Public Comment Sought For Cooper Landing By Pass

March 27, 2015

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.

Soldotna Drops Proposed Pot Rules

March 27, 2015

The city of Soldotna will forgo making its own rules on newly-legalized marijuana, at least for now.

Kenai Couple Identified

March 27, 2015

The remains of a missing Kenai family have been positively identified.

Legislature Hears Support for Sockeye Salmon Stamp

March 27, 2015

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.

Chefs Mix It Up for the Food Bank

March 26, 2015

The heat was on for local chefs Saturday seeking fame in bragging rights and fortune for the food bank.

Nikiski Groundwater Study Provides New Answers, New Questions

March 25, 2015

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.

Climate Workshop Will Focus On Local Issues

March 25, 2015

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. Chenault, Olson Talk Gas Line, Pot, Other Issues

March 25, 2015

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.

Ruffner Tagged To Fill Board Of Fish Seat

March 23, 2015

Governor Bill Walker has nominated Soldotna resident Robert Ruffner to the state Board of Fisheries.

Police Confident Remains Belong To Missing Kenai Family

March 23, 2015

Police investigators in Kenai are confident they’ve found the remains of a family missing since last May.

Assembly Approves Marijuana Task Force

March 23, 2015

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 …

Human Remains Found in Kenai Might be Missing Family

March 23, 2015

A 10-month search for a Kenai family might finally be over.

Drill Tests Hospital Preparedness

March 20, 2015

Central Peninsula Hospital is making sure it knows the drill for emergency preparedness. KDLL’s Jenny Neyman has this report:

Opposition Mounting Against Soldotna Annexation Plans

March 19, 2015

As the city of Soldotna continues to explore possibilities for annexation of surrounding neighborhoods, some people in those neighborhoods are mounting an opposition.

Board of Game Lowers Kenai Brown Bear Hunting Limits

March 19, 2015

Hunters will get a little less opportunity at brown bears on the peninsula next season, following direction from the Alaska Board of Game.

Assembly Pushes Back Vote On Food Tax Exemption

March 18, 2015

In a marathon meeting Tuesday, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly made its decision on sales taxes for certain food items. Sort of.

Board of Game Updates Kenai Moose Hunting Regulations

March 18, 2015

The Alaska Board of Game took aim at moose hunting proposals on the Kenai Peninsula this week.

North Wing Of Old Nikiski Elementary School To Be Torn Down

March 16, 2015

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.

Board of Game to Vote on Central Peninsula Trapping Ban

March 16, 2015

The Alaska Board of Game attempts to unsnarl a disagreement between trappers and dog owners on the central Kenai Peninsula.

Soldotna Annexation Process Could Take At Least Two Years

March 13, 2015

The city of Soldotna is moving forward with plans for annexation. But what exactly that means is far from decided.

Kenai Peninsula Veterans on the Road to More Choice in Health Care

March 13, 2015

Local veterans have more choice in obtaining health care.

City, Chamber Look To Expand Vistors And Conference Centers In Soldotna

March 12, 2015

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.

Dena’ina Wellness Center hosts unusual visitor, Re (colon) cancer

March 12, 2015

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’s Guitar Stars

March 12, 2015

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 …

CPH Moving To Next Expansion Phase

March 11, 2015

Central Peninsula Hospital is looking for approval from the Borough Assembly for the next phase of its expansion project.

Soldotna Annexation Presentation Scheduled

March 11, 2015

The city of Soldotna is revisiting a plan for annexation. A new advisory committee has been formed, and a presentation is scheduled for tonight.

Legislator’s Town Hall Draws Full Crowd

March 9, 2015

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 …

Gas Pipeline Debate Playing Out

March 6, 2015

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.

Peninsula Fugitive Apprehended Following Chase

March 5, 2015

A fugitive search following a high-speed chase through the central Kenai Peninsula wrapped up Wednesday with the arrest of a suspect in Wasilla.

2015 Sockeye Season Expected To Look Similar To 2014

March 5, 2015

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.

Borough Hires New Special Assistant On Oil And Gas

March 4, 2015

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.

Community spirit sprouts from Soldotna Montessori’s annual Bean Soup Day

March 4, 2015

School kids in Soldotna dug in to a lesson about helping their community on Friday.

Dusek Named Superintendent

March 3, 2015

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District interviewed two candidates for superintendent Tuesday afternoon.

Hilcorp, DEC Respond To Milne Point Spill

March 2, 2015

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.

Homestead History: Kenai Historical Society Shares Memories Of Earlier Days

March 2, 2015

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.

Habitat Group Puts Spotlight On Invasive Species

February 27, 2015

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.

Science Teachers Learn Next Generation Methods

February 27, 2015

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.

Soldotna Postpones Pot Regs

February 26, 2015

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.

Clamming Closed; Poor Razor Clam Numbers Shutter Peninsula Beaches

February 26, 2015

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.

Assembly Votes Down Proposed Ban On Pot Cultivation

February 25, 2015

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 …

Borough Pot Ordinance Set For Public Hearing

February 23, 2015

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.

Big Game Hunters Find Out Who Will Get To Take Aim This Fall

February 23, 2015

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.

T-200 Board Looks To 2016

February 20, 2015

The Caribou Hills will be awfully quiet this weekend, deprived of snow and the four-legged athletes that would love to run on it.

