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Charlie Pierce is no stranger to the goings on of the Kenai Peninsula Borough. He served on the Assembly from 2008 to 2014 and now, after retiring from Enstar last year, he’s looking to serve as Borough Mayor.

New detox center expects to fill up quickly

Sep 7, 2017

Detox beds are not a dime a dozen in Alaska. With just 30 beds statewide dedicated to those looking to get clean from opioids and other drug addictions, emergency rooms are taking the brunt of a growing opioid crisis, but the Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna is responding to the problem with a new six-bed detox facility. 

For a second time, candidates for borough mayor got together to take questions and share their vision for the future of the Peninsula on Wednesday. The Kenai and Soldotna Chambers of Commerce hosted Charlie Pierce, Linda Hutchings and Dale Bagley in Kenai.


Dave Eggers

  The Soldotna Public Library is starting a new series of community discussion about climate change, starting in September. Library clerk Reilly Selmser kicked off "Pushing the Limits" with an informational meeting recently.

Soldotna Community Schools

  If you're the type who just ignores inserts in your daily newspaper, go back and see if you can dig this one out: the Soldotna Community Schools Fall 2017 Course Brochure. It's 24 pages of courses being offered that range from Dutch oven cooking to storytelling to stand up paddle board yoga. KDLL's Jay Barrett spoke with Joel Todd, the assistant director of the Soldotna Parks and Recreation Department, who coordinates the community schools program.



  Waterfowl hunting season kicked off Friday morning on the Kenai Peninsula and in several other areas of the state. Jason Schamber, the statewide waterfowl program coordinator for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Anchorage.

A small earthquake centered in Nikiski was felt in several areas of the Central Kenai Peninsula at 1:05 Monday afternoon. According to the Alaska Earthquake Center, the magnitude 4.1 shaker occurred 34 miles below Puppy Dog Lake, about seven miles north of Kenai. No damage was reported.

About a month ago, a popular little cafe in Soldotna got a new owner. Totally Radish is now Lucy’s Market some new faces behind the counter and some fresh paint are the biggest changes.

No Small Children


It’s not often a musical act makes its way to Triumvirate Theatre one night and Alice’s Champagne Palace in Homer the next. But that’s the schedule this weekend for No Small Children, a rock trio with a slightly different backstory, and slightly different day jobs.

Linda Hutchings has spent most of her life watching the Kenai Peninsula grow up. Now, she’s trying to take a bigger role in how that growth is managed by running for borough mayor.