Comment Period Extended on Refuge Predator Hunting Rules

February 29, 2016

Proposed changes to predator hunting regulations on refuges in Alaska, including the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, are bringing several arguments to bear — or wolf, or coyote, for that matter. Listen:   One is the different management strategies of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and Board of Game, which prioritize managing game populations … Read more

Main Line Leak Blamed for Gas Explosions Following Quake

February 29, 2016

Enstar Natural Gas has identified the problem leading to gas explosions that destroyed two houses, and a fire that claimed two more, on Lilac Lane in Kenai following the magnitude 7.1 earthquake in January. Listen: According to an incident report filed Feb. 24 with the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and the Regulatory Commission … Read more

Wellness for Residents and River City

February 29, 2016

A new wellness center in Soldotna is taking a holistic approach to the health of its members, and that’s just the beginning. Listen:   Don’t let the rows of cardio machines, racks of free weights or fleet of spinning bikes fool you — River City Wellness is not a gym. So says general manager Amy George, … Read more

Assembly Takes Light Touch on Pot Regulations

February 25, 2016

With the state starting to accept commercial marijuana applications Feb. 24, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly was down to the wire at its meeting Feb. 23 to decide what role the borough would play in that process. Listen: The assembly considered two ordinances, developed through the yearlong deliberation of the borough’s Marijuana Task Force. As … Read more

Revival of Native Weaving Style in Good Hands

February 24, 2016

Kay Field Parker has been a lifelong crafter, but when she took a class in spruce root basketry at the University of Alaska Southeast in 1987, she found it increasingly difficult — and not nearly as intriguing as the weaving class she kept seeing. Listen: Parker: “So, my class was going along and I started … Read more

Leap at the Chance of Good Stargazing

February 22, 2016

Next Monday, as the calendar hits the once-in-four-years occurrence of having a Feb. 29, take .2425 of the day to reflect on the one thing you really need to know about leap years and be glad you didn’t live in 1582 if you were born in October, or in England in 1752 if you were … Read more

Winter Storm Creates Elevated Avalanche Conditions

February 22, 2016

While the central Kenai Peninsula didn’t end up being left with much snow after a blizzard Sunday morning turned into rain by afternoon, it was a big enough shot of winter to cause some trouble around town. Listen: Homer Electric Association reported that 232 meters were without power in the Mackey Lake area from about … Read more

ADFG Imposes King Fishing Restrictions

February 19, 2016

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced restrictions Thursday for king salmon fishing in the Kenai and Kasilof rivers in order to try and meet escapement goals. On the Kenai, king fishing is closed in the early run, from May 1st through June 30th, from the mouth of the river all the way upstream … Read more

Continued KPBSD Budget Cuts Will Impact Classrooms

February 19, 2016

Years of budget cutting and deficit spending have left the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District with no easy answers for how to avoid impacting instruction next year. Listen:   Behind door No. 1 — hope for a little more, or at least the same level of funding from the Legislature as last year, which is not … Read more

KPBSD Braces for Cuts from Juneau

February 18, 2016

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has set its preliminary budget for next year in the realm of not good, and is preparing for even worse. Listen:   Dave Jones, assistant superintendent of Instructional Support, presented the budget to the public Wednesday night at Soldotna High School. He said the preliminary budget assumes the same … Read more

AK LNG Changes Could Slow Peninsula Projects

February 18, 2016

Gov. Walker’s announcement Wednesday that changes are coming to state plans for a liquefied natural gas pipeline leaves the curious speculating how substantial a shift might be in the works. Listen: The governor held a press conference with representatives of BP, ConocoPhillips and ExxonMobil Wednesday morning to announce that the partners will be “looking at … Read more

Marijuana Task Force Finalizes Recommendations

February 15, 2016

A year since marijuana for commercial use was legalized in Alaska, the state is entering the home stretch of finalizing the business of pot businesses, and the Kenai Peninsula Borough isn’t far behind. Listen: The rules and regulations that will govern commercial marijuana in Alaska area slowly sprouting to life, with the state’s Marijuana Control … Read more

Testimony Raises Jeers, Cheers to Alcohol Tax Hike

February 15, 2016

Gov. Walker’s proposal to double excise tax rates on alcoholic beverages in Alaska will be up for another round of public testimony in front of the House Labor and Commerce Committee on Monday. Listen:   The committee heard testimony on HB 248 Saturday, as well, mostly in opposition to the increase. Bill Howell, of Sterling, … Read more

Trapping Setbacks Snap Back Into Focus

February 12, 2016

If a new bill submitted by Anchorage Rep. Andy Josephson is passed, trapping will be banned within 200 feet of public trails and facilities on state-managed lands in Alaska. Listen: This could have a big impact in Cooper Landing, where conflicts between dog owners and trappers have roiled for years, with dogs getting caught in … Read more

Soldotna Home Rule Going Back to Voters

February 11, 2016

Soldotna residents will be asked to vote again on whether the city should form a charter commission to explore becoming a home-rule municipality, after already choosing to remain a first-class city in a special election a year ago. Listen:   Soldotna resident Linda Hutchings sponsored a voter initiative petition to bring the matter back to … Read more

ADF&G Losing Positions, Lawmaker Losing Faith in Kenai Kings Management

February 10, 2016

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is looking at trimming 30 positions next year in budget cuts, and a House legislator wants to cut bait from the management strategy of Kenai River kings until run returns stabilize. Listen: The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is looking at reducing 30 positions next fiscal year … Read more

Funding for New K-Selo School Faces Uncertain Future

February 8, 2016

The current school facilities at Kachemak Selo are cramped, drafty, deteriorating and awaiting a funding request in the governor’s budget. But the money must make it through the Legislature first, and even then might not be accepted by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly, as the grant would come with a local price tag, as well. … Read more

Commercial Fishing Communities Catch Big Numbers

February 5, 2016

Commercial fishing representatives are hoping to convince the Legislature of the industry’s sometimes surprising importance in Southcentral. Listen: An economic analysis of the value of commercial fishing in Southcentral Alaska held some surprises, even for the organization contracting the study. The Alaska Salmon Alliance, with offices in Kenai and Anchorage, worked with the McDowell group … Read more

