The state’s budget woes are forcing more people to ask what’s next for the state in a post-oil and and gas world? Tourism is a popular answer, but even that industry is facing an uphill battle in light of current energy prices.
It’s been almost twenty years since the state Board of Fisheries met on the Kenai Peninsula
Local and state regulators are still hammering out details for the next phase of legal marijuana in the state. But not everyone has been waiting to see those final rules in the year since ballot proposition two passed, legalizing pot and setting the table for possible commercial sales. While fortune tends to favor the bold, … Read more
A bill to reinstate the fishing guide licensing and logbook programs in Alaska will come before the Senate Finance Committee in January. But before lawmakers have their say, fishing guides get to weigh in during a series of public meetings held around the state this month and next.
Wednesday was Bob Beilefeld Day in Kenai. Mayor Pat Porter recognized the founder of Kenai Avaiation during a Chamber of Commerce luncheon.
Seldovia adventurers look to Alaska’s future while exploring Cook Inlet.
Managers with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game are expecting a bigger year in 2016 than 2015 for parts of Upper Cook Inlet.
The Borough’s health care task force continues to meet with an eye toward controlling ever-rising health care costs on the Peninsula. The latest focus is on recruiting doctors.
Reducing the University of Alaska’s budget without reducing its reputation, quality and effectiveness is a problem with no immediate, obvious answer. But it’s a problem university administration, as well as Kenai Peninsula College, is committed to solve.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is considering a change to its liquor license rules. An effort between two businesses in Ninilchik to trade liquor licenses hit a snag when the new owner was found to be less than 500 feet away from a church. Listen: And that’s caused a bit of consternation in Ninilchik. Debbie … Read more
Though all campuses within the University of Alaska system will have to share the cost-cutting burden as the university faces a gaping budget deficit, community colleges like KPC can rest assured of their importance to the organization’s whole.
Three years and more than half a million dollars after the invasive plant elodea was discovered on the Kenai Peninsula, biologists say it’s coming under control. Dr. John Morton, a supervisory biologist with the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge gave a final report on eradication efforts at this week’s Borough Assembly meeting.
Alaska State Troopers have issued a silver alert for a Nikiski woman missing since Tuesday. The family of 64-year old Sharon Berghone reported last seeing her at her home Sunday evening. “Essentially they hadn’t heard from her yesterday at all and just kind of assumed that she was out and about with other people, but … Read more
The 2015 fishing season on the Kenai River was tough for a lot of fishermen. But one user group is alleging it was illegally bad.
Area veterans gathered Wednesday at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex for a morning of remembrance.
The Soldotna city council filled its one vacant seat at Tuesday night’s meeting. Dan Nelson, who also ran in the general election and Soldotna businessman Tim Cashman were up for the council’s consideration.
It’s easier riding for vets seeking medical care on the Kenai Peninsula.
Two candidates have filed for the Soldotna city council seat left open by new mayor Pete Sprague. Dan Nelson, who also ran in the general election, and Tim Cashman are up for the appointment to council seat F. Both have long residences in Soldotna. Nelson works for Borough office of emergency management and Cashman runs a fishing business … Read more
The northern lights are bright over Alaska this winter. And those with a little luck, knowledge and patience can keep their views all year long.
The council will meet again on December 2nd
The future of the Kenai bowling alley is up in the air, following a decision to find a new lessee or perhaps even owner of the building.
Sounds tell a story in Soldotna.
A set of three ordinances will be introduced for the Soldotna city council next week regarding local marijuana laws.
While Alaska ranks better than the national average in preventing premature births, there’s still room for improvement, especially in closing disparity gaps between communities and racial and ethnic groups.
Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre delivered his annual state of the Borough address Wednesday at the Kenai Visitor’s Center. He says things are good, but in almost all areas, the mayor’s eye is on the future.
The central peninsula’s first shot of winter arrived this week with its usual slippery fanfare.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is likely to face some tough decisions when it puts together next year’s budget. State funding is up in the air, and the district’s savings are drying up.
