Ben Boettger

3 seats on HEA ballot

The nearly 24,000 members of Homer Electric Association will soon have their chance to extend their involvement in the utility beyond flicking their light switches… Continue reading

Can’t rain on this parade

Despite gray skies and rainy weather, the Kenai Spur Highway was lined with green at the annual Soldotna St. Patrick’s Day parade Saturday. The parade,… Continue reading

Beaver Loop rennovations may begin in summer 2018

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities is moving forward with plans to widen and resurface Kenai’s Beaver Loop Road. The plans would also… Continue reading

Hilcorp details plans for cross-inlet oil pipeline

Editor's note: This story has been changed to correct the type of vessel that presently carries oil across Cook Inlet.  By fall 2018, oil produced… Continue reading

Tyonek the beluga moved to Texas

Tyonek, the six-month old Cook Inlet beluga whale calf rescued from a mudflat in Sept. 2017, was transported from Seward’s Alaska SeaLife Center to his… Continue reading

Kenai funds cemetery expansion plans

As burial space shrinks in the Kenai cemetery on Floatplane Road, the city government is taking steps toward the long-planned construction of new cemetery space… Continue reading

Juneau Creek route ID’d as preferred in Cooper Landing road EIS

The final environmental permitting document for the long-planned Cooper Landing bypass ditches a controversial decision to relocate the Sterling Highway around Cooper Landing via a… Continue reading

Path chosen for Cooper Landing bypass

After considering several possible paths for a new highway section around Cooper Landing, the Alaska Department of Transportation named its preferred path for the new… Continue reading

LNG project to use Kenai city water

If the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation builds its planned liquefaction plant and export terminal in Nikiski, its water will come from the city of Kenai,… Continue reading

Lawmakers look at potential penta problem

Editor's note: This story has been changed to add information about an error in the 2015 U.S Fish and Game ground contamination study near HEA… Continue reading

Kenai offers new options to 10 businesses on city land

In another effort to reform land practices that critics say have hampered business development in Kenai, the Kenai City Council gave owners of 10 Kenai… Continue reading

Kenai seeking economic diversity with land reforms

Speaking on Wednesday at the Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District’s Industry Outlook Forum, Christine Cunningham, Assistant to the Kenai City Manager, outlined the reasons Kenai’s… Continue reading

AGDC sketches China deal, seeks timeline from regulators

By 2019, the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) is hoping three Chinese state-owned entities will become partners in its plans to export North Slope natural… Continue reading

Kenai Eagle Cam to upgrade hardware, advertising plan

For their second summer of live-streaming the view from atop a local eagle’s nest, Kenai’s city government and the Kenai Chamber of Commerce plan to… Continue reading

Kenai airport reserve boundary may move

Editor's note: This story has been changed to include the date of the Kenai City Council's hearing and vote on the boundary move.  The Kenai… Continue reading

Andeavor lets Nikiski LNG export license lapse

In the near future Andeavor won’t be exporting natural gas from the liquefaction plant and terminal in Nikiski it acquired on Feb. 1 from ConocoPhillips.… Continue reading

AGDC to choose Kenai Spur Highway route by June

The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation (AGDC) plans to choose by June between two possible ways to move the Kenai Spur Highway around the natural gas… Continue reading

Kenai water and sewer tax exemption fails

A proposal to exempt Kenai’s residential water and sewer services from city sales taxes failed at Wednesday night’s Kenai city council meeting. Of the council’s… Continue reading

Local governments try again for central peninsula fish board meeting

Editor's note: This story has been changed to clarify the Board of Fish's meeting location decision at their October 2017 worksession. Advocates are again seeking… Continue reading

Fertilizer plant restart still dependent upon gas supply

Editor's note: This story has been changed to correct a measurement unit of natural gas — a thousand cubic feet misreported as a million cubic… Continue reading