Municipal Leaders Focus On Taxes At LNG Meeting

February 20, 2015

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.

Curtain Almost Up On “Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”

February 18, 2015

The Kenai performers are tuning up to brighten winter with their production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

School Board Ready To Interview Superintendent Candidates

February 18, 2015

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.

Alaska Railroad Wants In On Cook Inlet Gas Future

February 18, 2015

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.

State Should Be Involved In LNG Talks, Consultants Say

February 16, 2015

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.

Micchiche’s Smoking Ban Bill Gets First Senate Hearing

February 16, 2015

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.

Romantic Road Test Winds Through The Kenai Peninsula

February 13, 2015

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 Learn About Taking The Next Step At Roundtable Event

February 13, 2015

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.

Council Scratches Birch Ridge Plan

February 12, 2015

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. Murkowski Pulls For Sportsman’s Act

February 12, 2015

Sen. Lisa Murkowski aims to open access to public lands and return some regulatory control to states.

Dena’ina Exhibit Celebrates Season, Homeland

February 11, 2015

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.

Feds Get First Round Of Alaska LNG Impact Reports

February 11, 2015

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.

Navarre Explains Health Care Ideas To Chamber

February 10, 2015

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.

Soldotna Looks Into Pot Rules

February 9, 2015

The city of Soldotna will begin tackling marijuana issues at its meeting this week. The city wants to ban cannabis use in public.

Ag Roundtable To Inspire Local Farmers To Take The Next Step

February 6, 2015

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.

Borough To Take A $200K Look At Health Care

February 4, 2015

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.

Voters Rule No On Home Rule

February 4, 2015

  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 Votes On Home Rule Charter Commission In Special Election

February 2, 2015

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.

A Tale Of Two Pipelines

January 30, 2015

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.

KPC Readies For Possible Budget Crunch

January 30, 2015

Kenai Peninsula College is continuing its education in belt tightening as the campus braces for an expected budget reduction to come.

Much To Sort Out Before Subsistence Gillnets Hit Kenai, Kasilof

January 29, 2015

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.

Borough Looks At K-Beach Land Deal

January 28, 2015

The Kenai Peninsula Borough is looking at a land deal to potentially help with ongoing flooding issues by K-Beach Road south of Kenai.

Marijuana Discussions Begin To Take Shape

January 27, 2015

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.

Soldotna Man Climbing Into Season Three Of NatGeo Program

January 26, 2015

A Soldotna mountaineer is on his third season of adventures in TV land.

Assembly Approves Oil And Gas Advisor Position

January 26, 2015

Borough Mayor Mike Navarre asked for $67,500 in order to pay a new special assistant on oil, gas and mining issues.

Assembly To Discuss Vote For Ban On Pot Cultivation

January 22, 2015

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.

Election Time For HEA Board of Directors

January 21, 2015

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.

KDLL Conversation: Eric Derleth and Marc Theiler

January 21, 2015

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.

City, Borough Talk Pot This Week

January 20, 2015

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will decide whether or not to put a vote on banning its cultivation to the public tonight.

Soldotna Business Owners Recognized At Chamber Banquet

January 16, 2015

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.

Ordinance To Curb Pot Growing Set For Introduction

January 16, 2015

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will decide whether or not to take up an ordinance dealing with marijuana cultivation when it meets Tuesday night.

The Kenai Peninsula’s Russian Past

January 16, 2015

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.

Opening For Kenai River Management Board

January 15, 2015

Alaska State Parks is currently accepting applications for three seats on the Kenai River Special Management Area Citizens Advisory Board.

Snow Or No Snow, Still A Need For Speed

January 15, 2015

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.

T-200 Pushed Back For Lack Of Snow

January 13, 2015

  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 …

School Board Hears From Public About Nikiski Faculty Christmas Show

January 13, 2015

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.

Sport Guides Get Share Of 2012 King Salmon Disaster Funds

January 12, 2015

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 …

Interior Markets Could Use Cook Inlet Gas By 2017

January 12, 2015

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 …

Oil, Gas Producers Promise More Action In 2015

January 9, 2015

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 …

Kenai City Councils Hears Concerns About Lack Of Animal Shelter Options

January 9, 2015

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 …

Blue Crest Plans New Onshore Wells, LNG Shipments

January 9, 2015

  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 Seeks Corps Permits For North Road Work

December 29, 2014

Apache Corporation has applied for permits from the US Army Corps of Engineers for work it plans to do north of Nikiski.

Feds Comment On Draft Report For Alaska LNG Project

December 23, 2014

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued comments on the first round of reports detailing operations for the Alaska LNG Project.

Soldotna Council Gives Approval To Day Care Center

December 19, 2014

The Soldotna city council met in special session this week to determine whether or not a new day care provider could begin taking clients

City of Kenai Approves Municipal Parks Plan

December 18, 2014

After months of meetings, the city of Kenai has a plan for renovations to Municipal Park, and it’s been trimmed down a bit.

Conversation – Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail

December 18, 2014

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.

Citizens, Chamber Talk Pot In Kenai

December 17, 2014

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.

Soldotna Couple Pleads Guilty To Theft Charges

December 2, 2014

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.

Assembly Takes On Zoning Request In Diamond Willow

December 1, 2014

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 …