New rules for boats made for a safer dipnetting season, that according to the city of Kenai’s annual dipnet report, released last week. The report also lays out the possibility of new fees for next year. Listen: The city took in more than half a million dollars during the 2015 personal use fishery, turning a … Read more
Daylight saving time Sunday means sunset comes an hour earlier in the evening, but for stargazers, there are some bright spots of it being darker, sooner.
Think you’re buying wild salmon? Think again.
For all its slime and rough times, fishing also inspires some poetic rhymes.
Soldotna is getting a new look thanks to a new arts initiative around town.
The city of Soldotna has zeroed in on what areas it will study for potential annexation.
The school district is all ears for suggestions — no matter how creative — to address an expected budget shortfall.
Nikiski residents got a look at what the Kenai Spur Highway might look like if the AK LNG project goes ahead.
With the school district facing an expected $3 million — or more — hole in its budget next year, it’s turning to the public for ideas.
There’s a murder mystery to be solved in Kenai, and the cast of a has-been rock band needs your help to do it.
The school district and employee associations returned to the bargaining table for a last-ditch effort to avoid going to arbitration to settle their overdue contract.
Governor Bill Walker and First Lady Donna Walker made guest appearances at two events in Homer on Friday. First, Governor Walker spoke during the last part of the Southern Peninsula Senior Summit. The governor said he wanted to reassure the attendees that Alaska would work its way through challenges sparked by weak oil prices and … Read more
The city of Soldotna is looking for input from the public about its roads and overall transportation situation.
This week the Cohen Group released findings of a Pebble-funded review of the EPA’s efforts to restrict some mining in the Bristol Bay watershed. The report called the agency’s actions unfair for stakeholders, calling attention to the use of hypothetical mine scenarios in EPA’s watershed assessment, and the agency’s unique preemptive use of the Clean … Read more
Chickens were on the menu for the Kenai city council this week. At issue was a proposed ordinance that would do away with the conditional use permit currently needed for residents in town to keep chickens on their property.
The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge hopes to share the love of the refuge with volunteers who love lending a helping hand.
The Alaska Department of Natural Resources issued its long-awaited decision on water rights in the area of the proposed Chuitna Mine.
Results are in, and in among the many uncontested seats, Tuesday’s municipal elections yielded some surprises.
The Kenai Watershed Forum is pushing ahead with a full slate of projects despite still not knowing who will head the organization in the future.
Municipal leaders from across the state came to a preliminary agreement with partners in the Alaska LNG Project on local payouts last week. The project will make 800 million dollars available to communities facing impacts from the 800-mile long lng pipeline, with billions more slated for future tax payments. But how much each community will … Read more
A cluster of planets visible in Alaska in October offers a chance to look on the bright side of the transition from summer to winter.
Governor Bill Walker was in town to talk about the state’s fiscal woes Wednesday. Senator Peter Micciche and State Budget Director Pat Pitney warmed up the Chamber of Commerce crowd with some possible solutions to those budget issues.
An unfortunate statistic is creeping up this year, with the fourth bear mauling of the year occurring Tuesday.
Alaska State Troopers say that a 59-year-old Nikiski woman was found dead Thursday in an all-terrain vehicle accident.
Contract negotiations are still in overtime in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, and the clock just got extended again.
Robin Davis is one of four candidates for the District 1 seat on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly. An Air Force veteran and former pastor in Kenai, Davis currently works as the Borough’s Capitol Project Manager.
A new clinic opening in Kenai will help fill a health care gap in the community.
The next generation is becoming the new face of farming in the country.
The Kenai City Council has found its way along a twisting path toward improving dip-net access to the south beach of the Kenai River.
An initial report finds that engine trouble was likely to blame for a fatal plane crash in Kasilof last month.
According to its official motto, Kenai is the “Village with a Past, City with a Future.” The change from village to city took place largely because of just two decades of change, in the 1950s and ’60s.
This week, we begin our local campaign coverage by speaking with two candidates for the Borough Assembly’s first district: Robin Davis and Dr. David Wartinbee. Mr. Davis is a 28-year veteran of the United States Air Force. He is currently the Project Manager for the Kenai Peninsula Borough. Dr. Wartinbee is a twice-retired biology professor. … Read more
Counting kings in Kenai has come a long way. New technology makes the sonar program more accurate than it’s ever been.
