City of Kenai

City of Kenai officials will be closing access to the Kenai River's Soth Beach tonight and are warning dipnetters not to camp there or on the North Beach.

The reason are extreme high tides overnight that could pose hazards to campers. 

The morning tide Thursday at 3:54 a.m. is forecast to be 23 feet, followed by Friday morning's 4:44 a.m. high tide of 24 feet, and Saturday morning’s high tide at 5:44 will be nearly 25 feet.

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The Kenai Planning and Zoning Commission heard more than an hour of public testimony Wednesday night regarding a proposed development near the Kenai river.

 

 


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.

The Kenai City Council last week set its budget for the new fiscal year, which begins on July 1. The budget appropriates $16,166,027 from the General Fund as part of a $28,105,942 total budget. Appropriations from the Enterprise and Internal Service Funds amount to just over $3 million, while the city’s Special Revenue Funds contribute about $8.75 million.

The council also committed $750,000 of unassigned General Fund money for future renovation and improvements to city facilities and streets. The employee salary schedule was also amended.

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The specter of having the City of Kenai’s dock sit idle for the summer was avoided at the last minute during Wednesday night’s Kenai City Council meeting when a one-year lease was approved with CISPRI, the Cook Inlet Spill Prevention and Response, Inc.

The $20,000 contract gives CISPRI non-exclusive use of the dock, the city’s three cranes, office space, the floats, moorings and operating area adjacent to the dock.

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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.

 

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.

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An analysis of what’s needed to remodel the Kenai airport is finished and last week, the city council approved spending an extra $268,000 for the design phase.

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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 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.

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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The city of Kenai continues to pick up parcels of land along the bluff in anticipation of a major bluff erosion project.

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Each year, about 12,000 prisoners are released in the state of Alaska. Three years after release, more than 60 percent of them will be back in prison. Lowering that recidivism rate has been a top goal of Alaska Department of Corrections Commissioner Dean Williams. And his department is trying to team with the city of Kenai to bring those numbers down.

 

 


Libraries used to be quiet as mausoleums, with people shuffling quietly from the card catalog, to the stacks, to a straight-backed wooden chair at a table to read under harsh fluorescent lights. Stern librarians would peer over their glasses and give a “shush” at any sound.

Not so much any more.

“Libraries are not quiet any more. And there are some people who are kinda upset about that sometimes,” says Kenai Library Director Mary Jo Joiner. 

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The Kenai city council recently approved changes to leasing policies for airport lands. And that's just a beginning step in a long-range plan to put the city's considerable land assets to better use for development. 

The city of Kenai is looking to grow its economic base. That begins with one of the city’s more abundant resources — land. Shaylon Cochran has more on the plans to catalog and encourage development around the city:


There was another strong earthquake felt in Kenai almost exactly two years ago, though much closer than Tuesday morning's 7.9 event, meaning it caused a whole lot more damage in the Central Peninsula.

Some of that damage occurred to the Kenai City Dock during the January 24th, 2016, 7.1 earthquake.

City Manager Paul Ostrander explained to the Kenai City Council the administration’s plan to repair the damage, using funds left over from two other, completed projects.

Paul Ostrander, Kenai city manager, and Christine Cunningham, assistant to the city manager, talk about doing business in Kenai.

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The Kenai City Council heard and discussed the annual dipnet report at its meeting this week.

 


 

You could easily be forgiven if you haven’t put much thought into how or where local road departments store sand and salt that’s been so useful in recent days.

 

The Vietnam War is the subject of Ken Burns' latest epic series on PBS, and on KDLL's fall membership drive version of Peninsula On Point, Jay Barrett talks with Allen Auxier, of Soldotna, about his experiences in the war. Listeners know Allen as the longtime station manager at KDLL, but may not know he spent 11 months carrying an M-60 machine gun and jumping out of helicopters in the jungles of Vietnam in 1971 and '72. He came back staunchly patriotic, but adamantly anti-war.

It's municipal election day on the Kenai Peninsula, indeed in most of Alaska. Borough residents, depending on where they live, face a variety of choices on the ballot, however, everyone in the borough will be voting on who will be our new mayor. Three candidates are running: Dale Bagley, Linda Farnsworth Hutchings, and Charlie Pierce are all hoping for 50-percent-plus-one vote to avoid a costly run-off election between the top two vote-getters.

During KDLL's Membership Drive on Thursday, long-time Kenai Mayor John Williams was Jay Barrett's guest, discussing the politics and economy of the Kenai Peninsula and how they've changed in his nearly 50 years in public life. Near the end of the show, Jay asked him about the future of the area.

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At last week's Kenai City Council meeting, Mayor Brian Gabriel declared Aug. 16 to be Dick Morgan Day in the city, in honor of the long-time Kenai businessman and city father who died Aug. 13.

Morgan came to Kenai in 1952, working at the Wildwood Air Force station before founding Morgan Steel, building the Kenai Golf Course and becoming publisher of the Peninsula Clarion.

Richard Irving Morgan was born in Longmont, Colorado. He was 89. His ashes will join those of his wife, Shirley, and eldest son, Donnie, atop Mount Redoubt.