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Shaylon Cochran, KDLL - Kenai

Shaylon Cochran is a reporter at KBBI in Homer.

Evacuation Notices Lifted Near Card Street Fire

Update: Saturday, June 20, 1:15 pm

Governor Bill Walker issued a state disaster declaration on Friday for the damage resulting from the multiple fires burning on the Kenai Peninsula. The Card Street fire is still considered zero percent contained.

June 19, 2015

Small Part of Card Street Fire Under Control

A very small portion of the Card Street Fire on the Kenai Peninsula is under control, and the evacuation notice for a couple neighborhoods has been lifted. The fires continue to move east, into the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and away from residential areas.

June 18, 2015
Card Street Fire Grows to 9,000 Acres; Moves Away from Residential Areas Along River

Card Street Fire Grows to 9,000 Acres; Moves Away from Residential Areas Along River

Update: Thursday, June 18th, 10:45 am.

Now at 9,000 acres, the Card Street fire on the Kenai Peninsula has been pegged as the number one fire priority in the nation. The fire continues pushing south and east, into the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. More than 800 structures in residential areas are still under threat and 11 have been destroyed.

June 18, 2015
Card Street Fire Grows to 9,000 Acres; Moves Away from Residential Areas Along River

Card Street Fire Grows to 9,000 Acres; Moves Away from Residential Areas Along River

Update: Thursday, June 18th. 9:00 am.

The Card Street Fire on the Kenai Peninsula has grown to more than 9,000 acres.
More ground and support personnel are arriving, and the fire has pushed east into the Skilak Lake area. The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge ordered an evacuation of all the campgrounds along Skilak Lake Road.

June 17, 2015
Map courtesy of the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

Card Street Fire Now Estimated at 2,000 Acres; Homes Being Evacuated

The Community Center in Sterling continues to be the hub for relief efforts. Residents are sharing updates, along with food, clothes, phone chargers, everything. I was just opening my laptop to pull up the latest evacuation maps when a man who had just left the fire zone came over.

June 16, 2015
Hot Shot Fire Crews Expected in Kenai Tonight

Hot Shot Fire Crews Expected in Kenai Tonight

Five Hot Shot crews are expected in Kenai tonight to assist with the Card Street Fire in Sterling. Division of Forestry spokesperson Terry Anderson says the fire slowed down a bit in the early morning hours after rapidly growing to more than 1,200 acres.

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

Nikiski Seeks More Law Enforcement as Petty Crime Booms

More property crime and the potential for hundreds of new residents in the coming years has the unincorporated area of Nikiski looking for more law enforcement.

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June 10, 2015

BlueCrest Energy looking to drill on southern Kenai Peninsula

A new company looking to drill for oil on the southern Kenai Peninsula could begin operations as soon as this summer.

May 21, 2015
NOAA Report Shows Slight Increase In Cook Inlet Beluga Population

NOAA Report Shows Slight Increase In Cook Inlet Beluga Population

A new report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows a slight increase in the Cook Inlet Beluga whale population. But, the whales haven’t bounced back as fast as scientists hoped when they were placed on the endangered species list in 2008.

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April 1, 2015

Public Comment Sought For Cooper Landing Bypass

The state department of transportation released its first draft of a plan to reroute the Sterling Highway around Cooper Landing.

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March 31, 2015
Kenai Police Lt. David Ross addresses the media at Kenai City Hall Monday afternoon. Police believe they have found the remains of Rebecca Adams, 22; Michelle Hundley, 5; Jaracca Hundley, 3; and Brandon Jividen, 37, all missing since May of 2014.

Police Confident Remains Belong To Missing Kenai Family

Police investigators in Kenai are confident they’ve found the remains of a family missing since last May.

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March 23, 2015

Crews Work To Clean Up Milne Point Oil Spill

Clean-up crews are still working on an oil spill at Milne Point, about 25 miles northwest of Deadhorse. Milne Point is operated by Hilcorp.

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March 3, 2015

Much To Sort Out Before Subsistence Gillnets Hit Kenai, Kasilof

A new federal subsistence fishery rule adds set gillnetting to the Kenai and Kasilof rivers. State and federal biologists are concerned the new rule will hamper conservation efforts aimed at preserving king salmon and other fish species in the rivers. But the Ninilchik Traditional Council, which asked for the right to set gillnet, says it can fish responsibly.

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January 30, 2015

Subsistence Community Allowed To Use Set Gillnets On Kenai, Kasilof Rivers

A new fishery approved by the Federal Subsistence Board last week will allow the use of set gill nets on the Kenai and Kasilof Rivers.

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January 26, 2015

Blue Crest Plans New Onshore Wells, LNG Shipments

The resurgent boom continues in Cook Inlet. At the annual Kenai Peninsula Industry Outlook Forum this week in Kenai, new oil and gas player Blue Crest, based in Forth Worth, made some of the biggest announcements.

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January 9, 2015

Fish & Game Releases Upper Cook Inlet Commercial Salmon Fishing Summary

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has released its summary report for the 2014 commercial salmon fishing season. Continued low king salmon numbers and new management tools were at the heart of this year’s fishing.

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October 14, 2014

Parnell, Walker Spar At Soldotna Gubernatorial Debate

Four gubernatorial candidates took questions at a Chamber of Commerce forum Wednesday in Soldotna. It quickly turned into a debate between the two bigger names on the ballot, Governor Sean Parnell and Bill Walker.

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October 8, 2014
Hilcorp Drilling Platform Catches Fire In Cook Inlet

Hilcorp Drilling Platform Catches Fire In Cook Inlet

Four people were safely evacuated from a drilling platform in Cook Inlet that caught fire Thursday morning.

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October 2, 2014

Brown Bear Hunting Suspended In Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

Last month, the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge announced it was thinking about temporarily suspending brown bear sport hunting on the Refuge until late next spring. This week, they held two public meetings to see how people felt about the proposal and on Friday, they made their decision.

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September 2, 2014