At the end of the year, the Homer Electric Association will begin generating all its own power. HEA’s contract to buy electricity from Chugach Electric is up, but the Co-op isn’t done there. Plans are in the early stages for more generating capacity from more renewable resources.
Dotting the coast line of Cook Inlet from Ninilchik to Nikiski are some of the Peninsula’s oldest businesses. Many of these commercial fish camps are still owned and operated by the families that started them two or three generations ago.
One of Soldotna’s longest running celebrations is coming around again this weekend. Progress Days this year will feature a long list of tried and true events and some newer attractions.
The Alaska Department of Transportation is looking for comments and opinions about how to best improve the safety of a stretch of the Sterling Highway.
Dipnetters on the north and south beaches of the Kenai River will need to find someplace off the beach to camp for the next couple of days. Extraordinarily high tides forced the city of Kenai to close the beaches to camping and vehicle parking beginning at midnight Monday.
A lawsuit filed in state superior court this week seeks to hold the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to its stated management policies for Cook Inlet fisheries. The group bringing the suit doesn’t think the department did that last year when it shut down commercial setnet fishing.
Higher-than-expected numbers of sockeye salmon are pouring into the Kenai River this week. The number recorded Tuesday is the highest single-day count in more than thirty years.
Steady streams of campers and trailers loaded with coolers, dipnets and ATV’s are filing onto the Central Peninsula to take advantage of the personal use fisheries on the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers. The opening weekend was typically busy, but things are going smoothly for the city of Kenai.
The salmon are getting close. Setnetters along the east side of Cook Inlet have been given extra time to harvest the run of sockeye, which is coming in strong. Dipnetters are hard at work, too, though the biggest days of the year are just ahead.
Funding for public transportation is getting some scrutiny from the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly. A resolution the body will take up at its next meeting calls for an advisory vote from the public about future funding for the Central Area Rural Transit System, or CARTS.
Wednesday was the grand opening of a new oncology unit at Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna. It’s the latest development in a broader effort to expand medical services on the Peninsula.
The Kenai Peninsula lost one of its most influential figures Wednesday. Clayton Brockel, the founding director of Kenai Peninsula College, died. He was 86.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough is still wrestling with the question of term limits. It was last answered by voters in a 2007 initiative, which kept Assembly members from running for more than two consecutive terms. It has been revisted at some level several times since then.
King salmon runs to the rivers of Cook Inlet are down again this year. Complicating matters for Fish and Game managers are the strong sockeye runs that commercial and personal use fishers depend on. After last year’s disastrous fishing season, the Parnell administration launched a 5-year, $30 million effort to find out more about salmon life cycles in the ocean. One of the studies under way is trying to figure out where kings and reds are hanging out in the water just before they return to the rivers.
Long time sports editor for the Anchorage Daily News has just released a new book detailing a season spent fishing on the Kenai River. Freedman was at Kenai River Brewing in Soldotna for a book signing.
After a special shareholders meeting Tuesday, the Board of Directors for energy producer Buccaneer has a new look.
Just about everyone has played around with a yo yo at some point in their lives. Some people make a career out of it. Julius, the Yo-Yo Guy has been traveling around the Peninsula flashing his skills and dazzling audiences.