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The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly worked through a relatively light agenda Tuesday night.

Wage growth in the Kenai Peninsula Borough outperformed the state average over the past 10 years. In figures released by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the state average went up 5 percent between 2006 and 2016, but grew 6 percent in the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

The average wage in Alaska was $50,790 in 2006, and rose, in inflation-adjusted dollars, to $53,160 last year, a gain of $2,370.

The average on the Kenai in 2006 was $44,200 and rose $2,708 in the succeeding decade to $46,908 today.

From mainstays like oil and gas and fishing to up-and-comers like cannabis and the blue economy (ocean-based industries), the Kenai Peninsula Industry Outlook Forum will feature speakers from just about every sector of the local economy. Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District Executive Director Tim Dillon spoke with KDLL's Shaylon Cochran about what's lined for the event Jan. 10 at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex.

 

You could easily be forgiven if you haven’t put much thought into how or where local road departments store sand and salt that’s been so useful in recent days.

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Art can be found pretty much anywhere. Even behind the counter at the convenience store during a break. That’s where KDLL’s Jay Barrett found Robin Lyons working on a prop for the upcoming Kenai Performers presentation of “Shrek: The Musical.” Lyons will also be helping out as a stagehand behind the scenes, and will be on stage portraying a bishop in the cast. “Shrek: The Musical,” a production by the Kenai Performers, is in rehearsals now.

Gilmartin Family

Around Thanksgiving for the past 21 years, a Nikiski couple has ventured about as far away as you can go, at least culturally, to sell Christmas trees.

When Tom and Michele Gilmartin first drove from Nikiski to New York, it was just the two of them.

"Drove here with my wife in a Toyota pickup truck with a half-cap on it. And we slept in the back of that truck for 32 days and sold trees," Tom Gilmartin said. "Our first year I think we made, I don't know, $7,000 to $8,000 that year and we were tickled to do it, OK."

 

Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, will be over in less than two weeks.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

 

Invasive northern pike is again in the cross hairs for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Jenny Neyman/Redoubt Reporter

 

Local birders are getting their winter gear ready for another round of Christmas counting.

Redoubt Reporter

 

 


The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has released its forecast for next year’s sockeye salmon return.

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