The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is seeking public comment on proposed rule changes that would affect access, public safety and resource protection.
The nature of our nature is changing on the Kenai Peninsula.
Nearly two years after its hard-won passage through the Borough Assembly, the anadromous stream ordinance is back up for debate. Some on the Assembly want to remove several bodies of water from the list protected by the Borough’s 50-foot setback rules.
A new company looking to drill for oil on the southern Kenai Peninsula could begin operations as soon as this summer.
Last year’s Funny River Fire is still sparking concern this spring, as a new fire season heats up.
Some bird watchers at this weekend’s Kenai Peninsula Birding Festival were on the mission for a rarely-seen species.
Homes and businesses on city of Soldotna water and sewer will see rate increases over the next five years.
The city of Kenai has started work on its budget for next year. And it’s mostly attributable to health care costs.
Central peninsula schools went into safety mode again Wednesday after receiving another round of threatening calls.
The Kenai Peninsula Birding Festival takes flight Thursday, with events throughout the weekend.
Ken Tarbox of the Keen-eye Birders and Toby Burke of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge join us to talk about the Kenai Birding Festival this weekend, and the state of birding on the Kenai Peninsula.
The Soldotna City Council will consider a study to gauge the public opinion and economics regarding annexation tonight, while some residents plan to tell them to not even bother asking.
Skilak Lake Road is once again resembling a lake this spring.
The peninsula’s oil boom past could offer direction to its future if the Alaska LNG project comes about.
New research continues to inform scientists of what a warmer arctic will look like. Satellites, fish and clouds are all helping paint the picture.
Animal control and flooding were the big issues at Tuesday night’s Borough Assembly meeting.
Man meets moose meets movie, soon showing in Kenai.
It’s not bluffing to say the city of Kenai is finally seeing some progress on its erosion stabilization project.
Feeding Alaskans is a roughly $2 billion business, but almost all of it goes toward food that’s imported. But that’s changing.
Kenai Peninsula legislators gave an update on the ongoing budget negotiations at Tuesday’s joint meeting of the Kenai and Soldotna chambers of commerce.
The back and forth over what to do about ongoing flooding issues along K-Beach road continue, and could even be set back after plans for a drainage corridor have dried up.
Want a good opportunity to give back to the great outdoors? Chugach National Forest has an opportunity to do just that.
The city of Soldotna will hold a public hearing next month as it decides whether or not to go forward with a study for annexation. As KDLL’s Shaylon Cochran reports, the simply introducing the matter brought out many borough and city residents opposed to the move.
The Kenai Peninsula Singers Community Choir is tuned up to hit a high note.
A Nikiski student’s drive is rewarded with a full-ride scholarship to college.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is bracing for funding cuts as the Legislature is in overtime hashing out the state budget.
KDLL Conversation with Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Superintendent Sean Dusek, Tim Vlasak, director of K-12 schools, federal programs and state and federal assessment, and Pegge Erkeneff, communications specialist.
Tuesday’s borough assembly meeting decided that shoppers in the borough will not see their sales tax bill increase in the winter.
Several education bills stalled out in the Legislature this session, as legislators turned their attention to settling education funding.
The city of Kenai is making progress toward its long-hoped-for bluff stabilization project.
Robert Ruffner’s confirmation to the Alaska Board of Fisheries fails in a joint Legislature vote of 30 to 29.
Five peninsula residents got legislative approval to serve on statewide boards.
The Kenai Performers might finally have a permanent home of its own, thanks in part to the city of Kenai.
The Kenai River is shaking off winter a little more gently than usual this year.
Farming is becoming bigger business on the Kenai Peninsula, and an event this weekend aims to bring players from a variety of different agricultural together to share ideas and learn how take advantage of new opportunities. Listen: Amy Seitz grew up on her family’s homestead in Soldotna, Lancaster Farms. As the central peninsula developed, …
The Turnagain Pass area welcomed winter, whether it wanted to or not, with a dump of snow Wednesday that generated considerable avalanche danger.
With state budget cuts looming, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game could offset a reduction in funding through increases in hunting and fishing fees.
Robert Ruffner’s trip through the maze of confirmation hearings to his nomination to the Board of Fish continued Monday. Monday’s discussion dug much further into potential policy decisions and the opposition to the Governor’s appointment.
The will is there to iron out conflicts between dog owners and trappers in the Cooper Landing area, but the way forward is lacking direction after the Board of Game refused proposals to limit trapping along trails and other areas.