Walker Appoints Kenai Peninsula Resident to Board of Game

February 5, 2016

A Hope resident is hoping for the opportunity to a put his lifelong hunting and trapping experiences to use on the Alaska Board of Game. Listen: Gov. Bill Walker’s pick for the Alaska Board of Game has no axe to grind, except for actual axes when stocking his woodpile in Hope. Trimmingham: “We cut a … Read more

KPEDD Looking to Help Smooth Peninsula’s Economic Outlook

February 5, 2016

A new planning document aims to help avoid economic bumps in the road. Listen: Wednesday’s presentation by Melissa Houston, with the University of Alaska Center of Economic Development, was a sort of paint-by-numbers of the Kenai Peninsula’s economy compared to the rest of the state. She spoke about her organization’s work with the Kenai Peninsula … Read more

All Involved Survive Highway Crash

February 5, 2016

All four people involved in a car wreck Thursday evening that totaled a sport utility vehicle on the Seward Highway made it out alive. According to Alaska State Troopers, 21-year-old Mikayla Wallace, of Anchorage, was headed southbound on the highway up a hill around Mile 71.2, near Turnagain Pass, when the late-model SUV she was … Read more

Martial Arts Teacher Faces More Charges

February 5, 2016

A Martial Arts teacher in Soldotna was indicted by a Kenai Grand Jury on Wednesday on one count of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor, one count of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor and three counts of unlawful exploitation of a minor. Michael Dean Hancock has operated Peninsula Martial Arts for over 17 years, … Read more

Navarre Warns Against Turning Fiscal Crisis Intro Economic One

February 3, 2016

Yes, the state’s budget is looking grim, but the Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor says it’s not the time to cut spending too thin. Listen: Given the state’s fiscal crisis in the wake of low oil prices, it’s time for local governments to tighten their belts, but not so tight, Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre … Read more

Ruffner Tapped Twice for Board of Fish

February 3, 2016

Soldotna’s Robert Ruffner will have another chance to catch a seat on the Alaska Board of Fisheries. Listen: Gov. Bill Walker announced Tuesday his nominees to fill three seats on the Alaska Board of Fisheries, and one of them is back for round two. Soldotna’s Robert Ruffner got tapped again for the board, just a … Read more

Help at Home: Event Connects Homeless With Services

February 3, 2016

Many hands came together to help the area’s homeless Thursday. Listen: It’s a little hard to say what the best-case scenario for Project Homeless Connect would be. One of the organizers, Lisa Roberts, said they had more people than ever come to the fourth annual event, held at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex on Thursday. … Read more

Assembly Takes Closer Look at LOZs

February 2, 2016

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is continuing work on striking a difficult balance — at what point is the freedom of property owners to do what they want on their land trumped by how much their activities negatively impact their neighbors? Listen: Welcome to the world of Local Option Zoning, a way for neighborhoods to … Read more

Kenai Peninsula’s Economy Holding Up Better Than State’s

January 29, 2016

The prevalent message at this year’s Industry Outlook Forum so far has been, good news, bad news. Listen: The two-day event, put on by the Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District, brings together speakers representing various sectors of the Kenai Peninsula’s economy. Alyssa Rodrigues, economist with the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, kicked things … Read more

ComFish Report Confirms Industry Value

January 27, 2016

A new report is a reminder of what many Alaskans already know — seafood is a big industry in the state. Listen: The Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute commissioned the McDowell Group to update a study on the role seafood plays in Alaska, and America’s, economy. Fick: “There’s more labor income from seafood than from tourism … Read more

No More AMC on GCI

January 27, 2016

If you’re a GCI cable TV subscriber, you may have noticed that the channel that brought you such popular shows as “Breaking Bad,” “Mad Men” and, currently, “The Walking Dead,” is missing from your menu lately. That’s not an accident. Nationwide, about 4 million subscribers of mostly small cable providers are without AMC, or American … Read more

K-Beach Fixed Following Quake

January 27, 2016

Kalifornsky Beach Road reopened to two-way traffic Wednesday morning. Listen: A 15-foot section of the northbound lane at Mile 1 near Kasilof was damaged in the magnitude 7.1 earthquake that shook Southcentral Alaska on Sunday morning. The lane was closed until work could be done to fix the cracks that happened when the road split … Read more

Four Homes Lost to Fire After Quake

January 25, 2016

A neighborhood in Kenai was evacuated after a fire and explosions caused by a natural gas leak following the magnitude 7.1 earthquake that hit Southcentral Alaska at 1:30 a.m. Sunday. Four homes were destroyed in the fire. Listen: For most Kenai Peninsula residents jolted awake early Sunday morning, the initial shock of fear from the … Read more

K-Beach Road Draws Onlookers, Repairs, After Quake

January 25, 2016

Though one lane of Kalifornsky Beach Road was still open to traffic Sunday afternoon, many drivers heading between Kenai and Kasilof stopped of their own volition. They wanted to see the gaping cracks in the pavement that occurred when a magnitude 7.1 earthquake hit Southcentral Alaska around 1:30 that morning. Listen: Benson: “Yeah, we had … Read more

Cool: Peninsula Winter Games Kicks Off Saturday

January 22, 2016

The 40th annual Peninsula Winter Games is going to be short on winter this weekend, but the game part will be as ample as ever. Listen: Allen: “We have bingo, kids Monopoly, all the usual games. … It’s just a great wintertime activity, something to do for the kids.” That’s Melodie Allen, events coordinator for … Read more

Sterling Fatality Identified

January 22, 2016

Alaska State Troopers report that a man was found dead in Sterling yesterday afternoon. 47-year-old Sterling resident Leroy Sather was found on a four-wheeler trail on Pacer Street around noon Thursday. According to a trooper report, the cause of death is likely as a result of exposure. Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters says Sather’s body was … Read more

BlueCrest’s Construction Phase Nearing Completion

January 22, 2016

BlueCrest Energy is continuing preparations to drill for oil in the Cosmopolitan Unit at its 37.5-acre site on the Cook Inlet bluff about 5.5 miles north of Anchor Point. Listen: Larry Burgess, health, safety and environmental manager for the Texas-based BlueCrest, told the Kenai Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday that the company’s 3,000-horse power drilling … Read more

