Dan Nelson

Kenai Peninsula Borough

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly had some housekeeping measures to take care of related to the borough’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. The assembly met for an emergency meeting at 2 p.m. April 3.

All four measures on the agenda passed unanimously. The assembly extended the payment deadline for special assessment districts from March 31 to June 30. Interest on late payments won’t start to accrue until July 1.

South Peninsula Hospital will be allowed to keep additional cash on hand in case the hospital has increased costs in responding to COVID-19 patients. Usually, the hospital would transfer any additional money beyond 90 days worth of operating expenses into the hospital’s plant replacement fund at the end of the quarter, which was March 31. That’ll be put off until the end of the next quarter.

The assembly also gave SPH a green light to apply for a paycheck protection loan, which is part of the federal coronavirus relief act passed by Congress last week. Since elective medical procedures and noncritical services are not being allowed for the time being, SPH estimates an $11.4 million operating loss from March through June. The hospital will apply for $5.6 million to cover payroll and other operating expenses.

The Swan Lake Fire was almost out when strong winds whipped it back to life Saturday night. Hot spots flared up and the fire jumped the Sterling Highway at Milepost 60 around 2 a.m. Sunday. The wind-driven blaze is exhibiting fast-paced crown-burning activity, according to Mike Hill with the Swan Lake Incident Command.
    The fire has caused the closure of the Sterling Highway from miles 58 to 75, as well as Skilak Loop Road due to encroaching flames and dense smoke. The Kenai River from Kenai Lake to Skilak Lake is also closed.

Spring time in Alaska also means it's fire season. On this week's Kenai Conversation, we'll talk with Dan Nelson, Emergency Manager for the Kenai Peninsula Borough, about the recent fires that triggered the start of the season, evacuation protocol during a fire and some of the things homeowners can do to prepare for the season if they haven't already. 

CERT training prepares for next big or little one

Dec 19, 2018
Kenai Peninsula Borough


People across south central are still processing the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that shook the region for several minutes last month. For folks who work in emergency management, it was yet another test of how well their local programs provide a response to such events.

It's been a busy year for the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s Office of Emergency Management, from floods to tsunamis to earthquakes. On this week’s Kenai Conversation, OEM manager Dan Nelson talks about the borough's response to such events and upcoming opportunities for residents to become part of the response team.

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