With the filing deadline for personal fund dividends passed, numbers for donations through the Pick Click Give program are coming in.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly renewed its support of fiscal notes at its most recent meeting.
Board of Fisheries nominee Robert Ruffner made his second appearance before a legislative committee this week. The questions from the Senate resources committee were a little more pointed than in his first hearing, and there are more left before his confirmation.
A local musician puts a hometown sound in his new music video.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly heard another round of testimony about a move to end the Borough’s 9 month sales tax holiday. Tuesday night, it entertained Dale Bagely’s amended version, which would have kept the tax in place for six months, with proceeds going to fund local schools.
April weather can’t quite decide whether it’s winter or spring these days.
A House bill that would prioritize personal-use over commercial and sport fisheries remains adrift in committee.
We wrap up our series from the recent climate change workshop with an outlook on wildland fires on the Kenai Peninsula.
Residents of the Kenai Peninsula were lined up on the phones to show their support of Ruffner’s nomination.
The topic of e-cigarettes is sparking debate on a bill to prohibit smoking in workplaces statewide.
The Kenai city council wrapped up its meeting in fairly short order Wednesday night, mostly dealing with contracts for upcoming work.
We wrap up our series from the recent climate change workshop with an outlook on wildland fires on the Kenai Peninsula.
Hunters and fishermen might be expected to pay more for their ability to harvest fish and game in Alaska.
Local scientists are warming to the topic of adapting to climate change.
A new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows a slight increase in the Cook Inlet Beluga whale population. But the whales haven’t bounced back as fast as scientists hoped when they were placed on the endangered species list in 2008.
Climate change isn’t an isolated phenomenon, and, according to participants of the Kenai Change workshop examining the local effects of a warming climate, neither should the Kenai Peninsula’s response be isolated.
Climate change was the hot topic of a workshop Saturday at Kenai Peninsula College, sponsored by the League of Women Voters. The event brought together scientists, political leaders and concerned citizens to consider what effects the changing climate is having in our backyard, and what might be done to mitigate some of the potential damages going forward. KDLL will be featuring stories about a changing climate on the Kenai Peninsula throughout the week. One of the species catching a lot of concern is salmon.
The state department of transportation released its first draft of a plan for the Cooper Landing Bypass. The public is being asked to comment on four alternate routes around Cooper Landing along the Sterling Highway.
The city of Soldotna will forgo making its own rules on newly-legalized marijuana, at least for now.
The remains of a missing Kenai family have been positively identified.
A suggestion before the Legislature to institute a special fee for sport and personal-use sockeye salmon fishing in Alaska is getting a stamp of approval from Kenai-area constituents.
The heat was on for local chefs Saturday seeking fame in bragging rights and fortune for the food bank.
Researchers from Anchorage who have been trying to map groundwater conditions around Nikiski presented their findings this week. This newest study is part of a long term effort to learn more about Nikiski’s water system.
There is no shortage of divisive political topics. And climate change is right at the top of the list. But just because politicians can’t agree on what to do about it, doesn’t mean nothing is being done. A day-long workshop this Saturday hopes to spotlight the potential effects of climate change on the Kenai Peninsula.
Reps. Mike Chenault and Kurt Olson were back on the peninsula last week to check in with constituents about the hot topics facing the Legislature this session.
Governor Bill Walker has nominated Soldotna resident Robert Ruffner to the state Board of Fisheries.
Police investigators in Kenai are confident they’ve found the remains of a family missing since last May.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly approved the creation of a local marijuana task force at its meeting last week. Listen: Assembly member Kelly Cooper of Homer worked with the Mayor’s office to bring this one forward. It was originally a part of the consent agenda, but Assembly member Kelly Wolf asked that it be taken …
A 10-month search for a Kenai family might finally be over.
Central Peninsula Hospital is making sure it knows the drill for emergency preparedness. KDLL’s Jenny Neyman has this report:
As the city of Soldotna continues to explore possibilities for annexation of surrounding neighborhoods, some people in those neighborhoods are mounting an opposition.
Hunters will get a little less opportunity at brown bears on the peninsula next season, following direction from the Alaska Board of Game.
In a marathon meeting Tuesday, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly made its decision on sales taxes for certain food items. Sort of.
The Alaska Board of Game took aim at moose hunting proposals on the Kenai Peninsula this week.