KRSMA Board Seeks New Members

January 21, 2016

Living on the world-class Kenai River comes with the obvious recreational and economic benefits, but it also comes with the responsibility to manage the problems that sometimes come with its popularity. Listen: That’s where the Kenai River Special Management Area Citizens Advisory Board comes in, and the public, as well, because the board is looking … Read more

School District, Employee Contract Stuck on Health Plan

January 21, 2016

The bargaining teams for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, teachers and support staff remain stuck on health insurance after a negotiations session Jan. 13. Listen: Both sides suggest changing the district’s self-funded health insurance structure to solely a high-deductible plan. The district estimates that move could reduce the cost of the health care as … Read more

Investigation Yields Meth Busts

January 21, 2016

An investigation by the Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit led to the arrest Wednesday of four people on the central Kenai Peninsula for distribution of methamphetamines and other charges. Alaska State Troopers report that 32.2 grams of meth were seized, as well as 1.2 grams of heroin, prescription pills, cash and firearms. The following were arrested … Read more

Borough Finalizes Legislative Funding Wish List

January 21, 2016

The Kenai Peninsula Borough has finalized its wish list for the Legislature, but isn’t holding its breath. The borough released its state funding priorities Tuesday for the current legislative session. Borough Mayor Mike Navarre isn’t optimistic the Legislature will appropriate funds for the borough’s wish list, but he says it’s still important to ask. Navarre: … Read more

No Snow, No Go: Tustumena 200 Canceled Again

January 20, 2016

A lack of winter weather — and a lack of flexibility in the federal Wilderness Act — will mean a lack of the Kenai Peninsula’s premiere mushing race this year. Listen: The 30th anniversary will have to wait. The Tustumena 200 Sled Dog Race, scheduled for Jan. 30, has been canceled. Murray: “It’s the third … Read more

HEA Rates to Increase 3.25 Percent

January 20, 2016

Power bills are about to go up for communities on the western Kenai Peninsula served by Homer Electric Association. Listen: The Regulatory Commission of Alaska has approved HEA’s request for a temporary, 3.25 percent rate increase. Joe Gallagher is a spokesperson for HEA. Gallagher: “It will be about a $3.15 increase to the monthly electric … Read more

Kenai Watershed Forum Welcomes New Director

January 19, 2016

When Kenai Watershed Forum Executive Director Robert Ruffner announced his impending retirement last January, the board of directors looked far and wide for his replacement, with disappointing results. Then they focused more regionally, and the winning candidate was found right in their back yard. Listen: Jack Sinclair retired as Kenai area superintendent for the Alaska … Read more

Orchestra, Students, Link Up for Love of Music

January 16, 2016

Step aside, Carnegie Hall. The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra’s Link Up program is about to take center stage. Listen: Vollom-Matturro: “It is a very education, fun concert. Every year we seem to do a little bit more and more. This year we’ve got 10 schools participating, which us the most ever.” That’s Tammy Vollom-Matturro, artistic director … Read more

Students in Transition See Community Support

January 15, 2016

Students in Transition numbers are on the rise, but so is community support. Listen: The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s program to help students facing homelessness is up to 211 students in January, according to Superintendent Sean Dusek at a school board meeting Monday. That’s up 20 percent compared to this time last year, and … Read more

Signs of Progress in Soldotna

January 15, 2016

Sometimes, even Soldotna residents don’t know what the city has to offer. Listen: Sprague: “Some friends of mine who’ve been here almost 50 years. And they went to an event at the park this summer, and walked down to the boardwalk along the river and were floored about how beautiful it was, they’d never been … Read more

School Board Stands Firm on Distance from Liquor Sales

January 14, 2016

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District wants its wishes known on two issues, voting at its meeting Monday to clarify its stance on liquor sales near schools, as well as minimum enrollments at small schools in the state. Listen: The school board agreed to petition the state Legislature to maintain funding for schools with an … Read more

Soldotna Chamber Awards Honor Community

January 14, 2016

Ten award recipients were thanked for their contributions to the community at the annual Soldotna Chamber of Commerce awards Tuesday, yet the recipients took the opportunity to thank Soldotna right back for being a welcoming and supportive place to live and do business. Listen: Suzanne Evans had her Mountain Mamma Originals recognized as Small Business … Read more

Maw charged with dividend fraud

January 14, 2016

A former head of the United Cook Inlet Drift Association is being charged with illegally collecting $7,422 in Alaska Permanent Fund dividends between 2009 and 2014. Roland Maw, who owns a home in Kasilof, was charged Wednesday in Juneau District Court with 17 counts of theft and unsworn falsification on his applications for six years … Read more

Refuge to host hearing on predator hunting ban

January 14, 2016

The state of Alaska has, in recent years, loosened the rules for hunting wolves and bears, but federal wildlife managers aren’t going along with it. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed new rules Friday for predator hunting on national refuges in Alaska. The agency has proposed to ban taking brown bears with bait, hunting … Read more

Time clocks changes in Kenai’s flocks

January 11, 2016

Though it had no airline flights, highways or cruise ships 100 years ago, the Kenai Peninsula still drew visitors, both of the human and feathered varieties. Listen: It was from records of human visitors at the turn of the 20th century that Todd Eskelin, fish and wildlife biologist at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, began … Read more

Growing a New Sector of the Economy

December 17, 2015

A once-seedling economy is growing strong on the Kenai Peninsula. Listen:   When people think about the economy of the Kenai Peninsula, it’s usually oil and gas, fishing, and maybe education, health care or government. But there’s a growing trend to add another sector to that list — farming. Chay: “These are not hobby farmers, these … Read more

Health Insurance Enrollment Extension Ends Tonight

December 17, 2015

Health insurance shoppers have a little extra time to make their decisions. Listen: The federal government has extended an important deadline for people who need individual health insurance in 2016. The deadline to have health insurance take effect on January 1st had been Dec. 15th, but high demand on earlier this week prompted officials … Read more

Cooper Landing Bypass Not Driving Universal Support

December 16, 2015

A proposed reroute of the Sterling Highway through Cooper Landing is drawing mixed reactions. Listen: Six cars drove past Wildman’s Convenience store on the Sterling Highway in about two minutes Sunday afternoon. Two of them pulled in. Wildman’s is one of the few businesses in Cooper Landing that stays open in the winter, much less … Read more