High water on the Kenai River is starting to take a toll.
The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for the Kenai River from Kenai Lake to the Russian River from this evening through late Friday night. A flood watch means there’s a potential for flooding.
One fish, two fish, and new technology to count fish is making a big difference in the Kenai River king salmon sonar program.
Residents along the Kenai River and Kenai Lake should keep an eye out for rising water levels this week.
Ninilchik School had an emergency evacuation to the Ninilchik Fairgrounds on Tuesday afternoon when a vehicle hit a gas main near the school.
Teens got a splash course in rowing at a youth event at Mackey Lake in Soldotna recently.
The Soldotna city council wrapped up its proceedings in relatively short order this week, tackling such issues as the best way to buy used equipment and whether or not the city should weigh in on a Borough-wide ballot measure.
Aurora activity remains high through Friday and promises a winter full of good northern night lights.
Batten the hatches, or at least keep an eye out for trees on power lines, as a windstorm continues throughout Southcentral Alaska.
Governor Bill Walker was in Kenai Wednesday. He spoke to a joint meeting of the Kenai and Soldotna Chambers of Commerce, making his pitch for the state of Alaska to be ready to take on a bigger share of the AK LNG Project. Listen: “A big piece of what I do is AK LNG,” Walker … Read more
A land deal the Kenai Peninsula Borough has been working on for more than a year is still not settled, following a lengthy debate at the most recent borough assembly meeting.
The city of Kenai might be in the market for some new additions at one of the city’s parks.
Investigators have cleared the wreckage from a small plane crash that claimed the lives of two Kasilof men over the weekend.
Two Kasilof men died when their plane clipped some trees and crashed just beyond the Cook Inlet bluff Saturday night.
Supporters of local commercial setnetters protested for a second day outside the Soldotna Sports Center Thursday night. Inside the Sports Center, the Kenai River Sportfishing Association was meeting as part of the Kenai River Classic.
A homelessness outreach program is in need of help to help those in need.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough’s task force on marijuana met this week. The group dove into the issue of local control.
A Kenai River Sportfishing Association roundtable presentation brought together leading experts in the national recreational fishing arena Wednesday, while local fishermen brought signs protesting KRSA actions.
A move to create a new economic development area in one of the Borough’s voting districts was tabled at Tuesday’s Borough assembly meeting, effectively putting the issue to rest at least for now.
Borough and school district administrators compete in setting a healthy example for employees.
Another small step has been made toward finalizing the Kenai Bluff Erosion Project. Project managers met earlier this year and came up with several potential plans to hopefully slow the rate at which the bluff near the mouth of the Kenai river is disappearing.
Berry hunters go on the lookout for something sweet to eat.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will discuss an issue that could go to a special election this fall. Assembly member Kelly Wolf has introduced an ordinance seeking to ask residents in his district if they’d like to pay for a new economic development area.
The Soldotna city council was presented with two potential plans for expansion and the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex at its meeting this week.
The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce has its eyes on a piece of property for a possible new headquarters. The city council will vote on whether or not to restrict the land’s development until the Chamber can use it this week.
As fishing season winds down, the Kenai city council took time at its meeting this week to reflect on this year’s personal use fishery.
Appreciation for craft brewing will flow freely Saturday at the Kenai Peninsula Beer Festival.
A traffic accident closed the Kenai Spur Highway for nearly six hours Wednesday, and a brown bear attack Tuesday closed a hiking trail in the Skilak Lake area.
Bargaining between municipalities, the state and the major partners in the Alaska LNG Project is heating up. Listen: Bargaining might not be quite the right phrase, but there is certainly a pursuit for the best deal for the municipalities that will be home to various parts of the Alaska LNG Project. “The municipal advisory … Read more
The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra tunes up for the finale of its summer music festival.
