A staple central Kenai Peninsula family winter festival needs a new organizer. The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce announced that it would no longer put on the Peninsula Winter Games.

“Our capacity here at the chamber has just been maxed out. We need somebody who has the time to give it the love that it needs. Sometimes you have to pull back and say, ‘Is this really what we should be doing for our members and our community or would there be somebody better to take this on?’ It’s wasn’t an easy decision at all,” said Shanon Davis, executive director of the chamber.

This year’s games, held the third weekend in January, was the 44th event. 

Caribou Hills Cabin Hopper Association

It’s been a slow start to winter for snowmachining on the central Kenai Peninsula. There’s been plenty of cold the past month but snow accumulation has not followed in the biggest recreation areas for riders.

Northern areas of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge where snowmachining is allowed opened Jan. 4. Snowmachining is open on the refuge north of the Kasilof River and Tustumena Lake, except for the usual areas that are always closed — the area around refuge headquarters in Soldotna, the Swan Lake and Swanson River canoe systems, all areas above timberline and the Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area, expect for accessing ice fishing on Hidden, Kelly, Petersen and Engineer lakes.

The southern part of the refuge remains closed. The Caribou Hills and the hundreds of miles of snowmachine trails between Clam Gulch and Homer are also not yet open for riding.

Tinker Anderson is president of the Caribou Hills Cabin Hoppers Association. 

“The refuge called me here two weeks ago and we talked about it. There is some snow up there but not enough. And my thoughts are exactly, ‘Don’t open it until you have enough snow.’”

Ice jams create minor flooding on Kenai River

Jan 7, 2020
Redoubt Reporter

It’s not really winter until the Kenai River floods, at least a little. State, borough and city crews were all convened on the bank of the Kenai River off Big Eddy Road Tuesday morning.

Freezing, thawing to continue through New Year's

Dec 30, 2019
Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities


Winter weather swings prompt disaster declaration

Dec 11, 2019
Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities


Heavy rains, wind and now flooding and mudslides accompany the disaster declaration made by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Friday. State and borough road crews were dispatched to East End Road in Homer, where water overtook the roadway on Monday.


Contractors stay busy with borough roads

Feb 11, 2019
Kenai Peninsula Borough


Anyone who makes a seasonal living pushing snow has seen no shortage of work this winter. Kenai Peninsula Borough Roads Director Dil Uhlin says when the snow hits, his office will field as many as 100 phone calls in a day, plus emails, from residents across the borough letting them know what the conditions are like.


Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities

Heavy winter weather continues to pound portions of the Kenai Peninsula, especially in the mountain passes heading toward Turnagain Arm.

Kenai Conversation: Tami Murray, Tustumena 200

Jan 10, 2018
Jenny Neyman/KDLL

Winter seems to be holding out enough for the 31st running of the Tustumena 200 sled dog race. Race Director Tami Murray joins us this week to talk about how the course is shaping up, which local teams will be lined up and how you can volunteer (just go here). An official starting location will be announced before the race on Jan. 27.

Courtesy of Jenny Neyman

Alaska is big. Emergency beacons and satellite communication devices shrink the time it takes for search and rescue crews to find you in an emergency situation.

Chris Hanna and Jenny Neyman, of Soldotna, know from snow-cave survival experience how important those devices can be, and Lt. Col. Scot Milani of the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center knows how they work. Join us to find out more.