DOT Announces Preferred Cooper Landing Highway Bypass Route

December 16, 2015

The Department of Transportation has finally unveiled its preferred new route for the Sterling Highway through Cooper Landing, 35 years in the making. Listen: A trip through Cooper Landing is like driving back in time. Other than some repaving and filled potholes, the road hasn’t been upgraded since the Sterling Highway was completed in 1950, … Read more

No Board of Fish Meeting for Kenai

December 14, 2015

Local efforts to host a Board of Fisheries meeting on Upper Cook Inlet issues in the Kenai area have again netted no results. Listen: In a somewhat circuitous discussion last week, the Alaska Board of Fisheries underlined its decision from a year before to hold its 2017 Upper Cook Inlet meeting in Anchorage, rather than … Read more

‘Best’ Wishes for a Christmas Show

December 11, 2015

The true meaning of Christmas gets a true test by some truly terrible children in a play at Triumvirate Theatre this weekend. Listen: And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and said unto them… SFX: “Shazam! Out of the black night, with horrible vengeance, the mighty Marvo!” At least, that’s how it … Read more

Long May They Rein — Nikiski Reindeer A Favorite Holiday Attraction

December 10, 2015

Santa is getting some help convincing local kids of his magical pull. Listen:   For kids visiting Santa, there’s some imagination required. There’s the big guy in the red suit, of course. Santa: “Ho, ho, ho, ho. Santa’s so happy to see you! Oh, boy you’re getting big!” But the bulk of Santa’s magical world … Read more

Soldotna Council Approves 2-Year Pot Moratorium

December 10, 2015

The city of Soldotna is taking a wait-and-see approach to commercial marijuana activity. Listen: The city council voted Wednesday to enact a two-year moratorium on the production, testing and sale of marijuana. Council member Regina Daniels submitted the ordinance, and all but two council members voted in favor of it. Those in support, including Linda … Read more

Seward Coal Lawsuit Settles in Favor of Environmental Groups

December 9, 2015

A six-year lawsuit over coal pollution into Resurrection Bay has finally reached a resolution. Listen:   Alaska Community Action on Toxics and the Alaska Chapter of the Sierra Club are celebrating the settlement of a lawsuit filed against the operators of the Seward Coal Terminal that will result in increased protections against coal discharge into … Read more

AK Sports Hall of Fame Welcomes New Class

December 9, 2015

A new class has been inducted into the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame. Listen: Two Olympians, the awarding of a prestigious accolade in college hockey, Alaska’s hosting of the Special Olympics World Winter Games and the Native Youth Olympics are the new inductees of the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame. The organization introduced its Class … Read more

Sunni Shines in Last School Board Meeting

December 9, 2015

The sun has set on the term of a long-serving Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board member this week. Listen: According to sitting board members, it will take some big shoes and an even bigger heart to fill the vacancy left by Sunni Hilts, of Seldovia. Holt: “I think Sunni probably has the most loving heart … Read more

Navigating Health Care Enrollment

December 7, 2015

For anyone feeling lost trying to sign up for health care coverage, a “navigator” can help point you in the right direction. Listen: The clock is ticking on the open enrollment period to sign up for heath insurance under the Affordable Care Act, but navigating the acronym-laden options, deciphering plan benefits and the pressure of … Read more

All Signs Point South for Good Stargazing in December

December 7, 2015

We’re down to just six hours of daylight, so you might as well make the most of the darkness. Listen: North is where to look if the aurora is out. Turn to the east for a sunrise, or the west for a sunset. But these days, south is where it’s at for good stargazing. Veh: … Read more

Don’t Miss ‘Mistletoe’ at Soldotna Christmas Event

December 3, 2015

Christmas kicks off on a melodramatic note in Soldotna this weekend.

Dena’ina Language Worth Talking About

December 2, 2015

Native language preservation gets more than just lip service at Kenai Peninsula College.

Study Highlights Habitat Concerns On Kenai River

November 30, 2015

A new report from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game suggests that heavier human traffic along the Kenai River could be detrimental to salmon habitat.

Crafting Fair Fun for Families, Friends

November 30, 2015

Shoppers often go to arts and crafts fairs looking for handmade, Alaska-themed holiday gifts for friends and family. But sometimes, they get more for the bargain.

Fox Farming Boom, Bust a Long-Lasting Boon for Kasilof

November 25, 2015

The growth of Kasilof owes a lot to an unusual kind of farming.

State Tourism Tries To Keep Momentum Amid Budget Cuts

November 24, 2015

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.

Local Leaders Ask Board Of Fisheries To Move Meeting To Kenai

November 19, 2015

It’s been almost twenty years since the state Board of Fisheries met on the Kenai Peninsula

Early Marijuana Entrepreneurs Wait For Final Rules

November 19, 2015

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

Fishing Guides Weigh In On Licensing, Logbook Programs

November 19, 2015

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.

Robert ‘Bob’ Beilefeld Day In Kenai

November 18, 2015

Wednesday was Bob Beilefeld Day in Kenai. Mayor Pat Porter recognized the founder of Kenai Avaiation during a Chamber of Commerce luncheon.

‘Heart of Alaska’ Has Heart for Alaska’s Future

November 18, 2015

Seldovia adventurers look to Alaska’s future while exploring Cook Inlet.

Strong Sockeye Run Expected In 2016

November 17, 2015

Managers with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game are expecting a bigger year in 2016 than 2015 for parts of Upper Cook Inlet.

Keeping Health Care Local

November 16, 2015

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.

University Getting Education in Budgeting

November 16, 2015

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.

Assembly Looks At Distance Requirements For Liquor Stores

November 13, 2015

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

UA President Praises KPC

November 13, 2015

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.

Elodea Pronounced Dead On Kenai Peninsula

November 12, 2015

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.

Troopers Issue Silver Alert For Missing Nikiski Woman

November 12, 2015

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

Ninilchik Files Suit Over Inability to Fish

November 12, 2015

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.

Veterans Pay Tribute In Soldotna

November 11, 2015

Area veterans gathered Wednesday at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex for a morning of remembrance.

