From February 2013

A (Brief) History Of Oil And Gas In Cook Inlet

Nearly 20 people filled the seats at the Kenai Fine Arts Center Wednesday night to watch a nearly 40 year old documentary about oil and gas exploration in Cook Inlet and chat about the issues of the day surrounding those industries. KDLL’s Shaylon Cochran spoke with retired marine biologist and author Loren Flagg and former Homer Mayor and owner of the Homer News, Gary Williams, two men who watched the industry develop in its earlier days, about what’s changed and what has stayed the same over the past four decades.

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City Council Mulls Dipnetting Options

Members of the Kenai City Council heard public testimony Wednesday night regarding how the City will approach the personal use dipnet fisher this summer. Costs to keep the beaches clean and rules enforced have been going up in concert with growing crowds, now numbering between 10 and 15 thousand people during the three week fishery.

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Two Dogs Die In Tustumena 200, Mushers Cleared

Two dogs died during the running of last weekend’s Tustumena 200; a first in the 29 year history of the race.

Brian Smith of the Peninsula Clarion reports that 2-year old Fox of Paul Gebhardt’s team and three-year old Jack from the team led by musher Nick Petit (pet-EET) of Girdwood both died in the second half of the race. Gebhardt attempted life-saving measures as his team neared the finish line Sunday while Petit’s dog died between checkpoints in Homer and at Freddie’s Roadhouse.

Both mushers have been cleared of any misconduct or abuse following necropsies.

Race Director Tami Murray says that dogs have passed after the race, but never during, and that it’s rare to see two deaths in a mid-distance race like the T-200.

Gebhardt finished in 4th place and Petit scratched.