Business

Trends 2016: Diverse business community a boon for Soldotna

The City of Soldotna is in a good position to weather the impacts of budget cuts at the state level while supporting its current economy,… Continue reading

Trends 2016: Peninsula cities promote, support tourism industry

While officials from the Kenai Peninsula’s five cities would not label tourism as critical to local economies, they say it is a healthy supplement. Tax… Continue reading

  • Mar 29, 2016
  • By Kelly Sullivan

Trends 2016: Kenai’s sales growing after 2009 decline, lead by retail

Trends in Kenai’s gross sales and property taxes recorded by the Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District (KPEDD) show that since 2008 the city of Kenai… Continue reading

Trends 2016: Kenai Peninsula agriculture fastest growing in state

The Kenai Peninsula has one of the fastest growing agricultural industries in the state.Whether measuring expansion through rising direct to consumer sales, acreage acquirements or… Continue reading

  • Mar 29, 2016
  • By Kelly Sullivan

Trends 2016: Local farmers develop markets for their products

Growing in a green industry means Kenai Peninsula farmers have had to plow their own way. Producers are tasked with developing new market places, and… Continue reading

  • Mar 29, 2016
  • By Kelly Sullivan

Trends 2016: Peninsula housing more affordable than most of state

Although the outright price for homes is cheaper in Fairbanks, buying a home may be more affordable overall in the Kenai Peninsula Borough.The average price… Continue reading

Trends 2016: Borough moves cautiously on budget

Much is up in the air for the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s budget for the coming year as it continues with its budget process.The borough administration… Continue reading

Trends 2016: Kenai Peninsula tourism outpaces state

2015 was a record year for the Kenai Peninsula’s tourism industry, which may well prove to be a boon for local economies hard hit by… Continue reading

  • Mar 29, 2016
  • By Kelly Sullivan

Trends 2016: Cook Inlet producers continue with scheduled plans

Though oil and gas construction spending around the state is predicted to drop, Cook Inlet is somewhat shielded by smaller producers’ investments.Most of the Cook… Continue reading

Trends 2016: Despite state downturn, peninsula economy looks to stay steady

Though the economy looks grim elsewhere in the state, the Kenai Peninsula’s diverse economy has somewhat shielded local employment.While the state faces budget cuts and… Continue reading

Trends 2016: Peninsula small businesses find their niches

While the state is working on cuts to its budget, small businesses on the Kenai Peninsula should not face similar struggles, depending on the niche… Continue reading

Gas prices may entice more RV tourists

While Alaska is projected to have another historic year for tourism, how visitors get to the Kenai Peninsula is still up in the air. Kenai… Continue reading

  • Feb 23, 2015
  • By DAN BALMER

Soldotna senator weighs in on the state’s looming budget cuts

JUNEAU, Alaska — If people are uncomfortable with the impact of rescheduling ferry reservations, they will never be comfortable with the type of cuts needed… Continue reading

  • Feb 23, 2015
  • By Becky Bohrer

Federal coordinator weighs in on AK LNG

A federal coordinating office handling Alaska’s gas pipeline projects has been defunded by Congress and will no longer serve as a liaison between the public… Continue reading

  • Feb 23, 2015
  • By Rashah McChesney

Walker announcement causes uncertainty on AlaskaLNG project

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The big news at the Capitol this past week was Gov. Bill Walker’s gas line proposal, one that some legislators fear… Continue reading

  • Feb 23, 2015
  • By Becky Bohrer

CIRI settles long-running dispute over Kenai Loop gas fees

The fight over Kenai Loop natural gas appears to be over.Attorneys for all four parties currently involved in the dispute — Cook Inlet Region Inc.,… Continue reading

  • Feb 23, 2015
  • By ELWOOD BREHMER

Industry wary amid shakeups

There was an apprehensive mood among oil support contractors and service companies at the Alaska Support Industry Alliance’s annual “Meet Alaska” conference in Anchorage Jan.… Continue reading

  • Feb 23, 2015
  • By TIM BRADNER,

BlueCrest, WesPac ink deal to develop Cosmo

BlueCrest Energy plans to resume drilling at the Cosmopolitan oil and gas deposit near Anchor Point this summer, BlueCrest CEO Benjamin Johnson said.The company, based… Continue reading

  • Feb 23, 2015
  • By TIM BRADNER,

ADFG opens experimental pollock fishery in Cook Inlet

Despite more than thirty years of fishing around Alaska, Kasilof fisherman Rob Nelson had never let out a net hoping to catch pollock before December.But… Continue reading

  • Feb 23, 2015
  • By Molly Dischner

Upper Cook Inlet sockeye harvest forecasted to beat 2014

If everything goes as forecast, Upper Cook Inlet fishermen should see a total run of 5.8 million sockeye during the 2015 fishing season.Of those, the… Continue reading

  • Feb 23, 2015
  • By Rashah McChesney