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The Soldotna city council voted to ban single-use disposable plastic bags at its meeting Wednesday night. There was little pushback on what has been, in other corners of the peninsula, a controversial issue.

 


 

 

Between trying to incorporate and trying to prepare for a possible natural gas project, there is a lot happening in Nikiski these days. On this week's Kenai Conversation, we'll get a North Road update and speak with Stacy Oliva and Dan Gregory with Incorporate Nikiski, and Nikiski's representative on the borough assembly Wayne Ogle.

 

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and the Kenai Peninsula Hockey Association are facing charges related to sexual abuse committed by a former hockey coach.

Andrew Malone

  Saying the season for ice berg surfing only lasts three days or so, one young man has been raising eyebrows along the Kenai River between Soldotna and Kenai. 

Andrew Malone of Soldotna said he’s been riding the ice floes on the Kenai for four years, and he says people stop and take pictures and wave. Sometimes, like on Thursday, someone calls 911 thinking he’s being swept out to sea. But, as you may have read in the Clarion, CES responders were familiar with Malone and his impromptu float trips.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game

 

The city of Kenai harbor commission is looking into creating calmer waters come fishing season. Commission members lobbied the city council to create a no wake zone near the mouth of the Kenai river, both for safety and to help mitigate potential erosion during high tides.

Econ 919

Apr 6, 2018

 

This week, the Pebble Mine and what it might mean for the Kenai.

 

 

 

 


City of Kenai

 

 

There will be a more rigorous process for appealing some city decisions for Kenai residents. The council approved changes to city code that lay out who has good standing for such appeals.

 

 


 

 

The first and second waves of a newly adopted teaching technique that the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is implementing is underway, with the third “wave,” as the teacher training is called, to begin soon.

John Pothast is the director of elementary and secondary education with the district who has ushered in the Personalized Learning program.

“A couple years ago that ‘aha moment’ was the realization it’s not a thing. It’s a verb. It’s how are we conducting business," he said.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has been working on the 2019 budget for months, but now it’s out of the district's hands.  

 

Borough mayor Charlie Pierce is working to put together a balanced budget that doesn’t include new taxes. The borough faces a roughly $4 million shortfall for fiscal year 2019. The assembly was set to vote on a pair of items Tuesday night intended to fill that gap, but that won’t happen until next month when the assembly gets a first official look at the mayor’s budget.

 


As we previously reported, the Kenai Elks Club has been having issues with the state of Alaska’s Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office concerning its liquor license.

It turns out, just days after the Kenai City Council — for a second time — criticized the AMCO for mishandling the license renewal, the office issued the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elk a temporary liquor permit.

KPBSD

Personalized Learning is more than a buzzword for the latest fad in public education. This week on the Kenai Conversation, KPBSD Director of Elementary and Secondary Education John Pothast and district Communications Liaison Pegge Erkeneff, tell us about how Personalized Learning is being rolled out in classrooms across the district and what the expectations are.

Redoubt Reporter

 

After electing officers and getting off the ground last month, the Alaska Liquified Natural Gasline Project Advisory Committee dug in for a full round of discussions Monday evening in Nikiski. The group is working fast to give as much local input as possible to the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation before it starts seeking permits.

 

 


State of Alaska

 

House District 31 will have another challenger for Representative Paul Seaton this fall. Robert Ruffner, currently a member of the state Board of Fisheries, filed to run last week.

The City of Kenai is scrambling to find a new operator of the city dock, after being informed the past vendor will not be returning and not getting any response from others.

“And I notified Harbor Commission of this the other night that our concessioner that has been operating the dock for the last couple of years, Copper River Seafoods, is not interested in pursuing that again this year. We did not find that out until a couple of weeks ago," City Manager Paul Ostrander explained to the Kenai City Council.

Elaine Howell

In the March episode of Drinking on the Last Frontier, Bill visits Country Liquor for a look at the retail craft of stocking unique beers and ponders brewery secession planning to see who will pick up the tab for breweries in the next generation. Plus, the magic of yeast in brewing science, the return of beer gear and the kick of coffee beers. Cheers!

City of Soldotna

 

Residents on the outskirts of Soldotna wondering if the city is going to move ahead with annexation will have to wait a bit longer.

Assembly to consider expanding CPH service area south

Mar 30, 2018
Kenai Peninsula Borough

 

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly is set to introduce an ordinance that would move the boundary of the Central Peninsula Hospital service area south to include all of Ninilchik. 

 

 


Shaylon Cochran/KDLL

 

After 15 years and millions of meals for residents, Linda Swarner is retiring from the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. But retirement may be too strong a word when you’re talking about serving the public.

 

 


Jay Barrett/KDLL

 

The Alaska Supreme Court occasionally takes its act on the road, traveling to high schools around the state, giving students a peek at the inner workings of the state’s highest court.

 

 


Jay Barrett/KDLL

Hello, it’s March 30th, 2018, and I’m Jay Barrett with KDLL’s Econ 91-9.

The Alaska Job Service Center held its annual Job and Career Fair last week in the Soldotna Sports Complex. A score of job and military recruiters, trainers and more were on hand, as were hundreds of Central Peninsula folks looking for a job or a new career.

When it gets closer to fishing season, we’ll tell you what local canneries have to offer, but today, we focus on training.

Shaylon Cochran/KDLL

 

A proposed highway bypass around Cooper Landing may be closer to reality than at any time in the past three decades.

 

 


  On this week’s Kenai Conversation, it’s a reporter’s roundtable. KDLL’s Jay Barrett and Shaylon Cochran sit down with Elizabeth Earl and Kat Sorensen from the Peninsula Clarion to talk about the latest events around the central peninsula, local budgets, the upcoming fishing season and more.

The project to change the way oil and gas is transported in and around Cook Inlet has gotten an initial okay to head underwater. Earlier this month, the Regulatory Commission of Alaska granted a temporary construction permit to the Cook Inlet Pipeline Company for the offshore section of the Tyonek Pipeline. 

The RCA previously approved two temporary construction permits for onshore construction work.

Spring may still be around the corner, with summer just a fond hope for the future, but the city of Kenai is actively working on projects to make the July dipnet season more convenient for participants. 

At last week’s meeting, the Kenai City Council voted to move funds from a completed South Beach access project, to needs on the north side of the river.

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