Cashman Appointed To Soldotna Council

November 11, 2015

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.

Transportation Grant for Veterans Continues

November 11, 2015

It’s easier riding for vets seeking medical care on the Kenai Peninsula.

Two Candidates For Appointment To Soldotna Council

November 10, 2015

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

Night Lights — Aurora Activity Entices Photographers

November 9, 2015

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.

Kenai Council Cancels Nov. 18th Meeting

November 6, 2015

The council will meet again on December 2nd

Council Mulls Options For Kenai Bowling Alley

November 6, 2015

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.

Flute, Piano Duets Weave Musical Tales

November 6, 2015

Sounds tell a story in Soldotna.

Soldotna Proposes Two Year Moratorium On Legal Pot Sales

November 5, 2015

A set of three ordinances will be introduced for the Soldotna city council next week regarding local marijuana laws.

Kenai Peninsula Borough Preterm Birth Rate Gets ‘A’ Grade

November 5, 2015

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.

Navarre Delivers State of the Borough Address With An Eye Toward The Future

November 4, 2015

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.

Ice is Not Nice for Drivers as Winter Weather Arrives

November 4, 2015

The central peninsula’s first shot of winter arrived this week with its usual slippery fanfare.

School District Prepares For Budget Cuts

November 3, 2015

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.

Fees, South Access Topics For Next Year’s Dipnet Season

November 2, 2015

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

Highlights of the November Night Sky

November 2, 2015

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.

Report Documents Salmon Mislabeling

October 30, 2015

Think you’re buying wild salmon? Think again.

Nice Lines: Fisher Poets Catch Good Turnout

October 29, 2015

For all its slime and rough times, fishing also inspires some poetic rhymes.

Soldotna Unveils Art in the Park

October 28, 2015

Soldotna is getting a new look thanks to a new arts initiative around town.

Annexation Study Areas Identified

October 27, 2015

The city of Soldotna has zeroed in on what areas it will study for potential annexation.

Making the Cut — Schools District Seeks Budget Ideas

October 22, 2015

The school district is all ears for suggestions — no matter how creative — to address an expected budget shortfall.

AK LNG Presents Highway Reroute Options

October 21, 2015

Nikiski residents got a look at what the Kenai Spur Highway might look like if the AK LNG project goes ahead.

School District Seeks Input on Potential Cuts

October 19, 2015

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.

Laugh and Solve ‘Kiss and Tell’

October 16, 2015

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.

School Districts, Associations Head Back to Bargaining Table

October 15, 2015

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 Walker and First Lady In Homer

October 13, 2015

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

Soldotna Survey Looks At Streets, Traffic

October 12, 2015

The city of Soldotna is looking for input from the public about its roads and overall transportation situation.

Two Sides Of Latest Pebble Mine Debate

October 12, 2015

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

Kenai Chicken Ordinance Fails Again

October 9, 2015

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.

Refuge Visitors Center Shares the Love With Volunteers

October 9, 2015

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge hopes to share the love of the refuge with volunteers who love lending a helping hand.

DNR Splits Chuitna Water Rights Decision

October 8, 2015

The Alaska Department of Natural Resources issued its long-awaited decision on water rights in the area of the proposed Chuitna Mine.

Municipal Election Results

October 7, 2015

Results are in, and in among the many uncontested seats, Tuesday’s municipal elections yielded some surprises.

Search Continues for Kenai Watershed Forum Executive Director

October 2, 2015

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.

Communities Learn How Much Money They Might Receive For Hosting Gas Line

September 30, 2015

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

Sky Lights Brighten Up Fall’s Longer Nights

September 30, 2015

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.

Walker In Soldotna To Talk About State Budget Issues

September 25, 2015

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.

Skilak Bear Mauling Makes Four So Far

September 25, 2015

An unfortunate statistic is creeping up this year, with the fourth bear mauling of the year occurring Tuesday.

ATV Fatality in Nikiski

September 25, 2015

Alaska State Troopers say that a 59-year-old Nikiski woman was found dead Thursday in an all-terrain vehicle accident.

Mediation Fails to Bring Contract Agreement for School District, Associations

September 23, 2015

Contract negotiations are still in overtime in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, and the clock just got extended again.

Candidate Profile: Robin Davis, Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly District 1

September 22, 2015

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.

PCHS to Open New Women’s and Children’s Clinic

September 21, 2015

A new clinic opening in Kenai will help fill a health care gap in the community.

Growing a Farming Movement

September 18, 2015

The next generation is becoming the new face of farming in the country.

Kenai OKs Land Purchase for South Beach Access Road

September 17, 2015

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.

Engine Trouble Blamed for Kasilof Crash

September 16, 2015

An initial report finds that engine trouble was likely to blame for a fatal plane crash in Kasilof last month.

Kenai’s Path Plots New Course in Just 20 Years of Change

September 14, 2015

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.

KDLL Conversation: Robin Davis and Dr. David Wartinbee

September 9, 2015

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

King of Kenai Sonar Technology

September 4, 2015

Counting kings in Kenai has come a long way. New technology makes the sonar program more accurate than it’s ever been.

Russian River Ferry Closed Due to Flood Damage

September 4, 2015

High water on the Kenai River is starting to take a toll.

Flood Watch Issued for Kenai River

September 3, 2015

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.

Kenai King Sonar Program Sees Best Year Yet

September 3, 2015

One fish, two fish, and new technology to count fish is making a big difference in the Kenai River king salmon sonar program.

River, Lake Levels Rise from Snow Glacier Lake Release

September 2, 2015

Residents along the Kenai River and Kenai Lake should keep an eye out for rising water levels this week.

All Clear in Ninilchik School Evacuation

September 2, 2015

Ninilchik School had an emergency evacuation to the Ninilchik Fairgrounds on Tuesday afternoon when a vehicle hit a gas main near the school.

Stroke of Fun — Soldotna Hosts Youth Rowing Event

August 31, 2015

Teens got a splash course in rowing at a youth event at Mackey Lake in Soldotna recently.

City of Soldotna To Weigh In on Borough Ballot Measure

August 28, 2015

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.

