Month: July 2012

Sockeye Beware: Dipnet Season Opens on the Kenai

Dipnetters line up along the south beach of the Kenai River Tuesday morning

Tuesday marked to opening of the 2012 personal-use dipnet fishery on the Kenai River.  Those arriving early at the confluence of Cook Inlet and the Kenai River saw mixed results in the opening hours of what is anticipated to be another good year for the late sockeye run.


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Borough Assembly Appropriates Funds, Develops Task Force

With budget work out of the way, Tuesday’s meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly wrapped up in relatively short order with a bulk of the agenda dedicated to appropriating state funding for various projects.

Other items brought before the assembly included an update on the development of a task force for the anadromous streams ordinance.


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Celebrating the 4th In Kenai

Despite the chilly temperatures and threat of rain, Independence Day celebrations in Kenai were well attended, with big crowds at both the annual parade and the carnival downtown.


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Public Hearings On Coastal Zone Management Plan Kick Off In Soldotna

The first of ten public hearings on the proposed Alaska Coastal Zone Management Initiative took place Monday evening in Soldotna.

After expiring in 2011, the state legislature failed to come to an agreement on terms to extend the previous management plan.

The initiative will come before voters in August as Proposition Two.


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Peninsula Mushers Get Signed Up for Iditarod

Registration for the 2013 Iditarod opened this weekend with 54 racers signing up the first day.  As usual, the list includes several teams from the Kenai Peninsula.

Teams from Kasilof include Paul Gebhardt and Kristy and Anna Berington, who finished her first race 2012, shares her goals for next year:

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Returning Champion Dallas Seavey of Seward will be back, along with 2004 champion Mitch Seavey of Sterling.  Travis Beals of Seward will be competing in his first Iditarod.  The 2013 Iditarod leaves Anchorage on March 2nd.

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Buccaneer To Begin Drilling Kenai Loop

With clearance granted from the State, Buccaneer Energy is set to begin drilling operations on its Kenai Loop Project.

This is the latest step for Buccaneer after spending much of 2011 laying the groundwork by drilling test wells and gathering seismic data for the area.  According to Monday’s press release, the new 3-D data has confirmed previous observations about the area that could not be fully explained based on 2-D information from the 1970’s.

The company says the drilling rig Glacier One has been moved to the pad and will be put to use in the next two to four weeks when a final bottom-hole location is determined.


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