Ben Boettger

Kenai junk car code could change

Changes to Kenai’s junk vehicle code proposed by city administration could change how “junk vehicle” is defined, how owners can keep vehicles, and how the… Continue reading

Humans versus Zombies at Soldotna Library

This summer, youth programs at the Soldotna Public Library are educating local students not only through reading, but also with hands-on activities that teach practical… Continue reading

Sockeye fishing makes anglers twitchy

While dipnetters swarm the Kenai Peninsula’s beaches to wrestle fish out of the surf, anglers take to the riverbanks to practice a less athletic but… Continue reading

All in the family: Young entrepreneur gets to work at Port of Kenai

Visitors leaving the Kenai city dock with a cooler of freshly-caught salmon may be met in the parking lot by 12 year-old entrepreneur Roland Joseph… Continue reading

Soldotna Progress Days Rodeo: ‘You just got to be a cowboy’

Joe Dilley, a member of the Soldotna Equestrian Association and an organizer of the upcoming Progress Days Rodeo, said that while cattle ranching is not… Continue reading

Non-resident business owner now allowed to serve on Kenai planning and zoning commission

A person who doesn’t live in Kenai but owns a business there is now eligible to serve on the city’s seven-member Planning and Zoning Commission… Continue reading

Kenai Council postpones vote on commission change

Editor's note: This story has been changed to give the correct date of the future Council vote on the ordinance.  An ordinance sponsored by Mayor… Continue reading

Kenai pot moratorium fails before introduction

A moratorium on marijuana establishments in Kenai meant to have been introduced to the Kenai City Council was instead voted out of existence during the… Continue reading

Peninsula hospitals measure impact of state reimbursement rate freeze

With Alaska Medicaid cut by $51.9 million in this year’s state budget, Kenai Peninsula Medicaid providers are seeing the first financial effects of the underfunded… Continue reading

Proposed Kenai South Beach access road faces potential route change

The route of a road that Kenai intends to build for beach access on the south side of the Kenai River may change. The proposed… Continue reading

State and federal agencies provide comment on HEA hydroelectric project

A set of environmental, recreational, and engineering studies supporting the Grant Lake hydroelectric project is missing necessary information, according to comments made by the Federal… Continue reading

Kenai ballot initiatives propose changes to city council

Editor's note: This story has been changed to correct the misreported date of Kenai's general election and an inaccurate description of the proposed changes to… Continue reading

Cook Inlet oil companies heavy consumers of tax credit reimbursements

Editor's note: this story has been changed to correct the geographical base of the North Slope-based Caelus Energy, which has no assets in Cook Inlet,… Continue reading

Progress made on Card Street fire

As the humidity rises and the temperature drops, the Card Street wildfire is smoldering in place, according to representatives of responding agencies who spoke at… Continue reading

Kenai to hold work session on commercial marijuana

Editor's note: This story has been changed to reflect the accurate date for an upcoming cannabis meting, it is in June.  The Kenai City Council… Continue reading

Climate change speakers stress need for subsistance hunting adaptability

Three Alaska Native subsistence users addressed an audience of national wildlife policy advisers this week about the risks of climate change to subsistence-based communities, what… Continue reading

Kenai funds flowers, raises and fresh tech in new budget

Editor's note: this story has been changed to correct the year Kenai began planting the Field of Flowers. In a meeting that ended ten minutes… Continue reading

Kenai Performers seek land donation from Kenai

The non-profit Kenai Performers theater group has requested a donation of land from the city of Kenai for the construction of a theater to serve… Continue reading

Purple Heart monument dedicated in Soldotna Creek Park

Editor's note: This article has been changed to correct the position of Military Order of the Purple Heart member Ron Siebels. A former State and… Continue reading

Volunteers rehabilitate the Kenai River

At 9 a.m on Saturday ­— a drizzly, overcast morning — Kenai Watershed Forum Stream Watch coordinator Lisa Beranek gathered 17 volunteers on a bank… Continue reading