Central Peninsula Hospital’s expansion in Soldotna continues. The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly recently approved purchasing an existing office and existing obstetrics and gynecology practice. Total cost is about $850,000. As with most of the hospital’s efforts to acquire property around the hospital in recent years, this one came with some objections. “Shouldn’t we be asking … Read more
As birding becomes a more popular activity on the Kenai Peninsula, the interest has grown from the recreational to the scientific. A pilot study currently underway at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is looking to see if there are any changes in migratory and mating patterns in the species found there.
Kenai kings are catching a break with some fishing guides this season.
Soldotna Creek Park was transformed into a fine dining establishment Saturday through the efforts of some literal iron chefs.
A warm-hearted donation will result in warm feet in the community.
Anglers on the Kenai River will be able to use bait for the first time in four years.
News Briefs: Traffic fatality, pilot not injured in plane crash, DOT warns of highway closures.
Gov. Bill Walker’s administration stresses that cuts alone won’t be enough to bridge the state’s budget gap.
Somebody’s celebrating a birthday — over a century of them, in fact.
Sockeye runs throughout Southcentral are showing up late this season. What might be going on in the ocean to cause their delay?
The late, hopefully still great run of sockeye might finally be making its way to the Kenai River.
Some interesting catches were pulled from the Kasilof River Sunday, but they weren’t fish.
A road construction project planned for next summer should help alleviate traffic congestion at two busy intersections between Kenai and Soldotna.
The march toward 2015 being a record fire season in Alaska is heating up.
The Kenai council debates how much weight city residency should have in serving on a commission.
A relative newcomer to Cook Inlet’s oil and gas scene is charging ahead with big development plans, which could equate to oil production at 17,000 barrels a day, and the creation of more than 400 jobs.
Some century-old residents of Kasilof are getting some new interest.
A genealogical group is out to preserve history and solve some mysteries in Kasilof.
As sockeye salmon return to the Kenai River in July, so, too, do crowds of dip-netters seeking to catch their share. The people show up overnight, but the fishery doesn’t come together that fast. The prep work begins before the first late-run fish hits the fresh water.
Salmon aren’t the only things running in July on the central Kenai Peninsula. The community is getting in on healthy outdoor activity, as well.
After waiting for the borough and state to finish their financial wrangling, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District was able to finalize its budget for the current fiscal year.
The holiday weekend got off to a slow start for drivers headed to the Kenai.
Dr. David Wartinbee, a now-retired biology professor from Kenai Peninsula College was on the task force that helped develop the regulations back in 2011. He spoke with us about that process and why that setback policy is important.
The Kenai city council once again took up the pot talk at its meeting last night. Listen: “The state’s having a problem with the moving parts themselves. That’s why we’re sitting here doing a lot of this ourselves. But if we don’t do something and do it quickly, we’re going to wish that we had.” … Read more
To date, it’s the third highest return in the last decade.
What can be done to assist wildland firefighters before a fire even ignites? It takes being wise.
Wednesday afternoon brought a bit of a shake, rattle and roll throughout Southcentral Alaska, though some had more evidence than others.
A problem in Nikiski left nearly all Homer Electric Association members without power for about a half an hour Wednesday.
Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. But in this case, smoke from the Card Street Fire on Tuesday was from an intentional burn, one meant to prevent the fire from coming any closer to recreational facilities in the Skilak Lake area.
Peninsula residents speak out about proposed changes to regulations on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.
A break in the hot, dry weather is calming fire activity in Sterling and Cooper Landing. The Card Street Fire chilled out over the weekend, but that doesn’t mean it’ll be put out anytime soon.
The Soldotna Equestrian Association is offering a safe haven to livestock displaced by wildfires in Sterling and Cooper Landing.
256 firefighters are on the scene in Sterling, and with the number of fires going on across the state, resources are being stretched thin.
We’ve got answers for the burning questions of deciphering wildfire terminology.
The Card Street Fire on the Kenai Peninsula has grown to more than 9,000 acres, or 14 square miles. More ground and support personnel are arriving, and the fire has pushed east into the Skilak Lake area. The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge ordered an evacuation of all the campgrounds along Skilak Lake Road. Division … Read more
The fire has consumed more than 2,500 acres. It is 5% contained.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly took it to the wire Tuesday night, hearing testimony until almost midnight. The issue: anadromous streams protection. Again.
