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Timed to coincide with the 25th annual Kenai River Classic invitation-only fishing derby, U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) brought his Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard to Soldotna on Wednesday for a hearing on the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.

The two year moratorium banning cannabis business in the city of Soldotna is set to expire at the end of the year. But that doesn’t mean to expect pot shops in the city limits any time soon.

The United Way of the Kenai Peninsula is closing its doors. In a letter to the community published Wednesday, the board of directors cited a downturn in charitable giving of 77-percent over the past eight years.

Borough Assemblyman Dale Bagley sits on the Kenai Peninsula United Way Board. He was asked about the dissolution on KDLL's Kenai Conversation.

The Kenai Peninsula, of course, draws largely from the oil and gas industry for a not insignificant chunk of revenue and a good number of jobs.

The 21st annual Soup Supper Fundraiser for the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank is on Saturday, as part of the fifth Harvest Moon Local Food Festival. The first few "empty bowl" soup dinners were rather modest, compared to what the event has grown into, according to executive director Linda Swarner.

Tuesday marked the first day of a new chapter for students across the Kenai Peninsula. It marked the the first day of a final chapter for one of the district’s bus drivers.

Though kids in the Russian Old Believer villages on the Kenai Peninsula began classes last week, school started for most students in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District on Tuesday. KDLL's Jay Barrett spoke with Pegge Erkeneff, district communications liaison, about the upcoming school year.

Morgan family

At last week's Kenai City Council meeting, Mayor Brian Gabriel declared Aug. 16 to be Dick Morgan Day in the city, in honor of the long-time Kenai businessman and city father who died Aug. 13.

Morgan came to Kenai in 1952, working at the Wildwood Air Force station before founding Morgan Steel, building the Kenai Golf Course and becoming publisher of the Peninsula Clarion.

Richard Irving Morgan was born in Longmont, Colorado. He was 89. His ashes will join those of his wife, Shirley, and eldest son, Donnie, atop Mount Redoubt.

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National events over the weekend have sparked a new debate and fanned a lot of emotions about race relations in America.

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The Great American Eclipse, as Monday's astronomical event is being billed, will best be viewed from about a dozen states in a path from the Oregon coast, across the Grand Tetons in Wyoming, the Great Plains and then through the Bible Belt, ending off the North Carolina coast.

But all 50 states — yes, even Alaska — will get to see at least a little bit of the eclipse. Though the "Path of Totality," where the moon completely blocks out the sun, is relatively narrow at 71 miles, even on the Kenai, more than 50 percent of the sun's surface will be obscured by the moon.

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