Ben Boettger

Local governments prepare to tax online sales

The Kenai Peninsula Borough is considering taxing online purchases after the Supreme Court of the United States reversed long-standing precedents protecting retailers from state and… Continue reading

Excavation project near Kenai River shot down

Editor's note: This story has been changed to correct Jason Foster's relationship to North Star Paving. On Wednesday Kenai’s seven Planning and Zoning Commissioners unanimously… Continue reading

Excavation project near Kenai River shot down

On Wednesday Kenai’s seven Planning and Zoning Commissioners unanimously denied a permit for a project along the Kenai River that the applicant — Dr. Lavern… Continue reading

Cook Inlet Energy fined over well pressure at Osprey platform

Cook Inlet Energy has received fines totaling $50,000 from the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (AOGCC) — $25,000 for failing to test a new… Continue reading

Alaska Communications progressing through Kenai Peninsula broadband wireless project

Editor's note: This story has been changed to correct Alaska Communications' expected service date for wireless broadband and the date of their presentation to the Kenai… Continue reading

Central Peninsula Hospital to have new birthing and cardiac facilities

Babies born on the central Kenai Peninsula soon after November 2019 may be the first to enter the world in a new birth center that… Continue reading

AGDC selects shortest, least expensive Spur Highway option

The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation announced Wednesday its chosen route for moving the Kenai Spur Highway around the natural gas liquefaction plant and export terminal… Continue reading

AGDC selects route for Kenai Spur Highway around LNG plant

The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation has chosen a route for the Kenai Spur Highway around its planned natural gas liquefaction plant. The preferred route, announced… Continue reading

Metal objects present danger on Kenai beaches. A student’s idea may help the city clean it up

Dipnetters, children, and anyone walking barefoot on Kenai beaches this summer may be less likely to step on a nail, screw, wire, lost tent stake… Continue reading

Drift River dismantling may start in early 2019

With oil expected to begin flowing in September through a reconfigured pipeline system connecting fields on the west side of Cook Inlet to the Andeavor… Continue reading

Early kings closed on Kenai, Russian River opening early

Sport fishing for Kenai River kings will close Wednesday for the remainder of June and be partially closed until August 1, while sockeye fishing in… Continue reading

Beluga food sources shifted from marine to freshwater over past 50 years

Over the past fifty years Cook Inlet’s endangered beluga whales have changed their feeding habits, eating less prey that originates in marine waters and more… Continue reading

HEA bills to rise July 1

Homer Electric Association power bills will rise July 1, driven by the cost of the Cook Inlet natural gas that fuels about 90 percent of… Continue reading

Peninsula legislators review session, stick with no new taxes

Editor's note: This story has been changed to correct the House sponsorship of Senate Bill 193, creating a work requirement for Medicaid. Rep. Chuck Kopp (R-Anchorage)… Continue reading

Gasline project to announce Spur reroute June 20

Nikiski residents who’ve been waiting since 2015 to find out whether a proposed relocation of the Kenai Spur Highway will run on or near their… Continue reading

Refuge repairing boat launch, trails, and cabins

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is replacing a boardwalk and boat ramp into the Kenai River at the end of Soldotna’s East Redoubt Avenue. Crews… Continue reading

Beach bacteria testing to resume

Scientists will be sampling water on Kenai’s beaches to see if efforts to reduce fecal coliform and enterococci bacteria have been working. Fecal coliform and… Continue reading

Bicycling advocates look for trails, education, and repair stations in Kenai and Soldotna

Bicycling advocates are organizing for more bike-friendly improvements, education and social events in the Kenai and Soldotna region. A new group is working with the… Continue reading

Shadura Road fire extinguished

A Monday evening structure fire on Shadura Road near Kasilof drew fire crews from Central Emergency Services to extinguish the burning building and from the… Continue reading

Design to start on Cooper Landing bypass

Design is set to start on a new stretch of the Sterling Highway around Cooper Landing after the state and federal agencies in charge of… Continue reading