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Sea Shanties, Scurvy, and a Sailboat Regatta without Wind

Sea Shanties, Scurvy, and a Sailboat Regatta without Wind

Fair winds and following seas. A blessing for sailors, heading out onto the water, at the mercy of time and tides. It was what we hoped for the Arctica, a small but mighty sailboat, with its motley crew of recent surgery patients, pregnant women, and greenhorns.

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July 2, 2015

State assistance programs approved for Kenai Peninsula fire victims

Governor Bill Walker has approved a number of state assistance programs to help victims of Kenai Peninsula wildfires.

July 1, 2015

Soldotna Lodge Opens Doors to Fire Victims 2 Years Running

The Card Street fire near Sterling is diminishing and many evacuees are returning to their homes this week. Across the central peninsula, hotels and restaurants that helped with relief efforts are getting back to business as usual. But for one hotel in Soldotna, this isn’t the first time they’ve stepped up and the community now knows where to turn for help, year after year.

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June 25, 2015
Conflicting Water Rights at the Heart of Chuitna Mining Debate

Conflicting Water Rights at the Heart of Chuitna Mining Debate

PacRim Coal is proposing a strip mining operation on the west side of Cook Inlet, in the Chuitna watershed. It proposes removing the water completely from a tributary of the Chuitna River, which is a salmon stream.

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June 22, 2015

Kenai Peninsula fires slowly coming into containment

The Card Street fire near Sterling and two fires near Cooper Landing continue to burn on the Kenai Peninsula. As of Sunday morning, the Card Street fire was estimated to be around 7,700 acres.

June 22, 2015
Lightning Thought to Cause Cooper Landing Fires

Lightning Thought to Cause Cooper Landing Fires

Update: Wednesday, June 17. 5:45 pm.

Lightning strikes are thought to be the cause of two new fires that started Tuesday near the Kenai Peninsula community of Cooper Landing. Both fires are at zero percent containment and power lines have been shut off near the larger fire.

June 17, 2015
Small Fire Around Old Sterling Power Pole Quickly Extinguished

Small Fire Around Old Sterling Power Pole Quickly Extinguished

Power was out for residents from Diamond Ridge to the Old Sterling Highway for about an hour on Monday afternoon. The incident, which took place on the Old Sterling, also caused a small fire.

June 16, 2015
Map via the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

Card Street Fire Grows To 1,500 Acres

The Card Street Fire near Sterling on the Kenai Peninsula doubled in size overnight. Now at more than 1,200 acres, the fire has destroyed at least six structures.

June 16, 2015

Card Street Fire Grows On Kenai Peninsula

A wildfire burning on the central Kenai Peninsula had consumed about 150 acres and destroyed six structures near the community of Sterling by Monday evening.

June 15, 2015
Protesters Against Military Training Exercises in Gulf of Alaska Gather on Homer Spit - Photo by Shady Grove Oliver/KBBI

Coastal Communities Rally to Protest Naval Activity in the Gulf of Alaska

Several coastal communities, including Kodiak, Cordova, and Homer, have held both land-based and fishing boat flotilla protests over the last few weeks to voice their concerns about planned Navy and joint military training exercises in the Gulf of Alaska.

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June 9, 2015

Cleanup continues for Cook Inlet diesel spill

Clean up and assessment work continues following a diesel spill in southern Cook Inlet over the weekend. The vessel in question is currently tied up in Seldovia, on the southern Kenai Peninsula.

May 26, 2015
Maps Merge Data on Birds and Ships to Mitigate Oil Spills

Maps Merge Data on Birds and Ships to Mitigate Oil Spills

A local scientist and entrepreneur is leadinga mapping project to find out where potential oil spills could have the worst effects on seabirds.

May 20, 2015
Bandit the Runaway Wave Buoy Back in Service

Bandit the Runaway Wave Buoy Back in Service

A popular, yet troublesome, ocean monitoring buoy went back in service this spring in southern peninsula waters after being out of service for a year and a half.

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May 19, 2015

Self-Determination for the Future of Native Game Development

Indigenous game designers, coders, and artists will be in Santa Clara, California on Friday to talk about the future of the native gaming industry.

May 19, 2015

NOAA Seeks Public Comment on Beluga Whale Recovery Plan

NOAA Fisheries is seeking public comment on a draft recovery plan for Cook Inlet beluga whales. According to a release from NOAA, the plan will structure efforts to bring the whales back up to a healthy population size. Once there, the hope is to remove them from the federal endangered species list.

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May 15, 2015

KPBSD Schools Receive Threatening Automated Phone Calls

Two Kenai Peninsula Borough schools received threatening phone calls the afternoon of Wednesday, May 13th, which were later determined not to be credible. That’s according to a release from the district.

May 14, 2015
Ninilchik Community Library Hires New Director

Ninilchik Community Library Hires New Director

This spring, the Ninilchik community library brought its number of paid staff up to… one. It hired a new director at 15 hours per week. Like many small libraries around the state is has a minuscule budget and relies primarily on volunteers to keep it running.

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May 11, 2015

Crews Continue Working on Nikolaevsk Fire, Now Contained

The fire started just before 4 p.m. Monday in the Jim Howard Road area near Nikolaevsk. Anchor Point Assistant Fire Chief Doug Loshbough says the wildfire grew to about five acres before it was contained.

May 6, 2015

Missing Boater Found Dead Near Seldovia

Sixty-eight-year old Robert Purpura, of Seldovia, was identified Monday night after an extensive search throughout the day.

April 29, 2015
Town Hall Meetings Tackle Alaska’s Food Security Issues

Town Hall Meetings Tackle Alaska’s Food Security Issues

Since January 2014, representatives of the Alaska Food Policy Council have been crisscrossing the state, getting a taste of local foods, food issues, and food successes.

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April 21, 2015