Ben Boettger

Hilcorp plans new pad and well near Ninilchik

Oil and gas company Hilcorp Alaska plans to lay a new gravel pad and drill a new well just north of Ninilchik this summer. The… Continue reading

Lawton Acres to have appraisal by July 5

In an ongoing debate about a city of Kenai-owned property contested for its value as either commercial land or a wooded residential buffer, the Kenai… Continue reading

Out of the Office: A forest of two minds

East is east and west is west and never the twain shall meet. True or not in geopolitics, it fits the Kenai Peninsula’s two landscapes.… Continue reading

Army Corps finds negative cost-benefit of Kenai bluff erosion project

In a new report on a collaboration with the city of Kenai to halt erosion on the nearly mile-long bluff below Old Town Kenai, the… Continue reading

Former Kenai city manager Rick Koch dies in motorcycle accident

Former Kenai city manager Rick Koch was killed in a motorcycle accident on the Dalton Highway on Sunday. According to Alaska State Troopers, Koch, 60,… Continue reading

Kenai dipnet app now available

While this summer’s dipnetters fish in the mouth of the Kenai River, the city of Kenai will be fishing for them with a new smartphone… Continue reading

HEA exploring solar power

Homer Electric Association is “in the exploratory phase” of planning a solar power installation that may be funded by voluntary member investments, according to HEA… Continue reading

BlueCrest opens Anchor Point oil wellpad with ceremony

BlueCrest Energy has ceremonially opened their Hansen Production Facility, an oil wellpad on the shore of Cook Inlet near Anchor Point. A small group of guests… Continue reading

Lawton purchase scheduled for June 21, may be delayed

The Kenai City Council may vote on whether to buy Lawton Acres — a 16.49 acre strip of wooded land between the Kenai Spur Highway… Continue reading

Surgery Center of Kenai plans new operating room

Editor's note: This story has been changed to correct a reference to the 91 percent drop in Central Peninsula Hospital's net income, orginally referred to… Continue reading

Organically grown, locally produced stories

Stories your neighbors have told around campfires and dinner tables are now being told through a microphone to a public audience during occasional live storytelling… Continue reading

Kenai passes $26 million budget

The Kenai City Council passed its $26.49 million budget for the upcoming fiscal year 2018 — to begin July 1 — at their Wednesday meeting,… Continue reading

Kenai partners with Chamber of Commerce for fall silver derby

Kenai’s city government will have a say in how the town’s first silver salmon fishing derby — initiated by the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and… Continue reading

Tesoro refinery to have temporary maintenance shut down in spring

Editor's note: This article has been changed to correct the position of Tesoro Kenai Refinery Vice President Cameron Hunt.  Tesoro Alaska’s petroleum refinery in Nikiski… Continue reading

Tesoro must sell Anchorage port terminal

The Tesoro Corporation petroleum company will need to sell or lease a terminal at the Port of Anchorage, following a June 21 agreement between the… Continue reading

Relay for Life fundraises for American Cancer Society

This year’s annual Relay for Life walk — at which cancer survivors, their friends and family, and interested members of the community spent six hours… Continue reading

Central Peninsula Hospital sees rapid expansion

Soldotna’s Central Peninsula Hospital, one of two borough funded hospitals on the Kenai Peninsula, has been expanding steadily since it began as a clinic operated… Continue reading

No oil and gas damage reported after earthquake

The epicenter of Monday’s brief 5.3 magnitude earthquake was in west Cook Inlet’s Trading Bay, according to the U.S Tsunami Warning System — less than… Continue reading