Winter Promises Active Northern Lights

August 28, 2015

Aurora activity remains high through Friday and promises a winter full of good northern night lights.

Wind Warning in Effect Through Friday

August 27, 2015

Batten the hatches, or at least keep an eye out for trees on power lines, as a windstorm continues throughout Southcentral Alaska.

Governor Pitches LNG Plan In Kenai

August 27, 2015

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

Assembly Postpones Land Deal A Year In The Making

August 26, 2015

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.

Kenai Looks Into Revamping Parks

August 25, 2015

The city of Kenai might be in the market for some new additions at one of the city’s parks.

Investigators Clearing Kasilof Plane Crash Wreckage

August 24, 2015

Investigators have cleared the wreckage from a small plane crash that claimed the lives of two Kasilof men over the weekend.

Kasilof Plane Crash Kills Pilot, Passenger

August 24, 2015

Two Kasilof men died when their plane clipped some trees and crashed just beyond the Cook Inlet bluff Saturday night.

Protesters Rally For Second Day At Kenai River Classic

August 21, 2015

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.

Connecting Help With Those Helping the Homeless

August 21, 2015

A homelessness outreach program is in need of help to help those in need.

Marijuana Task Force Talks Local Control

August 20, 2015

The Kenai Peninsula Borough’s task force on marijuana met this week. The group dove into the issue of local control.

Kenai River Classic Draws Experts, Protests

August 20, 2015

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.

Assembly Tables Economic Development Service Area Idea

August 19, 2015

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.

Red Tape Can’t Stop Good Health

August 19, 2015

Borough and school district administrators compete in setting a healthy example for employees.

Kenai Bluff Erosion Project Inches Forward

August 17, 2015

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 Harvest Abundant Knowledge

August 17, 2015

Berry hunters go on the lookout for something sweet to eat.

Assembly To Decide On New Service Area Ordinance

August 14, 2015

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.

City Agrees To Hold On To Land For Soldotna Chamber Expansion

August 14, 2015

The Soldotna city council was presented with two potential plans for expansion and the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex at its meeting this week.

Holding Out: Soldotna Chamber Asks City To Reserve Land For Future Visitor’s Center

August 10, 2015

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.

Council Reflects On PU Fishery

August 7, 2015

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.

Cheers to Craft Brewing at Beer Festival

August 7, 2015

Appreciation for craft brewing will flow freely Saturday at the Kenai Peninsula Beer Festival.

Highway, Trail Reopen After Closures

August 6, 2015

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.

Municipalities Looking For Best Deal On AK LNG

August 5, 2015

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

Orchestra Hits High Note With Festival

August 5, 2015

The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra tunes up for the finale of its summer music festival.

CPH Buys OB-GYN Practice

August 4, 2015

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

Researchers Look Into Timing Of Bird Arrivals On Kenai Peninsula

August 3, 2015

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.

Can Catch And Release Catch On?

July 30, 2015

Kenai kings are catching a break with some fishing guides this season.

Cast Iron Chefs Show Their Foodie Metal

July 29, 2015

Soldotna Creek Park was transformed into a fine dining establishment Saturday through the efforts of some literal iron chefs.

Feet of Caring

July 27, 2015

A warm-hearted donation will result in warm feet in the community.

Bait Allowed in Kenai River

July 24, 2015

Anglers on the Kenai River will be able to use bait for the first time in four years.

News Briefs: Traffic Fatality, Plane Crash, Highway Closures

July 24, 2015

News Briefs: Traffic fatality, pilot not injured in plane crash, DOT warns of highway closures.

Cuts Not Enough to Balance State Budget

July 24, 2015

Gov. Bill Walker’s administration stresses that cuts alone won’t be enough to bridge the state’s budget gap.

Over 100 Years of Chugach National Forest

July 24, 2015

Somebody’s celebrating a birthday — over a century of them, in fact.

Deep Blue Sea Could Affect Red Salmon Run

July 24, 2015

Sockeye runs throughout Southcentral are showing up late this season. What might be going on in the ocean to cause their delay?

Kenai Sockeyes Making Belated Appearance

July 22, 2015

The late, hopefully still great run of sockeye might finally be making its way to the Kenai River.

Kasilof River Float? Kayakers, Truck Don’t

July 20, 2015

Some interesting catches were pulled from the Kasilof River Sunday, but they weren’t fish.

Gas Well, Ciechanski Roads To Get Traffic Lights

July 20, 2015

A road construction project planned for next summer should help alleviate traffic congestion at two busy intersections between Kenai and Soldotna.

2015 Blazing Toward Record Fire Season

July 17, 2015

The march toward 2015 being a record fire season in Alaska is heating up.

Kenai Loosens Residency Requirement for Commission

July 17, 2015

The Kenai council debates how much weight city residency should have in serving on a commission.

BlueCrest Progressing on Big Plans for Cosmo

July 16, 2015

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.

Digging in to Kasilof History

July 15, 2015

Some century-old residents of Kasilof are getting some new interest.

Preserving History, Pursuing Mysteries at Kasilof Boat Harbor Cemetery

July 13, 2015

A genealogical group is out to preserve history and solve some mysteries in Kasilof.

Angling for a Smooth Fishery — Prep Work Begins Long Before Dip-Netting

July 10, 2015

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.

Emphasis on Fun in Salmon Runs

July 9, 2015

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.

School District Pulls $3.4 Million from Savings to Finalize Budget

July 8, 2015

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.

Seward Highway Accidents Slow Holiday Fun

July 6, 2015

The holiday weekend got off to a slow start for drivers headed to the Kenai.

Assembly Set To Vote On Habitat Protections Again

July 3, 2015

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.

Kenai City Council Moves Ahead With Pot Regs

July 2, 2015

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

Salmon Coming In Hot To The Kasilof

June 29, 2015

To date, it’s the third highest return in the last decade.

Giving Firefighters, Homeowners a Break With Fire Breaks

June 26, 2015

What can be done to assist wildland firefighters before a fire even ignites? It takes being wise.

Southcentral Quake Rattles Central Peninsula

June 25, 2015

Wednesday afternoon brought a bit of a shake, rattle and roll throughout Southcentral Alaska, though some had more evidence than others.

