Kenai

Kenai approves annual budget, flat mill rate

Council members approved the budget during the body’s June 1 meeting

 

Signage marks the entrance of the City of Kenai’s slash disposal site on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai slash site up and running

The site gives locals a place to get rid of their personal slash, including trees killed by spruce bark beetles

 

The entrance to the Kenai Municipal Cemetery is seen on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2022, in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai cemetery expansion complete; moratorium on plot sales lifted

Council members approved sweeping changes to city code about cemeteries on Wednesday

 

From left: Kenai Mayor Brian Gabriel, Kenai City Manager Paul Ostrander and Kenai Vice Mayor Jim Glendening discuss legislation during an at-ease at a council meeting on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai council OKs comprehensive inventory of city land

The “City of Kenai Land Management Inventory and Recommendations” is meant to be a “city-wide approach” to managing land owned by the city

From left: Kenai Mayor Brian Gabriel, Kenai City Manager Paul Ostrander and Kenai Vice Mayor Jim Glendening discuss legislation during an at-ease at a council meeting on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
A sign describing bluff erosion is seen on Kenai North Beach in Kenai, Alaska, on Aug. 6, 2020. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai, borough look to extract rock for bluff stabilization

In moving hard rock out of Seldovia, the borough could kill a few birds with one stone

A sign describing bluff erosion is seen on Kenai North Beach in Kenai, Alaska, on Aug. 6, 2020. (Photo by Jeff Helminiak/Peninsula Clarion)
The Kenai Fire Department headquarters are photographed on Feb. 13, 2018, in Kenai, Alaska. (Peninsula Clarion file)

Kenai Fire Department receives funding for floor replacement

Materials containing asbestos have been found in building, officials said

The Kenai Fire Department headquarters are photographed on Feb. 13, 2018, in Kenai, Alaska. (Peninsula Clarion file)
The entrance to the Kenai Community Library is photographed on Thursday, March 10, 2022, in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai City Council accepts library grant

No community members testified about the legislation

The entrance to the Kenai Community Library is photographed on Thursday, March 10, 2022, in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai City Council members convene for their regular meeting at the council chambers on Wednesday, June 1, 2022. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai council moves ahead with slash site resolution

Community members could dispose of spruce beetle-infested trees and other vegetation at the site

Kenai City Council members convene for their regular meeting at the council chambers on Wednesday, June 1, 2022. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)
The Kenai Municipal Cemetery is seen on Thursday, June 2, 2022. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai council postpones discussion on cemetery expansion

Efforts to expand the Kenai Municipal Cemetery have been underway for awhile

The Kenai Municipal Cemetery is seen on Thursday, June 2, 2022. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)
Local veterans participate in the Memorial Day ceremony at Leif Hansen Memorial Park in Kenai, Alaska, on Monday, May 30, 2022. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)

‘We appreciate and honor their sacrifice’

Kenai honors veterans’ service on Memorial Day

Local veterans participate in the Memorial Day ceremony at Leif Hansen Memorial Park in Kenai, Alaska, on Monday, May 30, 2022. (Camille Botello/Peninsula Clarion)
Members of the Kenai City Council participate in a council meeting on Wednesday, March 16, 2022 in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Boys and girls clubs land donation postponed

The issue will be back before the body on June 1

Members of the Kenai City Council participate in a council meeting on Wednesday, March 16, 2022 in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Renewable IPP CEO Jenn Miller presents information about solar power during a meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Assembly OKs new tax exemptions for independent power producers

The ordinance was brought forth in response to a proposed solar farm on the Kenai Peninsula

Renewable IPP CEO Jenn Miller presents information about solar power during a meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai Central High School graduates throw caps at the end of their commencement ceremony on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

‘Make a great life’

Kenai Central High School graduates more than 75 students

Kenai Central High School graduates throw caps at the end of their commencement ceremony on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai Finance Director Terry Eubank, left, and Kenai City Manager Paul Ostrander present during a budget work session on Saturday, May 14, 2022, in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Flat mill rate, sales tax included in Kenai budget proposal

The budget proposal is subject to final approval by the Kenai City Council

Kenai Finance Director Terry Eubank, left, and Kenai City Manager Paul Ostrander present during a budget work session on Saturday, May 14, 2022, in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
One tree stands in front of the Kenai Post Office on Thursday, May 12, 2022, in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai taking down hazard beetle trees

The city hopes to leverage grant funds for most of the work

One tree stands in front of the Kenai Post Office on Thursday, May 12, 2022, in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai City Council members on behalf of the city accept check for $50,000 from Kenai Senior Connection Inc. during a council meeting on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai seniors donate funds to city

The senior center’s fundraising group presented a check to the Kenai City Council on Wednesday

Kenai City Council members on behalf of the city accept check for $50,000 from Kenai Senior Connection Inc. during a council meeting on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai City Council members Henry Knackstedt, left, and James Baisden participate in a council meeting on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai mulls ending Zoom participation for city meetings

The service was introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic

Kenai City Council members Henry Knackstedt, left, and James Baisden participate in a council meeting on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai City Manager Paul Ostrander, left, speaks during a “State of the City” address while Kenai Mayor Brian Gabriel looks on at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Officials: Kenai sees strong sales growth, business climate

City leaders gave their fourth “State of the City” address Wednesday

Kenai City Manager Paul Ostrander, left, speaks during a “State of the City” address while Kenai Mayor Brian Gabriel looks on at the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
The Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center is seen on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai chamber announces new director

Brett Perry has lived in Soldotna for five years

The Kenai Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center is seen on Wednesday, May 5, 2021, in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Crystal Locke speaks in support of the donation of an additional .53 acres of land for a community dog park during a presentation to the Kenai City Council on Wednesday, April 20, 2022 in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O'Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

More land donated for planned Kenai dog park

Organizers say more space will make the park more accommodating

Crystal Locke speaks in support of the donation of an additional .53 acres of land for a community dog park during a presentation to the Kenai City Council on Wednesday, April 20, 2022 in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O'Hara/Peninsula Clarion)