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Travelers along the Spur highway may notice some signs protesting a proposed gravel pit at the Pillars off Silver Salmon Avenue.

Well, the Kasilof River is open to sport-fishing with actual photographic evidence of success in the Clarion. Soon commercial fishermen will be putting their nets in the water, and charter guides will be roaring up and down the Kenai at 6 a.m., followed by the thundering hordes of dipnetters in July.

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The Soldotna city council held a work session to mull over options for annexation Wednesday afternoon. The city has been working to get a petition together for the state for the past few years, but there’s still work to do to get a map more people can agree on.

 

 


May 24, 2018: 'Pretend'

May 24, 2018

Sally Cassano reads "Pretend," by Jennifer Plecas.

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Robert Ruffner of Soldotna has retrieved his hat from a very crowded ring, full of contestants vying for the Republican mantle in the State House Seat 31 primary against the long-time incumbent.

Ruffner said he recognized a responsibility to donors and supporters when he realized the time commitment wasn’t viable.

 

The city of Kenai held a budget work session over the weekend to take a look at the proposed draft budget for next year.

 

 


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The city of Kenai is continuing its efforts to capitalize on the July’s dipnet fishery. Last December, the council asked city administration to look into accommodating vendors near the beach.

On this week's Kenai Conversation we find out how interconnected the natural world is on the Kenai Peninsula when we welcome retired Kenai National Wildlife Refuge ecologist Ed Berg and the refuge’s John Morton, the supervisory wildlife biolgogist to talk about how a warming climate has shrunk lakes and ponds, caused an increase in wildfires and an explostion in the moose population.

People can question climate change all they want, but according to a couple Kenai Peninsula scientists, one change in the climate in 1968-69 might be exactly why there is an abundance of moose in our back yard today.

Exactly how interconnected the natural world is on the Kenai Peninsula became obvious when KDLL welcomed retired Kenai National Wildlife Refuge ecologist Ed Berg and the refuge’s John Morton, the supervisory biologist to the studio.

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An increased presence on social media has been a cornerstone for borough mayor Charlie Pierce since he took office. His administration has posted videos and updates and now, a poll. While online polls might be interesting or entertaining, rarely are they valid.

 


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A natural gas storage well in Kenai is looking to expand. Cook Inlet Natural Gas Storage Alaska, CINGSA filed a petition earlier this month with the Regulatory Commission of Alaska seeking assurance cost for a redundancy project.

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It continues to be a slow, cold, soggy start to spring this May, but the gardening scene is heating up.

The Central Peninsula Garden Club is holding workshops every Saturday this month, giving gardeners a chance to pick the brains of experts on a variety of topics. Last week, KDLL tagged along for some sweet insight into growing berries at Alaska Berries farm and gathered snippits of information on tree pruning with Curtis Stigall of An Arboristic View.

 

Small and local is still the flavor for the majority of businesses around the Peninsula, but as many of their owners would tell you, getting those ventures off the ground is anything but a straightforward process.

 

 


 

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly had another lengthy meeting Tuesday night, fine tuning the borough budget. After nixing mayor Charlie Pierce’s proposal to use money from the borough’s land trust fund to help balance the budget, the assembly adjusted some of the other proposals from the administration.

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This weekend marks the 14th annual Kenai Peninsula Birding Festival. We sat down with one of the event's many organizers, Toby Burke, to talk about what's planned for this year and what's happening in the world of birding.


May 17, 2018: 'Circles'

May 17, 2018

Sally Cassano reads "Circles," by Alex, Patrick and Gordon Latimer, and Truuli and Sarah Hondel read "Aesop's Fables" — "The Ant and the Grasshopper" and the "Tree and the Reed."

Sally Cassano reads "And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street," by Dr. Seuss.

One of the bills the Alaska Legislature passed in its flurry of activity to adjourn Saturday was a statewide workplace smoking ban. Starting Oct. 1, pretty much any place that people work, it will be illegal to smoke.

The measure, Senate Bill 63, had been held up for years by Anchorage Republican Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux. She finally let it pass out of committee Saturday, but only with a provision that allows communities to opt out of the regulations.

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Racers didn’t let the relentlessly level topography of Kenai stop them from competing in the Kenai Rotary Club’s annual Soap Box Derby on Saturday. As they’ve done for the past few years, organizers created their own hill in the parking lot of the Kenai Multi-Purpose Facility and the Challenger Learning Center.

“Yeah, we have this semi truck deck that has the ramps coming off of it and then with the extra ramps with the release to give them more speed right off the bat,” said Rotarian Meg Meuller, who was helping racers at the finish line.

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The AK LNG project seems to be picking up some steam. A former partner in the project, BP, came back aboard last week with an agreement to supply North Slope gas to the 800-mile trans state pipeline.

 

Borough mayor Charlie Pierce has released his administration’s proposed budget for the next fiscal year. While projections anticipate more than $77 million in revenues, the borough is still expected to run a deficit of nearly $4.5 million.


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Submission of a state water quality report to the federal government is on hold again. The Department of Environmental Conservation’s integrated water quality and assessment is overdue by five years.

 

 


The Alaska Oil and Gas Association has announced its yearly industry awards in advance of its annual conference scheduled for the end of the month in Anchorage.

Among them are awards for safety, environmental stewardship, and lifetime achievement.

The Rising Star Award, according to the association, "honors an oil and gas industry professional under the age of 35, who has made an immediate and definitive impact on the oil and gas industry in Alaska."

 On this week's edition of Econ 919, we take a look at the effort to fund the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, and as the budget season draws to a close, we find out what a fiscal year is and why we have them.

 

Any effort to grow the city of Soldotna will have to wait at least a few more weeks. The council voted to postpone a vote on a resolution that would advance the annexation process at its meeting Wednesday night.

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