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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,
Gregory Bosick and Derek Ball load pollock into fish totes after hauling in a tow onboard the Sea Prince January 11, 2015 as part of an experimental seine fishery.

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
Gregory Bosick and Derek Ball load pollock into fish totes after hauling in a tow onboard the Sea Prince January 11, 2015 as part of an experimental seine fishery.
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion A commercial drift gillnetting boat leaves the mouth of the Kasilof River at about 1 a.m. Thursday morning July 17, 2014 during an overnight fishing period in Kasilof, Alaska.

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
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion A commercial drift gillnetting boat leaves the mouth of the Kasilof River at about 1 a.m. Thursday morning July 17, 2014 during an overnight fishing period in Kasilof, Alaska.
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  Two sport anglers fish for silver salmon as the sun rises over the Kenai River Monday Sept. 1, 2014 in Soldotna, Alaska.

Faced with uncertainty, fishing guides innovate

It’s not something they like to talk about, but the Fenton brothers figured out a new way to fish for sockeye salmon on the Kenai… Continue reading

  • Feb 23, 2015
  • By Rashah McChesney
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  Two sport anglers fish for silver salmon as the sun rises over the Kenai River Monday Sept. 1, 2014 in Soldotna, Alaska.

Licensing burden eased with online filing

How easy is starting a business on the Kenai Peninsula in 2015? Due to improving technology and more resources to assist prospective business owners, it’s… Continue reading

  • Feb 23, 2015
  • By IAN FOLEY
C Cups Specialty Coffees owner Amy Jackman uses the Square application on the coffee-carts iPad, which functions as the companies' Point of Sales system Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, in Kenai, Alaska. Jackman said using mobile devices for financial transactions has streamlined operations.

Mobile payment programs expand businesses

Kenai businesses are modernizing, slowly but surely. After ordering a morning coffee, customers are passed miniature mobile devices through coffee-cart windows, and with a few… Continue reading

  • Feb 23, 2015
  • By Kelly Sullivan
C Cups Specialty Coffees owner Amy Jackman uses the Square application on the coffee-carts iPad, which functions as the companies' Point of Sales system Monday, Dec. 1, 2014, in Kenai, Alaska. Jackman said using mobile devices for financial transactions has streamlined operations.

Job training options abound for Kenai Peninsula job seekers

As industries grow on the Kenai Peninsula, job-training options are becoming more abundant. To help meet the needs of employers, the state of Alaska, as… Continue reading

  • Feb 23, 2015
  • By IAN FOLEY

Lea’s Boutique expands by fitting in

One business on the Kenai Peninsula has filled a gap in the market, and it’s a perfect fit.Lea’s Boutique in Sterling, which started as a… Continue reading

  • Feb 23, 2015
  • By IAN FOLEY
Photo by Ian Foley/Peninsula Clarion Some of Sierra Lehl's cupcake creations.

Area entrepreneurs turn hobbies in to businesses

On the Kenai Peninsula, many residents have turned their hobbies into a successful, growing businesses. While transitioning from a hobby to a business has some… Continue reading

  • Feb 23, 2015
  • By IAN FOLEY
Photo by Ian Foley/Peninsula Clarion Some of Sierra Lehl's cupcake creations.
Clarion file photo In this June 23, 2010 file photo a C-17 from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson does a touch and go landing at Kenai Municipal Airport earlier this year.

Kenai reaps benefits of Cook Inlet boom

City leaders say Kenai has seen steady growth as Cook Inlet’s oil and gas industries expand. Speaking at the Kenai Peninsula’s Community Economic Forum in… Continue reading

Clarion file photo In this June 23, 2010 file photo a C-17 from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson does a touch and go landing at Kenai Municipal Airport earlier this year.
Graphic courtesy the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities

State drastically cuts spending on capital projects

Alaska’s yearly capital projects budget distributes state funds, as well as federal funds received by the state for local projects, to Alaskan municipalities and boroughs.… Continue reading

Graphic courtesy the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  Kyle Boyles and David Fink work on a portion of the Soldotna airport expansion project Thursday July 4, 2013 in Soldotna, Alaska.

Soldotna sees steady growth

Soldotna is an evolving municipality. The population is expanding steadily, by the hundreds each year, said the city’s Director of Economic Development Stephanie Queen.“The one… Continue reading

  • Feb 23, 2015
  • By Kelly Sullivan
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  Kyle Boyles and David Fink work on a portion of the Soldotna airport expansion project Thursday July 4, 2013 in Soldotna, Alaska.
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  A boy watches an eagle take off Saturday May 18, 2014 at Whiskey Gulch in Anchor Point, Alaska.

Kenai Peninsula tourism evolves under pressure

The landscape of tourism on the Kenai Peninsula is changing out of necessity. For the second year in a row the Kenai River will be… Continue reading

  • Feb 23, 2015
  • By Kelly Sullivan
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion  A boy watches an eagle take off Saturday May 18, 2014 at Whiskey Gulch in Anchor Point, Alaska.
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion on Tuesday Jan. 13, 2014 in Kenai, Alaska.

Administration “fully engaged” in advancing Alaska LNG project

State officials are “fully engaged” in negotiations over commercial agreements needed in 2015 for the large North Slope natural gas pipeline and liquefied natural gas… Continue reading

  • Feb 23, 2015
  • By Tim Bradner
Photo by Rashah McChesney/Peninsula Clarion on Tuesday Jan. 13, 2014 in Kenai, Alaska.