Ben Boettger

Partially-constructed Field of Flowers gazebo knocked over

Construction of the gazebo at Kenai’s Field of Flowers on Lawton Street was disrupted by what Kenai Parks and Recreation Director Bob Frates called “kind… Continue reading

Kenai dedicates renovated Municipal Park

Standing in front of a backdrop of painted forest creatures, Kenai Vice Mayor Brian Gabriel dedicated the Kenai Municipal Park’s “Enchanted Forest” playground in a… Continue reading

The ruck stops here: Olympic rugby team visits Mountain View Elementary

Mountain View Elementary students learned some vocabulary words on Wednesday morning — “ruck,” “scrum,” “scrum-half,” “prop-forward,” and “grubber” were a few of them. Their teachers… Continue reading

Kenai postpones land purchase for South Beach Access Road

Kenai has reached a tentative deal to buy seven beach front properties overlooking Cook Inlet south of the Kenai River mouth, four of which are… Continue reading

Back in the ring: MMA fights held at Soldotna’s Central Peninsula Mall

The first match of the first mixed martial arts (MMA) fight held in Soldotna’s Peninsula Center Mall featured a first-time fighter — Soldotna resident Mike… Continue reading

Medicaid developmental disability program reduces new users

An Alaska Medicaid program that funds care for developmentally-disabled adults may be reducing the number of people it enrolls each year by 75 percent. Medicaid’s… Continue reading

Troopers identify drivers in fatal Nikiski accident

Editor’s note: Updates will be added to this story as more information becomes available. One person is dead and another injured after a two-vehicle head-on… Continue reading

Kenai airport reserve lease rates rise after appraisal

Some lessees of Kenai’s airport reserve properties believe their leases were unfairly evaluated in a 2015 appraisal that determines the rent they pay to the… Continue reading

Sterling Elementary students rewarded with pom-poms

This year Sterling elementary school students will be collecting pom-poms -- colorful fuzzy balls -- as tokens of good behavior. Teachers will award students with… Continue reading

Local livestock gets a fair judging

This weekend the Ninilchik Fairground is the site of the Kenai Peninsula Fair, providing an opportunity for local livestock-raising families and rodeo-riders to display their… Continue reading

Kenai creates Parks and Recreation subcommittee to study possible outdoor stage

Eight Kenai residents have been appointed to a newly-created 10 member subcommittee tasked with studying the possibility of a permanent outdoor event venue in Kenai.… Continue reading

Three candidates will run for two openings in Kenai City Council

In Kenai’s Oct. 6 city council election, voters will choose two city council members from a group of three candidates that include one incumbent council… Continue reading

Kenai guides take kids fishing at Take Our Kids Fishing event

Editor's note: This story has been changed to correct the affiliation of Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tami Murray.  Members of the Kenai, Nikiski,… Continue reading

Here goes the cavalry

Kenai’s National Guard armory is home to Troop B of the 297th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, a cavalry unit trained to use armored Humvees to gather… Continue reading

Kenaitze Youth Council attends conference in Washington, D.C

After spending 10 days in Washington, D.C., touring the city and participating in a conference with approximately 1,800 other Native American youth, the 11 members… Continue reading

Conservation plan will determine federal funds for Alaskan wildlife

A plan by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game released for public comment last week will help determine which of Alaska’s animal species will… Continue reading

Kenai wastewater treatment plant a future priority for funding

Kenai’s wastewater treatment plant is the city’s top priority for hopeful future funding in next year’s budget. In its Wednesday meeting, the Kenai City Council… Continue reading

Church aims to build an ark

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church held a fund-raising garage sale in Soldotna on Saturday with the goal of purchasing an ark. They are… Continue reading

Lightning and other nuisances

Tuesday was an eventful day for Sterling resident Terry Smith. While dipnetting that morning he discovered a nest of bees in his boat, which swarmed… Continue reading

River access at Kenai bridge draws dipnetters, concern

Editor's note: This story has been changed to add information on the number of users at the Warren Ames bridge site and details about possible… Continue reading