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KDLL operated a Halloween halibut fishing pond at Tsalteshi Trails' Spook Night event Sunday. In between reeling in a prize, kids visited with KDLL's Jenny Neyman about costumes, catch strategies and, of course, candy. Thanks to all the trick-or-treaters who braved the microphone and to the parents who interpreted for their shy ghosts and goblins.

 

 

After a long, contentious race, the Kenai Peninsula Borough has a new mayor: Charlie Pierce.

Residents of the Kenai Peninsula Borough are waiting for the mailman to help sort out whether Charlie Pierce or Linda Farnsworth-Hutchings will be the new borough mayor.

Any qualified absentee ballots postmarked by last Tuesday (Oct. 24) that arrive at the borough building in the mail today or tomorrow are eligible to be added to the final tally of votes in the runoff election for Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor.

 

A three-way race for Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor on October 3rd ended in a runoff. But the runoff Tuesday between Charlie Pierce and Linda Farnsworth-Hutchings was so close, that an abnormally high number of absentee ballots would have to determine the outcome.

The Soldotna City Council received its quarterly report from the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce at its meeting last Wednesday night. Executive Director Shannon Davis said traffic through the Soldotna Visitors Center was down this past season.

Soldotna Chamber of Commerce

As part of her report to the Soldotna City Council Wednesday night, Shannon Davis of the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce announced scaled-back plans for the long-awaited new visitor center.

 

Two days after polls closed in the runoff election for borough mayor, the winner is still not known.

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

 

A project manager for Hilcorp was in Soldotna Wednesday drumming up support for the company’s ambitious plans for a new project on the North Slope. Before a joint meeting of the Kenai and Soldotna chambers of commerce, Liberty project manager Mike Dunn says oil workers on the Kenai Peninsula are filling jobs at Hilcorp’s similar wells in the Beaufort Sea.

“There’s probably 10 or 15 guys on that island that live on the Kenai Peninsula,” he said.

The Oct. 3 regular municipal election didn't settle the race for who will be the next Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor, and it appears Tuesday’s runoff will come down to absentee votes before a winner is known. With all 28 precincts reporting, Charlie Pierce held a 226 vote lead over Linda Farnsworth-Hutchings.

Pierce received 3,509 votes to Farnsworth-Hutchings' 3,283.

 The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute recently released its annual report on the economic impact of the seafood industry in Alaska.

Commissioned by the McDowell Group, the ASMI report details where and how 56,800 Alaskan fishermen and processors harvested 5.6 billion pounds of seafood, worth $4.2 billion wholesale. The nationwide economic impact is estimated at over $12 billion.

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