Ben Boettger

HEA shoots for 2018 solar project completion

Homer Electric Association is hoping to have its small-scale solar project online by the end of the 2018 construction season, said HEA Director of Power,… Continue reading

Mural finished at Peninsula Center Mall

This Tuesday photograph shows the mural that artist Suzie Shrivener finished painting Saturday over a store-front window at the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna. Shrivener,… Continue reading

Bankruptcy court strikes down $6 million oil and gas bond

A dispute over the cost of cleaning up unused Cook Inlet hydrocarbon wells was settled by a bankruptcy court, which ordered state regulators to reconsider… Continue reading

Fog brings traffic through Kenai airport

Fog rolling up and down the Cook Inlet region has been keeping flights on the ground this week, both at the Kenai Municipal Airport and… Continue reading

Kenai to record work sessions

Kenai’s city government will now make audio and video recordings not only of official council meetings, but also the less-formal discussions called work sessions. The… Continue reading

Comment period nearing end for first Hilcorp North Slope development

Hilcorp project manager Mike Dunn solicited support for his company’s Liberty project — which would drill wells from an 9.3-acre artificial gravel island six miles… Continue reading

Alaska sees decline in military draft registration

All men ages 18 to 25 are required to register for a possible military draft lottery, but according to a press release from the Selective… Continue reading

HEA considers diversifying electricity

Most electricity used on the Kenai Peninsula has one source. Gas turbines, burning natural gas produced from Cook Inlet, make about 90 percent of the… Continue reading

Kenaitze to take services for Native children from state

The Kenaitze Indian Tribe signed a government-to-government agreement to take over child welfare activities from the state on Thursday at the Alaska Federation of Natives… Continue reading

Local Bahá’í to celebrate bicentenary of founder’s birth

Local members of the Bahá’í religion will gather Saturday at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the… Continue reading

Solar passes wind in HEA home renewable electricity

Editor's note: This story has been changed to correct the Regulatory Commission of Alaska's limits on net metered generation.  Though the Kenai Peninsula’s wind feels… Continue reading

Llama mamas

By Ben Boettger Peninsula Clarion… Continue reading

State to renovate Eagle Rock boat launch

By next July the state-owned Eagle Rock boat launch on the Kenai Spur Highway will have a wider ramp with dredged launch space, a floating… Continue reading

Nikiski incorporation effort pauses for thought

Editor's note: This story has been changed to correct inaccuracies about effects on the Kenai Peninsula Borough's tax base if Nikiski incorporated with the proposed… Continue reading

Loading the kiln

Kenai Potters Guild member Judy Brandt loads a gas-fired kiln with cups and bowls made by Guild members on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 at the… Continue reading

Vaccination drive-thru

Student nurse Jana Cooper gives a flu shot through the window of a truck during Central Peninsula Hospital’s annual free drive-through flu vaccine clinic on… Continue reading

BlueCrest to drill at least one well in 2018

Oil producer BlueCrest Alaska Operating intends to drill at least one new well in 2018 from its onshore pad between Anchor Point and Ninilchik, according… Continue reading

BlueCrest answers questions on oil fracking

Editor's note: This story has been changed to correct the height of BlueCrest's drill rig. The rig's platform is 30 feet tall; the derrick mounted on… Continue reading

Stranded beluga calf recovering in Seward

A male beluga calf, estimated between two and four weeks old, became the first member of Cook Inlet’s endangered beluga population under human care after… Continue reading

Visiting author looks at Alaska-Russian relations

Central Kenai Peninsula residents may not be able to see Russia from their homes, but on Thursday they’ll have a chance to see and hear… Continue reading