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Amid the larger restructuring plans for federal lands being debated now in Washington D.C., are some smaller efforts at expanding access to public wilderness areas. One proposal would end the ban on bicycles on some federally managed lands.



The Redoubt Chamber Orchestra and Kenai Peninsula Singers are putting the finishing touches on their annual holiday program this week.



Univ. of Alaska Fairbanks

On Thursday night, the University of Alaska College of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences is hosting a forum in Kenai about salmon habitat protection policy. The panelists are representatives of state government and advocates from the industries most affected, such as sportfish guiding, oil and gas development and mining.

Milo Adkison is a professor of fisheries at the University of Alaska.

Alaska's largest charitable organization announced awards of $6.6 million Monday for a variety of projects around the state. Among the myriad projects funded, the Rasmuson Foundation directed $330,000 to Hope Community Resources for a project in Sterling. 

Those funds will be used to help complete what Hope is calling "an intentional neighborhood" on 20 acres just outside Sterling.

Ashley Landess


Peninsula Crime Stoppers is asking for help after a pair of pet deaths recently.


Long-time Kenai Peninsula College psychology professor and local Democratic Party activist Marge Hays died Sunday. She was 84.

Word spread quickly online and among friends Sunday night that Hays had passed away.

Tributes and memories came in from around the country. One friend posted early Monday morning from Indiana, praising Hays for her positive, cheerful outlook, and credited her for helping him get hired as counselor, and later launching him on a “second career” in teaching.

Redoubt Reporter


The Kenai City Council heard and discussed the annual dipnet report at its meeting this week.


Next year, Central Peninsula Hospital will begin work on a new $40 million dollar renovation and expansion. New obstetric and cardiac services will be a welcome addition, as has more substance abuse recovery and rehabilitation services.  KDLL’s Shaylon Cochran spoke with the hospital’s CEO, Rick Davis, about those programs on this week’s episode of the Kenai Conversation.


John Williams

    Former City of Kenai and Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor John Williams found himself in Washington DC this week on business for the Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Committee. He told KDLL's Jay Barrett that he got to meet with all three members of Alaska's congressional delegation, and was there when Congressman Don Young became the longest currently serving member of the House.

Earlier this week we introduced you to the local metalsmith and jeweler who is creating chain mail wardrobe for the Kenai Performers’ upcoming production of “Shrek The Musical.” Robin Lyons takes small c-shaped pieces of wire and intertwines them to create a surface that is designed to be resistant to arrows, sword blows and knife cuts - though for Shrek, very little of that is actually expected.

In the real world though, knife cuts aren’t that uncommon, especially during such common local activities as filleting salmon and halibut. Which gave Lyons an idea.