Ben Boettger

HEA takes a look at electric vehicles

Of the attendees who drove from the central Kenai Peninsula to Homer for Homer Electric Association’s annual member meeting on Thursday, at least two made… Continue reading

Worker-inmates to be housed in Kenai cannery

As inmates in the work-release program at Kenai’s Wildwood Correctional Complex prepare to go to work at the town’s seafood canneries, the Alaska Department of… Continue reading

Watercolors in bloom at Kenai Fine Arts Center

Watercolor flowers are blooming on the walls of the Peninsula Art Guild’s Kenai Fine Art Center — alongside landscapes, portraits (human and animal), and a… Continue reading

BlueCrest fined $20,000 for 2 safety valve violations

On April 26 the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (AOGCC) issued a $20,000 fine to the Cook Inlet hydrocarbon extractor BlueCrest Alaska Operating for… Continue reading

SeaLife Center faces long odds in raising octopus

The aquarium staff of the Alaska SeaLife Center are getting their third opportunity to pull off a feat accomplished only once before: raising a giant… Continue reading

Phone scammers posing as HEA collectors

Phone scammers posing as bill collectors for Homer Electric Association have targeted local business owners, seeking payment for false electric bills and threatening to cut… Continue reading

New Kenai Planner emphasizes listening, balance

Elizabeth Appleby, who became Kenai’s new city planner on April 9, said she’s practiced the skills of listening to and balancing different interests through her… Continue reading

Kenai plans airport terminal renovation

On Wednesday the Kenai City Council moved ahead with plans to renovate the Kenai Muncipal Airport’s passenger terminal. Council members saw a cost-breakdown and floorplan… Continue reading

CINGSA well gets first clearing of sand build-up

Drivers on Kenai’s Bridge Access Road during the past few weeks might have noticed a crane rising above the trees opposite the intersection with Beaver… Continue reading

Winged words

Parents and children catching flights at the Kenai Municipal Airport now have the chance to make waiting time into story time. On Friday afternoon the… Continue reading

Food for fines

Since the Joyce K. Carver Memorial Soldotna Public Library started accepting canned and other nonperishable food items in lieu of late fees on April 9,… Continue reading

Researcher looks at beluga use of Kenai River

Editor's note: This story has been changed to correct the end date of Ovitz's observation project. Early this week Stevie Shackelford saw his first beluga… Continue reading

Kenai Council limits appeals of city decisions

At their Wednesday meeting the Kenai City Council voted to change the rules that had allowed any Kenai resident to challenge any decision by city… Continue reading

Kenai’s first income-restricted housing now open

The central Kenai Peninsula’s small low-income rental housing market grew six units larger with the recent completion of Clear Pointe, the first low-income housing building… Continue reading

No injuries in home fire near Kalifornsky Beach Road

There were no injuries reported from a home fire near Kalifornsky Beach Road on Tuesday afternoon. No one was in the home when it burned… Continue reading

Bypass may bump businesses, boggle bears

Plans to relocate five miles of the Sterling Highway through the hills around Cooper Landing have been under way since the 1970s, but questions about… Continue reading

Tie vote jeopardizes HEA solar project

A Homer Electric Association plan to build Alaska’s highest-capacity solar farm near HEA’s Anchor Point substation is in limbo after the cooperative’s eight directors tied… Continue reading

Kenai to debate who can appeal city decisions

Kenai residents who disagree with decisions by city administrators or the Kenai Planning and Zoning Commission can appeal them to the seven members of the… Continue reading

Funding Cook Inlet: Legislature debates bonding for oil and gas tax credits

Sometime between 2014 and 2015, Alaska state employees distributed a handout at oil and gas trade shows featuring a cartoon moose holding up a stack… Continue reading

Spin class

Instructor Lee Coray-Ludden (center) shows how to spin yarn from wool on a kick-driven spinning wheel, with student Amy Townson practicing in the background on… Continue reading