A portion of the North Peninsula Recreation Center will be demolished later this year. Despite some objection from residents, the Borough decided that renovations and maintenance on the building don’t make financial sense.
The Alaska Board of Game attempts to unsnarl a disagreement between trappers and dog owners on the central Kenai Peninsula.
The city of Soldotna is moving forward with plans for annexation. But what exactly that means is far from decided.
Local veterans have more choice in obtaining health care.
The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce made a pitch for some help for the city as it continues to try and find a new home for its own offices, a visitors center and maybe even a new conference center.
The Dena’ina Health Center in Kenai took a breezy approach to cancer awareness March 9. Listen: Let’s just get the puns out of the way: The Southcentral Foundation and Dena’ina Health Center wasted no time eliminating misinformation about colorectal cancer on Monday, leaving curious visitors flush with information to digest. OK, enough with …
Soldotna High School music students are between rock and a public place to play. Listen: 150311.Stars.Guitars The high school students jamming at Kaladi Brothers Coffee in Soldotna on March 3 might not be rock stars quite yet. But they do play gigs out in public to show off their guitar skills, and the name is …
Central Peninsula Hospital is looking for approval from the Borough Assembly for the next phase of its expansion project.
The city of Soldotna is revisiting a plan for annexation. A new advisory committee has been formed, and a presentation is scheduled for tonight.
March 9, 2015 Budget cuts, marijuana and a statewide smoking ban were the hot topics of the evening at a town hall meeting with District O constituents held by Sen. Peter Micciche in Soldotna on Friday. Listen: 150309.Micciche.townhall Sen. Peter Micciche’s message regarding the state budget was one of glass-half-full optimism. The state’s financial cup …
There’s a lot of natural gas business before the legislature this year. And sitting at the front of the line is House Bill 132. The House Resources committee discussed it Friday afternoon. its main purpose is to prevent an instate gas pipeline from competing with the Alaska LNG Project.
A fugitive search following a high-speed chase through the central Kenai Peninsula wrapped up Wednesday with the arrest of a suspect in Wasilla.
The Alaska Department of Fish and Game released its outlook for commercial salmon fishing for 2015 Thursday. Both the numbers and the management focus will be similar to last year.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough has one more set of eyes keeping track of natural gas developments. Larry Persily, former federal coordinator for gas projects in Alaska is Borough mayor Mike Navarre’s new special assistant on oil, gas and mining.
School kids in Soldotna dug in to a lesson about helping their community on Friday.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District interviewed two candidates for superintendent Tuesday afternoon.
Clean-up crews are still working on an oil spill at Milne Point, about 25 miles northwest of Deadhorse. Milne Point is operated by Hilcorp. Company spokesperson Lori Nelson says poor weather conditions have delayed cleanup on the spill, which was first reported Saturday morning.
The Kenai Historical Society thought back to the days of homesteading at its meeting Sunday, and how the land rush brought a wave of settlers to the Kenai Peninsula.
A partnership tasked with keeping an eye out for fish habitat on the Kenai Peninsula is sounding the alarm over the threat of invasive species.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is beginning a rollout of new practices and standards for science classrooms. The Next Generation Science Standards are designed to bring together basic scientific concepts and how they’re applied in the real world.
A day after the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted down a move to put a marijuana cultivation ban before voters, the city of Soldotna took its own shot at crafting local pot regulations.
After 30 years of study, biologists know razor clam populations on the east side of Cook Inlet are struggling, but don’t quite know why.
After three hours of public testimony, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly decided not to put a ban on marijuana cultivation on the fall ballot. Listen: It was widely anticipated that Tuesday’s meeting was going to be a long one. We got a small sample of how this debate might go when the ordinance was introduced last …
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will hold a public hearing on an ordinance aimed at banning the cultivation of marijuana at its meeting Tuesday night.
Tens of thousands of hunters shooting for a big-game drawing permit in Alaska discovered their fate for the 2015-2016 hunting season on Friday.
The Caribou Hills will be awfully quiet this weekend, deprived of snow and the four-legged athletes that would love to run on it.
The state’s Municipal Advisory Gas Project Review Board met again Friday. Made up largely of mayors from the North Slope to the Kenai Peninsula, the Board is trying to determine the best way to generate tax revenues from the Alaska LNG Project.
