oil and gas industry

The big news from Hilcorp these days is its $5.6 billion bid to buy BP out of Alaska, but not all its focus is on the North Slope. Cook Inlet still plays a role in Hilcorp’s footprint in Alaska.

“We have 537 fulltime Hilcorp employees. Ninety percent of them live here in Alaska and over half of them live on the Kenai Peninsula. We have found the Kenai Peninsula workforce to be a wonderfully experienced, creative, energetic workforce to do what we do every day and we will in the future continue to tap into the Kenai Peninsula workforce,” said Dave Wilkins, senior vice president of Hilcorp Alaska, speaking at the 2020 Economic Outlook Forum in Seward earlier this month.


A Central Kenai Peninsula League of Women Voters forum Thursday night in Soldotna gave supporters and opponents of Ballot Measure 1 a chance to explain their perspectives and dispel misconceptions about the measure that would expand permitting and protections for anadromous fish habitat in Alaska.

Kaitlin Vadla and Laura Rhyner, with Cook InletKeeper, spoke for the Stand for Salmon side supporting the voter imitative, while Owen Phillips and Linda Hutchings, of Soldotna, represented the Stand for Alaska movement that opposes the measure.

The panel spoke to a full house in assembly chambers at the borough building in Soldotna and covered a lot of ground. Among the questions was what myth each panelist wants to dispel about the measure.

Econ 919: Junior Achievement helping drive the economy

Mar 2, 2018


By and large, kids have little direct impact on the economy. Oh sure, Mom and Dad spend a lot on them, but with little disposable income of their own, school kids’ spending power is limited.

This week on Econ 919, Jay Barrett tells us how the people at Junior Achievement are training today’s kids to be tomorrow’s financially responsible and productive members of society.

This week, on Econ 919, Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce has been touting his plan to cover the borough’s $4 million-plus deficit this year with no new taxes. But a part of that plan means asking for administrative fees from the borough’s service areas. KDLL’s Shaylon Cochran has more.

Econ 919: Baker Hughes tracks pulse of industry

Jan 26, 2018

The city of Kenai is looking to grow its economic base. That begins with one of the city’s more abundant resources — land. Shaylon Cochran has more on the plans to catalog and encourage development around the city: