Ben Boettger

Pallet fires banned on Kenai beaches

By the middle of next summer, pallet fires will be illegal on Kenai’s beaches. On Wednesday the Kenai city council unanimously approved a ban on… Continue reading

Knackstedt, Navarre retain council seats

Kenai city council incumbents Henry Knackstedt and Tim Navarre will retain their seats for a further three year term, while challenger Bob McIntosh said he… Continue reading

Beluga research looks at failure to rebound

Two research efforts are taking new approaches to the question of why Cook Inlet’s endangered beluga whales haven’t recovered since hunting restrictions were placed on… Continue reading

3 Kenai council candidates talk business

Members of the Kenai Chamber of Commerce invited the three candidates to a forum on Wednesday, at which they answered questions chamber members had submitted… Continue reading

Female scientists talk about women in science

Eight research and technical professionals gathered at the Kenai Fine Arts Center on Friday to publicly discuss a statistical imbalance in their own population —… Continue reading

Hilcorp subleases Kenai airport hangar

Hilcorp will be using a hangar on the Kenai Municipal Airport for flights to its facilities on the west side of Cook Inlet. The privately-owned… Continue reading

Kenai council to consider pallet-burning ban

At its meeting on Oct. 4, the Kenai city council will consider prohibiting burning pallets and other wood with metal fasteners on the city’s north… Continue reading

Tesoro will change name to Andeavor after Western Refining acquisition

Editor's note: This story has been changed to correct Tesoro's use of the former Flint Hills refinery in North Pole. The company leased terminal space… Continue reading

Once Tesoro, now Andeavor

The refinery in Nikiski that turns Cook Inlet’s oil output into gasoline, jet fuel, diesel and propane won’t be immediately affected by the expansion and… Continue reading

Orthodox Church draws close to restoration goal with funding for chapel work

Some of the square-hewn timbers of the small Russian Orthodox chapel in Old Town Kenai may be exchanged for fresh wood during a planned restoration… Continue reading

Old-school metal

The top 30 feet of an approximately 130 foot-tall oil drilling rig used around Alaska by the drilling company Brinkerhoff-Signal in the 1960s and 1970s… Continue reading

Wheel of Silvers

Editor's note: This article has been corrected to show the magic weight on Wednesday was determined to be 7.85 pounds. At the close of the… Continue reading

Kenaitze tribe to host edible and medicinal plant conference

Experts on medicinal uses of the plants growing in woods and meadows throughout the Kenai Peninsula will be sharing their knowledge this weekend at the… Continue reading

Incorporate Nikiski may amend, withdraw petition

Editor's note: This story has been changed to show that the Local Boundary Commission did not decide on Incorporate Nikiski's contention that their petition was… Continue reading

Kenai Aviation closes after 56 years on Kenai Airport

After two generations of family ownership and 56 years of flying from the Kenai Municipal Airport, the charter air taxi service Kenai Aviation has closed… Continue reading

At the rodeo

Madee Knowlton chases down a steer during the steer daubing event at the Soldotna Equestrian Club’s first 9-11 Tribute Rodeo, junior division, on Saturday, Sept.… Continue reading

Kenai Council rejects loosening marijuana setbacks

An effort to loosen city restrictions on where marijuana businesses can locate in Kenai — which critics say has pushed businesses from the town’s commercial… Continue reading

25 years in Vintage Pointe

Joanna Hollier (left) shows visitor Gary Sonnevil around her apartment in Kenai's Vintage Pointe Manor during an open house in honor of the senior housing… Continue reading

Sterling man arrested for drug charges

A Sterling man, Dennis Backstrom, was charged with controlled substance misconduct and theft after being arrested by Kenai police Sunday morning in the parking lot… Continue reading

Kenai Lions Club hosts annual rubber duck race

Of the approximately 650 to 700 yellow rubber ducks floating down the Kenai River on Monday morning — released upstream of Kenai’s Cunningham Park by… Continue reading