The Kenai performers are tuning up to brighten winter with their production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education announced its final list of candidates for Superintendent. There was some discussion about whether to even go ahead with interviews, or simply maintain the status quo.
With the announcement last month that companies are planning to ship Cook Inlet natural gas to interior markets, the Alaska Railroad Corporation sees an opportunity, and made its case to a handful of legislators Tuesday.
As the state and the industry continue down the path toward a new LNG export project, how that natural gas will be marketed and sold is becoming just as important as how and when a pipeline will be built. As those conversations take place, the state needs to have a seat at the table.
A pre-filed bill by Kenai District O Sen. Peter Micciche seeking to ban smoking statewide had its first hearing the Senate Health and Social Services Committee recently.
In a documentary film released this week, British newlyweds find that an Alaska-to-Argentina road trip is a great way to road test their marriage.
Farmers and gardeners from across the Kenai Peninsula gathered for a roundtable discussion this week in Kenai. The focus was on getting both farmers, and the markets that feature their products, to the next level.
The Soldotna city council decided against introducing an ordinance that could have led to the purchase of Birch Ridge Golf Course at its meeting Wednesday.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski aims to open access to public lands and return some regulatory control to states.
A gathering at the visitors center in Kenai on Friday celebrated winter, community and Dena’ina culture, in honor of the “Dena’ina Way of Living exhibit” on display from the Anchorage Museum.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, or FERC, has released a series of draft reports about the Alaska LNG Project. This is the first round of reports detailing the project’s operations and potential impacts.
Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre continued his quest to tackle rising health care costs Tuesday. Speaking at a joint meeting of the Kenai and Soldotna Chambers of Commerce, Navarre gave some more ideas about how to bring those costs down, and what role continued oil and gas development might play.
The city of Soldotna will begin tackling marijuana issues at its meeting this week. The city wants to ban cannabis use in public.
While most of us are still hoping for a couple more helpings of winter, the Kenai Peninsula’s growing number of commercial agriculture producers are already preparing for another growing season. A round table discussion is planned for this week to help small-scale farmers and gardeners take their products to the next level.
At Tuesday night’s Borough Assembly meeting, there was unanimous consent that health care costs are high, and growing at an unsustainable rate. And there was no debate that the Borough needs to find ways to lower its health care costs. But spending $200,000 on a task force to find those ways wasn’t everyone’s idea of the best way forward.
The city of Soldotna will remain a first-class city following a special election Tuesday, in which voters chose not to rewrite the city’s charter. Listen: Soldotna residents ruled out a move to being a home-rule city in a special election Tuesday, voting down a proposal to form a commission to draft a new charter. …
Soldotna voters will go to the polls Tuesday to decide how they want to their city to be run, and see how at home they are with the idea of home rule.
As oil prices continue to sit in the cellar and a new administration in Juneau is looking for savings in the state budget, two natural gas pipeline projects are working to make the case for their continued state support.
Kenai Peninsula College is continuing its education in belt tightening as the campus braces for an expected budget reduction to come.
A new federal subsistence fishery rule adds set gillnetting to the Kenai and Kasilof rivers, but, that doesn’t necessarily mean increased pressure on king salmon stocks.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough is looking at a land deal to potentially help with ongoing flooding issues by K-Beach Road south of Kenai.
The debate about how to shape marijuana policy is beginning to take shape at both the state and local levels. The senate state affairs committee met on the subject Tuesday and the Kenai city council had its own questions at its latest meeting.
A Soldotna mountaineer is on his third season of adventures in TV land.
Borough Mayor Mike Navarre asked for $67,500 in order to pay a new special assistant on oil, gas and mining issues.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly heard nearly 2 hours of public testimony on an ordinance to introduce a vote banning marijuana cultivation in the Borough. Despite strong opposition from many supporters of the state’s new cannabis laws, a public hearing date was set so the Assembly can take another round of testimony.
A year after making the move from being, essentially, a renter, to a homeowner, the shine still hasn’t worn off Homer Electric Association’s new status in the power generation world, making this an exciting time to help steer the future of the electric cooperative.
This week, we’re joined by Eric Derleth and Marc Theiler of the Kenai Community Coalition on Cannabis to break down what happened at this week’s Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, and talk about what a new marijuana industry might look like on the Kenai Peninsula.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will decide whether or not to put a vote on banning its cultivation to the public tonight.