Power Outage Stems from Nikiski Plant

June 25, 2015

A problem in Nikiski left nearly all Homer Electric Association members without power for about a half an hour Wednesday.

Crews Continue Fire Containment Work

June 24, 2015

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.

Refuge Regulations Changes Draw Public Testimony

June 24, 2015

Peninsula residents speak out about proposed changes to regulations on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

Cooler Weather Chills Fire Activity

June 22, 2015

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.

Herding to Help

June 19, 2015

The Soldotna Equestrian Association is offering a safe haven to livestock displaced by wildfires in Sterling and Cooper Landing.

Evacuation In Funny River Called Off, More Crews To Cooper Landing

June 18, 2015

256 firefighters are on the scene in Sterling, and with the number of fires going on across the state, resources are being stretched thin.

Hot Topic — Firefighting Terminology Deciphered

June 18, 2015

We’ve got answers for the burning questions of deciphering wildfire terminology.

Card Street Fire Grows to 9,000 Acres

June 18, 2015

  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

Card Street Fire Five Percent Contained

June 17, 2015

The fire has consumed more than 2,500 acres. It is 5% contained.

Assembly Pushes Anadromous Streams Rollback To July 7th

June 17, 2015

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly took it to the wire Tuesday night, hearing testimony until almost midnight. The issue: anadromous streams protection. Again.

Card Fire Moving Back Toward Keyes, 2 New Fires in Cooper Landing

June 17, 2015

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.

Crews Responding To Two Fires In Cooper Landing

June 16, 2015

It is unknown if they are human caused or the result of lightening from this evening’s storms.

Hot Shots Here, Three Homes Destroyed In Card Street Fire

June 16, 2015

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.

Ten Structures, 1,500 Acres Consumed By Card Street Fire

June 16, 2015

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.

Evacuations Ongoing In Sterling

June 16, 2015

    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

Hot Shot Crews En Route To Card Street Fire In Sterling

June 16, 2015

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.

Community Center A Hub As Fire Burns Through Sterling

June 16, 2015

“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.”

Card Street Fire Burns 640 Acres And Counting

June 15, 2015

It was first reported as a one-acre grass fire in an area only accessible by 4-wheeler.

Crews Battling Blaze In Sterling

June 15, 2015

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.

Kids Get Taste of Business Success on Lemonade Day

June 15, 2015

The sweet sound of commerce rang out all across Kenai and Soldotna on Saturday.

Humble Beginnings Spawn Successful Kenai River Festival

June 12, 2015

The Kenai River Festival has come a long way in 25 years, but in many regards hasn’t strayed far from its roots.

Multifaceted Eilen Jewell to shine on River Fest Stage

June 11, 2015

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.

Borough’s Marijuana Task Force In Place

June 11, 2015

On the Kenai, the task force has seven members, as per the ordinance that was approved creating it.

Assembly Set To Revisit Anadromous Streams Ordinance

June 10, 2015

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.

Kenai River Festival Swims Back to Soldotna

June 10, 2015

Twenty-five years of tradition will be served up with barbecued salmon, live music and a whole lot of fun this weekend in Soldotna.

Kalifornsky Village Leaves Rich Legacy

June 8, 2015

A walk through the woods serves as a trip back in time to a historic Native village.

Nikiski Residents Consider Adding Law Enforcement

June 5, 2015

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.

Soldotna Comes Alive After Five

June 5, 2015

Nothing to do midweek? Soldotna is out to change that with live music, local vendors and summertime in the park.

Kenai Budget Approved

June 4, 2015

The city of Kenai adopted its annual budget Wednesday evening. But that wasn’t the only issue up for debate.

CIRCAC — 25 Years Protecting Cook Inlet

June 4, 2015

The Cook Inlet Regional Citizens Advisory Committee is celebrating 25 years of not having its worst fear come true.

DOT Seeks Input on on Kenai Spur Widening Project

June 3, 2015

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.

Pitching Pies to Raise Money for Cancer Research

May 29, 2015

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.

Facing FASD as a Community

May 28, 2015

A new effort is underway to tackle the challenges of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and emotional trauma in the community.

Travel, Non-Profit Spending Targeted In Borough Budget

May 27, 2015

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.

Memorial Weekend Festival Just the Start of Community Art

May 27, 2015

A new organization is taking community art to heart, starting with an art festival in Soldotna over Memorial Day weekend.

Support For K-Beach Flood Victims Dries Up

May 22, 2015

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.

Refuge Proposes Regulation Changes

May 22, 2015

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is seeking public comment on proposed rule changes that would affect access, public safety and resource protection.

Growing New Trends in Kenai Peninsula Forests

May 21, 2015

The nature of our nature is changing on the Kenai Peninsula.

Assembly To Revisit Anadromous Streams Rules

May 20, 2015

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.

BlueCrest To Start Producing Anchor Point Oil In 2016

May 20, 2015

A new company looking to drill for oil on the southern Kenai Peninsula could begin operations as soon as this summer.

Fire Season Heating Up on the Kenai

May 20, 2015

Last year’s Funny River Fire is still sparking concern this spring, as a new fire season heats up.

Searching For Woodpeckers at the Kenai Bird Festival

May 19, 2015

Some bird watchers at this weekend’s Kenai Peninsula Birding Festival were on the mission for a rarely-seen species.

Soldotna Water, Sewer Rates on the Rise

May 18, 2015

Homes and businesses on city of Soldotna water and sewer will see rate increases over the next five years.

City of Kenai Battles Health Care Costs In New Budget

May 14, 2015

The city of Kenai has started work on its budget for next year. And it’s mostly attributable to health care costs.

Another Round of Threatening School Calls Deemed Not Credible

May 14, 2015

Central peninsula schools went into safety mode again Wednesday after receiving another round of threatening calls.

Birding Festival Takes Flight

May 13, 2015

The Kenai Peninsula Birding Festival takes flight Thursday, with events throughout the weekend.

KDLL Conversation – Kenai Birding Festival

May 13, 2015

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.

Soldotna Council to Study Annexation Study Tonight

May 13, 2015

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.

Stuck in a Rut: Skilak Road Suffers in Spring

May 11, 2015

Skilak Lake Road is once again resembling a lake this spring.

