Ben Boettger

Car chase results in arrest

An attempt by the Kenai Highway Patrol to contact a stopped vehicle on December 31 resulted in a car chase and an arrest the next… Continue reading

Year-end emergency statistics reveal trends, anomalies

This season, Central Peninsula Emergency Services responded to little more than half the number of structure fires that they were called to last year. Between… Continue reading

Teens on Target teaches firearm use and self-defense to teenage girls

Editor's note: This story has been corrected to note the model of assault rifle that the teens were using. It is an AR-15.  Kenai Police… Continue reading

Soldotna man charged with posession of child pornography and online solicitation of a minor

State troopers arrested a Soldotna man after he was accused of exchanging explicit text and photo messages with a 14-year-old girl. He told officers that… Continue reading

Kenai council OK’s funds to begin playground upgrade

Kenai’s Enchanted Forest playground project took another step closer to reality on Wednesday evening. Two of the four components of the plan created by the… Continue reading

Soldotna and Kenai alumni to drop the puck

As they have done each winter for the past 19 years, alumni of Soldotna and Kenai Central high schools will lace up their skates and… Continue reading

No scary monster in Kenai budget

A report by accountant Michelle Drew, of financial consulting service BDO USA, gave Kenai a good evaluation for its handling of municipal finance. Drew, who… Continue reading

Some looking at business opportunities, impacts

Attendees at the Kenai Community Cannabis Coalition’s town hall meeting at the Challenger Center last night represented a wide range of perspectives on the marijuana… Continue reading

Group offers support for parents of children with special needs

On Thursday at 6:30 p.m, parents of special-needs children will congregate for a meeting of Parents SPEAK, a support group described by founder Peggy Larson… Continue reading

Back in action: All-terrain wheelchair gets people outdoors

On her wooded property outside of Soldotna, Jill Erickson had a hill which, until recently, she had never been to the top of. Erickson, a… Continue reading

Thrown together: Kenai Potters Guild holds sale, plans classes

Members of the Kenai Potters Guild contributed work to the Guild’s annual Christmas show, which was held on Saturday in the Guild’s studio at the… Continue reading

Alaska Communications discontinues wireless service

Alaska Communications on Thursday announced a deal to sell its wireless assets to another Alaska-based company, General Communications, Inc (GCI), for $300 million dollars. GCI… Continue reading

Kenai airport agreements signed with Soldotna contractor, Hilcorp

Several public-private partnerships using Kenai airport land where discussed during the City of Kenai’s Wednesday meeting. The measures included the terms of an airport land… Continue reading

Kenai Senior Center gets extra funding from the state

This year the Kenai city council expected to recieve a state grant of $169,584 for funding the Kenai Senior Center. Instead, the state gave Kenai… Continue reading

For the 13th year, Salvation Army opens doors, kitchen for Thanksgiving

At 3 a.m on Thursday morning Jeannie Fanning went to the kitchen beneath the Kenai Salvation Army church to began preparing turkey for the Kenai… Continue reading

For ‘Emma’s Run’ community supports cancer treatment

Emma Mullet is the creator and organizer of Emma’s Run, a 5-K race that was held Saturday in Kenai. 42 runners, walkers, and joggers registered… Continue reading

Learning after the burn: Fish and Game to study moose population

The Funny River wildfire burned nearly 200,000 acres, transforming the ecology of a large portion of the northern Kenai Peninisula. Researchers from the Alaska Department… Continue reading

Kenai sees changes looming

A municipal reaction to state-level marijuana legislation and the city’s purchasing policy were part of a discussion on long term planning during the Kenai City… Continue reading

Not going to waste: Old electronics collected for recycling

16 volunteers from non-profit recycling advocate ReGroup spent this Saturday at Soldotna’s Central Peninsula Landfill for ReGroup’s 7th annual electronics recycling drive. Jan Wallace, secretary… Continue reading

HEA pitches its reworked Grant Lake project in Moose Pass

Despite changes to the proposed design of Homer Electric Association’s Grant Lake hydroelectric project, the project still drew mixed reactions after a Nov. 6 presentation… Continue reading