And now, some holiday leftovers: for each of the past three Christmases, firefighters with Central Emergency Services have raised money so a handful of kids can have a few presents that they otherwise would likely not receive. A few days before Christmas, the CES crews take the kids for a mini-shopping spree.
A twenty-acre site in Nikiski has been a thorn in the side of state environmental controllers and its owners for the better part of two decades. Popularly known as the Arness Site, after the family which owns the property, its history as an under-regulated waste dump has raised fears of groundwater contamination in the area and last week was the subject of a six part series by Peninsula Clarion reporter Brian Smith, tackling the history of the site, who has been held responsible for its pollution and what happens next.
After nearly a year of collective bargaining, arbitration decisions have been handed down for a variety of contract issues between the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and its employee's unions.
For the third holiday season in a row, firefighters with Central Emergency Services have teamed with a few local businesses and non-profits to bring some needy kids a special Christmas.
For the past three years, a small group of dedicated volunteers has been putting in countless hours restoring a Watchmen’s cabin for the Kasilof Regional Historical Association. Each Friday they get together and make a few small steps toward bringing the once-ailing cabin back to life.
School districts across the nation are taking up some challenging questions following the events at a Newtown, Connecticut elementary school that left 26 people dead Friday. Kenai Schools Superintendent Dr. Steve Atwater offered his thoughts over the weekend on the school’s blog.
The U.S. Senate is expected to take up a $60 billion federal disaster relief bill next week that, if passed, would provide economic relief to commercial fishermen on the Kenai Peninsula.
Motorists traveling along the STerling Highway in Soldotna after 6 pm Wednesday night probably noticed the newest holiday ornament in town at Soldotna Creek Park.
Two community housing projects have received funding to move on to a second phase of expansion. The developments in Soldotna and Homer have been made possible by grants from the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation.
Hospitals across the country are looking at the possibility of lower Medicare reimbursements if they haven’t met federal benchmarks to lower readmission rates. Four hospitals in Alaska have been assessed the penalty, including Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna.
Plans for a 29-mile pipeline underneath Cook Inlet were announced Wednesday. Cook Inlet Energy, one of many new players in the area, is the company applying for a right-of-way lease from the Department of Natural Resources. An underwater pipeline would solve several problems for Cook Inlet oil producers, but other concerns remain.
With a relatively light agenda, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly took time Tuesday night to hear updates from the Borough School District and Southern Peninsula Hospital. But the big news was delivered by the Mayor.
The Alaska Division of Sport Fish is now accepting public comment on its statewide fish stocking plan. The division, with assistance from private nonprofit hatchery operators, plans to release approximately seven million fish into Alaska waters every year for the next five years.
The stocking plan outlines the location, number and size for each species of stocked fish. Many of the fish-stocking areas covered by the plan are on the Kenai Peninsula, including Chinook salmon enhancement efforts in northern Cook Inlet, Kachemak Bay and the Kasilof and Ninilchik Rivers.
The deadline for comment is January 15th.
This month’s meeting of the Borough’s Anadromous Streams Task Force started off with a discussion about semantics. At issue was the role of the Mayor’s Chief of Staff Paul Ostrander, who is serving on the Task Force as group’s facilitator. Some members of the Task Force wanted more clarification about the nature of facilitating these meetings.
Crews from the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities are at work clearing vegetation from right-of-way sections of the Sterling Highway near Ninilchik and K-Beach Road between Kenai and Kasilof.
In a Press Release, the DOT said the objective of the work is to increase safety by minimizing shaded areas to decrease snow and ice accumulation, improve sight distance to reduce accidents and wildlife strikes and remove food sources that may attract wildlife to the highway corridor.
The wood that’s being cleared can be picked up by the public for no charge, but there are some safety rules: No parking along the highway to gather wood, keep 1,000 feet away from any equipment being used for the project and secure loaded wood for transport.