Past Booms Hold Lessons for Future Development

May 8, 2015

The peninsula’s oil boom past could offer direction to its future if the Alaska LNG project comes about.

Scientists Highlight Changing Arctic Conditions

May 7, 2015

New research continues to inform scientists of what a warmer arctic will look like. Satellites, fish and clouds are all helping paint the picture.

Assembly Mulls Task Forces For K-Beach Flooding, Animal Control

May 7, 2015

Animal control and flooding were the big issues at Tuesday night’s Borough Assembly meeting.

‘Moose the Movie’ Stalks the Big Screen in Kenai

May 7, 2015

Man meets moose meets movie, soon showing in Kenai.

Kenai Bluff Project Begins Important Study Step

May 6, 2015

It’s not bluffing to say the city of Kenai is finally seeing some progress on its erosion stabilization project.

Thinking Local On Alaska Agriculture Day

May 5, 2015

Feeding Alaskans is a roughly $2 billion business, but almost all of it goes toward food that’s imported. But that’s changing.

Legislators Talk About Budget Impasse

May 5, 2015

Kenai Peninsula legislators gave an update on the ongoing budget negotiations at Tuesday’s joint meeting of the Kenai and Soldotna chambers of commerce.

K-Beach Drain Plan On Hold

May 4, 2015

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.

Forest for the Please

May 1, 2015

Want a good opportunity to give back to the great outdoors? Chugach National Forest has an opportunity to do just that.

Soldotna Annexation Study Funding Up For Public Hearing

April 27, 2015

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.

Community Choir Hits High Note

April 24, 2015

The Kenai Peninsula Singers Community Choir is tuned up to hit a high note.

Nikiski Senior Gets Full-Ride Gates Scholarship

April 23, 2015

A Nikiski student’s drive is rewarded with a full-ride scholarship to college.

School District Braces for Budget Cuts

April 23, 2015

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is bracing for funding cuts as the Legislature is in overtime hashing out the state budget.

KDLL Conversations: KPBSD Braces for Funding Cuts, Evolves with Assessments

April 23, 2015

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.

6-Month Grocery Tax Won’t Go To Voters

April 22, 2015

Tuesday’s borough assembly meeting decided that shoppers in the borough will not see their sales tax bill increase in the winter.

College, Career Readiness Exam Requirement Gets Poor Assessment

April 22, 2015

Several education bills stalled out in the Legislature this session, as legislators turned their attention to settling education funding.

Kenai Bluff Stabilization Study GetsFunding Agreement

April 22, 2015

The city of Kenai is making progress toward its long-hoped-for bluff stabilization project.

Ruffner Board of Fish Appointment Fails 30-29 Vote

April 20, 2015

Robert Ruffner’s confirmation to the Alaska Board of Fisheries fails in a joint Legislature vote of 30 to 29.

Peninsula appointees see confirmation

April 20, 2015

Five peninsula residents got legislative approval to serve on statewide boards.

Council Applauds Theater’s Request for Land

April 17, 2015

The Kenai Performers might finally have a permanent home of its own, thanks in part to the city of Kenai.

Nice Ice: Kenai River Sees Easy Breakup This Year

April 17, 2015

The Kenai River is shaking off winter a little more gently than usual this year.

5th Annual Peninsula Ag Forum Saturday

April 16, 2015

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

Snowstorm Dumps Avalanche Warning on Turnagain Pass

April 16, 2015

The Turnagain Pass area welcomed winter, whether it wanted to or not, with a dump of snow Wednesday that generated considerable avalanche danger.

Bill to Increase Hunting, Fishing Fees Sees Progress

April 15, 2015

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.

State Affairs Committee Takes Up Ruffner Nomination

April 14, 2015

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.

Cooper Landing Trapping Debate Snagged For Now

April 13, 2015

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.

Pick. Click. Give. Numbers For Kenai Peninsula

April 10, 2015

With the filing deadline for personal fund dividends passed, numbers for donations through the Pick Click Give program are coming in.

Assembly OK’s Fiscal Notes

April 10, 2015

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly renewed its support of fiscal notes at its most recent meeting.

Ruffner Clears Senate Resources Committee

April 10, 2015

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.

Musician Uses Found Sounds in Music Video

April 10, 2015

A local musician puts a hometown sound in his new music video.

Assembly Approves Six Month Grocery Tax

April 9, 2015

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.

Winter Weather Or Not?

April 9, 2015

April weather can’t quite decide whether it’s winter or spring these days.

Personal-Use Fishing Priority Bill Caught in Committee

April 8, 2015

A House bill that would prioritize personal-use over commercial and sport fisheries remains adrift in committee.

Fire Potential Rises With Temperatures On The Kenai

April 6, 2015

We wrap up our series from the recent climate change workshop with an outlook on wildland fires on the Kenai Peninsula.

House Resources Done, Senate Next For Ruffner

April 6, 2015

Residents of the Kenai Peninsula were lined up on the phones to show their support of Ruffner’s nomination.

E-Cigarettes Spark Smoking Ban Debate

April 6, 2015

The topic of e-cigarettes is sparking debate on a bill to prohibit smoking in workplaces statewide.

Kenai Council OK’s Ruffner’s Appointment, Marathon Road Work

April 3, 2015

The Kenai city council wrapped up its meeting in fairly short order Wednesday night, mostly dealing with contracts for upcoming work.

Forests Give Way To Grass As Peninsula Heats Up

April 3, 2015

We wrap up our series from the recent climate change workshop with an outlook on wildland fires on the Kenai Peninsula.

Fish and Game Could Get Budgetary Shot in the Arm from Proposed Fee Increases

April 3, 2015

Hunters and fishermen might be expected to pay more for their ability to harvest fish and game in Alaska.

Scientists Advise Changing Approach in Response to Changing Climate

April 2, 2015

Local scientists are warming to the topic of adapting to climate change.

Beluga Populations Up Since 2012, Still Struggling

April 1, 2015

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.

Change in the Air? Conference Encourages Cimate Change Adaptation Plan

April 1, 2015

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.

Too Hot for Salmon to Handle? Stream Temperatures Rising Throughout Cook Inlet Watershed

March 30, 2015

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

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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. … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more