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Use of the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s land trust fund will be debated again at Tuesday’s assembly meeting. Mayor Charlie Pierce had put it at the center of his original budget proposal this spring.

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A half-dozen reminders of recent emergency orders led off this week's Northern Kenai Fishing Report from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, including a catch-and-release restriction on the Kenai River. But that restriction was superseded today (Monday) in an emergency order when the Department banned all angling for king salmon the Kenai River, even catch-and-release.

 

A discussion about taxes in the borough is looming. Throughout the budget process this spring, the question of what kind of tax is most fair has been raised, but another question is being asked, too.

 

 


 

The 2018 salmon season is getting off to a very slow start, with restrictions and closures around the state. King fishing on the Kenai has been dialed back to catch and release and for sport guides, that’s nothing new.

 

 


City of Soldotna

 

The Soldotna city council signed off on the final map it will have the state consider for potential annexation at its meeting Wednesday.

 

 


Redoubt Reporter

 

Fish camps are set up and ready to go at the mouth of the Kasilof river, but time in the water is going to be reduced this year.

With the annual increase in traffic from visitors from off the Kenai Peninsula, this is the time of year counterfeit currency often starts showing up in ever-increasing volume.

The Alaska State Troopers report that a fake $20 bill was recovered from a convenience store in Cooper Landing last week.

Troopers from Seward responded last Tuesday and found out that the bill was used sometime over the previous weekend.

One man was killed and another suffered life-threatening injuries in a two-motorcycle accident Tuesday night. The crash closed the Sterling Highway for a time near mile 115 around 10 p.m.

According to an Alaska State Trooper dispatch, the men were riding separate 2007 Harley Davidsons when they lost control in a corner, went off the road and crashed in the ditch.

Dead at the scene was 62-year-old Thomas Clinton Salmon of Soldotna.

A citizen-science project this spring to document Cook Inlet beluga whales in the Kenai River was wildly successful.

Until it wasn’t.

The spotting project ran from March 15 through May 31 with scores of citizens taking part in planned, or sometimes impromptu, whale-spotting adventures. And though the study period was two and a half months, the sightings made in the river all came during just a portion of that time period, according to the woman who had her eyes on the river every day.

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When was the last time you actually discharged a can of bear spray? According to the experts, if you’re doing it right in bear country, you’ve never had to.

 

 


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Judging by the dearth of clam-bakes on the beaches of the Kenai Peninsula this year, it’s safe to say sport clamming for the tasty morsels is closed again.

After a crash in adult population six years ago and a one-year reduction in harvest allowance, clamming was closed.

Carol Kerkvliet is the Lower Cook Inlet sports fish area management biologist for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Homer.

King salmon fishing on both the Kenai and Kasilof rivers will have restrictions placed on them starting June 13, both due to the below average run strength. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced the restrictions Monday afternoon.

On the Kenai River, sports fishing will be limited to catch-and-release only, effective June 13 through July 15. Anglers may fish for king salmon with a single, unbaited, artificial lure, but may not remove the fish from the water before releasing it.

Redoubt Reporter

 

Tucked in the $80-plus million budget approved by the borough assembly last week was additional funding to deal with junk vehicles in borough rights away. Assembly member Willy Dunne proposed adding $30,000 to the road service area to address the issue.

 

 


Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation

Hilcorp subsidiary Cook Inlet Pipeline Company has applied to permanently shut down the Drift River Terminal on the west side of Cook Inlet.

The Kenai City Council last week set its budget for the new fiscal year, which begins on July 1. The budget appropriates $16,166,027 from the General Fund as part of a $28,105,942 total budget. Appropriations from the Enterprise and Internal Service Funds amount to just over $3 million, while the city’s Special Revenue Funds contribute about $8.75 million.

The council also committed $750,000 of unassigned General Fund money for future renovation and improvements to city facilities and streets. The employee salary schedule was also amended.

When cannabis first made inroads to social acceptability starting about 20 years ago, it was through medical marijuana. There was enough clinical and anecdotal evidence by that point that there were ingredients in cannabis that soothed anxiety in terminally ill patients, gave appetites back to cancer patients and was good for reducing inter-ocular pressure for what would become a small "epidemic" of "glaucoma." Now recreational cannabis, in the form of marijuana, is widely available, and on its coattails comes CBD, a cannabinoid in cannabis like THC.

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The specter of having the City of Kenai’s dock sit idle for the summer was avoided at the last minute during Wednesday night’s Kenai City Council meeting when a one-year lease was approved with CISPRI, the Cook Inlet Spill Prevention and Response, Inc.

The $20,000 contract gives CISPRI non-exclusive use of the dock, the city’s three cranes, office space, the floats, moorings and operating area adjacent to the dock.

Shaylon Cochran/KDLL

 

The Soldotna city council will vote on the next move toward annexation at its meeting next week.

The borough assembly adopted the fiscal year 2019 budget after making a few changes to Mayor Charlie Pierce’s original proposal, which had totaled about $81 million.

 

 


ADOT

 

Commuters on the east portion of Kalifornsky Beach Road may have already noticed, but all drivers should be aware that the temporary traffic signals that are being installed are not the standard type that can detect stopped and waiting cars.

According to the Alaska DOT project "Navigator" website, these lights are on a timer, not detection, so the usual signal patterns drivers may be accustomed to have changed.

The Major League Baseball season may have started two months ago, but it is today that the local Boys of Summer will take the field for the first time.

Both the Twins in the American Legion League and the Peninsula Oilers of the Alaska Baseball League start their seasons here at home today.

Sport fishing for early-run king salmon on the Kenai River is reported to be fair and improving, which is a marked improvement over the situation from the freshwater fishing report from Fish and Game last week.

According to this week's report, the water remains relatively clear, but some moss and debris are fouling lures and lines.

The slate is set for the state primary elections.

With Rep. Mike Chenault not seeking reelection, House Seat 29 is wide open, and has attracted three candidates, Shawn Butler of Hope running as a nonpartisan, and candidates Ben Carpenter and Wayne Ogle, both of Kenai, are running for the Republican nod.

Chenault gave up his house seat to run for Alaska governor, but his name does not appear on the state's final candidate list for that, or any, office.

Science Magazine

 

The story of how First Nations people initially settled the Americas is changing, with new technology leading to new studies.

 


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The borough budget debate continues. The borough assembly will have another hearing on next year’s budget when it meets again next week.

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