Ben Boettger

Ninilchik graduates have a variety of plans

There was standing room only in Ninilchik School’s small gymnasium during graduation on Tuesday afternoon. The crowd had come to give well-wishes and congratulations to… Continue reading

IDEA graduates make after-school plans

Ten home-schooled students and their families gathered on Friday afternoon to eat pizza and cake, entertain each other with music, and speak about their accomplishments… Continue reading

CINGSA wins rights to storage space

The Alaska Supreme Court has decided that Kenai has no claim to the gas storage rights used by Cook Inlet Natural Gas Storage Alaska, a… Continue reading

Girl Scout groups learn science from professionals

Last summer at a day camp in Chugiak, a group of Girl Scouts discovered a bear skeleton in the woods. The normal program was thrown… Continue reading

Burn permits suspended due to high winds

The Alaska Department of Natural Resources has suspended its burn permits on the Kenai Peninsula, prohibiting the setting of fires over 3 feet in diameter.… Continue reading

Agrium credit passes legislature

If Nikiski’s Agrium ammonia plant were to re-start in the future, the company could be eligible for a corporate income tax credit when it begins… Continue reading

KPC sculpture studio offers something new

When sculptor Cam Choy became an art professor at Kenai Peninsula College in 2013, he had little opportunity to teach his preferred art form. Choy… Continue reading

Invasive aphids found around Kachemak Bay

Last spring, homeowners near Halibut Cove and Homer began to see needles on their spruces turning yellow and brown. Naturalists from the Alaska Division of… Continue reading

Kenai permits marijuana retail and cultivation facility

Kenai’s first commercial marijuana business — Red Run Cannabis Company — has permission from the Kenai Planning and Zoning Commission to open a cultivation facility… Continue reading

Kenai marijuana permit to have vote Wednesday

Editor's note: This story has been changed to correct the title of Marc Theiler, originally described as an attorney. Theiler is an office manager and… Continue reading

Kenai sells airport land

For the first time since 2013, Kenai will begin negotiating a sale of city-owned airport land to private individuals. At its Wednesday meeting, the Kenai… Continue reading

Soldotna drama group to perform Lois Lowry’s “The Giver.”

The Soldotna High School drama group’s spring play will take audiences into “The Giver,” a classic young adult novel by Lois Lowry about conformity, empathy,… Continue reading

Autism Extravaganza held at Soldotna High School

At stations scattered through the two gymnasiums of Soldotna Preparatory School, children with autism played a ring-toss game, won cupcakes in a circle of musical… Continue reading

Photos: Telling tales

Odie’s Deli in Soldotna was crowded Friday night for a live storytelling event with the date-appropriate theme of “foolishness.” A group of raconteurs including the… Continue reading

Kenai residents team up for dodgeball tournaments

Kenai residents played dodgeball in two separate fundraising dodgeball tournaments last Saturday: the Young Life Christian youth group in the gymnasium of the Kenai Middle… Continue reading

Murkowski: Progress being made in D.C.

Alaska’s Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski said that although the nation’s capital has earned a reputation for dysfunction, congress has recently managed to consider and occasionally… Continue reading

Trends 2016: Kenai’s sales growing after 2009 decline, lead by retail

Trends in Kenai’s gross sales and property taxes recorded by the Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District (KPEDD) show that since 2008 the city of Kenai… Continue reading

Kenai comprehensive plan holds first town hall meeting

Differences between versions of Kenai’s past comprehensive plans and resident preferences were hashed out at a meeting to update the city’s current plan. A town… Continue reading

Agrium bill has senate resource committee hearing

The Alaska Senate has begun its consideration of a tax credit designed to lure Agrium back to its Nikiski plant. On Monday the Senate Resources… Continue reading

Kenai airport land sale may be reconsidered

This story has been changed to correct the title of Ronald Smith, originally described as a realator. A realator is a licensed member of the… Continue reading