014.



Soldotna joins other cities with budget statement

Mar 28, 2019
City of Soldotna


Like so many municipalities around the state, the Soldotna city council approved a resolution at its meeting Wednesday night asking the legislature and the governor take another look at his budget proposal.

Soldotna council to take up state budget resolution

Mar 22, 2019


The city of Kenai and the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly have both adopted resolutions asking the governor to reconsider some of his various budget proposals. In the case of Kenai and the borough, it had to do with collecting taxes on oil and gas infrastructure. Next week, the Soldotna city council will entertain a resolution that asks the governor to take a more long-term view of the budget and what it means for cities.

Soldotna residents reject field house bond

Mar 6, 2019

Residents inside the city limits of Soldotna appear to have voted down an addition to the city's regional sports complex.

In a special election yesterday (Tuesday), unofficial results posted by the city show the $10 million bond to fund a new "field house" failing by 21 votes, with 268 voting for it, and 289 against.

Soldotna residents to vote on fieldhouse bonds

Mar 4, 2019
Burkhart Croft Architects


The city of Soldotna is holding a special election Tuesday to determine if a new fieldhouse will be built next to the Soldotna Regional Sports Center.

Soldotna council approves spending for water system

Mar 1, 2019
City of Soldotna


Water treatment and wells were the main items of new business for the Soldotna city council Wednesday night. The council signed off on an additional $9,000 for a study that will examine some operations at the wastewater treatment plant. The city is updating a nearly 20 year old report about discharge alternatives and source water. Total cost of that project is now $44,000.

Soldotna council approves zoning change

Feb 19, 2019


A lot of commercial expansion has happened near the intersection of the Spur and Sterling highways in Soldotna the past few years. And more is on the way.

Fieldhouse team makes Chamber pitch

Feb 14, 2019


Proponents of the proposed fieldhouse addition to the Soldotna Regional Sports Center gave their pitch to the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Wednesday. Voters in the city will be asked in a special election next month whether to approve $10 million in general obligation bonds to pay for the 42,000 square foot facility.

At the Soldotna City Council meeting Wednesday night, City Planner John Czarneski gave a lengthy report on the city’s comprehensive plan. He began with the economic development impacts the plan has had.

Special election approved for vote on fieldhouse bonds

Dec 13, 2018
Burkhart Croft Architects

Voters in the city of Soldotna will decide in March whether they want to take on some debt to pay for a new field house next to the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex.

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.

Bond measure proposed to pay for new fieldhouse

Nov 28, 2018
Burkhart Croft Architects


A big step in expanding the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex will be introduced at this week’s city council meeting. A proposed addition of a 42,000 square foot fieldhouse has been in the works for several year. But the city will have to take on some debt if it wants to see the project completed.



Soldotna updates comp plan accomplishments

Nov 8, 2018

It’s been four years since the city of Soldotna took stock of its long term comprehensive plan, called Envision Soldotna 2030. A lot has changed since then. City staff recently updated the report laying out what has been accomplished based on the comp plan.



Reusable shopping bags available in Soldotna

Oct 26, 2018


Shoppers will need to start remembering their own bags, or start paying a little for them in Soldotna. The city’s bag on single use plastic bags goes into effect November 1st.

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.

Council rejects resolution opposing Stand for Salmon

Sep 28, 2018


Even without all six members present Wednesday night, the Soldotna city council narrowly voted against a resolution opposing the statewide ballot measure one.



Soldotna drafting new rules for mobile vendors

Sep 11, 2018
City of Soldotna


The city of Soldotna is tightening down its rules for mobile vendors operating in city limits.