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The Soldotna City Council Wednesday night heard some good news about the Three Friends Dog Park. The news was welcome after vandals spread broken glass in the fenced off area recently.

Upgrades have been done and more will be coming thanks to contributions, cash and otherwise, from several organizations, which park booster Connie Hawker said would be acknowledged at the park on a sign.

Llama Llama is having a week! He learns patience for chores with Mama and how to handle bullies at school in "Llama Llama Mad at Mama" and "Llama Llama and the Bully Goat," by Anna Dewdney, ready by Charlotte Zumbuhl.

After being turned aside in May, the Kenai River Sportsfishing Association has won another audience before the Alaska Board of Fisheries regarding problems the lobbying group has with hatchery pink salmon production in Prince William Sound.

In May, the Board punted the issue to Alaska Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Sam Cotton. Last week Cotton sent a letter to KRSA Executive Director Ricky Gease saying he did not find that an emergency existed and denied the petition.

On this week's convesation, Medicare, PFDs, income tax and the continuing battle for better brewery laws. District O Senator Peter Micchiche talks with KDLL's Shaylon Cochran.

Interview highlights:

On changing the structure of how the Permanent Fund Dividend is distributed:

 

How to most equitably and productively spread Alaska’s oil riches was one of the hot topics during the past legislative session.

 

 


  In what’s turned out to be a brief and unprofitable foray into the global oil business, General Electric Co. has announced that it will divest itself of the 62.5 percent ownership it has in the oilfield-services company Baker Hughes.

Bloomberg News reported Tuesday that GE plans to “unload” it’s stake in Baker Hughes over the next two to three years through sale of stock.

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Every year amateur radio operators across North America unplug from the power grid, team up, and head out to have a field day. Literally.

Saturday and Sunday was the American Radio Relay League’s annual “Field Day,” where participants attempt to make as many contacts with others on the continent as they can in 24 hours. The purpose is to simulate emergency conditions after a natural disaster which might require amateur radio to reach the outside world.

It’s been thirty years since the Kenai airport saw a substantial remodel. But new work is being planned, and if federal funding can be secured, work could begin later this summer. Chris Parker of K and A Design Studios filled in the city council on the scope of the work at its most recent meeting.

Citing the continued lack of salmon making their way to the spawning grounds, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has taken drastic steps to help boost the escapement. 

In two emergency orders released Friday, the department first cancelled Monday’s scheduled 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. commercial fishing period. Then it took the restrictions a step further, as we hear on the Department’s recorded commercial fishing update: 

Wells Fargo

Today, we hear how for-profit businesspeople, individually and through their companies, work not to earn a profit, but to better the life in our community.

Wednesday the Kenai Chamber of Commerce presented its annual awards during a luncheon ceremony. 

One of those people is AnnaLea Lott, the winner of the Chamber’s “Log Cabin” Award for just that, making this a better place to live.”

Alaska Gasline Development Corporation

 

After years of waiting, Nikiski residents finally found out what path the Kenai Spur highway will take around the proposed AK LNG plant Wednesday night.

 

 

Tune-In Tales celebrates World Giraffe Day on June 21 with a story of young Cal learning how to stay safe on the savannah. Sally Cassano reads "Giraffe Trouble" by Jean Craighead George.

 

Increases to the borough budget were vetoed by Mayor Charlie Pierce ahead of Tuesday night’s assembly meeting. Pierce is looking to trim more than $800,000 in funding for education and tourism marketing.

 

 


 This week on The Kenai Conversation we welcome Merrill Sikorski to the studio. No stranger to microphones, Sikorski is the host of "People Going Places and Doing Things," which has aired daily for nearly 30 years. He is also the creator of "Caring for the Kenai," an annual ecological competition for Kenai Peninsula High School students.

On the Kenai Peninsula, salmon are king. Whether they’re king salmon or one of the other species of salmonid that populate our fresh waters. And that’s why when there’s a biologic danger to their existence, people go into high gear to try and protect them.

Take invasive species for example. About 20 years ago, northern pike were illegally introduced into Kenai Peninsula lakes by persons unknown. And they thrived, just like they do elsewhere in Alaska where they naturally occur. But here on the Kenai, the pike’s success came at a cost - the lives of baby salmon.

Two weeks after the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly adopted a budget for next year, Borough mayor Charlie Pierce is excercising his line-item veto power. 

Commercial salmon fishermen in Upper Cook Inlet will finally get a chance to put their nets in the water on Thursday. It is the first of the fleet’s regular 12-hour Monday-and-Thursday scheduled fishing openings.

Brian Marston, Fish and Game’s area manager for Upper Cook Inlet commercial fisheries, says this opening will be district-wide.

Use of the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s land trust fund will be debated again at Tuesday’s assembly meeting. Mayor Charlie Pierce had put it at the center of his original budget proposal this spring.

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A half-dozen reminders of recent emergency orders led off this week's Northern Kenai Fishing Report from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, including a catch-and-release restriction on the Kenai River. But that restriction was superseded today (Monday) in an emergency order when the Department banned all angling for king salmon the Kenai River, even catch-and-release.

Wild plants sometimes get a bad rap. When they’re pretty, we call them wildflowers. But usually, when they’re in our gardens without being intentionally planted, they’re weeds. And if they’re especially tenacious, like horsetail, they might get called even worse names.

But how often do we look at them as food or medicine? Tia Holley, an ethnobotanist who works in the wellness program at the Dena’ina Wellness Center in Kenai, gives us tips on how and what to pick locally.

 

A discussion about taxes in the borough is looming. Throughout the budget process this spring, the question of what kind of tax is most fair has been raised, but another question is being asked, too.

 

 


 

The 2018 salmon season is getting off to a very slow start, with restrictions and closures around the state. King fishing on the Kenai has been dialed back to catch and release and for sport guides, that’s nothing new.

 

 


City of Soldotna

 

The Soldotna city council signed off on the final map it will have the state consider for potential annexation at its meeting Wednesday.

 

 


Tag along with everyone's favorite big red dog in "Clifford Takes a Trip," by Norman Bridwell, and learn why not to cry wolf in Aesop's cassic fable, "The Shepherd's Boy," both read by Sally Cassano.

Redoubt Reporter

 

Fish camps are set up and ready to go at the mouth of the Kasilof river, but time in the water is going to be reduced this year.

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