The Soldotna community showed appreciation for some of its notable residents and businesses on Tuesday with its annual awards presentation, and got appreciated right back in return.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will decide whether or not to take up an ordinance dealing with marijuana cultivation when it meets Tuesday night.
You don’t have to look very far or hard to see the Kenai Peninsula’s Russian influence. Even though that influence goes back more than two centuries, there’s still a lot we don’t know about how the Russians lived here and how they used the land and its native people. Wednesday night at the Kasilof Historical Museum, Shana Loshbaugh brought some of those questions to light.
Alaska State Parks is currently accepting applications for three seats on the Kenai River Special Management Area Citizens Advisory Board.
Things looked like they should for race day at Tsalteshi Trails on Sunday afternoon — cars filling the parking lot of the Wolverine Trailhead on Kalifornsky Beach Road, orange markings denoting the starting line and racecourse, clipboard-laden volunteers taking registrations, and participants in numbered bibs bouncing in place in order to stay warm and warm up for the effort to come.
The ostentatious lack of winter provided by Mother Nature this year has forced the Tustumena 200 back two weeks. Race Director Tami Murray says the Board made its decision Monday night. “All the mushers on the Kenai Peninsula, they’ve all headed north to train, knowing that there’s nothing here for them as far as …
The Kenai Peninsula Borough District School Board heard more than an hour of public testimony at its meeting Monday night, with nearly all voices in support of the two teachers and two administrators from Nikiski Middle/High School who were placed on administrative leave last week, following complaints about inappropriate behavior during a school assembly.
A second round of federal payments to make up for a dismal 2012 fishing season was approved this week. On Monday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced that $13 million would be sent out to fishermen and researchers working in chinook salmon fisheries in Cook Inlet and the Yukon and Kuskokwim Rivers. More than half …
Details are beginning to come out about new plans to ship Cook Inlet natural gas across the state. At last week’s Kenai Peninsula Industrial Outlook Forum, Blue Crest Energy CEO Benjamin Johnson announced plans to partner with California-based WesPac. WesPac will operate a proposed liquefied natural gas processing plant out of Port Mackenzie in Northern …
Blue Crest Energy made the big headline at the annual Kenai Peninsula Industry Outlook Forum this week, with its announcement of a plan to start producing natural gas for instate customers and drill new oil wells by Anchor Point. But other Cook Inlet operators have plans of their own. Listen: Hilcorp, Furie and Apache all …
Animal welfare was the topic of concern at this week’s Kenai city council meeting. The council heard from a number residents concerned with the recent decision to limit hours at the Kenai animal shelter, but struggled to find any immediate solutions. Listen: The city eliminated it’s the Kenai Animal Shelter’s after-hours drop off boxes for …
The resurgent boom continues in Cook Inlet. At the annual Kenai Peninsula Industry Outlook Forum this week in Kenai, new oil and gas player Blue Crest, based in Forth Worth, made some of the biggest announcements. CEO Benjamin Johnson says they’ve partnered with a California company called Wespac to build a new LNG facility …
Apache Corporation has applied for permits from the US Army Corps of Engineers for work it plans to do north of Nikiski.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued comments on the first round of reports detailing operations for the Alaska LNG Project.
The Soldotna city council met in special session this week to determine whether or not a new day care provider could begin taking clients
After months of meetings, the city of Kenai has a plan for renovations to Municipal Park, and it’s been trimmed down a bit.
Hikers and other lovers of the outdoors might have heard of the best-selling book “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail” by Cheryl Strayed. The movie version starring Reese Witherspoon opened in select markets Monday. KDLL’s Shaylon Cochran recently spoke Joe Niichel of Soldotna, who just got done with his own solo trek down the 2,650 mile trail that stretches from the Canadian to the Mexican border.
Following a town hall meeting Tuesday night and a presentation by Kenai city Attorney Scott Bloom Wednesday afternoon, one thing burns through the haze of newly approved marijuana laws. There are a lot of unanswered questions.
A former Central Emergency Services Captain and his wife accepted a deal to pled guilty to misdemeanor and felony theft charges, respectively Tuesday morning. Jack and Angie Anderson made fraudulent purchases using credit cards for two non-profit organizations.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly has some work left to do on a local option zoning measure presented last week. There was some hesitation to make a subdivision near the Kenai River strictly residential. Listen: Property owners in the Diamond Willow and Fairfield subdivisions will have to wait a little longer for a decision from …