John Williams

This year marks 65 years since Alaska’s oil and gas industry got its start. The Swanson River Field, on the northern part of the Kenai Peninsula, was discovered in July 1957 — establishing Kenai as the oil capital of Alaska and setting the then-territory on its road to statehood.

State of Alaska

Fifty years ago this month the very first liquified natural gas tanker from the then-new Phillips Petroleum plant in Nikiski arrived in Tokyo, pioneering a new way to provided fuel for the city’s power plants.
    “At one time, it produced 100 percent of the LNG that was imported into Japan,” said former Kenai Mayor John Williams of the Nikiski operatoin. “And it was the only LNG plant in the United States of America that produced LNG at the time.”

A discussion about the Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Council's mission to oversee the safe transportation of oil in Cook Inlet. It was created by Congress in 1990, and was recently reauthorized for the 28th time. Host Jay Barrett's guests are Mike Munger, the executive director; John Williams, the board president; and Lynda Giguere, the director of outreach.

On the Kenai Conversation this week, John and Sharon Williams, who just celebrated 50 years of marriage, talk about their Kenai adventure. 

  On this week’s Kenai Conversation we welcome retired Mayor John Williams and former Councilman Duane Bannock to the microphones to analyze Tuesday’s Primary Election.  

AK LNG — 'A long way to go,' says Williams

Jan 24, 2018

Alaska's economic future pretty much balances right now on a  natural gas pipeline running from the North Slope to Nikiski. It's the main focus of Governor Bill Walker's administration, and he's lobbied two presidents and several foreign leaders to get on board.

While the project is making progress through a recent agreement with China, it's far from a certainty, at least in the mind of local elder statesman John Williams.

Kenai Conversation - Kenai Mayor John Williams

Jan 17, 2018

On this week's Kenai Conversation, former Kenai city and borough Mayor John Williams returns to discuss the issues of the day with host Jay Barrett.

During KDLL's Membership Drive on Thursday, long-time Kenai Mayor John Williams was Jay Barrett's guest, discussing the politics and economy of the Kenai Peninsula and how they've changed in his nearly 50 years in public life. Near the end of the show, Jay asked him about the future of the area.

Last Kenai City founder remembered

Aug 22, 2017
Morgan family

At last week's Kenai City Council meeting, Mayor Brian Gabriel declared Aug. 16 to be Dick Morgan Day in the city, in honor of the long-time Kenai businessman and city father who died Aug. 13.

Morgan came to Kenai in 1952, working at the Wildwood Air Force station before founding Morgan Steel, building the Kenai Golf Course and becoming publisher of the Peninsula Clarion.

Richard Irving Morgan was born in Longmont, Colorado. He was 89. His ashes will join those of his wife, Shirley, and eldest son, Donnie, atop Mount Redoubt.