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Pierce's lead in borough mayor's race dwindles to a mere 51 votes

The race for the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s mayor’s position went down to the wire. According to the borough’s elections office, Charlie Pierce’s lead over Linda Hutchings in the October 24 run-off had dwindled to just 51 votes following the...

 

Pierce poised to win mayoral run-off

Charlie Pierce seemed posied to claim the Kenai Borough mayoral election on Tuesday. At 10 p.m., two hours after the polls had closed, Pierce had win 51.6 percent of the vote. Linda Hutchings was a close second at 48.4. Pierce had 3,509 votes to...

 
 By Tommy Wells    Alaska    October 19, 2017

Pierce, Hutchins to face off in test run-off on Oct. 24

An often testy campaign between the two remaining candidates for the Kenai Peninsula Borough’s mayoral position will come to an end on Tuesday, October 24. Voters will head to the polls that day to participate in a run-off election to determine...

 

Snow's coming ...

Snow is beginning to make its way farther down the mountains near Moose Pass. According to the National Weather Service, the area could receive its first snowfall this week....

 
 By Tommy Wells    Alaska    October 12, 2017

Seward among Peninsula's most active on Election Day

Seward voters can take pride in their turnout on Election Day 2017. According to Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member Kenn Carpenter, Seward had the second-highest percentage of voters to cast ballots during the October 3 election. The city’s...

 

Report: SCC inmates held naked in cells in 2013 case

The Alaska state ombudsman ruled Spring Creek Correctional Center officers improperly held 12 inmates in cold cells without proper clothing and paraded them in front of a female staff member while on “dog leashes” in a 2013 incident. The case...

 

2017 PFD checks to reach $1,100

This year’s Alaska Permanent Fund checks will be $1,100. Eligible Alaskans can expect their checks to be disbursed on October 5. The 2017 PFD is a small increase over last year’s total. Last October, the state distributed dividends in the amount...

 

New trapping, snaring classes are scheduled for Oct. 28

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will hold its 2017 trapping orientation class and snaring seminar on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Refuge Environmental Education Center on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna. To obtain a permit to...

 

Entries sought for 2018 Sport Fishing photo contest

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Division of Sport Fish, is accepting photo entries for the 2018 Sport Fishing Regulations Summary booklet photo contest. The submission deadline is 5 p.m. Thursday, November 30, 2017. Three photos will be...

 

Crystal Serenity begins trip through Northwest Passage

The Crystal Serenity cruise ship began its second historic trip to the Northwest Passage last week. The vessel departed Seward on Tuesday, August 15, for a 32-day voyage. The sailing marks the second year in which a cruise liner will navigate the...

 

AMHS now booking winter dates

The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) released its 2017-18 winter schedule recently. Reservations are now available for booking at FerryAlaska.com, by calling 1-800-642-0066, or by visiting ferry terminal staff throughout the system. The AMHS...

 

USS Alaska earns trophy for 'Best Ballistic Missile Submarine'

KINGS BAY, Ga.  - The deputy commander of U.S. Strategic Command presented the Omaha Trophy for Best Ballistic Missile Submarine to USS Alaska (SSBN 732) at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay on...

 

Borough holds first hearing on tax increase

Residents of the Kenai Peninsula Borough got their first chance to offer opinions on a proposed bed tax increase on August 1, when the KP Borough Assembly staged the first of two planned public hearings regarding the proposal. The assembly is...

 
 By Tommy Wells    Alaska    July 20, 2017

Former Alaskan in battle with rare disease

When Joe Nash was living and working in Alaska, he enjoyed time spent as a dog handler for Iditarod musher Aaron Burmeister, playing basketball and spending hours fishing. Now, he just hopes to walk t...

 

Kenai LIO office to be closed for week

Residents needing help from the Kenai Legislative Office will be in for a bit of a wait this month—or at least, a transfer to another office. According to a public announcement from the Kenai office, the local Legislative Information Office will...

 

'Lactic Alaskan Trip' clains win in inaugural Alaska Relay

Kristina Storlie, David Berg, Leah Zumwalt, Sean Zumwalt, Corbyn Zahn, Benn Schlapia, Marliese von Huene, Christi Meyn, Thomas Nenahlo, Katherine Sind, Ross Ring-Jarvi and Jennifer Baker, running as a team called “Lactic Alaskan Trip,” wrote...

 

'Summer of Heroes' deadline is July 17

With the nomination period coming to a close in approximately two weeks, the Alaska Boys & Girls Clubs are seeking out the state’s young heroes. Summer of Heroes is a partnership program with Alaska Communications and Boys & Girls Clubs Alaska to...

 

City of Seward to participate in ' Great ShakeOut' exercise

Area governmental agencies are being encouraged to tune in and participate on July 21 when the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), Region X, the Southern California Earthquake Center, and the State of Alaska partner to present the...

 

M/V Tustumena's return to service pushed back until August

The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) announced earlier this week that more wasted steel was discovered in the engine room of the M/V Tustumena and repairs will require additional time at the Vigor Ketchikan Shipyard. The Tustumena went in for its...

 
 By Tommy Wells    Alaska    June 1, 2017

AHC eyes names for local peaks

The Alaska Historical Commission could be adding a few names to the Kenai Peninsula soon. That is, if the residents give their consent. The commission, the state’s designated review board for geographic names, has received applications to name...

 

Cordova community engages with oil spill response training

The Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council held its second annual fishing vessel oil spill response training tour in Cordova on May 1, 2017. The Cordova community was invited to...

 

Unemployment rate falls to 6.4 percent in March

Alaska’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.4 percent in March, unchanged from February. The comparable national rate was 4.5 percent.  Preliminary estimates show employment was down by 7,100 jobs, or 2.2 percent, compared to March 2016....

 

Getting ready for the rush ...

photo courtesy lenore doleman johnson Getting ready for the rush ... A Resurrection Bay Kenai Fjords Tour boat slices through the water over the weekend en route to taking visitors on a whale...

 

Bills filed to restore PFD cut

JUNEAU — Bills that would restore the portion of Alaskans’ oil wealth checks that were cut by Gov. Bill Walker last year were filed Monday, ahead of the start of the new legislative session. The legislation to restore dividends was proposed by Re...

 

BP now taking nominations for 'Teachers of Excellence

BP is accepting nominations for the BP Teachers of Excellence program, which recognizes Alaska teachers’ exceptional work. In addition to honoring teachers for the 22nd year, the program is also accepting nominations for unsung heroes in...

 

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