Fire crews were kept busy on the central Kenai Peninsula Tuesday night, keeping an eye on the Card Street Fire to prevent it from spreading to homes in the Kenai Keys areas, and attacking two new fires in the Copper Landing area.
It is unknown if they are human caused or the result of lightening from this evening’s storms.
Hot Shot crews have arrived on the Kenai Peninsula to assist with the Card Street Fire in Kenai. Five teams, totaling 100 firefighters will join state and local forces numbering around 70.
The Card Street Fire in Sterling on the Kenai Peninsula continued into its second day Tuesday. The fire has burned more than 1,500 acres. Hot Shot crews are scheduled to be on the scene tonight.
Residents are being evacuated from Kenai Keys and Feuding Lane. The Borough defines the Sterling area as: Subdivisions from Card Street EAST to Kenai National Refuge boundary at Sterling Hwy. mile 76 and SOUTH to the Kenai River. This still includes Feuding Lane and Kenai Keyes. Funny River area includes subdivisions off the … Read more
Division of Forestry spokesperson Terry Anderson says the fire slowed down a bit in the early morning hours after rapidly growing to more than 1,200 acres.
“Everybody’s been coming and signing up horse trailers, boats, heavy equipment. I have this, I have that. It’s pretty amazing to see how this little community pulls together.”
It was first reported as a one-acre grass fire in an area only accessible by 4-wheeler.
State division of forestry spokesperson Andy Alexandrou says by 3 p.m. it had grown to 75 acres and was posing a threat to homes.
The sweet sound of commerce rang out all across Kenai and Soldotna on Saturday.
The Kenai River Festival has come a long way in 25 years, but in many regards hasn’t strayed far from its roots.
The music headliner for the Kenai River Festival on Saturday night might not have settled on one style just yet, but she is settled on bringing her blend of country, blues, folk and early rock to audiences in Alaska.
On the Kenai, the task force has seven members, as per the ordinance that was approved creating it.
An ordinance passed in 2011 gave fish-bearing streams 50 feet of protection from over-development. Those opposed to the measure said the 50 foot buffer infringed on personal property rights.
Twenty-five years of tradition will be served up with barbecued salmon, live music and a whole lot of fun this weekend in Soldotna.
A walk through the woods serves as a trip back in time to a historic Native village.
Residents of Nikiski are trying once again to add a police presence to their corner of the Peninsula. A community meeting at the North Pen Rec Center Thursday night showed the wide range of opinions on how best to deal with rising crime in the area.
Nothing to do midweek? Soldotna is out to change that with live music, local vendors and summertime in the park.
The city of Kenai adopted its annual budget Wednesday evening. But that wasn’t the only issue up for debate.
The Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Committee is celebrating 25 years of not having its worst fear come true.
The Alaska Department of Transportation is looking for information from local drivers on where the rubber meets the road to rehab a section of the Kenai Spur Highway.
Fundraising usually means kissing some money goodbye, but this year’s Relay for Life event will also mean taking a pie to the kisser to raise money to fight cancer.
A new effort is underway to tackle the challenges of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and emotional trauma in the community.
The 2016 budget will be the center of debate at next week’s borough assembly meeting. The budget is set to grow by nearly three million dollars next year.
A new organization is taking community art to heart, starting with an art festival in Soldotna over Memorial Day weekend.
Residents along K-Beach Road south of Kenai saw favorable weather this winter and throughout the spring as they continue to try and get more done to prevent future flooding. A citizen task force on the issue was trying to get some recognition from the Borough Assembly last week.
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, … Read more
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 … Read more
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 … Read more
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 … Read more
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 … Read more
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 … Read more
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 … Read more
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 … Read more
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. … Read more
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 … Read more
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 … Read more
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 … Read more
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 … Read more
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 … Read more
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 … Read more
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 … Read more
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 … Read more
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 … Read more
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 … Read more