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Kenai city planner to return south

In summer 2014 Matt Kelley came from a county planner’s office in California to become Kenai’s city planner. In February he’ll be returning to county-level… Continue reading

DNR grants one of three Chuitna Citizens Coalition water reservations

Editor's note: This story has been changed to add additional information and to correct the year of CCC's lawsuit against DNR. The Alaska Department of… Continue reading

Earthquake causes small refinery spill

Editor's note: This story has been changed to correct an inaccurate use of the term "secondary confinement." The correct term is "secondary containment." While so… Continue reading

Lack of drilling leads to lease default for Furie

A Cook Inlet natural gas extractor that relied heavily on state tax credits — and which partially blamed undrilled wells over the past two years… Continue reading

Ways to go

Learning to move is a task that comes along just a few times per life. As an infant you get two opportunities: first learning to… Continue reading

Kenai council discusses dipnet vendors

As Kenai’s city government more actively attempts to make the summer dipnet fishery a boost to the local economy, beach vendors may be getting some… Continue reading

Hilcorp plans $285 million Alaska investment in 2018

Hilcorp is planning to spend about $285 million in Alaska during 2018, the oil and gas company’s Operations Manager Chad Helgeson told audiences at the… Continue reading

Kaladi’s Krew

With the shop’s distinctive painted ceiling panels above her, barista Sarah Rawson steams milk to make a latte at Kaladi Brother’s Coffee during a busy… Continue reading

Local pot business expecting slight chill from federal change

The practicalities of running a state-legal business based on a nationally-illegal product have became more complicated in some respects but unchanged in others, after U.S.… Continue reading

Borough may fund closer look at landfill gas

Editor's note: This story has been changed to correct the planned capacity of the initial landfill gas generator. The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly faces a… Continue reading

AGDC narrows Spur Highway relocation to two routes

  Editor's note: This story has been updated to mention AGDC's Feb. 19 meeting with the Nikiski Community Council. The Alaska Gasline Development Corporation has… Continue reading

CIRCAC studying pipeline leaks

After 2017 began with a natural gas leak in Cook Inlet, local spill prevention experts are preparing a comprehensive look at Cook Inlet’s aging oil… Continue reading

Kenai bluff project gained ground in 2017

In 2017, the mile of bluff between Old Town Kenai and the Kenai River mouth may have receded three feet — the amount of ground… Continue reading

Christmas at the Orca

While the muffled sounds of lightsabers buzzing and TIE fighters screaming came through one wall of the lobby and jungle drums through the other, the… Continue reading

Despite uncertainties, state moves forward with LNG

When Alaska Governor Bill Walker spoke Tuesday to members of the Soldotna and Kenai Chambers of Commerce, he wore an Alaska-shaped lapel pin marked with… Continue reading

A novel approach to ocean acidification

Pteropods may look otherworldly, but they are a real and threatened species of minuscule marine snail whose appearance in Homer author Nancy Lord’s new novel… Continue reading

AGDC shares new plans for LNG pipeline

Editor's note: This story has been changed to clarify that realtor Katie Uei has based her sales price estimates on conversation with Nikiski residents and… Continue reading

Graham cracker architects

Three first and second grade classes at Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences made gingerbread houses on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 to take home for display… Continue reading

Central Kenai pot store permitted on second try

A strip mall location in central Kenai is both a blessing and a curse for the planned marijuana retailer East Rip, whose city permit was… Continue reading

Dipnet Kenai app looks back on debut year

Kenai is shifting the emphasis of how it manages the roughly 20,000 personal-use dipnet fishermen who come to town from July 10–31 from merely keeping… Continue reading